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The Spooky Hinge is the opposite of lubricating oil, in that it turns a
normally quiet, diminutive door into a threatening, creaking
portal. It is a modest mechanical device consisting of a set of
calibrated, creaking hinges that can be slotted into place in
various combinations, a selection
dial, amplifier, volume
control and loudspeaker.
In keeping with its function, it resembles a piece of arcane
apparatus, such as might have been found in the laboratory of
Dr. Jekyll. It is easily fitted to any door in the same manner as
a hydraulic damper, with a hinged arm flexing and activating
the groaning apparatus housed inside the main device
attached to the wall.
After fitting, the previously benign door will screech and moan
relentlessly, as the Spooky Hinge's internal mechanism grinds and struggles to
overcome its lack of lubrication, the resulting noise being
amplified by the hidden speaker.
Additional spooky hinges can be ordered, guaranteed to match a
number of famous door sounds: i.e. Black Hole of Calcutta,
Dracula's Lair, Dr. Frankensteins Basement.
Old school method, sort of. [NotTheSharpestSpoon, Apr 28 2006]
||I like the controllable aspect of the device in that it allows you to choose volume and type of sound but I wonder if you could get a rusty, screeching sound using an unfinished patina application on your hinges as well. (link)
||Nice idea though- it would be cool to put a really loud one on a tiny, little , itty , bitty, wee size jewelry box for added effect of showing off an ancient heirloom.
||Add a deep, reverberated metal-on-metal *clank* when it closes fully. Can this be evil laugh activated?
||The whole thing would be fairly easy with digital
recordings etc, but I prefer a mechanical device. Rusty
Patina - good name for a dog.
||Just for you Shz, there will be a sister device on the
frame post that makes a customisable "ker-junk" when the
||Excellent. I'm going to let out an evil laugh anyway.
||I'd get one as long as it was easy to turn on/off, and included a simple pressure plate in the entryway that would play a couple stanzas of creepy, foreboding music (or evil laughter) for anyone entering the room. Might work well as a burglar deterrent.