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Inflatable Carousel gets twisted inside

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I bought this Carousel after Christmas last year, it is a Gemmy from Walmart. It ran good for a week then twisted up inside during a storm.

I tried to untwist it a few times but ended up cutting thecable ties at the bottom, pulling everything out, untwisting the insides and replacing the cable ties. That worked for almost a full day and it twisted again.

It is frustrating because the neighbor's children love the carousel.

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The twisting is just something that happens.....there are solutions but i have not had that much success with them

it is very pickey

that is why i am not including them in my display this year they will be taking a vacation in the basement

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Here is a tip that works for me. I have gone in and followed the wire from the motor that turns the carousel on the top, down to where it connects to the blower motor.

You must cut the wire off as close to the blower motor as you can and wire nut/electrical tape them because they are live(hot) when plugged in. Then take the loose cord that runs up to the carousel motor and attach a plug. You can buy plugs that you can solder or screw on. Or you can cut an extension cord and wire nut/electrical tape it to the carousel motor cord.

I leave my carousel fan running 24/7 which keeps it inflated and presentable, and only turn on the carousel motor during my light show for a few hours. This also alows me to turn off the carousel motor during wind storms that seem to bind up the carousel portion of the inflatable that cause the twisting.

Gemmy claims that when the motor senses twisting it will stop running or run backwards. Mine keeps going and gets tighter and tighter. It is a pain to untwist. This works for me.

Hope this works for you,

-Duane

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What is the tech spec for the motor at the top (so I can add a switch) I'm in the UK with a drop down voltage box if that make a diffrence

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some of the older ones use a rubber "clutch" plate.  the motor turns all the time, but the inside only turns when fully inflated and the downward weight puts pressure on the clutch.

 

either have 3 different things happen, they work like they should, or the clutch gets slick and has to be cleaned, or the clutch gets gummy and runs all the time and has to bee cleaned.

 

some other Gemmy products like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer have a delay timer on the rotation that allows the unit to inflate before rotation starts.

 

on the globes that get twisted, I also rewire the rotation motor to only come on at night when the lights come on.

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Ok does the switch have to be rated the same as the motor ie volt/amp/watt? If so what are thos. Rated at?

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