How to fix dancing santa
Repairing Singing Dancing Santa | AusChristmasLighting
- Thread starter Karob
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Let there be Light!
A few years ago we was given by the inlaws a 5ft tall singing and dancing santa that starts up after sensing noise or movement infront of the sensor on the bottom stand.
This has been a big part of our static display and continues to be huge hit with the kids durring the animated shows, however last year he stopped dancing and needed repair which has now been done.
After testing him I decided it was time to reunite him with his favourite place in the front yard, whilst hooking him up I decided to connect him to his 240v - 9v/2000mA via a low voltage extension lead.
After turning him on he gave a small turn and made a small noise and stopped, I grabbed the transformer and smelt a burning noise, thinking ive burnt out the transformer I headed to the local christmas shop for a replacement transformer.
After connecting the new transformer we have no movement and no noise.
Has anyone repaired on of these in the past? I have not had a chance to take off the bottom for a look but will do that tomorrow after work and will post a pic,
Any help on this would be appreciated as the local kids will be asking for him very soon.
Full time elf
Does the transformer/plug pack output AC or DC ? I have had the occaisional extension lead that is reversed causing DC things not to work.
If you had a burning smell something may have been damaged, was the smell near Santa or the transformer?
Full time elf
I too have one of these dancing santas in my display but he is 6ft tall. I do not use the power supply that was supplied for the unit as i run it directly off an ssr. I work away and will be back home tomorrow and will hunt around for the power pack if you require one.
Let there be Light!
- Thread starter
Hi Guys Thanks for the responses.
The transformer is 240v AC to 9v DC supplying DC to Santa.
The smell was at the transformer so I purchased a new transformer that is used on these santas (matching transformer) and plugged it in but still wont work, not sure if there is anything inside him that I can replace but will open his base up tonight and post a picture of the inside workings.
Karob, the 5ft singing santa is driven by a rubber belt up inside the body , high up near the head, that may have broken hence you get no movement and/or noise.
The issue is what caused the initial transformer failure. I'd be looking at the board to see what further damage has been done there.
I too have the 5 foot one and it was a real hit last night with the kids
Transformers do sometimes just die, Process of elimination especially if you are not technically minded is check the mechanical parts first, I would be checking the belt drive before opening the base personally. Failing that Karob, send me a pic of the Santa along with a pic of the transformer, I might have some replacement bits and pieces for you that may get him going again, you are welcome to have the bits and pieces if you pay for the postage
hey i got one of those santa's too that stopped moving. found a rubber belt to be the issue. takes a bit to get him apart to repair (removing arms, clothing, and mid body & head to leave a stand with a rectangle box that moves the santa body i havent fixed mine yet last time i tried i added lots of vasaline to areas that move / rub but didnt help. am going to try new belt when i can get one. Did your santa sound distorted when he stopped moving? wishing you the Best of luck
Mine wont move any suggestions??
I guess I could use a little social interaction
We too have one as far as the belt issue have repaired few times over the years belt located in chest cavity have always found an appropriate sized black o,ring does the trick ! and too access belt area usually means hand up the back side area ! Trust me doesnt look good when crazylightlady is fixing him whilst display is running
Full time elf
usually means hand up the back side area ! Trust me doesnt look good when crazylightlady is fixing him whilst display is running
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Where can I get a replacement motor for my 50 inch Gemma dancing Santa ?
Full time elf
Where can I get a replacement motor for my 50 inch Gemma dancing Santa ?
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I would like to know too.
I now have two motors that I need to replace.
I opened a ticket with Gemmy asking about replacement motors the start of December - no answer to date.
I guess they don't sell replacement motors, or they didn't get my e-mail.
Hi we own the Gemmy full size Singing/ Dancing Santa but someone broke the mechanism inside the head , the bit that goes into he’s lip to make him sing.
does anyone know where I could get this part please. I have added a photo of the part I need , well don’t even need the complete part as the bit that goes to he’s lip is removable.
Address is : Ramsgate, Kent, England
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【How to】 Repair Dancing Santa
pair of scissors once you do that you'll
be able to repair the dancing Santa
Claus our snowman so in about 10 or 15
minutes you can have them both up and
working and moving I originally owned
the dancing Santa Claus several years
ago my kids had a great time with it
when they were young and tellers broke
and sadly we wound up throwing it away
well the other day on my way home
someone was throwing out both the same
Santa Claus that we used to have and a
snowman so I picked them both up loaded
them up in my Jeep brought them home you
know me I like picking stuff up off the
side of the road so on a bench and
there's a lot of people out there that
have one of these that it's probably
stopped working and you're contemplating
throwing it out this video is for you
this video will help you to get yours up
and working again for about two cents if
that I don't know you can probably
get a rubberband for less than two cents
you get a whole ball of them for like a
dollar and you'll have plenty of spares
to last the rest of your lifetime let's
okay I want to show you how you can
raise and lower your Santa Claus or the
snowman or whatever character you have
basically what you want to do is put
your hands firmly on your shoulders push
down and release any pops up to compress
it back down and there is for easy
storage keep it in this position but
when you get ready to set him up for
Christmas just push down on his
shoulders and bring him up so this is
the band that was originally in one of
one of the animatronic characters it's
basically kind of like a rubber band
this one's wore out pretty bad you can
see it bring a little bit in the middle
here so that's basically the size that
we want to get probably a little bit
smaller to make it a little tighter so
we're going to use this rubber band and
what we're gonna do is we're going to
tie a knot in it so just do that and
bring it down to about a third of the
tighten it real good so we just have
this little bitty loop here and then
what we're going to do is we're going to
take these pair of scissors we're gonna
cut the larger end off like so fairly
close to the knot there we have it that
gives us the piece that we need in order
to run the motors it's basically just a
very small piece of this rubber band and
that's all that's needed probably less
than two cents to repair one of these
in the case of both of these characters
they both share one very simple problem
the belt that was that came with it that
basically turns the motors has broken on
both of them so neither one of them
moves side to side like they're supposed
to both their mouths work and the
electronics seems to be fine but they
so we're gonna fix that and I'm gonna
show you how right now okay we'll start
off with the Snowman that's the easiest
one to show you so basically you want to
lay it down face down like so and you
want to pull this piece back like so
what are the tools that I like to use is
this small jeweler's screwdriver what I
found is you want to start the rubber
band over on the far side kind of get it
in the groove of the DC motor here and
then when you do that you move it around
here to the gear and slowly roll the
gear counterclockwise until it goes
around and there that's it that's all
there is to it and that should allow
your snowman or your Santa Claus to
start moving again all right so let's
give it a try let's see what it does
all right whoa he's all wired up let's
see if he moves
preparing Santa Claus preparing Santa
Clauses a little bit more difficult what
you have to do is up under here you'll
find stitches where the clothing on the
top is stitched to the pants so you'll
have to cut those with a pair of
scissors and then what you'll find also
is that in here the pants are connected
by staples so you'll have to use either
a butter knife or a small pair of pliers
and pull the staples up so you can get
access to the inside of Santa Claus so
I'm gonna lay this thing down and open
it up so you can see the DC motor and
the gear and there and it's pretty much
identical to what you just saw with the
Snowman so after you remove the top
piece of the clothing and bring the
pants down you can see over here I've
got the gear back here with the rubber
band same procedure as before I just
took the rubber band tied it in half
actually in a third cut the larger half
off and then threaded it around the gear
you can see right here there's the
rubber band and it's spinning the motor
inside here which makes a little left
right so that's pretty much it as far as
the motors as far as I know anyway it's
allowing them to move left and right
alright so let's see what Santa Claus
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- Packaging SANTI Pod Mod
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Packaging SANTI Pod Mod
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SANTI Pod Mod. Cartridges
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- S-3 for tight draw and 1.2 ohm (7-12 watts)
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