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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.


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  2. 3 points
    I actually got a big jump this year and finished. Last night was the test of it all on.
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  4. 2 points
    How's everyone's 2017 display coming along?
  5. 2 points
    Most of the lights are up but still have another 5k lights and 80 or so blow molds to put outside. About 2/3 done now.
  6. 2 points
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=733094070224631&id=690288094505229 Short video
  7. 2 points
    Gosh my display looks like nothing compared to all of yours... I have counted ever light strand i had today and im at 5,000 lights total 3000 static and 2000 animated. in this picture is pretty much all of the animated part. i moved couple things around and will get new pictures tonight. I am just waiting to get my LOR box,wire, net adapter to plug all in and see how bad my sqences are lol still using Mr Christmas right now for testing these lights
  8. 2 points
    I have the light show section on the house turned off in this pic, and I have a few other items up that are not plugged in. Hopefully by Thanksgiving!
  9. 2 points
    My favorite part of my show https://photos.app.goo.gl/4dqw25n7e7Ri9NGn1
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    Thanks for the information and the number. That number is the Empire mold number (part number) for the mold used to make the toy soldier. The ones with the Empire logo were made by Empire before they went out of business, the one without the logo was made by General Foam Plastics after they bought the Empire molds in 2000. Mel
  11. 2 points
    If you can't afford a "display"(not sure the official meaning of that ) ,then save your money that YOU made, not hand outs,GoFundMe ect....sounds to needy. That rates next to a donation box ,somewhere in your display...if you can't do it on your own,then don't bother pestering others, to support a hobby that you cant. It's not aimed at anyone specific,but COME on, let's stop the B.S, and go support YOUR own habits,on YOUR dime,not others....
  12. 2 points
    It's best just to not think about the cost and not tell the spouse.
  13. 1 point
    My big push starts Tuesday when my help arrives. Did some of the grunt work this weekend. I got my mega pole up, and hung a leveled the new dumb RBG stars I made this year. This is a test of one of them powered by a 6 volt battery.
  14. 1 point
    I went to the local consignment shop just to see what was there. Most of the booths were the usual with some small indoor Christmas items. turned the corner and what to my wondering eyes did appear, these two Empire red candles with the pointsetta design. The price was in my budget so I brought them home. They have 1969 molded into them near the logo, not sure if its the year or part number.
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    The year 1969 is for the year the candle was designed and the mold was made for it. That is the Empire 38" catalog #1301 "Christmas Candle" and it was made at least as late as 1996. I do not have any information on it for 1997 but it is not in their 1998 catalog. General Foam Plastics has the mold for that candle now but with General Foam closing at the end of the year it's anyones guess what will happen with it then. General Foam made that candle as an exclusive for Walmart in 2005. Mel Here are a few variations in your candle that Empire did through the years. Mel
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    one thing to consider is that by switching to 24V it will run faster. I would troubleshoot it with a 12V car battery. Hook the 12V car battery up to the motor and see if it hesitates. If it does, then you probably need more voltage or something is binding, but if it runs good then you just need a more powerful power supply. I am running my 12V train (2x 12V scooter motors) with 2x 6V golfcart batteries, wired in series. Then use a battery charger to keep em charged every night. The problem with the train is the cord gets all wrapped up if you leave it plugged in If it runs good on the battery, you could just use a deep cycle battery to power it and keep a battery charger connected to keep it topped off. I would put a self-resetting circuit breaker inline between the battery and motor just to protect it all. Or gear it down a bit more. https://www.trcelectronics.com/View/Mean-Well/SE-1000-24.shtml here is link to a 24V power supply if you want to go that route.
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    I would say yes....however, just cut the empty sockets out. You will be left with 4 sockets then (the ones that had 3 wires)...The 3 wire sockets have 1 wire in and 2 wires out, cut the wire that goes to the next socket on the side with 2 wires. Now just fill those 4 empty sockets with hot glue or silicone and you instantly have an 18' extension cord. No one makes an unpolarized or un-grounded extension cord that I know of. 1. You can run a strand between them and tape or cover the unwanted bulbs. 2. push a polarized plug into the end as I said earlier. This is not dangerous...the polarized plug is not some magical device that is defeated at the end of a strand of lights. You already defeated the polarized plug feature when you plugged in the first strand of lights to the outlet, so it does not matter that you are using a polarized extension cord between lights. Everything after that first strand is unpolarized....however, it is still protected by GFCI. There is nothing dangerous, you won't die, and you are not defeating any safety measure at that point. Just push hard and wiggle the plug into the female end of the strand. 3. Make your own custom extension cord using plugs from old strands of lights. Easy way with no soldering is as I said above.
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    I have been following your cutout progress, these turned out awesome! This picture makes them look illuminated
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    Thanks!! 8.5 ft tall 16 channels/strings I just programmed it in the light o rama software. Once ypu start playing with it It's quite easy just time consuming. The topper is a GE LED light sphere.
  20. 1 point
    Got my favorite decoration out, So excited to hang it for the first time, 60" and 40 lbs of wreath!
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    Oh nice.. thanks.. I need it. my other project i was going to use a raspberry pie, with falcon player and a made up 8 channel output with relays but i kept getting different things from people and kinda just gave up for now.. i figured it time for a real controller so one the members here had one up for sale.
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    I have been after this piece for over 4 years. Finally got him this week!!! He was even more beautiful in person that the pictures portrayed.Made by Noma and about 26 inches across. I am a happy camper!!!
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    Trick is to do it when there is still some daylight left. Do not wait until it's completely dark. For me in Indiana it's usually around 5 or so is the best time. Still some daylight but dark enough to capture all the bulbs Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
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    Nice now you can drive to my house and give me a hand 🤚
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    All done! The picture is bad, but I have 8 mini-trees, 2 firesticks, 2 bushes, and 2 floods.
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    A while back someone (Donna?) asked about this Santa, at the time I did not really have any information on it. Recently I have found a couple of newspaper ads from the late 1960's that lead me to think it was probably made by Hamilton-Skotch. I have not been able to confirm that yet though. The Santa is shown with three other table top blow molds and two of those are definitely confirmed as being from Hamilton-Skotch as we have those and they have their original bags with that name on them. The two we have with the bags are the angel and the candle. I do think that the carolers and the Santa were also made by them. We have all four shown in the ad and we also have a Hamilton-Skotch 38" candle in our collection. The newspaper ads are from 1968. Mel
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    Try https://www.christmaslightfinder.com/ Doesn't work for me because I live in the middle of nowhere, but maybe it will work for you.
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    Very nice Big J. I'll probably be getting it down to the wire with mine. On and off rain and little kids have been killing my setup Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
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    All I have left is my icicle lights. I was putting out the santa sleigh on halloween, and I tripped, and injured my wrist, and got set back almost two weeks. I like my decorations to be done by about the 2nd week of november. Here's what I've got so far. 100% beautiful, warm, inviting incandescent lighting. About 8500 lights.
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    I've been working on a variety of things getting ready for Christmas. I swapped out all the lights in my blow molds for LED's and I'm making stands for my newest reindeers. I still need to put tomato cage trees together, lightening sticks and a mega tree. We've had an unexpected cold snap and snow over the last 3 weeks. Finally had a warm day yesterday and I was able to get the lights up along the roof line last night.
  31. 1 point
    Started last weekend and wrapped 14 trees in my front yard. Still have lots more to do with lawn lights, candy canes around the pond and a whole slew of inflatables.
  32. 1 point
    Cramke, Have you checked out this? It might be what your looking for. http://miip.mobi/help/MemberDocumentation.html Tom
  33. 1 point
    I call these the "light poles". Got them wrapped up and out over the weekend. Its basically a U made out of wood that slides over our porch pillars. All the screws that hold the lights are on the back of the U (not in my house! YAY!) and no wasted lights on the side facing the door. Each one has 5 sections so they can dance to the music.
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    Got a few pics. Still need to wrap my arch, finish wrapping the candy cane tree, whole roof, mega tree. Crap I go live in just over a week. I gotta get off this thing and back to work! Sent from my HTC Desire 626 using Tapatalk
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    Thanks for the information Mel. You are a wealth of knowledge on blow molds.
  36. 1 point
    between non polarized light strands...yes. There is nothing plugged into the other end of the extension cord that is protected anyway. I don't snip them....just rock them back and forth and apply a lot of pressure....they wear on the female end and it will go in
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    Polarized Plugs are a PITA ! I grind them, snip them, file them - whatever it takes. I get the safety issue, keep the threaded part of the socket the neutral side of the circuit, but I don't plan on sticking my finger in them anyway... lol
  38. 1 point
    Here is what I did. I used PVC Garage Door Stops, cut the rubber off...and cut them into 16" pcs, for the pumpkin blowmolds we have. Secure them using #8 screws and drill a 9/16" hole in opposite corners, and drive landscape pins to hold them down
  39. 1 point
    Big J: can we see a pic of your description? I'd like to try it. Meanwhile, Home D sells garden stakes that are wooden, 4 ft long, tapered at the end so you can drive them into the ground. They are 2" x 2" this year, which is a little bit skinny, but in previous years, they were 4" wide. So you drive them into your yard and attach your blow molds in front of the stakes using tie wraps or wire to prevent theft or support from the wind. You can get a bundle for about $5.
  40. 1 point
    Every year I am behind "schedule"....so in reality, while I think I am behind schedule this year, am I really on schedule?
  41. 1 point
    Donna, that is the 20" TPI #4935 "Christmas Wreath" and it is shown in their 1994-1996 catalogs. Mel
  42. 1 point
    My neighbor across the street was moving and today they were having a garage sale. Before they got started she came over and ask if I would be interested in these blow molds. She tried to give them too me but they refused and gave her 10 dollars for them.
  43. 1 point
    Trust me my friend, it boggles my mind the most as a collector . I understand the price tag in things like municipal blow molds not sold to the general public from the 50's, but then you have things like the mass produced early 2000's Mickey mouse, who can fetch up to 100 bucks in good shape on eBay. It's ridiculous.
  44. 1 point
    When it becomes stressful in the wallet,it won't be joyful hobby to do. It will consume all of your disposable income and is it worth it? NO way, remember, it's a hobby. You should want to do it. Don't feel for a second,that you have to keep up appearances, keeping up with the Jones's per say...when it robs money to be able to enjoy things,STOP! Don't overspend and lastly, keep the better half on board, they will enjoy buying things to add, without added stress with finances. Yes Mwalz,all the added small things seems to add up to the big picture!! Seems to me,that the lights are cheap. Feeding them is expensive,via,all the copper needed to make them work. I really enjoy the hobby,but when you add all the animation to it, it is a rich man's hobby. So,when I add more things this year, I have started all the way in January of this year, hit garage sales,estate sales,Letgo,Offer Up,Craigs (We don't do spybook) and believe it or not, much is found. I just ordered my blowmold cords, wanted to do it in July, but had a roof to pay for so it waited. I am patient and not everything was to be done today or this year. I have many ideas ,but if I can't , I cant. Change up the display ,on the placement of things, I am good with that:)
  45. 1 point
    I use the vinyl grade door strips (8ft) ,cut the rubber flap off, and fasten then to the bottom,using 8 screws. Leave them 4" long on both sides, drill a 9/16" hole on each corner and use metal 10" tent stakes, driven in the ground at an angle through each hole and never had a problem with the wind or theft. Essentially, they all have "ski's" on them but you don't see it...just me 2 pennys worth.:)
  46. 1 point
    find a way to weigh them down or maybe you can build platforms out of shipping skids. then you just have to mount your stuff of on the platforms which you easily take on and off.
  47. 1 point
    I don’t recommend the sand. Pain to put it in and remove. It makes the blow molds heavy and awkward to carry around and, in my opinion, ruins them. Just buy wooden fence stakes, cut, and hammer into ground. Works fine.
  48. 1 point
    I have one more complete deer but the antlers are broke, I need to fix it and I have another deer but for some reason no head. I will add some pics of the sleigh later on.
  49. 1 point
    I wish this was a full time gig....very veey relaxing, a man ,tape and the smell of paint and the sound of an aerosol can
  50. 1 point
    Sharon, Welcome! Congratulations on making the transition from lurker to poster! I have an answer for you. As long as you keep all the bulbs the same (as Qberg eluded to) everything should work fine. The answer is simple. You need 4 or 5 sets of 100 minis in green and 2 or 3 sets in red. (Sets of 100 are really 2 sets of 50 with 2.5 volt bulbs.) It doesn't matter where you get them but the sets all need to be the same type/brand/etc. That wat the bulbs will all be the same as far as wattage, SB vs. nonSB, etc. Remove the bulbs from those sets and then remove the little plastic bases from the bulbs. Now you have all the replacement bulbs that you need. Remove the bulbs from the wireframe, transfer the bases from the old bulbs to the new bulbs, and replace the bulbs. As long as you replace ALL of the bulbs there shouldn't be any problem. It won't matter what kind of bulbs were originally in the wireframe. Removing all those bulbs can be hard on your fingers. Use one of those really cheap pairs of flat 5" wire strippers to gently grab between the base of the bulb and the socket. Use a slight wiggling motion to remove the bulb. https://www.harborfreight.com/5-inch-wire-stripper-36901.html TED