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About cacoulter

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    Cumming, GA
  • Biography
    For the last nine years, I have hosted a Toys For Tots toy drive for my birthday. This year, I am thinking of adding a light display to the event. What have I gotten myself in to?
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    Restoring a '71 Ford F250 and fixing up my house.
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  • About my display
    Still on paper.
  1. Why? What's the risk? If all you collect is a dollar, then the charity get a dollar more than they would have. Every little bits helps. Make up a sign that says who you are collecting for. Contact the charity. They might be able to help promote you. Maybe they can send a representitive to help show that you are legit and not just pocketing the money. Contact your local paper. A lot of them have free advertising for charitable events. The two most important things to remember: 1. Have fun. 2. Do it!
  2. How To Store This?

    Make a frame from 2x4, on edge, big enough to frame the snowman. Looks like it needs to be about 12' x 7'. Apply 1/4" plywood to one side. Strategically place a few small blocks of wood keep the snowman in place. Maybe a couple of crisscrosses of bungee to hold him down. Tip the whole thing against the wall. A couple of eye hooks would keep it from falling over. As the frame is 3.5" deep, you might be able to store other items with him.
  3. Inline Female On C9 Plugged Cord?

    The other thought would be to use SPT wire & vampire taps to make custom extension cords that place the outlets were you need them. As always, do your math and check the amperage.
  4. Squirrels Chewing Cords

    Bag the trees and add a mothball. It will help save your nose. 30 squirrels or the same three squirrels 10 times?
  5. Easiest Terminators/Snubbers to make

    If the night light solves the glow, then at least you are on the right track.
  6. Easiest Terminators/Snubbers to make

    The snubber doesn't have to attach to the end of the string. It can be anywhere in the circuit. Some people add it into the controller. Get a power splitter, Put it and the night light at the front of the light strings to test it.
  7. New Years Eve Ball Drop

    To keep it from spinning, run a guide wire behind the ball from your pulley support down to the floor. Feed it through a loop in the back of the ball. For more stability, use two wires on either side. For the wires, two thoughts: 1. Just let them hang from the bottom of the ball. 2. Fix the wires half way up the wall, then over to the ball (you did say it was indoors in corner). Leave enough slack to reach the top and the floor.
  8. Mega Tree Base Idea.

    Standing a pole like that into a hole in the ground could be difficult. I think that you should combine a couple of methods and mount it similar to how the hospital did. Do the cement and sleeve. Then build a bracket similar to what the hospital used that mounts in the sleeve. You can pull the assembly out of the sleeve during the off season, and you get to keep all 20' of the pole. Option #2 would be to mount a similar bracket to the Portable Hole. Although, technically, without the hole, it isn't a Portable Hole.
  9. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry that your new husky is eating everything.
  10. Magnets For C9 Light Strings

    I have been eyeballing these for much the same purpose (haven't tried it yet). You can probably find similar magnets at most office supply stores along with WalMart & Target. Try looking for whiteboard magnets.
  11. Tomato Cage Grounding (Tripping) Issue?

    Question for the more experience mini tree makers. Has anyone seen this problem with sealed LEDs? I can see this problem happening a lot with the incans as the contacts are almost sticking out the bottom of the base. Get too close to the tomato cage wire... Based on that, two ideas that I have: 1. Use sealed LEDs. 2. Cover the cage wires with electrical tape (long strip folded over the wire) or spray it with Plasti Dip. Thoughts?
  12. Have you ever seen the phone company lay cable and go under someone's driveway? That is what I am referring to. You can hire a service (look for "pipe ramming") or use something like BulletMole. I think EWTally was referring to something like this. Not sure that I would try that under a roadway. A short concrete span would not be a problem. You would need to back fill really good or the roadway would settle/sink.
  13. Assuming that your drive is asphalt and not concrete. Place the wire in a conduit (PVC or EMT). You can use up to 1". Separate high voltage from low voltage. Place a 2x12 on each side. Use a 8" spike or lag bolt to fasten each end down. Screw down a 2x8 as a cap. Paint it yellow. Put out warning signs. Most cars will have no problems diving over it at slow speeds. When you pull it up, fill the holes with tar. To span 15', you may want to consider splitting it in two. You may want to consider hiring someone to ram a pair of conduits under the road.
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  15. Lowering And Lifting A Figure

    No. That won't work. Once you trip the limiter switch, you can can't move any more, either direction. Using this diagram for the relay: http://www.engineersgarage.com/electronic-components/dpdt-double-pole-double-throw-relay On the motor, I will refer to the posts as pins 1 & 2. Applying + to pin 1 will raise the figure. Connect power + to COM1. Connect power - to COM2. Connect NC1 to down limiter switch, then to motor pin 2. Connect NC2 to motor pin 1 Connect NO1 to up limiter switch, then to motor pin 1. Connect NO2 to motor pin 2. When power is applied to the relay, the NO circuit will be closed, The motor will start to raise the figure. When the up limiter switch is tripped, the motor will stop. When power is removed from the relay, the NC circuit will close. The motor will start to lower the figure. When the down limiter switch is tripped, the motor will stop. Another choice would be to do something similar to your diagram, but... Remove relay #2. Place the limiter switches in front of pin 4 & 9 on relay #1. Grab two.