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  • 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.
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timpwk

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timpwk last won the day on August 28 2015

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About timpwk

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  • Birthday 01/22/1963

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Location
    Covington Township PA 18444
  • Biography
    Like to decorate without sequencing
  • Interests
    holiday decorating
  • Occupation
    teach
  • About my display
    static display of fabrics, inflatables and blow molds

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  1. Fast way to add reindeer to the roof

    I will get picture of up, but we have had snow on the roof and waiting for it to be safe to go on to take pics..
  2. New Way To Repair Holes In Molds?

    Sad news. I used to drive by John's house. I was not able to get to it last year, but was headed to that area this Sunday. Christmas in heaven must be a little brighter.
  3. Wire frame deer lights out

    Sorry to take so long. Here are the pics of one of the deer.
  4. what kind of lights do I need?

    depending on the blow mold I use 40W or 60W LED equivalents. They are so cheap right now. I started by using CFLs but since LEDs are now so cheap and the environmental impact of the CFLs I have switched over.
  5. Fast way to add reindeer to the roof

    Screws scare me too! I bolt mine to a 2/4 frame and then cabe it to the roof.
  6. Wire frame deer lights out

    I did not use the same on each deer. I accumulated them over the years and they were all in different poses, but it ranged from 4 to 6 sets. These were all older deer, which are much sturderer and robust than the ones made in the last few years.
  7. Best blow mold light?

    I have converted almost all of my blow molds to LED with great success. I have not noticed any issue, except that you will need to make sure you buy the same color temp and that the color temp is one you like. I have not found a direct replacement of the 7W bulbs at the LED bulbs in the same size and shape are too dim, and those with the same base of a 7W that are brighter, the bulb section is too big. I I have has some success doing this with blow molds in which I could access the bulb inside the mold.
  8. Troubleshooting LEDs

    Is there a "blob" (resistor, etc.) on the second half? I wonder if that has gone bad and could be your problem?
  9. Wire frame deer lights out

    I actually gave them away this year to my son's girlfriend. I will get pictures for you. I has been three years and I have had zero issues. I used the wires from the old incans to splice wire onto the LEDs at the fold points to allow me to continue to fold the deer for storage. Most of the LEDs fit in the clips that held the old incan bulbs and I also got more clips at the local ACE. I also used 4inch wire ties to hold the lights on. I only gave them away as last year I finally achieved a goal of getting 9 blow mold reindeer and sleigh to put on my roof. (75% off at a local store!) I felt strange having two sleighs so I gave them to her. She is also my design and setup partner at my house so I am glad she has them!!!!
  10. Wire frame deer lights out

    I had 9 deer and sled like these for may years and found that the light keeper pro works great most of the time. Since with these deer there are so many lights after a few years there was a constant failure issue. Several times I would restring the deer. I also found that once in a while using the "trigger" function of the Light keeper would blow every bulb in a set. My solution was to buy boxes of LED lights from walmart after Christmas at 75% off. They sell warm white white wire lights and I got the for $1 a box and converted all of them to LED. Never had an issue again. And saved lots of power!!
  11. Splicing Christmas lights

    When I did this I simply cut wire from the old incan sets I was getting rid of and used that to splice my LEDs to the lengths I needed. I retro fitted many old metal silouette figures and needed to add length to allow for the folding of legs, etc. for storage. Had no issues ever.
  12. Roof top display

    I have my santa and sleigh mounted to a 2 by 4 frame and cable tied to the sides of my roof. I did not want to put any holes in my roof.
  13. SPT 1 or 2

    I would see no issue with the SPT1 in combo with LED. If you are really concerned measure the amps with a Kil-A-Watt or simililar device.
  14. Not able to have my display

    So sorry Doug. Prayers your way........
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