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Bill V

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  1. Merry Christmas Virginia

    Ralph, I run mine till the 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas. Can hardly bare to shut it down then!
  2. Merry Christmas Virginia

    The display is hanging in there. I run it till the twelfth day of Christmas, Jan. 6th.
  3. Merry Christmas Virginia

    Merry Christmas Everyone! One of these days I'm going to find a way to sneak way from my display to check your artistry out Stephen!
  4. I run a pretty big display and am still using AL gear. I'm always looking for spare controllers and MB's If anyone is looking to unload I hope you will message me or shoot me an email. potomacbillv@gmail.com Thanks!
  5. Bump....I know there is someone out there that wants to move those old controllers.
  6. Silent site?

    Every time I come on PC at some point I wonder to myself what happened to all those great folks that resided here for so long. I really do miss the days where a question would be asked and within minutes there would be multiple reply's. The volume of posts had me checking in daily if not twice a day to keep up. I'm not sure where all those good people went but It really is a shame.
  7. Silent site?

    For once I was ahead of schedule and up and running on the 1st. Weather has been great but you are right Stephen, I think that is about to change.
  8. Viewing Public Say the Darndest Things

    A mother thanked me for all my hard work and then went on and on about me taking the time to dress up as Santa night after night and stand in the window......Virtual Santa..
  9. Spt Wire And Plugs *help*

    No limit other than amperage.
  10. Camo Electrical Cord

    I have been dealing with Laurie there for years. Really good people.
  11. Camo Electrical Cord

    https://www.reinders.com/led#hllink You will have to call to order.
  12. Camo Electrical Cord

    I have a hard enough time getting up all the cords at tear down now......might be tempted to leave a few down if I went with the camo. Better stick with Reinders green spt @ 98.00 a thousand.
  13. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    Andy, Have you heard from Al Thompson? Was wondering if he would be there. I really would like to here about his experience with The Great Christmas Light Fight.
  14. Where does time go?

    Was thinking the same thing. Does time seem to fly by faster or are we just getting slower. Slower I think. Medical issues last year caused me to stay dark but I'm all in for 2017. more about that in time. Wishing everyone an awesome setup, one that rivals those images that come and go but seldom leave you head.
  15. Candles for sale

    Don't have a place to use them thanks. I do know commercial props of that size new sell for between 400.00 and 600.00 each these days and these vintage ones are a look you can't find or have made anymore. What a find.
  16. Candles for sale

    Great price for sure!
  17. Looking for a buzz box

    Anybody out there have a used buzz box that they want to sell. Mine bit the dust and I still do use quite a few incandescent lights. Please PM or you could email me at potomacbillv@gmail.com Thanks! Bill
  18. Candles for sale

    Those are really nice!
  19. 10th Annual Virginia mini

    Me Too!
  20. LED Light Sale of a Lifetime

    Sorry for the lag in getting back with a critique, I received a sample string from Dan as promised and am happy with the product. Very bright, no flicker, non replaceable and appear to be full wave. I was sent a string of 5mm and the domes are slightly smaller than the 5mm I have from HLE but when lit, are as bright. The only concern I had was just how sealed the lights are at the point where the wires enter, sacrificing the set I cut open several and although the design is different at the point of wire entry than what I am used to, once the wires enter the socket the bottom third of the socket is molded solid and appears to eliminate any water intrusion. So, IMHO thumbs up for the price.
  21. LED Light Sale of a Lifetime

    For anyone interested I have been in touch with Dan and requested sample strings. I will critique the product and share here on PC. The sample was promptly shipped and is due today. If the product is as advertised, molded husk, sealed non replaceable bulbs then these are some really great prices.
  22. House decorated in the 1950's!!

    Although I've changed much of my display over to LED's I'm still stubbornly keeping incandescent lights in the display. If you like incandescent mini's, phase out the standard .32amp variety with the energy saving ones like Phillips brand energy savers. With .16amp. draw your getting twice the lighting power with hardly a discernible difference in brightness. There is a warmth in incandescent light that just cant be found in LED's and I don't ever see myself having a display without them.
  23. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    Thanks Scott. Very handy reference.
  24. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    I don't think any of these inexpensive meters are that accurate when reading really small loads. That being said, using the two meters I have I consistently get a reading of between .03 -.05 per 100 cnt. string of LED's and .32 -.36 per 100 cnt. string of incandescent mini lights. I calculate load based on the higher of the readings for safety sake. I also check the draw at the power source not at the point of use which will add to real use accuracy. Using the lower of the two readings, .03, you are still looking at 15.3 amps for 51,000 lights.
  25. First Time Display, which LED lights to buy?

    I think you may be underestimating the amperage draw or, if your display is animated, the 51,000 led's are never all on at once. It's been my experience that the typical draw for a 100 cnt. string of full wave led's runs + - .05 amps. multiply that by 510 strings of 100 and you come up with around 25.5 amps. That 25.5 amp. draw would not include any drop that may be associated with any long extension cord runs in the display so using the 80% rule I would think it would require a min. of two fifteen amp. circuits.