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  • My favorite Christmas story
    love em all
  • Location
    Menomonee Falls, WI
  • Biography
    I am a church music director, love to decorate outside cause we have 2 cats that would tear it apart on the inside. Love to design and make all my own decorations!
  • Interests
    Music
  • Occupation
    Director of Music for Lutheran Church
  • About my display
    My display is in the creative stages. I don't want to over do it but I think three theme areas will be what happens.
  1. Anyone work with these flood lights?

    Ok, I'm happy to report that as of the shut down of this season, my floods worked wonderfully! Got them to the correct internal program and they faded together from start to finish. Having over a 150' long house (with the attached garage) they lite up the house wonderfully and stayed in sync! Having a stone face see the pict above. The house looked wonderful. I am going to get lower wattage versions of these for next season to do up lighting on the trees. I have 3 batches of 4 together in a section and plan to use this to uplight. I had single stationary color and with the snow in the trees it was beautiful. Going to do the 3 color, red, green, blue and they will all be in sync and it should look amazing.
  2. Merging of new P.C.

    Not big on this at all. I got of all the crappy social media because of the B.S. and drama. Why do we need to do this to a group of folks that don't need it or want it?
  3. Ok this may sound a little weird by I am very particular about what I build and how it is built. With that said, I am looking at what I am planning on adding for 2018! I already have drawings for my additional wire frame that I will be making. What I am looking for are strings of GRAY LED 5mm. 70 or 100 count 2 in quantity. What for you may ask, for a DONKEY! for the stable. I know there are gray Led's out there just don't know if you can get them in strings or not. If not the donkey will not emerge. Mike
  4. What goes down must go up!

    Well I got some down today. Took the painted cartoon characters down. Pulled the floods on them. Took down the radio signs and lights, killed the power to the nativity wire frames. Shut down the computer for the singing trees and pulled the outdoor speakers (klipsh) in bags. Rest of the stuff will have to wait till the beginning of Feb after my cardio procedure rehab. The great thing this year was the folks with their kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day parking in the lot and walking in front of the house. Never had anyone except my niece walk in the display. Family privilege you know! Oh and the weekend folks going really slow in front on Saturday and Sunday nights. Local law enforcement even brought their families over. They use the adjacent parking lot for speeders. So I never worry about any problems. Hope everyone had a great Christmas.
  5. Options to fix snowman frame

    That’s whats I’m talking about most of the paint would not let the light through. You need to connect to a pro theater supply company and talk to them about the coatings they have for various light bulbs. Explain what you are doing and they could advise. But regular spray paint will not work.
  6. Options to fix snowman frame

    Depends on the paint. Most of it peels after a season or two.
  7. What goes down must go up!

    Mine's not coming down until the end of January, I shut the show down this weekend (epiphany) It is so damn cold out right now that I'm not going to even try. Beside my cardiologist said no stress or heavy activity until after my cardiac ablation next week. Had SVT and afib during christmas. Here is what my display looked like this year.
  8. PVC ferris wheel build!!!

    Want to do a Ferris Wheel also, but! I am a little hesitant! This past Christmas we had severe winds storms, (excess of 50 mph) and it brought down my flying angel. She is made out of 3/8 rolled steel welded to 3/4 square tubing, mounted on a 10' 1" steel pipe mounted to a 3/4 wooden pallet with 4' extender legs, tethered down with (4) 250 lb guide wires and 200 lbs of sand tubes. The wind snapped one of the cables, (in the middle) and it came down! Little bent damage that I was able to re-bend! Converted over to 750 lb guide wires. It's ok now. Just worries that after all the work to make it that the wind would take it away. It has to be PVC for storage and set up! I was thinking about minnions in the seats! Kid's love them. Any ideas folks?
  9. Mike's Creation

    2017 ! Spent the last year adding to my display. Now have a mostly complete nativity in including, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Manger, 3 shepherds and sheep, 3 wise men and camels and 3 angels, with one 10' in the air. Some bunnies, a fence line with cartoon characters, my singing Christmas trees, Bunch of Cartoons folks! My singing trees, and my nutcrackers! Along with a bunch of accent lighting, the typical bushes and house lighting and 5 candle pillars! Will add 2 more nutcrackers a cow and donkey, maybe something BIG! Will have to see how the year goes.
  10. LOR Sequences

    If you go to the Light o rama website go to the support tab and click on the documentation tab then go down to the quick start musical sequences 3/4 down the page and click on that. Should give you all the info you need. or this http://www1.lightorama.com/PDF/QuickStartGuideMusicalSequence.pdf
  11. Display up one full week now and already thinking about next year. Want to build a 10' tall Ferris Wheel, 2" pvc framing. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
  12. Com port 3 problems

    Ok, turned the system on today and it is ****! I have done nothing to this computer or the lOR controllers since last year. No updates or anything. Connected one controller thru cable to usb converter plugged into my computer. Fired everything up would not talk to the computer. Computer will not recognized com port 3. Tried 3 different cables. this is on windows 10. internet shut off on this computer to keep crap updates out. Any ideas. Like I said last year shut it down (was running great) put it in storage for a year, pulled it out yesterday and nothing will work. I can see and hear sequences on laptop but will not communicate with controllers. (2 units, one tried alone to communicate with computer) HELP? Mike
  13. Who else is behind schedule!?

    Nope, actually I will probably be EARLY! Everything is coming up out of the basement today and tomorrow. So here is this years layout! Waterfall lights all around the house! Ice sicle lights on the front stoop and both garage doors. 5 3 Tier candles each side of the stoop, and all side of the garage doors. All trees lining the parking lot and drive wrapped with red and green rope lights. Two large floods lighting up the entire front of the house with red, blue and green alternating. 4 Bushes in front the house and garage (attached) with red, green and multi color. 4 singing coro Christmas trees controlled by LIght O Rama, 2 Nuttcrackers wire frames animated guarding the Christmas Trees, Presents in front of the trees. 4 sections of 2' tall white picket fences in with 24 different painted cartoon characters. And now the wire frames, 3 deer, 2 bunnies, 3 lambs, 3 shepherds with hooks, 3 wise men, 3 camels, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, The Manger, 2 cherub angels on the manger and one flying Gabriel trumpeting angel. Two day of work. Now if only the rest of the damn leaves would fall so I can blow to have a nice clean lawn! Oh next year, working on plans for a 15' yes 15 foot Ferris wheel.
  14. FM Transmitter suggestions

    I have this available. If you are interested we can do paypal and I would ship it overnight at no cost to you! This is the same one I use and I get over 1 mile of coverage before the signal fades! Great unit! $120.00 cost, no shipping charges. I purchased one during the summer and put it away so well, I forgot where I put it. So a second 1 was purchased. This is the original 1 unopened! The 2.0 Whole House FM Transmitter® has been replaced with a the new Whole House FM Transmitter® 3.0. This new transmitter is superior to the original version with a long list of new features. This new FCC approved transmitter comes with an easy to install, international antenna extension that helps boost performance in countries that allow. LCD display that shows frequency and other settings. Covers entire FM band from 88.1 to 107.9 in 0.1 MHz steps. Automatic Gain Control (AGC) evens out high and low volumes. Input Volume Control to adjust to input levels. Stereo/Mono switch (mono has a longer range). Microphone input and line input. PLL (phase lock loop) prevents frequency drift. Includes Audio "Y" cable allowing speakers and FM transmission. Universal power adapter (4 different power sources supported). Remembers station frequency and on/off state without power. Broadcast 150' (longer with the international antenna wire). This is everything that comes in the Box: Whole House FM Transmitter 3.0 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Audio Cable RCA Jack Stereo Adapter Stereo Audio "Y" Cable 110/220 V AC Wall Outlet Adapter 12V DC Car Adapter Computer USB Power Adapter
  15. Anyone work with these flood lights?

    Ok, I am looking at purchasing 4 of these units to light up the front of my house. Floodoor RGB LED Flood Light,30W US 3 Prong Plug,Remote Control,16 Colors 4 Models Switchable,Memory Function,Outdoor Advertising Housing Decoration Landscape Garden by Floodoor . I want to light up the front of my house with these (it is a wonderful rough stone face) and I am hoping that someone out here has these and can answer the following questions. 1. I want to program them not using light-o-rama, just the internal to do a slow fade from red to green together to light up the front of the house. 2. Will the four work together? Supposedly after you program them each time the power is turned back on they will remember the last setting and go. 3. I want them to work together so the whole house is red then green. NOT alternating or not being synced. If these will not work, can you recommend something outside of purchasing 8 units 4 for each color and put on a remote fader. Don't want to spend a lot of cash to make this happen. I already have spent more than my limit for 2017. This is the final thing for this year. Mike's Creations. Ps last year I used 6 small spots alternating green/red looked nice but want the whole house to light up one color at a time and dim slowly.
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