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About drivemewilder

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  • Birthday 03/23/1978

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Tucking my young son in at night and caught him looking out the window. He says "dad, that ferris wheel is so cool. Will you build me one when I'm older?"
  • Location
    Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
  • Biography
    A sports nut, love to decorate for Christmas, and love my guns!
  • Interests
    Sports, my family, and Christmas
  • Occupation
    Rocket Scientist!!!!
  • About my display
    RGB driven by a Falcon controller. Love the mechanical displays including ferris wheels, skating rink, and anything motorized.
  1. PVC ferris wheel build!!!

    Lol, yes we made the seats too! Not many people recognize the attention that was given to make them look like stockings. Glad you liked (and noticed)!
  2. PVC ferris wheel build!!!

    You can make any size wheel you want. I've made them as small as 5' and as tall as 15' (built for the Hyatts before they went on the Great Christmas Light Fight, can be seen as Hyatt extreme Christmas). A ferris wheel provides one of the biggest wow factors for your spectators, and the bigger the wheel...the bigger the pop. But there is nothing wrong with a smaller wheel.
  3. I wanna see! But unable to view anything
  4. Hey PC family! I've been out of the PlanetChristmas loop for awhile. I occasionally monitor a few Christmas related sites and FB pages, but my job and family life has kept me too busy to stay connected with anyone. Those that have been a part of PC for many years like myself, know that I'm known for my ferris wheel and skating rink. I'm not saying mine are the best, there are many people here that have great ferris wheels and skating rinks. I've posted pictures, videos, and how-to's over the years. Yet I still get emails and my inbox is full of messages from people asking for help with one or the other. I am more than happy to help, but like I said, I've been out of touch and don't get on PC too often. I've transitioned into a RGB display for myself, and I've been trying to learn as much as I can in that world. But what I've learned in this process is that I, and many others, still miss the magic that a mechanical display can offer! My mechanical elements have all been sold off or torn down due to age and damage. However, I plan to bring back my ferris wheel. New, improved, and I intend to capture images along the way! Not for recognition. Not for any other reason than to hopefully have 1 more and possibly last necessary avenue for those interested in building a pvc ferris wheel. This will be easier for me than to try and respond to each and every request. It will also be cleaner having step by step pictures along the way. So be on the lookout in the next few months as I start the build. Probably early spring! As for the question of why a pvc ferris wheel....it just better fits my need. I started out with a wooden ferris wheel. It was beautiful. It also was heavy and difficult to store. There are people here that have metal ferris wheels, or gemmy, or whatever else. There is nothing wrong with those. Please don't assume I'm putting those down. Maybe one of those fit's your need/desire. My case for a PVC ferris wheel is this: PVC is cheap. It's lightweight and can be broken down or carried as a whole pretty easily. It is pretty weather resistant for 5 weeks out of the year, especially if you paint it (white even) to protect it. PVC is very easy to work with and requires no special tools. For me, a ferris wheel should be an octagon and that shape is very easy to achieve. A ferris wheel, whatever style you choose, gives a wow factor like nothing else in a display can achieve (in my experience and opinion of course). I hope you are as excited about it as I am. If you don't see anything from me, assume that I'm busy with life but please know that the build and the how-to is coming, and by all means don't hesitate to drop me a line with a friendly reminder. Knowing that people are interested will encourage me to do it even more than I already am!
  5. I've built dozens. I've helped hundreds of others build them. What do you need help with...
  6. Ferris wheel how to

    I'm not sure why my pictures and videos keep disappearing. I've uploaded dozens of each over the years, and somebody always points out to me that they aren't there months or years later. So, here are a few more pictures of the ferris wheel from many years ago. I'll see if I can dig up more. These pictures are for helping in the build process.
  7. 120 Volt Slip Rings

    This is wayyyyyy late, but for future information....mercotac. That's the website and name of the slip ring you want. I use them on my ferris wheels and skating rinks. They run about $75 and are safe and easy to use. I used to build my own slip rings, but they still have a degree of being unsafe as the hot leads are exposed and easy to grab by little kids in the neighborhood.
  8. Ferris wheel how to

    I had a ferris wheel and skating rink for many years. I sold kits, plans, and tried to help as many people as I could. If you search this forum, you will find my pictures and how-to's. Mine was 12', but I built them as small as 5' and as big as 15'. It's fun....it's challenging...it's totally worth the effort. But it won't be easy. Here is a video of my ferris wheel and skating rink.
  9. Hi - I'm a relatively new member, and I came across the instructions you posted for a PVC Ferris Wheel -- I think they're great!  However, the video doesn't seem to be there any more, and it's no wonder--I think you posted it in 2009!  Is there any chance that you moved the video -- to YouTube, for instance?


  10. Shooting Stars - How to setup

    I don't have pics right now, not sure if I have any on my home computer or not. I did a shooting star scene about 5 years ago that was a huge hit. I get asked every year to bring it back. But it was a lot of work. I came from the back of my house, shooting stars over the top of the house and crashing into the lawn. I found an old TV antenna pole. One of those 3-legged ones that people put next to the house years ago that extended 5' or so above the roof. I drove 1/2" rebar in the ground and slid the antenna poles over, then I used a wide ratchet strap to secure it to the back porch column. Using aircraft cable I made a loop on 1 end and secured it to the antenna pole. I brought the other end to the ground where I wanted it to crash. Since I had recently cut down a tree, I used the stump to attach a wench. If I didn't have the tree stump, I would have cemented a pole in the ground or poured a small slab just under the surface so that it would easily be covered with dirt the other 11 months. Figure out how you want to mount the wench to the concrete slab or to the pole. I would make the pole also just below the surface and then use a smaller pipe attached to the wench, so that it can slide into the bigger pipe in the ground. Now you have a way to raise and lower the stars and pull them tight. I just used zip ties to attach stars to aircraft cable, and it doesn't need to be thick cable. 3/16" should be enough. I had 13 stars mounted.
  11. Fire Sticks

    As you can see, opinions differ! And that's the beauty of what we do, everyone brings something new to the table. I found the video that was all the rage 7 years ago when we were were all taken aback and furiously discussing these pillars of light! Even trying to name them so that we all knew what one another was talking about! They start "firing" at 12 seconds. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oMqoXedPEfQ
  12. Fire Sticks

    When firestix were first discovered, Matt built them out of 3" pipe. It does depend on the look you prefer, but 3" became standard. In fact, the typical fire stick build uses black plastic dryer vent over the PVC. Cut into sections to make it easier to wrap lights and hold lights in place. Because it slides over the PVC, the vent pipe is 4". So what you are seeing in many or most fire sticks, is a 4" lighted stick.
  13. Flying santa video

    Not sure if it exists or not...but I would like to find a video of santa and his sleigh, flying through the sky. I have a virtual santa that everyone loves. I thought it would be neat to project a flying santa on the tall pine trees in my back yard, over the top of my house!!
  14. CCR tree for sale

    I have a 6 CCR tree with a 7th ribbon as a spare. I will attempt to attach a video to prove that they work, although I haven't had much luck getting any videos to upload lately. I can definitely send a text video if you are interested. I prefer to sell all 7 to the same person so that I don't have a couple that would be useless to me. If I can't sell them, I will continue using them as a tree. Although I will consider splitting it up if I think all 7 will sell. I have an idea what they are worth, but shoot me a text with an offer if you are interested. 6 of the ribbons are 4 years old, work great. The 7th is a spare, got last year, never used. This is the whole CCR...ribbon, power supply, controller.