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bigj3fan4life last won the day on February 12 2017

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About bigj3fan4life

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 12/22/1971

Profile Information

  • My favorite Christmas story
    Each year it changes
  • Location
    Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
  • Biography
    I love Christmas!
  • Interests
    Christmas decorations
  • Occupation
    Chistmas Engineer
  • About my display
    Over the top.

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  1. I have been an active member for over 10 years, and a lurker since 2002. Some thing I would like to see; Instead of quoting somebody, maybe a comment box to reply to that comment. I use the DIY Do It Yourself section the most and have made many friends and contacts from there. But, there are a bunch of things in the DIY Motorized Contraptions section that need to be consolidated (Hamberger Display items) into their own sub category, or moved to the indoor section and add a sub category for the Gemmy stuff. Also maybe the ability to have a photo section on your profile.
  2. You can already do this from your profile page.
  3. Need help with a motor

    I use 12v wal warts for wiper motors. I get them from junk stores for cheap.
  4. Motorizing a cutout

    The simplest way, would be to use a deer head motor. I find them cheap at garage sales because usually the lights don't work.
  5. Need a website?

    I'm interested. I have a weebly website, but I don't care for it and a Facebook page. Plus we are changing the name of our display and haven't even put thought into the website. We have however changer the name on the facebook page. Christmas on Savannah is the facebook. Ganesfamilychristmas.webs.com is the weebly.
  6. LED Pre- Sale Help

    William Bottomly puts this list together and it's a great tool to use when researching prices. http://www.highcountrylights.com/christmas-resources.html
  7. Dimming?

    I built a couple of these several years ago and they still work great for incandescents. Most of the big box "house brand" LED's are not fullwave, but the GE brand seem to be.
  8. Grapevine reindeer troubles

    During this year's setup, I had 7 of my reindeer connected together and before I could get plugged them into my electrical panel (and luckily), a thunderstorm came trough and a lightning strike killed all the bulbs in each reindeer. We've been wanting to do something different with them for a while, but just haven't. Has anyone ever covered them with some sort of fabric to resemble fur? in years past, we had them in a coral, but we want to create a barn or something like that. Any ideas?
  9. Years ago (2001), I had a Neighbor that had a train in his display. His was wired thru a slip ring on a central pole. That planted the seed and I started building the engine. Then I started seeing them on here and wanted to build one without a cord. Then in 2010 I was in Texas for a Cowboys game and ventured to Frisco to see Bryce's amazing display. As we sat there watching he came out to work on something, so I jumped at the chance to talk to him. He was very gracious and then I told him I had seen his stuff on Planet Christmas and as we talked he had recognized some of things I had built and showed. Then he invited me into his yard and gave me the VIP tour of both of his trains. He shared a ton of tips and tricks on his train. Needless to say, I'm still collecting train parts. It will happen, but not real soon because I need more room.
  10. Tree Dazzler

    As if that ever stopped anybody! I got one to tinker with. The first setback, it has to be turned on everytime you power it up.
  11. Close hanger arches?

    You can chuck them up in a drill to twist the wire hangers together. If your dead set on using the hangers, I would twist as many together as possible because of strength. Less = flimsy in this case.
  12. Modest 2016 Display

    I use 1/4" hardboard for most of mine and I've got some cutouts that are 15 years old. I also paint the edges to seal them and also paint the backside with some scrap outdoor paint. Recently I've discovered underlatyment at HD about $15 for a 4x8 sheet. It's a little thin, but lightweight enough for the roof. The drawback to the thin stuff, it needs a support frame of some type. The Rudolph in the picture is hardboard and was made in 2001 and repainted in 2012.
  13. Tree Dazzler

    Has anyone hacked these yet?
  14. Carousel motor help

    My tree stand outlasted my merry go round, as long as you keep it dry. The spinning speed is perfect for my taste.
  15. Carousel motor help

    My tree stand outlasted my merry go round, as long as you keep it dry. The spinning speed is perfect formy taste.