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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • 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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Ralph Priest

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About Ralph Priest

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    Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
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    Health and fitness,sports
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    Retired L.E.O.
  1. roof light frame

    Question for the mob: this year,in an attempt to save time, I attached my C9s to pvc with zip ties.It looked great at first,but then the sun warmed-up the ties and now the bulbs are falling over. Has anyone else dealt with this problem and what was your solution?
  2. Display for sale

    Sorry to hear that you have to quit this madness. Do you have prices set for the Hamberger pieces?
  3. C7 stringers

    Are there any vendors that sell C7 stringers with 6" spacing(or less), in something less than 500' spools?
  4. roof light frame

    Sometime ago, a member posted pics of a roof-lights frame made with Sch.40 and some type of three-way connector. The frame ran along all four sides;but, the ridge line sat off the deck a little thanks to the connectors. I've been to the big-box stores and they don't carry this type of connector. Can anyone fill-in the blanks here?
  5. New Ownership Creative Displays Inc.

    Welcome to our Christmas Crazies Club.
  6. C7 stringers

    Does anyone sell C7 stringers with 4 to 6 inch spacing?
  7. Pvc frame for lights

    Thanx for the replies--that's a great solution. But, the pics I saw were of pvc basically outlining the upper roof--top,bottom and sides. The upper section was slightly elevated off the ridge,but I can not recall how this was done.
  8. Pvc frame for lights

    Thanx,I'll have a look.
  9. Pvc frame for lights

    Sometime ago a member posted pics of his project which was pvc built and served as a frame for placing lights on the roof and keeping them straight. Does anyone here know where to find the post?
  10. Mega tree wench

    I have an 18' mega tree, the mast is 2" iron pipe which is mounted in a simple pvc/concrete ground mount with no guide wires. Oh and it's a spiral combination tree,at that--so lots of lights. I was thinking of using a hand wench system this year to speed things along. My question is this: will the wench system work in this example?And are guide wires even needed for a wench system?
  11. Moving! Any tips?

    I feel your angst! We moved two years ago and finding our next home that was compatible with our light show was a real ordeal. So,that being said, I would echo the advice of others: get your power supply needs done first. Here's what I chose to do at the new Priest Ponderosa: an electrician ran a new,dedicated 50 amp supply to the exterior, east wall and installed a generator hook-up.Using a heavy duty hand truck, we built eight,110 outlets on the truck. That way, when the season is over I simply disconnect and wheel the power panel in to the garage.
  12. Dept 56 North Pole

    We recently inherited several North Pole Village pieces, both buildings and accessories, that we have no room to display. Is there a viable resale market for these and how would we set our prices?
  13. LEDs stringers

    We have a two-story,colonial, with a fully covered front porch. I want to run lights,vertically, from the top roof ridge--over the front face--over the front porch roof and to the ground. Now--that's a long run;so, I'm wondering which lights would do the best job. Using only LEDs, should I simply use C9s or make a super string of two colors of C7s? Of course,the C9s option would be faster and cheaper.
  14. Expo 2017

    I forgot to ask at our Va. Mini--is anyone in the area going to PC Expo in Nashville?
  15. Va. Mini

    Sorry for my having to ask, but those of you who won LOR gift certificates, I need you to send me your email addresses again. LOR will not honor them until I personally notify my contact there. Thanx!