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DanoNJ last won the day on May 6 2017

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About DanoNJ

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  • Birthday 09/01/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Monroe Twp, NJ
  • Biography
    been active in displays since I was a kid
  • Interests
    Boating, building
  • Occupation
    Premium Auditor
  • About my display
    I live in Monroe Twp, Middlesex County, NJ. I will have for 2009 approx 20K lights, computer animated lighting sequences, and several animated (movers) cutouts which include: roof top waving Santa, teddy bear see/saw, waving large stuffed bear, mini merry-go-round, juggling snowman, Jack in the Box, dancing reindeer and a very large toy factory which has two elves that move and appear to be making toys, a 'conveyor' that has gifts which appear to move along and drop into a Santa bag, arches and lolly pops. There are several snowflakes on the roof with a Bethlehem Star. Several other items should include gum drops that frame the house and large snow balls suspended from the trees that have internal lights that change colors. And I now have choir peeps!

    Last year I earned First Place in the township decorating contest and have placed each of the last several years.
  1. Ordering Frames from Wire Frame D'Lites

    Congratulations on a great year!!!
  2. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry this thread is so dead of late.
  3. How to lock a LOR Residential controller?

    In all due respect, what you really want to lock down is the entire box. I doubt someone would take the time to open the box and undo the controller. If you are concerned, you will need to attach the entire box to something, like a tree or fence post, via a cable to chain.
  4. Jersey / TriState mini date set

    Just about a week away, from the event day!! Still time to sign up. We are having a great presentation on wifi and Falcon Player along with running your show with a PI, some beginner and on up discussions on XLights, possibly some talk on animatronics in your display (if the this poster can find some time), video mapping and more I can't recall right now. Swap Meet - bring along your unwanted items or cash to buy someone else's unwanted items!!! Some wonderful vendors have gone out of their way once again for us with some door prizes: I'd like to thank Dirk @ DIGWDF store, Val over at Christmas LEDs, Todd @ DIYLED Express , Paul @ Creative Displays, Demented Elf James @ Boscoyo Studios, Dan and Mary @ LOR, just to name a few. (Hint - if you are a vendor and would like to show off some of your stuff or just support the event, I'm still accepting door prizes) If you're local, what else do you have to do on a Saturday - grass isn't even growing yet. If you're out of town, nice day for a ride. I can guarantee you will have a great time and heck, may even learn something. Registration: http://twinklinghouse.com/3Xmas.html
  5. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry none of you slackers have signed up for the TriState mini this year! http://twinklinghouse.com/3Xmas.html
  6. Jersey / TriState mini date set

    I'd like to thank LOR for their support of the event with a door prize. Along with them are: Dirk @ DIGWDF store, Val over at Christmas LEDs, Todd @ DIYLED Express , Paul @ Creative Displays, James @ Boscoyo Studios Less than 2 weeks away - still time to sign up! http://twinklinghouse.com/3Xmas.html
  7. This year's mini date has been set for 4/22/17 to be held in Cranbury, NJ. I have attached a proposed agenda to this thread. Over the years, this event has proven to be one of the most popular. If you area a seasoned vet or just starting out, you will walk away from here learning something! If nothing else, you will gain a few new friends in the community. registration will open soon. Here is a link to the FB page which has more info. (if you need access, let me know) https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/ Tri State Christmas proposed agenda 2017.pdf
  8. New project for this year's display. Follow along on my Youtube channel
  9. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry I have converted from Valentine's Day lights to St Patty day lights
  10. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry it's awful dark in my yard. Sent from my VK700 using Tapatalk
  11. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry my display is now suddenly under snow. Sent from my VK700 using Tapatalk
  12. Careful on that motor. I have had a few and they never lasted long at all. The issue there is the plastic gears. I have had more than one crap out due to the gears stripping. For the carousel, there is a good chance of it hanging up at some point during the night, either caught on the lawn or perhaps snow. I would go with either the wiper or wheel chair motor. Most all of my props, and I have many, are now running wipers. Now knowing your set up, you could also use a larger gear reduction motor, but then your looking at some cost. Are you using gears to drive the table / base or direct drive?
  13. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry but I was compelled to come back to this thread. (nice to see it's still going, kinda)
  14. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry you slackers didn't show at the Jersey Mini. We had a blast!