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Scott Loftus

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About Scott Loftus

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  • Birthday 04/16/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Sherman, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
    Retired... Owner of the Xavierlights Display
  • Interests
    Time with my family
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  • About my display
    Ended in 2012. 100,000 lights, 80 strobes and alot of blowmolds. Computer animated
  1. Finally-My Favorite Piece Ever

    I do not think I have ever seen that before. Nice score.
  2. This was a huge factor in the end of Xavierlights. The traffic got to be too much and the hours building it got too long. It was to the point that as soon as the display was over this year that I was already thinking of the next year and how to make it bigger and better. It has been three years since the last show but I still get a lot of local talk about it. I plan to return to the hobby next year but on a little smaller scale. When it becomes a job or hassle and not a hobby, it is time to step back. Best of luck to the Brandermill Family.
  3. Rain keeps shutting down display

    The GFI's are there for a reason, to keep you or someone else from getting hurt. If you have done everything that the above have suggested and it is still tripping-turn it off for the night. There will be plenty of show nights. When I had Xavierlights, I did not use GFI's in the display but have also felt the juice a time or two when touching a damp cord or wireframe. Play it safe and use the GFI's.
  4. Display is done

    Great looking display.
  5. Roger: Will be sending you an email soon about the entire display. Look for an email from Loftus001. Thanks. Scott Loftus
  6. Driveway tunnel needs fixed

    Here is a picture of my arches from Xavierlights. They lasted almost 10 years. I used 3-10ft sections of 1.5 inch pvc with connectors. I used pvc the length of the arch to connect them all together. The arch closest to the house is tied to the house. If I can find my daytime pictures, I will post them.
  7. Beware!

    If that happened to me, This would be well worth a road trip to recover the funds from his a$$. I hate fake people. He needs to see the writing on a Louisville slugger close up. lol
  8. Craigs List and Ebay

    http://richmond.craigslist.org/for/2436569120.html 16 pieces for best offer on craigslist
  9. Let there be peace in PC.

    I'm sorry to have to be the bear of things, but some things just do not have a place here on PC. As, I am sorry that peoples feelings get hurt too easy here. and I'm sorry that it is still my job to help keep it clean. Merry Christmas to all.
  10. Let there be peace in PC.

    Here, let me correct it. I'm sorry that I have not closed this thread yet. Hopefully everyone will put it back on track and remove the over sized pics and signatures. Thank You and Merry Christmas
  11. Let there be peace in PC.

    Enough of the spamming of Signatures. If you have a problem with another member, take it off the board and use your personal email. It is games like this that cause things to get deleted or get turned off, like ability to use signatures. Forum Moderator...
  12. Let there be peace in PC.

    Over 124 pages and over 2400 post in this thread about (anything) but one thing will not happen, personal attacks on fellow members whether it is true or not. Please keep personal thoughts about other members off the board. Thanks. Now, Im sorry that I am not in the pool enjoying the heat wave.
  13. Good, Getting ready for the Christmas display. Hope all is going well with you.

  14. Houdy Scott how u been buddy?? Jeff

  15. Happy birthday chuck