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qberg last won the day on December 16 2017

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About qberg

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    New Member
  • Birthday 06/23/1969

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Location
    Spring Lake, NC
  • Biography
    Married with children
  • Interests
    automotive....and of course Christmas lights
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Well known in our development....even the pizza delivery guy knows us as the Christmas house!

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  1. GFP Closing

  2. Plywood Santa

    if you do just apply a clear coat...test it in a small area first. Paint has changed a lot in 40+ years!
  3. GFP Closing

    that guy in Minn has a bunch in that $15k lot he is selling. They will show up.
  4. GFP Closing

    While taking down the Santa Sleigh and reindeer....saw the GFP stamp....sad! also got me thinking...we have all this Coro stuff for RGBs, but there are no blowmolds designed to fit the pixels. I have gutted previous blowmolds to convert them over to RGBs.
  5. Plywood Santa

    just keep the LED flood low power or use a filter and it will not overpower the lantern....you could replace the bulb in the lantern with the new flame LED bulbs. I picked up one and put it in a Turkish lamp we have and it is incredible. They only put out about 100 lumens so it is not a lot of light, but the flame flicker is really nice. You will definitely need some front light to show off the cutout. I use LED floods on all of mine.
  6. Plywood Santa

    I thought the same thing! He isn't in bad shape from the pic...especially since he is 40+ years old.
  7. Plywood Santa

    Exactly....I am no artist and that is how I did my Grinch set. I am overly pleased with how well they turned out! The biggest tip I have is make sure the camera isn"t angled when taking the photo of the original. Prop up Santa vertical, hold the camera vertical, and have the camera about mid height. These will all avoid distortion when you project the image back on. I use a pencil while projecting and then a black sharpie to outline the areas...then start painting. Afterwards I have been shooting them with multiple coats of satin clearcoat (many recommend flat) to seal up the paint.
  8. Gemmy Santa Help.

    all I can say is "3D printer"...I picked one up last Christmas and it runs constantly. Recreating a gear is not hard with all the shared files on Thingiverse and other sites dedicated to 3D printing these days. Hmmmm....maybe a little business venture here for someone. My #1 one item printed is cookie cutters for my wife's baking business. People always want some custom cookie made that they found on pintrest. In all, it is less than an hour to go from photo to complete cookie cutter with free web apps like cookiecaster.com and 50 cents in plastic.
  9. How do you flatten out roads?

    I have never messed with these....what are they made of? My suggestion would be to try heat? Either a blow drier, heat gun, or low temp in an oven. Start low and don't overheat one small spot, you want to gradually warm it to a point where it will release the bonds and then slowly cool on a flat surface. You could even try laying it out in the summer sun on a hot day to see if it will flatten out. My guess is while it is packaged in a tight roll it has sat in a truck or shipping container from china, gotten warm and retained a new "memory".
  10. I can't figure it out!

    I will add not all GFCIs are equal either. I did a garage extension and had two extra 15A circuits added along with GFCIs in each. I found my RGB power supplies would work fine in my original GFCI outlets, but would immediately trip the new ones. I replaced the new ones with another brand and haven't had a problem since. I have been told that a 20A GFCI oulet has a higher trip threshold, but I haven't been able to confirm that.
  11. coro snowflakes!

    No...they make a version for LEDs (or incans) as well https://www.boscoyostudio.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_31&products_id=58&zenid=pfrgrre6t3v31759e58reaeef2
  12. So is it just me?

    We have shirt’s that my wife made for when we are outside handing out treats....
  13. Pixel Props

    Holidaycoro.com and boscoyostudios.com
  14. So the wife picked up the Mr Christmas Maestro controller for me a couple years ago, like the one in the video above. It works great for adults, but frustrates my kids to no end because it doesn't listen to them. It has to be the lack of bass in a childs voice or something. My daughter even had me try to control it via skype while I was away on business to see if it would listen to me since it was ignoring her again this year....it did! Well our TV resides permanently on the Freeform channel this time of year and just this year it has started picking up the TV too. Every now and then it hears the word Christmas from the TV and comes alive! I find it funny, but it frustrates my daughter even more since it refuses to listen to her.
  15. LOR and Cat5

    I simply use the same dielectric grease that I use on my RGB connectors to prevent corrosion. Very lightly coat the cable plug and then plug/unplug a couple times to clean and coat the connection. I did notice a couple years back green corrosion on the copper tangs in the Cat5 wire plugs. That is when I started using the grease. I would look inside the LOR jacks too...make sure all the pins are straight and extended. It definitely sounds like a pug or jack issue that was temp fixed when you installed the new cable. Also, have you recently updated the firmware or anything this season that might be causing an issue. If you did, I would try to go back to the firmware that was installed previously. If not, I would go and download the latest firmware and update the LOR unit.