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  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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mnkyboy

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I can't believe you're even considering changing your fan, it's the best one I've seen.

Thanks Frank! But I once i saw it totally put together, I saw that I could turn it up a notch more by making it change colors entirely! I really wanted to do it for 2009 but the fan is a secondary project. My wife found soemthing else she wants and that is prioroty for 2010. ( its not small will resuse part of the current display, use a gazillion more lights, and 48 more channels.)

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William, Thank You for posting this thread. I had a Marty fan in mind for next year and plan to use your idea. I really like using rod and light clips to keep the lights straight.

The onlyest thing is that I don't have a welder and even if I bought one I have never welded so I wouldn't be happy with the way it would turn out. Do you think that if I used JB weld to fasten the rod to the EMT it would hold up OK. There shouldn't be that much stress from the light strings. As far as connecting the EMT to the angle iron I could drill 1/2 holes and use EMT connecters.

Thanks again

Greg

Hi Greg,

not sure how JB weld would hold up. I am also not sure how strong the EMT connectors would be either. You are right there is not much stress from the light strings or rods. But once you start moving it around, the stresses change.

Here is a thought... look into a high school vo-tech classes, or even a vocational school that teaches welding, and see if you bring the plans, and purchase the materials, will the school be allowed help build it. It would be a great project for a class.

I would also see if there are classes you can attend as a hobbiest. Welding is not really that hard.

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Here is an update...... this year the Fantastic Fan WILL be RGBW... here it is half done....

I will take photos of how I am doing it tommorrow... I have to do some more fabrication to finish it... I should be done by thurs or friday.

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I know someone that's asking Santa for a welding set this Christmas!

That would be . . . M E ! :D

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here are a couple of images of how the strips were made. These are plastic strip I found at HD for drywall. I drilled each individual hole with a simple jig I made. I will be using this same method for my yard outline also.. just for the numbers the fan has 3200 lights on it now. Yes I drilled 3200+ holes ( I messed a few strips up). I have another 1800 to drill for the yard outline!

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A couple of notes. I had to remove 1/2 the rods in order to make this work from the original design. Otherwise it would have been 6400 lights! Also the controllers are physically attached to the back of the fan ( 2 CTB16PC).

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here is a video of the finished Fan... 1080p available on youtube

I am still learning how to use my new HD Camcorder ( Panasonic HDC-TM700) Both of these videos were made with the automatic settings. I will need to play with the manual settings to fine tune them for the lights. Out front I have a street light so the contrast of darkness is not as dramatic.

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With all those holes you have been Drilling William... No wonder you need a grill to cook you a meal for dinner on since you are working out in the garage all day and night without any breakd :P

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With all those holes you have been Drilling William... No wonder you need a grill to cook you a meal for dinner on since you are working out in the garage all day and night without any breakd :P

If you are talking about the skillet.. thats the skillet I use to process the SMT's on VDRIVES...

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