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Just curious how are the rest of the Portland area displays holding up with the ice. I had to leave mine off tonight due to the ice plus there is so much snow on the roof you can't see the lights.

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I've been running mine for the last couple of nights and I have some ground lights and roof lights that are buried but you can still see a faint glow from them. I'm more worried about when it starts to melt. I will have to assess the situation then to see if I put them on or not. This amount of snow give me a whole different appreciation to the people that get this or more each year. I don't think I could handle this much snow everyday for a couple of months.

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I agree, I couldn't handle this every winter. I probably leaving mine off for the next couple of nights as well. I am supposed to leave tomorrow for Calif to visit my parents that just might not happen now. All the strings on the mega tree are completely covered in ice kinda worried that the added weight might dropped the the tree.

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All my lights are indoors, so my lights are just fine. :D

*ducks behind the sofa*

I'm with you on the sentiment of not wanting to put up with this for several months every year. I really don't want to have to own two sets of tires. I'm thinking California sounds nice right about now, but don't kill me for saying that, I'm an Oregon native. ;)

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I have been running full show, however, today (Christmas Eve) I have a feeling I'm going to have to power things up slowly to avoid things going "POP". Everything under 16" is buried. The ground spots looked cool under the snow/ice layer. My mini trees are now only about 1 foot tall. A few strings of blue minis went dark so I hope to get some troubleshooting time. A lot of people (friends, co-workers ec) did not get out to see my display, so I'm leaving it up at least until Jan 3.

-Darin

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Our show has been running very well, despite being obscured by snow. I have a track of C7s on the lower roof that got dimmer and dimmer as the week progressed, and with the meltdodwn starting yesterday, I pulled some of the snow and ice off to re-expose them to the world. They also look brighter with the snow-reflector (especially the one I whacked with the broom).

Unfortunately there's not much viewer traffic with our street in this condition, but it keeps on showing off well, maybe just to the neighbors, but we park out there and watch it once in a while...

On with the show!!

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{Vent ON}

I just had a county snow plow drive by and destroy a good portion my perimeter fence lights. I guess I'm no longer a fan of the snow. Since I live in a county road, the snow plow goes by at about 30 mph ejecting heavy slush ice and snow into those delicate strings of minis. I wondered why I had so many dark strings and broken bulbs yesterday; well, now I know.

With such a low turnout due to weather and now this, I think I'm ready for the season to be over.

{Vent OFF}

-darin

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Sorry to hear about the snowplow damage...that's too bad. I've actually been complaining here in Hillsboro because I haven't even SEEN a snowplow since the big snowstorm nearly a week ago. The animated animals took a hit with the 14" of snow piled up on them...a few motors died, but other than that things came through fine. I actually really enjoyed having all the snow since we never get it around here in December.

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Darin,

Sorry to hear about the snow plow. I also agree I don't like the snow either, especially the ice. I gonna extend the display out through next weekend. I didn't have to much damage. I have lost two strobes due to the fact that the ice broke the fishing line and they sat on the bottom of the mega tree and collected water since they were pointing up.

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Darin,

Sorry to hear about your lights. I hope you don't get too down on it. Your display looked great, I've got the video to prove it. :D I had some net lights that didn't make it from the snow and also found that someone took one of my candy canes. I know it can be discouraging sometimes but just look at the joy your lights brought (especially your friend that stopped by the night I was out there). Heck, if it were easy everyone would be doing it.

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Darin,

Sorry to hear about your lights. I hope you don't get too down on it. Your display looked great, I've got the video to prove it. :D I had some net lights that didn't make it from the snow and also found that someone took one of my candy canes. I know it can be discouraging sometimes but just look at the joy your lights brought (especially your friend that stopped by the night I was out there). Heck, if it were easy everyone would be doing it.

Paul,

Thanks for the encouragement. It's enough that the weather damages our equipment, but when you get people stealing candy canes; that sucks. It's not like they're going to sell it for meth money.

After checking out my display, I found that only 5 strings were damaged and the rest had actually come unplugged from the snow/ice being thrown against everything like a Tsunami. I threw a few spares on top of the dead ones, plugged everything back in, and I'm back in business. Here's my video of that song we're not supposed to sequence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBeTEGyXDM

I'm actually expecting quite a bit of traffic this week because everybody is more mobile. I had about 5 visitors tonight which is a lot for my neck of the woods on a Sunday night.

-Darin

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Darin,

Video looks good. If you want more candy canes I have a bunch that I don't need if you would like them. Here is pic of the house. Pictures isn't the greatest. Happy New Years all.

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Darin,

Video looks good. If you want more candy canes I have a bunch that I don't need if you would like them. Here is pic of the house. Pictures isn't the greatest. Happy New Years all.

Brandon,

How tall is that Mega Tree? I like the various color themes of your display. How many more nights are you going to run it? I'm going to the at least Jan 3 (Saturday night), but may go longer because our Washington friends are keeping theirs going until the 9th for snow day makeup. Unless the weather is good on Sunday, I probably won't start the teardown until the following weekend.

Happy New Year back at ya.

-Darin

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Brandon,

How tall is that Mega Tree? I like the various color themes of your display. How many more nights are you going to run it? I'm going to the at least Jan 3 (Saturday night), but may go longer because our Washington friends are keeping theirs going until the 9th for snow day makeup. Unless the weather is good on Sunday, I probably won't start the teardown until the following weekend.

Happy New Year back at ya.

-Darin

Darin, the tree is 20ft I gonna cut a foot off for next year. I had trouble getting some of the plugs to the center where all the extension cords were. The last night of the display is gonna be on Sunday. Then tear down and fixing began.

Brandon

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Do you not agree that snow adds a little more beauty to the display?

Anyhow it kinda funny how viewers in your neck of the woods drops back a bit when the snow came, while in my neck of the woods I had an increase of viewers when the snow came.

Thank God you live there and not here as winter runs from October 31st right up to mid May. Then these past two years have been cold (global warming my foot) more like global cooling....this past December was 1 of the coldest December we had in 10 years. The lows were in the -28F range or -34C and the highs around -8F....but we had a bit of a break with temps near 3F.

Thats a good temperature....

My display ran good up to about December 21 then had a few set backs but I managed to run a show for Christmas eve and day.

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It not that I don't like the snow it fine but when ever we get more then a few we also get 1/4 to 1/2 of ice on top of it. That what sucks about it. I can the snow with no problem when the ice comes then I start hating it.

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Late to chime in here but I agree, the snow gives the lights a boost of beauty. However, we have a metal roof here in Canby and the ice and snow slid off all at once and disassembled my gutters and about 1/4 of the lights - bummer.

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Darin, the tree is 20ft I gonna cut a foot off for next year. I had trouble getting some of the plugs to the center where all the extension cords were. The last night of the display is gonna be on Sunday. Then tear down and fixing began.

Brandon

Brandon,

Instead of making the tree shorter, you might want to consider just raising the trunk. That will help to illiminate short strand issue.

This year I actually did something a little different then I've seen and actually had my outer ring of the trunk higher then the inner ring. So this made the strands slope down and into the center. I did this just on a wim only because I went from a 25' tree to a 42' tree and had to remake my rings. But rather then remaking the center ring I just slightly modified the outer ring of the old tree to use as the inner ring of the new tree, then just made a new outer ring. With it being sloped, it actully looks alot more like a real tree and I got lots of comments from people saying they liked how it sloped in.

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