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most is up and working had blown 1 controller I have to see what happened. Still have to wrap one more tree, megatree is done I should have taken this whole week off :giggle: to get the setup completed. I am planning to have the show starting this Saturday. lets keep fingers crossed...

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Candlebras in window

All you need now is a Liberace impersonator....lol:giggle:

You might be surprised if you call around and if you are raising money for charity. The thing about rental equipment in the construction industry as bad as it is right now.....is that they are not making any money with that equipment collecting dust either.

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10,xxx up. Still have to finish a few things and find green mini lights.

May need to make my own extension cords next year ~or~ begin mapping my display. I went through every extension cord that I have and am short now.

Same with red/green/blue minis.... but last year, I had 10k with some lights to spare.

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Done... and it feels great!

...Except that we don't want to start things up until Dec 6th so we're not tied to the house at night until then.

....and the anticipation is killing me. :eek:

A few friends have asked to see it early and we fire it up for them, so that helps, but having all this on the lawn and not using it drives me nuts!

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right now I'm testing all of the lights this week and should get all of them up by the end of this weekend at least we hope:giggle:

Ok here's an update as of 11/27 we have gotten up about 75% of the lights we hope to finish tom. which from the way it looks it looks like we will:D

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I worked hard and late the last few days. Coldest setup I have had yet. We are in the 20's at night here which is unusually cold for November. After 1am on Thanksgiving Eve, the show is up and running. Last night the kickoff went beautifully with 15+ people here to enjoy it. Quite a few cars already the first two nights. I love this time of year!!!

Corey

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In a word. ARGH!

Started the show last night. Or tried to. The ancient Micron P3 computer

I was using decided to expire. One hour later of scavenging through the basement finally turned up a PC that worked. Another 30 minutes of installing software, and the show began!

Then there were those new blue lights from Walmart that had only been on the roof for a month - which were now light-blue.

Its only a hobby, its only a hobby....:D

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Ok here's an update as of 11/27 we have gotten up about 75% of the lights we hope to finish tom. which from the way it looks it looks like we will:D

update we have finished all lights as of 11/28 and I'm so glad we did because now I can focus on keeping the lights up and running through the rest of the season!:)

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Update from me as well. Everything for the LOR display in front was up and running Thanksgiving night! Other than repairs, which has been an every day thing since then (section out here and there) it's been trouble free. My backyard display I just completed today (sunday 29th). I've had it going since Thanksgiving too though. Just had to add the last stuff I could tastefully fit in. It's controled with the Gemmy 12 channel this year, and I already have the desire to add just one LOR 16 channel for the back next year. Just sequence 16 channels to go with the music that's already being transmitted for the front.

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i have a small display, of course, i live in an apartment complex... but with the thousands of lights and what tragedy it can bring, so far i've not violated my lease and my lights seem to bring the neighbors and those surrounding (and apparently out of towners now) much joy.

how it's going? eh, fine.. problem with the blue sets.. they're dying one by one.. making me nutso! gotta order more, this time actual commercial sets from a seller that i know and can rely on... the price will be higher but it's already costing me for going cheap bulk... serves me right.. ugh!

i can't wait for the flying reindeer that should be near soon... set them up, reconfigure them and modify their construct so i can hang them... they'll be behind the artificial pines which are all set up to LOR... and the balcony rails which have the failed blue amist with deep purple and different sized 5 pointed stars that i constructed with zinc alloy rods 'welded' with duct tape (so i can take the tape off later and make something else with the rods... )

all the lights will blink in different variants in sets... eventually, if all works out and most of these lights behave... all are filament so far... i wanted led but the cost and when i go cheap i find most have the "reverse socket fault" which i've been running into... so i must learn the values of leds in general and salvage the good strings and see if i can't replace the dead leds.. be a shame to toss the whole sets since the wires are still in great shape.

oh and um.. the problem with amps and everyone coming on at once while someone wants to vacuum or turn on the computer network while i'm working in the kitchen (appliances running) OR worse yet, turn on the electric bbq (masterbuilt model, so it's good junk) and BAM! the breaker gets knocked real good..

:D tisk tisk on me..

what i love best? when the lights are all working and doing their sequencing and someone opens the fridge and goes "wow, the light in the fridge is blinking also!"

ah, one of these days, ;D

(my balcony is 12'X19' and quite a few years i've reached past the 10k mark on lights generally.. hehe, what a mess, sssh don't tell the management)

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done.

for now...

:giggle:

I was playing "find the bad connection" recently.. in the rain.

Found two - bad extension cord (shorted the deer) and an outlet in a low spot in the yard (submerged in water).

oops.

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