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J Fans are coming to Belardo Lights

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[ATTACH=CONFIG]37005[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]37003[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]37004[/ATTACH]The elves have been working pretty hard at Belardo Lights lately, and we have just finished fabricating 8 new decorations for this year that we're calling J Fans. My Dad Joe is the welder, and I got the inspiration for the design at the San Diego Zoo (of all places).

They have a relatively new elephant exhibit called Elephant Odyssey, and they had some larger fans like this throughout the display that looked like they were electrified to keep the elephants away from the rails and spectators. They were made of thinner material, but an idea is an idea(!)...

So we got to work and cooked up our own design...We're going to use these to keep the little ones from wandering into the display past the driveway viewing area. Well, we'll just do it with lights and not the whole elepant electrification method(!)...

My Dad did his usual thing and built some fabrication jigs to keep the pieces symmetrical during welding, etc. The base is a round ring that is attached to the angle stock with nuts for disassembly and storage. And we also use the bender to round off the tops to make them as safe as possible... The length of all the pieces x2 (for up and back) was designed to take a single string of 50 LED lights (approximately 16.5 feet long).

Next step is painting green over the primer, and then it will be time for attaching lights...Stay tuned for more photos.

Edited by Randy

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What a week it has been...Selling a car on eBay and getting it ready to go...But, there's always time for a little Christmas lighting work.

So here are some photos of our 8 JFans that have been painted green and wired up with LED lights. There is a 50ct string of red M5's and a 50ct string of green M5's on each one...They're Brandon approved...!

Each string of lights is 17' long and the sum total of the length of each of the spokes (and back down again) is about 16.5'. So each string covers the "up and back" on the spokes. We tried several different configurations, and this one worked the best. The lights are twisted around 2-3 turns going up, and then twisted back the opposite direction coming down and zip tied in place...They should be a great addition to our display this year...


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I guess you're right, Chuck...It has been awhile....Okay, so here is a bonus pic from a couple of weekends ago of the boys having fun at a local Inflatable park at the mall...They both enjoyed it a lot....Stephen didn't want to climb all the way up on the tallest slides, but Brandon was able to convince him that it was okay as long as they did it together. Or maybe Brandon forced him(!). But once he went down once, we couldn't get Stephen to stop going on the tall slides for awhile....Lots of fun....

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Those look really good Randy!!

Welding is something I always wanted to mess with but now that I have this computer in my chest, I have to stay away from electrical discharges - haha

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