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connecting blow molds

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I hope this isnt a stupid question.This will be my first year with blow molds. I have collected about 25 in the last year. i was wondering what kind of connectors people use to connect multiple blow molds together.For instance i have 7 solders how would i connect them all together and then run one extension cord.

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I suggest you use zip cord and place vampire plug female outlets at the appropriate location to plug in each of your blow molds.

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The last extension cord or triple tap in a line will accommodate 3 plugs, whilethe others will all accommodate 2 plus the next extension cord (or triple tap). To hook up 7 of anything, break it down: 3+2+2=7. In other words, use one long cord to the end of the line of soldiers, and plug two soldiers into it along with the next cord or tap (I find cheap 6-foot cords are a great substitute for a triple tap). Into that cord, plug in two more soldiers and the final cord. Into the last cord plug in the remaining three soldiers. Voila!

I have considered rigging up "harnesses" or whatever a customized line might be called, but then there is no flexibility for subsequent holidays. 6 foot cords can usually be had this time of year for under a dollar, so I swear by them, plus some longer and larger gauge lines to bring current longer distances.

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Ironman: your question is not stupid! In fact it's a really good question for the first timer.

This was my first year incorporating blow molds into my display. I didn't realize that I would need so many extension cords - LOL!!!!!! Luckily I always purchase them during the after Christmas sales at 75% off so I had a good stash of them. Anyway, I didn't realize how short the blow mold light cord was until I had the molds in the yard and needed to get power to them. That's when the extension cords came into play. I basically did what Hoyt outlines above and it worked out really well. You just have to get a little creative with the cords and hooking them together sometimes or you have to group your molds together to make it work. I used all CFL bulbs (and a couple LED bulbs) and that worked out really well for the power usage. So, good luck with the "connections." Just make sure you have LOTS of extension cords when you start.

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I hope this isnt a stupid question.This will be my first year with blow molds. I have collected about 25 in the last year. i was wondering what kind of connectors people use to connect multiple blow molds together.For instance i have 7 solders how would i connect them all together and then run one extension cord.

the biggest thing is how do you plan to display them? for example i usually put my soldiers and nutcrackers along my property line...to connect them i usually use short 6ft brown or green household cords connect them together across the property line and plug all my soldiers in now then too power my run of cord i usually use a heavey gauge green cordfrom the house! does that make sense i hope? general rule always use a heavey gauge cord as your lead then branch off of that with the smaller brown n green cords to go to your molds!

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I erred in not mentioning this earlier but thought of it while I was taking in my Halloween stuff: to reduce the total number of extension cords and triple taps I use a lot of cords that have multiple C7s. These are easily found this time of year as an accessory for Christmas village houses and come with 3-7 C7s on a single plug. They are very useful for closely spaced groups of molds like a pumpkin patch or a line of soldiers. It is possible to use C7 light sets with 10 or 25 lights, but those usually just have a single clip, not an adapter for a 1" hole. I used some for strings of small plastic skulls this year; I drilled a 1" hole and a small hole just above that to accommodate the single clip. If anyone has a different way to make those work for traditional blow molds, I'd love to hear it.

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I like to use the 9 outlet "tree" cords for close groupings like my nativity scene as well as many "indoor" cords.

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I like to use the 9 outlet "tree" cords for close groupings like my nativity scene as well as many "indoor" cords.

Me, too. I got a few of these last year, and they worked out really well, the blow molds could be spread out a little. I'm going to get a bunch more this year, too!

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