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That is AWESOME! When I lwas watching your video my eyes about popped out of my head! This year is the first year my son has showed any interest in helping me with any part of our display. to be pefectly honest, I don't know if I could have finished it without his help!!! So I know how you feel!

Again, That is AMAZING! It is the best mega tree I have ever seen!

Congradulations!!!

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OK

I have to admit that I hadn't watch the full the video to the conclusion until just now. At the 2:49, the spirals are going in opposing direction. So do you have the spirals in both clock-wise and counter clock wise on the tree

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So do you have the spirals in both clock-wise and counter clock wise on the tree

I'd be interested in his answer also. However, being a spiral tree enthusiast myself (having two of them), my guess is that you are seeing the front and back of the tree at the same time. I know my spirals are only wound in one direction on a tree although I always have two spirals on opposite sides of the tree lit at the same time. In my videos, it is hard to tell which one is in front at any point in time.

Richard

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I will try to answer several questions from different posts with this reply.

As far as the spacing goes... the strings are about 6in appart at the bottom. I didnt use any kind of tool, I just wound the first string, then tried to keep the spaces even with each consecutive strand. That being said, your spacing is more dictated by your attachment points at the bottem than anything else. Once you attach the first strand, I just tried to make sure that the next strand had the same angle when it was attached. I will try to address this more when I put together the "how to".

The attachment head at the top is a base plate that you would normally use to bolt to the floor and screw a threaded pipe in to. I just drilled holes around the plate.

I will try to find a better photo than the one in the previous post.

Now for the clockwise and counter-clockwise spirals. Richard is exactly correct, you are seeing the spirals on the back side of the tree. Getting a good preview, on the pc screen is another major challenge when you do the spirals. I found a trick that worked pretty well for me, but will most certainly have to go in the "how to", I have to figure out how to word it all. :)

I hope that helped, if not, just let me know and I will see if I can clarify it some more.

Merry Christmas,

Shane

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Great Job! Clean, Classy and Nice Tree. The Spiral is the way to go these days I guess. I went with the standard white/red/green 9600 light 20' tree, though I must say it was my first one and it turned out very nice. Anyway great job on the spiral and traditional portion!

Having that said, you have got me thinking...Has anyone done a Traditional Vertical, Spiral, & Horizontally Stacked Tree? Just another addition right?

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What are the lengths of the Green lights used for the mega and the white lights used for the spiral also what is the bulb count per string on your fantastic tree?

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Amazing job... I think I may follow this concept into 2011.

As for the lengths of your strings... that looks like 4" spacing... making your light strings likely 33FT in length. I look forward to seeing your how-to :)

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i just want to chime in and add my 2 cents that is WAY COOL!!!! we are just starting out this year with 16 channels and that tree of yours is something i really want to add next year. i hope you don't mind being a celebrity!! looking forward the the "how to" and thanks for sharing! merry christmas!!

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I know your probably really busy with the hustle and bustle before Christmas ........BUT I hope you havn't forgot the "HOW TO" you promised us a few posts back

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Yes, we have been quite busy, and I have not forgotten about the HOW TO. I plan to do it after Christmas. I need to get some pictures of the tree during the tear-down stages. Also, I plan to shoot a short video of just different tree sequences.

If you have any specific questions before hand, I will be happy to answer them.

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Yes, we have been quite busy, and I have not forgotten about the HOW TO. I plan to do it after Christmas. I need to get some pictures of the tree during the tear-down stages. Also, I plan to shoot a short video of just different tree sequences.

If you have any specific questions before hand, I will be happy to answer them.

Can't wait to see the other sequences of your tree

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This is AMAZING! You really nailed it with the spacing of the strands and programming your controllers. Like everyone else, I can't wait to see the "How To" on this. I want to add this into my display next year. This was our first year of animated lights, so I have plenty more controllers to build before next year :)

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Here are a few pics of the tree during the day.

The rebar spikes are 24 inches long.

Photo 6 shows the support cable. The wire-tie just above my hand is to keep the spiral string in place.

In photo 8, I tried to get a shot of the connection to the rebar. It is a piece of PVC attached to the rebar with a hose clamp. Then the eyebolt at the end of the support wire can be attached through the pvc. This lets me put a good bit of tension on the cable.

I included some other pics that I thought might me of interest. Just let me know if there are any questions.

Maybe it's a "new forum thing" but I don't see the pictures. . . and I'd really like to. Thanks.

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