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I took advantage off the awesome weather yesterday and took down the display. Everthing has been taken down and stored except for the wreaths on the windaws and those will be gone in the next half hour if it doesn't rain. I wish everyone on planet Christmas a happy and prosperous new year!

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Mine too, except the lights on the gutter, icicles and wreath. Also...not put away yet. Just taking up the garage where my wife parks! I worked just to get everything into the garage and out of the rain. I saw you posted this morning... hopefully you beat the rain. Otherwise...you will be wet ;-)

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I had already decided to run the lights through tonight. Last night I brought in the inflatables since it was going to rain today. Sunday it will be sunny, so will start and do as much as I can, may have to finish up next weekend.

Hey we're in the south, we can get away with leaving the lights up all year round!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Well its Sunday evening and my show is running. I was going to start take down tomorrow, but my sister called from Illinois and said they will be passing thru on Tuesday so will wait and run the show for them. Unlike some of you I have 6 Saturdays and one Sunday a week to do my take down. But I'm ready. Already have written up the 2nd version of what I want to do next year. The first version didn't take into account budgets. LOL This was my best year since I started animating. Wish I had felt better so I could have gotten around to see more displays than I did. Still fighting a dang cold and hacking cough.

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Just unplugged all this morning, expect to have in box's by tomorrow evening. Started formal design for Xmas 2011 the day before yesterday. Over twice as large and including some RGB. Expect 130 plus channels at this point not inluding the DMX RGB lights and floods. Only 357 days to go.

Happy New Year to all.

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Ran mine last night and tonight. I'm still getting donations so I'm glad I ran through the weekend. I'm not going to run through the week but I too am planning to run through some video this week when I get a chance. I had a few requests from family to wait till next weekend to tear down. I haven't decided yet...I'm getting antsy to put everything away!

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Well as this was my first year sequencing lights, and I didnt finish but one song before Christmas Eve I am still working on a couple of songs so I can get some video. If I can keep my wife off my back till this coming weekend I will start taking them down then. I hope everyone had a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Prosperous & Happy New Year.

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Got most stuff down and put away, still got the house, mega tree, and about 15 strands wrapped in two Dogwood trees to take down.

It sure is a whole lot more fun putting it up than taking it down.

Gymnasium, if you still want to see the mega tree construction, it should be up for a few more days or till next weekend.

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We started yesterday. The yard is clear other than the 2 mega trees. Still have trees to unwrap, the house, and the BIG arch to come down. I agree Tom, much more fun to put up. It is sad and dark here. My neighbor says to me yesterday (after being gone for 5 hours) man you go a lot down. You can hardly tell you had a display. If it only went up as fast as it come down.

Probably be a week or 2 before 100% down and packed up. Back to school so only weekends and like an hour a day. I should really tear dwon between Christmas and New Years but I just can't bring myself to do it.

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We started yesterday. The yard is clear other than the 2 mega trees. Still have trees to unwrap, the house, and the BIG arch to come down. I agree Tom, much more fun to put up. It is sad and dark here. My neighbor says to me yesterday (after being gone for 5 hours) man you go a lot down. You can hardly tell you had a display. If it only went up as fast as it come down.

Probably be a week or 2 before 100% down and packed up. Back to school so only weekends and like an hour a day. I should really tear dwon between Christmas and New Years but I just can't bring myself to do it.

Maybe consider designing display features that uses pop-ups, like the pop-up targets on a shooting range :) Setup/takedown at the flip of a switch.

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jfelix, are you talking about the BIG arch from North Carolina? Did yours go up fairly easily? We recruited neighbors and family members. I'm afraid taking it down will be a much more difficult project, especially if we can't get our help back again.

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jfelix, are you talking about the BIG arch from North Carolina? Did yours go up fairly easily? We recruited neighbors and family members. I'm afraid taking it down will be a much more difficult project, especially if we can't get our help back again.

Yes I am talking about that arch. We had issues with putting it up, it bent on us. We had to take out the bent area and do some welding here and there. As for take down I think it came down easier, and no not from falling over when it bent. After it bent we had to stand it back up and then take it back down again as not to set it on the snowflakes. We did have 5 people doing it. You will need the help for sure.

We had two people hold the guide wires. This kept it from falling over. The we had one person on each side if the arch tip it and walk their way to the middle as it ame down. The 3rd person help grab it as we lowered it down. Right now mine is still standing and probably will be for another week.

Did you put your in the display or over the road? I want to see pics of it!. I took some video but haven;t finished it yet and posted.

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