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chazinn

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  1. Just realized no picture in1st post, looks like I may have posted twice also. Anyway, here's my 3'd attempt at a a picture.
  2. I have a static display that has just shy of 20,000 incandescent minis. Been running this display for several years. I'm running a 50amp double pole breaker from the main panel to a 60 amp rated magnetic relay. The relay is controlled through a cheap digital timer. The relay in turn feeds my "Christmas" panel that feeds 8 GFI protected breakers. It has worked great. This morning they came on at the regular time, and then went off fairly quickly. Upon further investigation I discovered what could have been a serious problem. Evidently over the past year one of the connections had worked loos
  3. I have a static display that has just shy of 20,000 incandescent minis. Been running this display for several years. I'm running a 50amp double pole breaker from the main panel to a 60 amp rated magnetic relay. The relay is controlled through a cheap digital timer. The relay in turn feeds my "Christmas" panel that feeds 8 GFI protected breakers. It has worked great. This morning they came on at the regular time, and then went off fairly quickly. Upon further investigation I discovered what could have been a serious problem. Evidently over the past year one of the connections had worked loos
  4. I love the idea of adding jalapeno's! We do something very close to this, we do not use jalapeno's though. We use Onions and sharp chedder instead on mild. I've been known to throw in some salsa, but the traditionalist in my family really objected! We call it Christmas Morning Casserole!
  5. So the number of milliamps needed to trip a 50 amp breaker is the same regardless of the amperage rating on the breaker? Good to know from a protection point of view, and no wonder I'm tripping the gfi so frequently! I'll definitely begin converting over to putting each circut on it's own GFI. I also found a bad extension cord last night so as someone else has noted, the gfi probably saved my life last night! The socket part was completely filled with rain water! I put some of those plastic/disposable tupperware containers over hotpoint connections, replaced 2 extension cords and am a
  6. I have a static display fed from a 50 amp sub panel. My electrician put a 50 amp GFI circut breaker in the main panel as a way to protect the 8 circuts feeding my display. I'm uncomfortable with this on 2 levels, one is that the cumaltive leaks are enough to trip this breaker whenever it rains, and 2 the total needed to trip this breaker makes me wonder if how "protective" it would be for people. I am thinking that by putting each of the 8 circuts on it's own 20 amp GFI outlet I can increase the level of protection and spread the cumaltive leaks out to the point of minimizing triips. Also i
  7. I'm planning on being there. Depends on work!
  8. chazinn

    Light-Up-Ohio 2010

    No insult taken! and yes she really does have a garage sale planned! I just have to make sure she doesn't sell any of my Christmas stuff!
  9. I work in "lawn care" for a living. In general paints marked as "turf" or designed for turf will not adversely affect grass if used for short periods of time. "Normal" paint will block light from reaching the chlorophyll and prevents photosynthesis. It can also block the plants from being able to exchange gases needed in the photosynthesis process. If using normal off the shelf paints, test it 1st! Turf paints, however, are designed to allow these things to occur. It is very important to read and follow the labeled directions. Some paints may not be good for some types or species of gr
  10. Thank you, I believe I have the same gauge wire. Didn't know this was possible! If I could do something similar, well, that would open some options! Time to call the electrician!
  11. OK, I just got in trouble because I've been sitting here at work, drooling over your pics for the last 20 minuets or so! What can I say but unbelievable! I am truely humbled and inspired by your display. Truely awesome! I noticed in one of your earlier posts that you run 900 amps off of one meter? How exactly do you do that? I just spent a ton of money to get 100 amps out to my garage for my display. 900 amps would be awesome! I'm over 200' from our pole and have been told that to upgrade above the 200 all ready there, would require an additional lines???
  12. chazinn

    Light-Up-Ohio 2010

    That's going to force me to make the decision about whether or not I animate next year! Decisions, decisions.... Design, build, how to's related to static displays is what I need, but animation is what I'm interested in. Guess I've been infected with the virus!
  13. chazinn

    Light-Up-Ohio 2010

    I too would be very interested in this. I just can't afford the pre-built ready to go controllers right now. However, I could probably finangle a kit, if I had the confidence to solder it correctly. That said, just about any topic would be good for me! I guess being new to this does have an advantage! My "idea" list for things I would like to add or build is getting so long I had to start a list in MS Word.
  14. chazinn

    Light-Up-Ohio 2010

    Thank you, unfortunately our sales season has started which means I'm now at about 60 hours a week. I also will be traveling a fair amount in Jan. (the next 3 weeks) . I would be very interested in seeing it, how you designed it, and constructed it! Just not not sure how I can work it out. My wife informed me yesterday that she is planning on a garage sale the weekend of the mini. I told her she was on her own, she wasn't real happy, but I think I can work it out! I'm really looking forward to it. (Maybe there's a topic in there for the mini? Something along the lines of persauding her to
  15. chazinn

    Light-Up-Ohio 2010

    I'm going to plan on being there, but mid May is a very busy time of year for those of us in the lawn care buisness! I never even knew something like this existed. My head is still spinning and I've been reading almost constantly since I joined. This is the 1st forum and maybe my second post I've ever done, so forgive me if I seem a little inexperienced. I'm still in learing mode but hope to get to creative/design mode pretty soon! Something like this would be a huge thing for me! I live in central Ohio and would be interested in helping if needed. The best way to learn is to jump in a
  16. I'm a complete newbie here and just recently joined. I have been lurking for a year or so and finally decided to take the plunge! I too live in central Ohio and am experiencing high winds. I'm at work now, but am wondering how much of my display will still be working when I get home! I particularly have problems with my icicle lights blowing against the side of the house and breaking. I've taken to using those 3M sticky clips which has really cut down on the breakage. Although I usually get gusts of 60 once or twice a year, this is the 1st time it
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