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Greg Young

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  1. Thanks Sammy, that is just the information I was looking for!
  2. Sammy, out of curiosity are you using West systems epoxy when glassing? If so which resin/hardener combination? Are you using standard FG sheets, or carbon/FG sheets? Greg
  3. or use an old grill motor. cheaper and heavier duty..
  4. In addition to the risk of personal injury from falls, etc, you can damage asphalt shingles pretty easily when they are frozen if you aren't careful. I say that because I see your snow in your picture, and living up north we usually have frozen roofs, at least during the time of takedown. Your roof pitch is pretty mild, but if you are not comfortable I would echo the advice of hiring someone who is more comfortable working on roofs, or rent a lift.. Greg
  5. It's interesting to read that folks feel a need to count visitors. The charities I deal with would be much more focused on how much funding you have raised in the past, or in the case of a first time event plan to raise, rather than having any concerns regarding vehicle traffic that may frequent/pass by the event... That being said I am curious Chuck - did you have to get permission to place your pneumatic sensor across the roadway, or are you able to just put it up and taken it down each evening?
  6. I have been running a display since 1977, and I have never waterproofed connections ,as stated above. Living in WNY I get a fair amount of rain and snow, and only very rarely have I had GFCI issues.
  7. They work, but require step down voltage, depending on manufacturer. They also are delicate. Jerry Plak has used them. I use them in model RRing, but not my display.
  8. MC Productions, are you a commercial entity that deals in animations, etc? Do you repair/create them? Thanks!
  9. These young-uns just don't understand the importance of commitments anymore! There is a sequenced home in Kenmore that apparently now includes his neighbor that I will have to check out this year...
  10. Walter and Jackie are artisans in the true sense of the word!
  11. That is a nice find Darlene! I agree that with a few changes here and there it would be a nice prop!
  12. For folks starting out, downloading shared sequences can prove extremely useful! They will usually have the timings well establsihed, and give the person viewing the visualization window a chance to get some very good ideas on how to to sequence various design elements. Most will probably have many more channels than needed, but those can easily be edited/deleted... Greg
  13. I assume most folks know that you can't fade LED strings with caps in the circuitry, without risking early failure... Caps are prone to failure, much more so than diodes/resistors (unless the latter 2 are under valued), so if you have caps, and there are string failures - that should be your first area of investigation. Greg
  14. I agree with the barron. I have been running LEDS since they were first released commercially in 2005. The strings I have originally came from AL, then CDI, and a few white wire strings from a third vendor, who I will not name. There have been zero failures to date, other than a few DOAs that I found to be loose connections in the sockets, due to poor manufacturing quality controls. If yours are failing with use, I would suspect they may be the non sealed replaceable versions, that were manuafctured the "old" way using dissimilar metals that have corroded, or may have failed due to handling issues as a result of some borderline connections in the sockets. The 3rd possibilty is failure of the rectification diodes/voltage limiting resistors in the full wave strands. LEDs themselves should last a very long time.... Greg
  15. I use LED floods that give plenty of light, without washing out the figures. The ones I use are equivalent to about a 50 watt incandescent flood, which is another option... Greg
  16. Larry - the Chinese have made changes in production to improve the quality issues they had by using cheap disimilar matels. Now that they have gone to all copper, prices have gone up. Given the increased demand however these increased manufacturing costs did not pass onto the consumer in the form of a price increase, but instead they are cost neutral. Hopefully in time the prices may come down a little, but I do not expect much... Greg
  17. Make sure if you are ordering LED floods/spots that they can dim. There are a number out there that can't. Also be sure to do a little research on what the return policy is from the vendor you are considering purchasing them from before you order. Like other LED lighting products, which are made overseas, the quality varies, so I would recommend once you find a reliable vendor, stick with them and the products they offer, even if you may find prices a little lower elsewhere... Greg
  18. One additional tip - set the white balance to incandescent, as opposed to automatic/daylight. It will make a significant difference! I also like to disable the automatic exposure to avoid pumping... Greg
  19. I use 1/4 or 3/16 inch hot rolled rod. I avoid the cold for several reasons: 1) hot rolled is easier to work with 2) there is no oil coating on hot rolled 3) hot rolled is cheaper Hot will rust sooner, but if you prime and paint the frames as most of us do, that negates that issue. You can get hot rolled from any welding/manufacturing shop Greg
  20. That's what I do up here Dave -near Buffalo NY. I have blowmolds, etc about 12 inches off the ground. We don't get as much snow as Tim does (despite what the press says about Buffalo!). That's why I stick to larger display items, and have no ground mounted minitrees. If I did, I would be ordering a bunch of coro mini trees (from someone we both know), as I like their design! Greg
  21. I have 6 footers that I purchased from Target, or K-Mart. They are prelit with 600 minis. I strung LEDs this year (600 per tree), and leave the clear minis off. The trees have been out in wind, snow, rain and ice, and have done well for 8 seasons. Greg
  22. Brian, what about a couple of simple things first: Did you check the CAT 5 cable integrity (that goes into your ELL units)? Also, are there power to the units? Simple things, but these units are unlikely to just fail (although anything is possible). My 3 are left outside year-round, being only powered up during show season, and I have had no issues with them.. Greg
  23. If there is an opportunity for white wire mini sized LEDs (LED colors- green, in my case) I think quite a few of us could use some, in addition to the usuals.. Greg
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