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Everything posted by ErnieHorning

  1. Yes, absolutely! These are so cool. I’ve wanted to make at least a couple for a few years.
  2. My favorite is when people think you work there and are afraid that you’re taking all the lights down. You’ll notice people running over to get their one or two boxes. Sometimes someone will ask why you’re taking them down so soon. That’s when you have to decide whether you want to tell them and risk a long discussion with someone that thinks it sounds cool but doesn’t really know what you just said or just say ‘yeah’ and quickly get your stash out of there because you can’t believe you just got a fantastic deal.
  3. I don’t frame my windows but I do frame my shutters. The same idea would work for both. I used 100 mini’s on the large shutter and cut them in half and only used 50 on the smaller ones. The lights are kept straight by lots of wire ties attached to PVC pipe.
  4. I use Audacity, it's free and runs on several operating system and has a ton of features. You can also get several additional plug-in's to increase its functionality. It has multi-track capability which makes it easy to split channels, remove parts and drag them to line up the timing perfectly.
  5. On a positive note... If you slip and fall, it's probably not going to hurt.
  6. This one has a local news video. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/03/bay-bridge-light-display-dazzles-san-francisco-.html
  7. http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com is currently down, apparently a major crash since it been down for a week. It's currently being rebuilt and it should be back up shortly. There's a lot of data to be uploaded.
  8. One of the members of DIYC is running a group buy on Vampire Plugs and SPT-2 wire. The prices include the PayPal fees of 2.9% of the total price +$0.30. This does not include shipping but will be shipped UPS at the business rate. Payments are due prior to the parts being ordered. The prices are for PRE-PAID PRE-ORDERS only! The pre-order time is for the next two weeks only and ends after June 30th. Vampire PlugsThese plugs are UL Listed for AC use. They are made for SPT-2 wire and are dark green in color. They are available in both Male and Female in packages of 50 each. The slides are packaged in a separate bag. The plugs are $18.65 (37.3¢ each) including the PayPal “merchant fees” for the Pre-order phase only. After this, the price will be $25 per bag. SPT-2 WireThe SPT-2 wire is 18 gauge, 2 conductors with the “ribs” on the neutral conductor’s insulation. This will come in rolls of 1000′. The wire rolls on Pre-Orders are $108.25 per roll including the PayPal fees. The regular price is $125.00 Additional information can be obtained at his website. http://foleyfamilych...om/?page_id=623 PS: I'm only the messenger. :
  9. Google and a little bit of luck: From the local Sarasota Patch. http://sarasota.patch.com/articles/christmas-sarasota-style
  10. A 100 count string is just two 50 count strings. You can cut them right in the middle. This is what I do. I stagger cut both wires about 1/2" apart so they can't short. I normal don't do anything more than that but you could put heat-shrink on the end if you want. The second half I either attach a crimp on plug or solder on a plug and some of the wire from an old retired string (heat-shrink over the connections). Cut off the plugs from your old strings, this is a great use for them.
  11. You can spend a lot of time editing a song and getting the timing right. I think it's harder then sequencing; your ears are much more sensitive then your eyes. BTW, there are sound programs that you can slow down or speed up the tempo without changing the pitch. You can also change the key without changing the tempo. I found one that you could specify the beats per minute. These are also useful if you want to mix parts of multiple songs. I've used parts of other peoples sequences before but I found that I spent close to the same time fixing it to my liking as it would take to write it from scratch using their's as an example. This all can become quite frustrating at times but it's quite rewarding in the end. It's also interesting how the vast amount of time this stuff takes, gets compressed and doesn't seem to be that bad when you're done.
  12. Yeah you got it right. The spring just has to be strong enough to lift the weight. Now that I re-think this, you only need the upper spring. The rod just needs to be longer to travel down below the lowest resting point of the object you're moving. The object should hit a resting point and stop at the bottom. So the spring is doing the lifting and can over travel and gravity brings it back down to a fixed point even though the rod will continue to travel a little farther. The spring and rod is nothing more than the spring and ink cartage in a pen. It's also got the over travel that I'm talking about.
  13. Jason, if you want vertical motion and a pause without stopping the motor you just need a bit of over travel. Basically you're pushing with a spring. You'll need two for both ends of travel in your case. When you hit the end, the rest of the travel is taken up by compressing the spring. Find a bi-fold door and look at the spring mechanism at the top of both doors to see what I'm talking about. If you still don't understand, let me know and try to mach up something.
  14. OK now that you've vented, maybe we can move on... BTW, I was being sarcastic also. I was just trying to tone it down a bit before it got out of hand. Did you ever find what you were looking for? If so, how the sequencing going?
  15. I have a lot of lights on the house that I haven't been able to physically get to. The weather just didn't cooperate with my schedule. Between the snow and ice, it's been a pure hassle. They're there but I can't get to them to plug them in. I've chopped and cleared the ice and snow out of the way several times, dang it's cold out there. My wife is saying "can't you just plug them in and leave them on?". Hmmm, well if I could just plug them in, I could just plug then into a controller. I got lucky with previous years, all of this crap didn't start so early. It's getting to late and I think we're going to call a defeat this year and start planning for the next one. Better planning and starting at the beginning of October is a must, I just can't rely on the weather. I believe there will be a completely new, from the ground up, version of Vixen for next year. I think this is the year to be adding LED's for me also. I have some idea's for more efficient controllers that I've been wanting to design, now that LED's have come down to where I can buy more than a few strings. I had an intense discussion with Craig Marshal at the Chicago mini so there may be a flood design.
  16. Anyone had a bad TRIAC on a DIY controller that failed for no apparent reason? At DIYC we
  17. 150 watts at 12 volts would be 12.5 amps. If the charging system is operating correctly, the voltage would be 13.8 when the engine is running. So 150 watts at 13.8 would be 10.8 amps. That being said, I believe they mean continuous power. 13.8 volts and 20 amps would be 276 watts. Using the 80% rule you'd be at 220.8 watts. So as long as you averaged 10.8 amps, you could go up to 16 amps for short bursts.
  18. Extension cord or adapter. [ATTACH=CONFIG]40159[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]40158[/ATTACH]
  19. It's seemed to detour them during the season by leaving the lights on at a very low level. When I shut everything off, then they snipped them.
  20. Actually that was usefull. We didn't know that.
  21. I'm one of the original DIY'ers and I've built both DIY and LOR and the hardware is equally reliable. You can buy prebuilt LOR or some that you can assemble yourself. With DIY, you have to assemble it all yourself but it's cheaper. The software is equaly capable of producing a fantastic show though Vixen is free. The two are different in how they operate. LOR S2 only works with LOR hardware and Vixen works with both LOR and DIY. Support with both LOR and DIY is great. With LOR if you have a hardware problem, it's more likely that you will need to call LOR support. With DIY you can ask most anybody on the DIY site and they can tell you how to fix the problem yourself.
  22. There are several new people around here. I've had people meet me at my work and pasted molds off in the parking lot, sometimes free. You're a bit far from me and I have that one anyway.
  23. As a newbie, beating up on one of our more respected though sometimes sarcastic members, is not a good way to start out. As stated above, there are several ways to get both the music and the sequence, though you may have lost a few.
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