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About Ricjstn

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  • Birthday 07/27/1941

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    christmas vacation
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    Jamestown ny
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    160 channels to be used 2010

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  1. I'm making some snubbers with the plugs for my LED lights. I'm a little confused on the resistors to use. What I have are 47K OHM 2% 1W with color bands yellow, violet, orange and red. Are these ok to use or should they be 5% without the red band. The brand is NTE - flameproof resistor. The pictures on the making of them shows a different color band on the red one. Anyone have any info on these? Can they be used?
  2. Not being an electrician, I can't really answer these questions myself, but does double voltage from 180 to 360 affect the controller or is that all controlled in the light string. Also is the current used and saved by these LED's increased to a level that is more than incandescents? They don't really say how much current (watts) they are. The thing that I like about them is the color green is much more brillant than the color green you get in incandescents. So, I'm not really sure I'm saving on electric. Thank you for the info you have given.
  3. Bought some Martha Living 50 LED crystal c3 lights color green at HD. Tried to run a fade up and down on three strings hooked together. They come on with a steady dim, then brighten up for a split second, then a steady dim and then off. I did a real long fade up and down. It did the same thing. I ran a string of Targets Philips red 60 LED mini's along side of them and they faded up and down just fine. I plugged a snubber on the crystal c3's, no improvement. Any idea's how to make them work.
  4. I also have a very small yard, so I decided to go up on the porch roof with my arches. They are seven channels each. See the picture and link on them.
  5. The tree is made on an IV (intravenous) pole adjusted to 8 ft high. The base is made of 1/2 inch water PVC pipe. Made with several 45 degree PVC elbows and straight pipe to form an eight sided base (octagon). The diameter of the base is 4 ft. It is zipped tied to the metal base of the IV pole. Several coffee cup hooks are in the PVC base to hold the light strings. There are 16 channels of red incandescent 100 count lights, 16 channels of clear incandescent 100 count lights, 8 channels 12 ft rope lights. The incandescents are wrapped from the top down, then back up and over the top prongs of
  6. I believe this is the drawing for the mini trees. Just add 32 coffee cup hooks to the base instead of 16.
  7. I may have jumped the gun before I received the replies, but I bought Corel Videostudio Pro x3. I haven't installed it yet. Has anyone had experience with this software? I'm trying to get reviews on it. Hope it works if I decide to keep it.
  8. Bought a flip HD 3rd generation 8 GB camera. I took videos the other night of my display. The videos look good playing on their software "flip share". I saved them to my hard drive. Now I want to edit them and put the music to them. Windows movie maker won't import the MP4 format. Have any of you had this problem and what have you done? Thanks in advance.
  9. Jamestown, NY here. My little display. The video is not that good. I"m going to try and get better ones and with better music editing. http://vimeo.com/17611252
  10. That's why I put my arches up on the eaves. Tried to keep them out of the snow on the front lawn. http://vimeo.com/17611252
  11. I have arches up on my eaves. A couple sections went out on the incandescents. I had to get up on the ladder and fix them in the cold weather. I've decided to go with LED's and rebuild the arches. Will the LED's not burn out and if one goes out will the rest stay on? What are the pros and cons in my situation? Check the video out to see the arches. You may ask why I put them on the eaves. It's because I have very little front lawn. http://vimeo.com/17611252
  12. The leaf blower worked great. Thanks for the tip.
  13. Thanks for the tip. I'll try the leaf blower.
  14. How do you keep lights on bushes when it snows 4 to 5 inches every day. I go out and brush the snow off every few hours. In the morning it's even more to clean off. I don't know if I can keep it up. What say you in snow belt areas? Texas here I come. http://vimeo.com/17500156
  15. I've been running since Thanksgiving day. First couple of days lots of people stopped. Last couple of nights only a few. Is it too early? We have had very little snow here. Maybe people aren't in the Christmas mood yet. It doesn't seem that people are riding around to see the lights. Then again not that many other people have their lights out. When you've spent all year building things for the display, your in the mood all year. You know what I mean. Just sounding off. Hope things get better as Christmas gets closer.
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