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dixonlights

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    Lincolnton, nc
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    2nd Year with lights
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    11000 lights, 120 channels

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  1. You are both correct. You can make a tree that will have the strands the same distance apart. And as you mentioned, the section of my video does look close, but it is a gradual taper all the way up. As I stated in the How-To I wanted a more even spiral. That does not mean I think the other spirals are wrong, it is just now what I was trying to achieve. If one maintains the same spacing as you go up the tree, the angle of the strands gets more vertical as you go up. From what I can tell, this produces a whipping effect as you rotate. You can see this whipping effect in the following video. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a beautiful tree, but it was not the effect I was going for. I was attempting to keep the angle of the strands as close as I could, thus the taper. If you look at it around the 22 sec mark you can see how the angel at the top is different than the bottom. The beauty of decorating is that there are many ways to produce different effects. I am only trying to explain how I produced mine. I greatly appreciate the contributions of everyone on these forums, that is what makes this such a cool place. One idea spurs another, which spurs another, which spurs another. Many Thanks, Shane On a side note, I too have reached my limit for attachments. Is this time based, or will I never be able to attach another photo?
  2. The spacing on my tree is most certainly not the same. Maybe I am missing something here, but if the spacing stayed the same, would your tree not be a cylinder? On the tree in the How To above, the strands get closer together at you near the top. You can see this in the screen shot of the video on post #2.
  3. I am guessing that based on the number of strands, number of wraps, and the height of the tree, the angle at which the strands meet the stakes at the bottom of the tree will vary. With that in mind, the more vertical the angle, the further your distance between strands. They will taper closer together as you go higher on the tree obviously because they all gather at a the top. If you spacing is 2.73 at the base you will certainly end up with a very FULL tree.
  4. I am not sure about the support line spacing section either. Since each strand of my tree is essentially a support line, the spacing for the line is the same as the lights.
  5. In an effort to help folks see how the spirals are programmed, I decided to add the sequence for the entire video above. For some reason the forum does not let me upload a .vix file so I just changed the extension to .txt. Once you download the file, just change the extension back to .vix and you should be able to use it in Vixen. 2010 Christmas Saj.txt
  6. OK, I know it has been quite a while, but I have finally put together a How-to for the tree. I will try to add a sequence or two to the thread above in the next day or so.
  7. I forgot to put a spec list for the tree in the How-To: Height: 15ft (approx 14ft of center pole and 1ft for base height, adapters and shims) Base Diam: 7ft 20 Channels of White for Spirals 20 Channels of Green for Mega-tree All lights are 100 count incandescent strands with a lighted length of approx 24ft.
  8. If you want to see the tree in action, here is the link.
  9. Bill, I just posted a How-To with several photos of the tree in it. I have a few more photos of the tree during the day, so if there is something specific you would would like to see just let me know and I will see if I can find a photo of it.
  10. We have had a good many questions on how we did our tree last year, so I have attempted to make a how to for it. I hope the information in answers many of the questions. If not, feel free to msg me. I am including the calculator that I used as well. I can not take credit for it, and honestly I do not remember where I found it, but I would certainly like to thank the person who put it together. For some reason, the Forum would not let me upload the spreadsheet with the .xls extension, so I changed it to .txt. After downloading, just change the extension back to .xls. Sorry for any confusion on that. Hybrid Spiral how to.pdf Spiraltreespreadsheet-97.txt
  11. Hello Bill, Last year we had exactly what you are making. A 15ft tree with a 7ft base. I used rebar stakes and 3/32 galv cables. The tree was 20 channels for the Green Mega tree, and 20 for the White Spiral. I used a version of the JUMP base and just had the entire tree laying on its side with the cables only attached to the top. I stood it up and attached the strings to the stakes. Then did the spirals. Like mentioned before, you may not need many zip ties on the spirals, they seem to prop on the lights underneath. I only had about a dozen or so zip ties on the spirals. Here is a video of it to get an idea of how it looked. My link Hope this helps.
  12. Im not sure that the ladder on the scaffolding would work very well for the spirals. You need a good bit of mobility. At the very least you will be going around the tree 1.5 times per strand. That would be a great deal of shifting the scaffolding around. Just a thought.
  13. This year I made a 15ft hybrid spiral-mega. I have NO ties securing the spiral strands that are highter than I can reach while standing on the ground. I was quite surprised at how well the strands stay in place. The more that I have thought about it, the regular mega tree strands actually help keep the spirals in place a little. I have the link to the youtube video of the tree in Mega Tree forum. The thread is called Our Hybrid Spiral-Mega tree.
  14. Here is one of the songs we did this year. The tree is 15ft tall. I call ours a Hybrid Spiral-Mega.
  15. Yes, we have been quite busy, and I have not forgotten about the HOW TO. I plan to do it after Christmas. I need to get some pictures of the tree during the tear-down stages. Also, I plan to shoot a short video of just different tree sequences. If you have any specific questions before hand, I will be happy to answer them.
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