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  1. I started 3 weeks ago. Just wrapping trees, nets in shrubs and flower beds, etc. After Halloween I start going full force.
  2. I just Googled this. Holy Moly. What a display.
  3. I've seen these too. They seem to be some kind of mesh with lights embedded. Hard to tell at night and my wife wouldn't let me get out of the car to inspect them closer. She's weird like that.
  4. Do not remove the big tree from your display. It's the center piece, in my opinion
  5. Yep, I got a Kill A Watt last year and it's fantastic. No need to guess or do math. Math is hard and I was told there would be no math.
  6. Contact him anyway. I'm curious as to what he will say. BTW, my Dad was also an electrician, which is probably why I don't know much. He did everything for me.
  7. I know everyone is probably busy finishing up their display, but it's cold, rainy and nasty here so I can't do anything and I had something pop into my mind about extension cords. One of those thick, green outdoor cords like you get at any hardware or big box store is rated for 13 amps (some more that that, obviously). We all use these to tie in smaller extension cords like the indoor/outdoor brown ones that lead out to different individuala elements of the display. That's how I do it anyway. But even the small cords are rated for 13 amps, same as the heavey duty expensive cords. Aside from the fact that the big green cords are much longer, is it safe to say they are interchangeble? Couldn't we use a small brown cord to tie in different elements and save money? I also realize they aren't supposed to be used outdoors, but we use them anyway. Another question. And let me preface this by saying I don't do this because I realize it isn't safe. It's just a hypothetical. If I wanted to run a cord inside, under a door...again, very unsafe...and the load on the cord would be 8-10 amps (again, tying in several display elements that would normally all go to a big, green cord rated for the same 13 amps), couldn't I use a plain old little brown cord? What would be the difference? Edit to add: 3rd prong on the bigger cords is probably the key to this question, I would think.
  8. I vote freaky, but that's just me.
  9. I zip tie two together, wrap in red and white lights, and put them over 1/2 emt driven into the ground.
  10. Thanks for the info. Just picked up the sign and it looks great. I was assured it would last for years.
  11. Thanks. I did find a local sign shop that took care of it in a day. That was the simplest route.
  12. Thanks to both of you.
  13. Interesting. I would have never thought about an auto shop. It's going to be coro?
  14. Thanks. I guess I should have gone into more detail. I'm looking for a business that will actually print the sign for me.
  15. I'm looking to put up some kind of small, plain sign to honor my Dad who passed away earlier this year. Kind of a dedication of my dispaly to him. Simply, "In Memory of XXX Jones". I guess coro would suffice but I have no idea where to start. A small sign shop? Staples? Kinkos? I've looked online but can't really find anything. I should add that I'm looking for a business who will actually priint the sign, not just where I can buy the coro. I posted in the DIY forum so I hope it's ok to re-post here. Any advice would be appreciated.
  16. I'm looking to put up some kind of small, plain sign to honor my Dad who passed away earlier this year. Kind of a dedication of my dispaly to him. Simply, "In Memory of XXX Jones". I guess coro would suffice but I have no idea where to start. A small sign shop? Staples? Kinkos? I've looked online but can't really find anything. Not sure if I should post this in any other forum either. Any advice would be appreciated.
  17. I use the small cages, double stacked like Missieod describes above, and wrap using 200 lights. They could probably use another 100 lights but in the interest of time and money, 200 will do. I don't use zip ties but maybe an occasional twisty here and there. I find the lights stay put just fine. This year I'll have a toal of 17 in my display.
  18. I've always followed that process and found the bad light. However, as I posted above, this is different in that all the bulbs in the bad section light very minimally. If I used the LED Keeper to pierce the strand, nothing changes. They all still light minimally. There is no way to back track, or use the process you describe because nothing changes in the lights. Unless the change is so slight that I can't see the difference. If that's the case, LED Keeper won't really fix the problem. I'm baffled. And what exactly is "high resistant contact"?
  19. I wrap the trunks red and wrap each individual branch white, all the way out to the very end of each branch. It's the center piece to my display. I know you said the branches were too small, but mine are pretty small too and they hold the lights just fine. The problem is that it's grown so much, the wrappable branches are getting pretty high up there.
  20. Thanks. I already know what section is the problem. One section is completely out and when piered with the LED Keeper, it only lights up that section minimally. Just have to start pulling bulbs from that section I guess. I appreciate the insight.
  21. Big time bump to find out if these things are worth buying.
  22. Just curious, but how did you go about finding the bulb that had the rusted leg? You took out every one and checked it? I hope not. And I still thought the LED keeper would help identify this problem.
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