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Everything posted by Eggbah

  1. My Home Depot was holding out on the goods.
  2. Both, but I haven't had any issues with anyone pulling the icing off. It's a pretty tough little house. It has rained just about every weekend plus a few very, very windy days and everything stayed in place. If anyone does accidentally pulls off the icing, that's ok - I still have 3 tubes of caulk. I was more worried about my husband messing it up during the breakdown today. One change that I must make before next Christmas is that I have to shoot a few nails into the presents. Hot glue didn't hold up well at all. Guess that's what I get for being lazy and not turning the compressor on for a few nails. (side note: 2 pinched nerves kept me away from the old fashioned hammer at the time of construction)
  3. Thank you all for the compliments! This is what I used: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sioux-Chief-3-4-in-Pick-Up-Talon-with-Nail-25-Bag-HD556-3PK3/203255186#.UsjZffRDua8 I used 3/4" talon clips for the 1/2" pvc pipe - I didn't really measure my spacing, just put one at the first couple of inches, one or two in the middle, and one the last few inches for each section. My sections are not long at all thanks to the way my house was designed. I only used 31 clips, 32 if you count the one I left on top of my gutter - oops. I did swap sides that the nail is on. I wanted the thicker part of the clip along the house so I could pop off the pvc easier. I've thought about buying more clips and nailing them into the studs in my basement so I could store the lights a little better than shoving the pvc into a tall wardrobe moving box. OCD is one of my many middle names! Took it to a new level today when I made ornament storage trays to go inside of the rubbermaid boxes, but that's not the OCD part...I labeled each spot for every single ornament that I have.
  4. Buy or make some stakes and attach your plugs to the stakes with electrical tape. It is the easiest to work with in my opinion - stays put when wet and easier to remove than duct tape. Not the most attractive look but better than hunting around every store for the 3 outlet stake things that may be sold out. If you really want to waterproof it, you can build a little box to go over it. After losing all of my Christmas lights last year, some due to age, lost some due to my own stupidity, I have learned my lesson. Keep it high and dry!
  5. It would be so easy to figure out the jerk that sent the letter. Process of elimination. Involves a lot of baking and cookie tins with a manger scene...hand deliver to each neighbor and study their body language and tone of voice. Easy to spot 'em. They probably wouldn't waste their time, but I would. I like a good challenge and that would be an amusing one to take on. <----- see the reindeer? That's how I look when I get a crazy idea
  6. So for the last few days, I have been replacing 3-4 C7 bulbs (each day, not total) on one of my holly bushes outside. Really getting sick of it and I didn't want to throw the blown bulbs away, so I have kept them for future crafts (got to keep the 7 yr old entertained during Christmas break!). I'll go outside to check on bulbs or tinker with random things and I've been noticing that a lot of bulbs are out. Well, on my 10th one, I turned it to the right by accident. Dear God, it worked. I found 4 other bulbs out, turned them to the right - they work too. I could not figure out how they were becoming loose, my c7s on my house are fine. So I went to the mailbox, I heard some rustling in the bush as walked back to the house. BIRDS. Birds are trying to steal my bulbs, two of them! Who am I? Tippi Hedron? I didn't know birds could even do that. These are not big either - smaller than a robin. That explains why the minis on the other holly bushes are always moved around. Is this a common problem? I'm glad I kept the bulbs for when they really do burn out or a bird manages to steal one.
  7. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/12/18/neighbors-letter-newton-massachusetts-christmas-lights-are-flagrant-display-religious Disclaimer: This is not my house. I'm in GA, not MA. I just read this story on facebook. I feel bad for this family. They received a letter from a cowardly neighbor stating, "not everybody in the neighborhood is Christian, and many people do not wish to see such a flagrant display of your beliefs ... religious matters aside, your decorations are beyond tasteless. They are cheap, tacky and kitschy and a terrible eyesore." Really? How rude!
  8. My motto is derived from Blake (Baldwin's character from Glengarry Glen Ross) instead of ABC, always be closing, I say ABP: always be planning!
  9. I started thinking about next year before I put my first light on my house! Never to early to start planning
  10. Keeping the glitter companies in business since 1980!

  11. Thank you! I thought about doing that too! But I couldn't find anyone that would part with one at a price I liked. Rustoleum makes a great spray paint for plastic. Just an idea - you could hot glue the cheap plastic candy canes to it.
  12. Whoever thought of zip tying lights to pvc is a genius. I watched a video on youtube and went for it. I couldn't find the broom clips in Home Depot, Lowes, or Wally World, so I found pvc clips at Home Depot. I used 1/2" pvc and 3/4" talon clips.The clips will stay on the house. I bought the C7 strands from HD and they were spaced at 12" - I wasn't happy with the 12" spacing so I spaced them at 8". I'm pretty pleased with the spacing. I have more lights up - you just can't really see the other display in this pic.
  13. Just a standard outlet in the bathroom. I think it is time to replace with a real GFCI outlet. Probably for the best...especially in the bathroom! After looking at all of the electrical stuff in this house and the fact that some idiot put the HVAC pipe things (yeah, I am not up on my terminology) across the space in the right side of my garage right where a garage door opener should go, and few other things makes me want to sell. So...on that note... 3/2 on one full acre, partially wooded lot with lots wildlife, walking distance to the lake, storm room in basement, real walnut floors throughout, 3x5 custom shower with river pebble floor. Contact me if interested. Just kidding, for now. Sad thing is, I don't think my 1875 watt dryer is powerful enough. I just added 828 watts of lights on my house this week and if they are daisy chained, I guess that would definitely trigger the problems I had tonight with the lights.
  14. Sidetrack73: 1 - yes, the sub is run off of a 2 pole 60A from main panel. 2 - one glass of wine and I think I'll totally get you! Btw, I am electrically stupid so it may take me a few thorough readings to completely get it. haha CLashley - it's a 1875 watt dryer. Busting out the big guns on this mane. I've tripped every bathroom breaker in every house and apartment I've lived in with my dryers...except this one. This was a first. Probably why I am completely shocked. Definitely NOT confident that the labeling is correct - except with the washer/dryer, dishwasher, etc. I think when it was labeled, the guy just pulled numbers out of a hat and names of rooms out of another hat. Yes, after I reset the breaker, everything came back to life like Frankenstein. One major problem I have, I do not have any specified GFCI outlets. No buttons on anything, but my contractor father-in-law says that I need to replace some of the outlets with the standard GFCI ones. Why I don't have them, I don't know. I'm the 2nd owner and I bought this house from the builder/owner. You'd think he'd have the proper outlets installed.
  15. Brilliant electrical minds of Planet Christmas: Could someone please tell me why in the world could I trip a breaker labeled "basement" while blow drying my hair in my bathroom that is run off of a completely different breaker? This is what happened: I was blow drying my hair, in my bathroom, blow dryer stopped. Outlet has no power. Added "trash old bathroom outlet and install new one" to my to-do list again (I've been meaning to do that). Lights are on, just outlet messed up. I figured I'd just go downstairs and flip the switch back "if" it tripped. But if it tripped, why would the bathroom lights be on? Made no sense to me. I opened the basement door, flipped the switch, no lights. I mumble random things under my breath and headed to the kitchen for a flashlight. Passed by the living room window...all of the outside Christmas lights are off. I didn't just mumble colorful words this time around - picture Clark Griswold losing it here and going into immediate full blown panic mode. Grab the flash light and head downstairs - bathroom breaker fine. Breaker labeled "basement" on main panel tripped. What? How? UGH! Really? I have been so overly cautious this year about the wattage from the lights outside that there is no way I overloaded anything. I have lights running off of 3 separate 15A breakers and my blow dryer is not running off of either of those 3. I have 2 panels - the breaker that tripped is on my main panel. I tracked the lines from the outlets in my basement to the subpanel that runs 2 of the breakers that are running my Christmas lights. The 3rd breaker (on main panel) is for the outlet my back deck that I have lights running off of as well. Each 15A breaker is supporting 860ish watts each so I just don't get why my bathroom outlet caused my basement and back deck outlets to trip - but those breakers weren't shut off at all. Would this be a GFCI issue and a mis-labeling issue on the panel? I'm practically slamming my head against the wall with this one. I flipped the switch and everything is fine and back to normal again, I am just very confused on how this could happen.
  16. That is wild! I'll definitely be watching! Missed 10:00 news on Fox 5, maybe they will air it on the Edge @ 11. I'll be watching for you on 11Alive should you decide to go.
  17. And WSB provided a link with directions to some comments. Looks great - you did a fantastic job!!
  18. Just saw in on WSB's fb page with 726 shares. I think you are going to get A LOT more traffic, even from Alabama and UGA fans haha We're Nittany Lions so no Auburn hate here
  19. Oh no! Really? I just plugged in the little prong things (same as landscape lighting) into the blisslight transformer and plug that into an extension cord. Where did you buy yours and are you dealing with temps less than -15 degrees? Dumb question I know, but thinking of every reason it may not work properly.
  20. Hmm...my wheels are turning now for sure. I'd love to have a tiny security camera positioned on top of the RV just so I could watch the reaction from people as they drive by.
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