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Everything posted by jeff

  1. Thanks Mike. Makes perfect sense.
  2. Could you expound on the dead-man switch idea. What is it physically and where and how is it incorporated into the system?
  3. How far away can the servo be from the servodog without having problems controlling the servo? I want to have something mounted about 25 to 30 feet away from the servodog board. Any help is appreciated.
  4. I was just wondering if I may have ruined the chip when I desoldered it the other night because I put it in backwards. However, last nights show things were working better. Not sure why this particular board seemed to be struggling a few days ago.
  5. Does anyone know what the left and right solder-in chips are for in the LOR board?
  6. For seven years I have had all my controllers inside the house mounted on a wall and never had any problems. This year I finally got brave and put couple of my controllers outside. The controller outside is sluggish. The tree thats suppose to light doesn't always light. I have checked cat5 connections and checked that the cat5 cable is good. When putting this board together I goofed and soldered in one of the smaller chips in backwards. I wonder if I may have harmed something when desoldering. Its put together correctly now. I put together 30 boards successfully so I'm confident that the board is good. Any comments are welcome.
  7. I'm talking about each 8 channel side of one 16 channel controller. I always hook up one 15 amp circuit to the left side and then another 15 amp circuit to the right side of the same leg but two different breakers. Then on the other boards I of course balance the load by using the other leg. I guess my main question is: Has anyone had any problems with having two separate power legs (240v) at one controller?
  8. When I power up both sides of my LOR boards I keep both sides the same leg so as not to have 240 volts at my box. What do you think? Is this a good idea or does it not matter to have 120 on half the board and 120 from a different leg on the other half? Your thoughts please.
  9. Thanks. I think I can sleep tonight. Metal sheds with closed doors are like an oven inside. I could have cooked our Sunday roast in there for sure.
  10. I just remembered this morning that all 26 of my lor boards are stored out in my metal shed. I opened the doors to the shed a few minutes ago and found it to be extremely hot inside. Will this heat ruin my boards? I'm worried that some of the components may be heat sensitive. This is the first year I put them away in the shed. (trying to keep wife happy ya know)
  11. Looks good. Congratulations on the success. It makes it fun when you see others enjoying your hard work. Don't know why, but for some reason we did'nt get any cars all month long. Couple cars a night if we were lucky.
  12. 20 small mini trees with blue and white lights 200 lights per color. 12 large mini trees with red and green lights 300 per color. Transparent c9's on roof line red, blue, green. 7 channels of each color. Yellow 4 wire rope light. 30 spot lights blue, red, green. 10 of each color. 10' arches with 700 lights on each arch. 7 channels per arch. Lights count about 43,000 rough count. 272 channel capable but using about 250. The white keys are about 8' long with the skinny part of the key being about 1 foot wide. 63 keys total with 300 lights per key black and white. Or maybe I should say purple and white. Each key independent. This is the creation of my 18 yr old son. He built, wired and programmed the whole thing from beginning to end. With sheet music in hand the key board is programmed exactly right. There are 4 other songs in our show and a second house being used with more c9's and floods. Thanks for viewing and for the comment. This was fun to see it go together. Jeff
  13. North pole express - by jon schmidt Siberian Sliegh ride - by TSO Available in HD!
  14. I double checked my supply wires. neutral (ribbed wire) going to neutral on board. Polarized plug.
  15. Tony Furst, I sent you a PM. Tell me if you have received it.
  16. Nope. no GFI. I understand what you are saying about the difference beween form c contact and a triac. I had actually thought of this but couldnt explain it to myself as good as you did. The only thing that bothers me is this type of shock should have lit my lights don't you think? Its hard to believe there is enough leakage through a triac to cause this. Let me add that this was no wimpy trickle shock. This was enough to cause my hand to clench down on the conductor and made it hard to let go. But yet I had no lights. BTW, it was my left hand.
  17. I want to know why I received such a big shock the other day while testing. The test program had ran its coarse and finished (no lights on). As I took hold of the light string to unplug it from the LOR board output (triac side of the board) electricity went from my hands to my bare feet which of coarse was standing on damp lawn. My question: why did I receive such a huge shock? Board was powered up, but I only touched the output not the power feeding the board.
  18. Are there any specific rules, codes or the "DO NOTS" when it comes to tandem breakers. It seems they are not used in original install but its usually an after thought. Home-owner after thought. Why don't electricians wire homes with tandem breakers?
  19. Agreed. Kinda pricey but well worth it. Anything less and you will have just wasted your money.
  20. This has nothing to do with Christmas but it is an electrical question. I pulled apart the on/off switch to my contractor 10" table saw and found both wires - black and white - are being switched. Apparently it is a DPST switch with hot and neutral wired directly to it. What is the advantage to this and is it common practice?
  21. I consider myself the shared neutral King! And the more I read about this, I too become more confused. I have had no problems with anything I have done. I use to build electrical control panels and shared neutral is very common. (no pun intended)
  22. Tony Furst wrote: Interesting you would bring that up. I was looking at the landscape wire at HD because of its thick insulation but decided against it because it says right on the insulation"low voltage wire". I mentioned it on this forum and the responses were to not use it.
  23. I have never had any problems with sharing neutral. Even Chuck Smith (an electrical engineer) has done this type of wiring with his display. My whole display is nothing but shared neutrals. My arches have one neutral each arch. I run four neutralsto feedmy 20 mini trees. All my floods are sharing neutrals. I've had a pretty good display for two years now. I just can't see how this is wrong or dangerous so long as the neutral is sized right. This topic has come up before and there never has been any thing come of it. If sharing neutral is bad practice then by all means lets figure this thing out once and for all.
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