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Mike Bluford

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About Mike Bluford

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  • Birthday 02/27/1966

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    Lenoir City, Tennessee, USA
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    Electronic Technician/Electrician
  1. OK Thats the information I was looking for, Thanks!
  2. What I mean by this is I know there is things to be done, but with most running the displays from Thanksgiving through New Years do you ever let it run unattended? How do you go shopping, dinner get togethers with family or friends etc? Seems like if you turned it off for a night it would first disappoint some who come to see it and would secondly be a huge indication you weren't home. Do you go outside and just hang out every night, even when the show has been going for almost a month and traffic is light? I searched for this subject but couldn't find anything and was wondering what a normal
  3. Just read your blog and thats a good article! I started to get into this a few years back and for different reasons didn't, but I have been thinking more about it lately and enjoyed reading your thoughts. The only thing I could point out, and it really has nothing to do with the article itself, is I didn't see a link from part 1 to part 2 (I read part 2 first then clicked the link for part 1) and the picture is gone for the 16 channel controller. I appreciate you taking the time to write this and it confirmed in my mind that a smaller well done display is better than a large sloppy display. Th
  4. I know someone wants this!! http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=442992
  5. jen grissett wrote: I bet I know which one you are talking about Jen! I have a real good friend who is a county commissioner and he says 75-80% of the calls he gets is about what people are doing in their yards, or to the house. I have heard horror stories about HOA's in this area (prob the one Jen was talking about). My subdivision has restricted lots (mines not one) but the restrictions are about farmyard animals in the front yard and such.
  6. Just got my bill today...0.07376 per kilowatt hour. Just in case you are wondering, thats $70.59 for 957 kilowatt hours. Year ago, same time bill, $71.85 (I don't know what I did, but I like it!) Hope it don't make you homesick Jen!! lol Now lets not get started on natural gas!!:shock:
  7. terrypowerz wrote: I think we were saying the same thing only different ways! I just know that you have to be very careful when going into a house just in case someone has done a "helping job" ahead of you.
  8. dschwab9 wrote: Actually there is things in the NEC covering that. It covers a wide range of outdoor temp lighting (such as Christmas displays) and grounding. All of my lights have always been on GFCIs and I've never had a problem, use quality wiring with good connections and moisture won't bother it. I use the "indoor" extension cords for my display along with some homemade cords, but make sure the connections are a good tight fit and I put one multi outlet strip (which feeds a wireframe snowman) in a large freezer bag.
  9. thyno z wrote: In firefox hit "END" then hit return...works for me!
  10. Since my earlier post, I have tempered my aversion to shared neutrals. I still wouldn't wire up a house that way. It is true, that if on opposite poles, the neutral will not be overloaded, the worse case is one hot unloaded (or open) and the other loaded to the maximum - then current flows back to the source only through the neutral. Remember we are talking about house wiring for Christmas lights, this could happen, but probably with not much problem. On the other hand, if I flip the breaker to work on a circuit, I want both the hot and neutral to be dead, not me if I disconnect the neutral. Y
  11. That is why I answer some of the questions like I do on here. I hate to seem harsh or anything, but I guess I figure if you have to ask very many questions about wiring, call an electrician. We all have little questions every now and then, as all workers in all fields do, but electricity is dangerous, if you don't understand...don't touch.
  12. Since my earlier post, I have tempered my aversion to shared neutrals. I still wouldn't wire up a house that way. It is true, that if on opposite poles, the neutral will not be overloaded," The worse case is one hot unloaded (or open) and the other loaded to the maximum - then current flows back to the source only through the neutral". Remember we are talking about house wiring for Christmas lights, this could happen, but probably with not much problem. On the other hand, if I flip the breaker to work on a circuit, I want both the hot and neutral to be dead, not me if I disconnect the neutral.
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