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  1. Prep starts this weekend, installation scheduled to start Oct. 31.
  2. This company has some options that may meet your needs: https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/m5-m6-led-wire-frame-light-strings/
  3. Thanks, Donna. It wasn't but was some pretty good baked goods. Had a box of those earlier in the month; they were equally decimated. :-)
  4. Thanks! Yep; a Harry & David order that my family decimated in short order. 😀
  5. Details: Approximately 10,000 lights, mostly LED Power requirements: Less than 9 amps Set up time: 55 hours. Lights on: November 28. IMG_0817.MOV
  6. Wonderful display (and I laughed out loud when I saw the lamp). How long did set up take?
  7. I swung by the local Home Depot last night. It is starting to reduce select items, but not significantly or broadly. Also, not surprisingly, selection was very picked over. About the only things available in quantity were string lights.
  8. Welcome and beautiful display; thanks for sharing!
  9. May the (Christmas) Force be with you. Nice job, Derek.
  10. Addition to my 2019 display courtesy of a neighbor. One small crack and faded/chipped paint, but otherwise is really great shape - it even had the original wiring harness (which I've replaced).
  11. Mel, I don't believe I've previously commented or responded to one of your posts, but I always look forward to reading them. Your willingness to share the vast knowledge you have is very much appreciated, even by board lurkers, such as myself. I've been inspired by you and others who share an interest in molds to incorporate them into my display for the first time this year and have enjoyed my first tentative steps in learning about and finding "classic" pieces. Thank you for all of your efforts.
  12. Welcome Jack, I'd encourage you to spend some time surfing various suppliers' websites for ideas and to familiarize yourself with some of the pre-fabricated options on the market. Once you have a good idea of what's available and at what price point you'll be in a good position to start thinking about how to execute your vision. Fabricating your own elements can be a lot of fun, but also a bit challenging when you're just getting started. I find it very helpful to sketch out my vision on paper. I tend to layer my sketches, starting with general positioning of elements, then going back and adding specifics such as bulb type, color, and electrical circuit until I have a robust blueprint from which I can work when it comes time to install. With regard to electricity, it is important to match the requirements of your vision with the capacity of your location; if you want to run a 100 amp display off a single 20 amp (standard household) circuit, you'll be setting yourself up for disappointment. Don't hesitate to consult with an electrician if you have questions/concerns about working with electricity. Electrical capacity may also influence your choice of elements/materials. For example, LED bulbs use substantially less power than incandescent bulbs, which means you came run more of them (i.e. have a bigger display) per amp.
  13. I finished set up yesterday, but decided to stay dark until Thanksgiving. Bad weather (rain, strong wind) predicted through Friday. Crossing my fingers everything holds together/no shorts.
  14. I use a tote and labeled ziplock bags to keep track of where each one goes.
  15. I typically don't go live until Thanksgiving, BUT... I should be done with set up by this weekend and, really, whats the point of being done if you can't flip the switch to "ON"?
  16. Set up starts this coming weekend, lights on scheduled for Thanksgiving.
  17. Quick update: I reached out to My Door Decor to discuss the challenges described above and had a very pleasant and productive conversation with their national sales manager, Adam, in which we agreed on a path of resolution. Adam's responsiveness and customer service were outstanding. Thanks, MDD!
  18. Big J: As you can see, not horrible, but could be better.
  19. Just installed my first mural from My Door Decor. Pros: Print quality appears high and the image is quite nice. Cons: Unfortunately several: Mural was damaged right out of the box Mounting holes along the top were not properly spaced to work with the provided hardware; about 1/4 inch too close together I purchased the 16' x 7' size to fit my 16' x 7' door. While the dimensions are as advertised, the mounting hardware (while cleverly designed) creates a sub-optimal result: an @ 4 " inch gap at the bottom and an extension of @ 2" beyond the top of the door frame. This results in: The top of the graphic being cut off by the garage door frame; The extension at the top interfering with the operation of my garage door opener: It kept tripping the door close stop mechanism so that the door would not fully close. I had to tape the top of the mural down to the top of the garage door in order to resume normal function. I really wanted to like this product, but am disappointed with the result.
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