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Mr.Tim

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  1. I would delete, if there were an option to do so.
  2. Hi All, Ok, so I know there are a few of these floating around. For my own use I was looking for two things: 1. I bought my minis for my tree, I know the lighted length, what should be the height and diameter of the tree? I found calculators that will calculate height based on string length and diameter. I found calculators that would calculate diameter based on string length and height. My calculator requires that you only input the lighted length. It then calculates the height and diameter based on the accepted standard that the diameter is 1/2 the height. 2. I wanted to be a
  3. Very nice, love the trough. Did you install a new 200a service and connect the existing panelboard as a sub? Tim
  4. Out of space does not necessarily mean out of power. How much does your display draw? What size is your main breaker? The main breaker is usually at the top of you panel in the center, or it could be at the meter outside. Should say 100 or 200 most likely. Tim
  5. Well, that's the standard around here anyway. I do believe they come in 10' as well but are not common. Most lightning protection is engineered so who knows what the exact requirements are. My opinion is that installing the grounding to try and dissipate a lightning strike is probably not a good investment of time or money. Grounding the pole in the event there is a short in the lights, well that makes sense. I would use a 5/8x8 rod and whatever wire I had around. Bare or insulated, solid or stranded, doesn't make much of a difference. If you are using #6 or smaller it should be
  6. You are thinking lightning, but the other concern is a short in your Xmas lights. Any grounding would likely only help in the event of a short. If you have GFCI this is not as much of a concern. Typical ground rod is 5/8 8' copper clad rod. I don't know that any type of grounding the average DIYer would install would provide any type of protection for lightning. Grounding for lightning rods is typically (3) 5/8x8' rods in a triangle about 6' apart. They are joined with a braided copper wire, not sure what size it is, but it's big. Bigger than #2. In any event you would still ha
  7. Long Island here too.. Hamptons.. Shirley is only 30 mins away! I'll be checkin out your display this year! Tim
  8. 4" is extremely thick, this is not something you will usually find in stock. You should be able to find 2", which would mean gluing only two sheets together. You will probably need to special order 4" if you want it in one sheet. Tim
  9. My wife picked up 3 strands of HD 300 count clear minis for our indoor tree. She said they were $5/ea. The lights are absolute garbage. Night one: Take first string out of box, plug in, all works well. Put string on tree, plug in, one section (of 50 I think) is out. Test every bulb. Mumble to myself. Rip off of tree, throw across room, go to bed. Night two: Break out the multimeter and start checking every unlit socket of strand 1. Problem turns out to be in the first socket (that has 3 wires in it); the metal tab was seated too far down in the socket. Remove tab (no easy feat), reins
  10. I picked up 8 boxes of red on Thanksgiving morning. Would have bought more, but unsure of quality. Set them up candy-cane style oposite my Home Depot white LEDs and they look great. They were still lit this morning, so they will last at LEAST one day (Also picked up 20 boxes of GE white minis on Sat at Kmart $3 door buster sale) Tim
  11. Looks like SER type cable to the sub-panel which wouldn't provide 2 hots+neutral+grounding conductor. Just make sure the grounding conductors are separated (electrically) from the neutral in the subpanel and ran back to the main panel on separate conductors. You may already have it that way, just don't want anybody getting hurt! Also, no more than 42 circuits in any panelboard. Looks like you are close on the main panel, can't really tell which breakers are twins. I'm all for DIY (I got an attitude from the building dept when I did my own electric), but an even bigger advocate of b
  12. Well if you divide your christmas lights evenly between the two legs of your service, that's only (only?) 40 amps per leg. What size is your service? You should be able to run this on a 60a service provided you don't try to run the dishwasher/dryer/electric oven. Do you know from experience that this won't work? Tim
  13. Thanks to the OP, I also picked up these lights. LIPA gives a $2 rebate, up to 10 packages per residential account. Home Depot had clear, multi-color, red and green. Tim
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