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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

Brian Anderson

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  1. I know someone was looking for this set for a while. I don't know if you found it but here is the link: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/atq/3031540500.html
  2. How has the cancelation of the show affected you Paul?
  3. Hello I have 36 4 channel SSR 4' assembled and ready to be mounted. I also have 2 of the Olsen 595 Boards. I have only assembled these and never got them up and running. I am willing to take offers, as I don't know what these are really worth anymore. They are in like new condition since they were never mounted of powered up. Send me an e-mail or message. Let me know if you need pictures. Brian
  4. So is a 1.85k ohm at 2 watts the right risistor for 100 red led mini lights? Brian
  5. So tonite I use a 9V battery connected to a 1k ohm resistor and my Voltage Meeter and found the voltage drop for the LEDs. Blue 1.8v Green 1.7v Orange 1.4v Red 1.3v I think it would be safe to assume 20mA as the maximum continuous current rating? I've read a lot of people use 30mA but isn't is safe to use the lower value? So now if: 1. Peek Voltage - Peek voltage out of the full wave rectifier from 120VAC RMS equals 170V minus the voltage dropped by the diodes. This would result in about 167V. a. Rounded voltages, 120VAC *1.414 = 170V. 2. LED Voltage and Current a. Voltage varies by manufacturer and color for LEDs. The most common current is near 20mA. b. In my examples below, I’ll be using: Red = 1.3V, 20mA or 0.02A 3. Resistor Calculation (Example using a shortened string of 100 Red LEDs.) a. Calculate voltage drop of LEDs i. 1.3V x 100 = 130V b. Calculate peek voltage minus voltage dropped by the LEDs i. 167V – 130V = 37v c. Calculate Resistor(s) needed to drop remaining voltage i. Ohms - 37V / 0.02A = 1.85 KOhm (Use next higher standard value, for example, not sure what this is KOhm) Watts - 37V * 0.02A = .74 Watt (should I use a 1 watt or a 2 watt resistor. 4. Rectification – You will need 4 diodes per string to make the full wave rectifiers. a. I use 600V/1A diodes. Mouser part number 821-1N4005 So does my math work out?
  6. No Albertsons here. They moved out and Lucky's took them over. I tried Safeways but it doesn't show in the "system." I may have to wait until summer when everyone heads eash for summer in their RV's. Brian
  7. Dennis, Can you give us a little more information? Like how and what you used to rebuild the strings? Brian
  8. Caffeine Free Mountain Dew Soda I have recently become aware that people in the south and east cost states are able to buy caffeine free mountain dew. Not diet but regular. I can not have caffeine and I was wondering if I paid someone trough PayPal could they send me some. I found it on e-bay and Amazon but they want $20 for either a 12pack or a 24 pack plus shipping. If you want to help a guy out let me know. I also wouldn’t mind finding Caffeine free Dr. Pepper.
  9. I'm actually making progress and hope o post something very soon based on things I've read here and DIY Christmas. Keeping my figures crossed. Brian
  10. So maybe it just easier to ask the question, what do you think the V is on a led from the 2009 replacement led strings? They were 100 M5 strings. After reading a few items on the internet I think it is safe to assume 2v for each led? Brian
  11. OK, let’s see.... 1. Peek Voltage - Peek voltage out of the full wave rectifier from 120VAC RMS equals 170V minus the voltage dropped by the diodes. This would result in about 167V. a. Rounded voltages, 120VAC *1.414 = 170V. Ok so I have 115v at my house but everyone tells me it 120v so which is it? Where did the *1.414 come from? b. 170V - 2.8V = 167V 2. LED Voltage and Current a. Voltage varies by manufacturer and color for LEDs. The most common current is near 20mA. You must look up the specifications for your LED string. I don’t have anything form the Manufacturer to let me know this. Is there a way I can use my Multi Meter to figure this out?[b] b. In my examples below, I’ll be using: Red = 2.0V, 17mA or 0.017A I would be using: Blue ? Red ? Green ? Orange ? How would I know the v or the mA? 3. Resistor Calculation (Example using a shortened string of 26 Red LEDs.) a. Calculate voltage drop of LEDs i. 2.0V x 26 = 52V Ok I know how to get this once I have the information above. b. Calculate peek voltage minus voltage dropped by the LEDs i. 167V – 52V = 115V Ok I understand this but again I need the other information. c. Calculate Resistor(s) needed to drop remaining voltage i. Ohms - 115V / 0.017A = 6.764KOhm (Use next higher standard value, for example, 8.2KOhm) I understand the math but don’t know how to guess the next higher standard value to come up with an 8.2K Ohm Resistorii. Watts - 115V * 0.017A = 1.955Watt (Use a minimum of 2 watt resistor) Ok I got this. 4. Rectification – You will need 4 diodes per string to make the full wave rectifiers. a. I use 600V/1A diodes. Mouser part number 821-1N4005 Now why did you I mean they use a 600V/1A diode? Thank you so much for looking at all of this. It means a lot to know there are people out there willing to help out. Brian
  12. Thanks for the information. My problem is I don't know how to calculate the values for the formals. But it's good to know there is a solution out there. If I could just get some help to do the math. Brian
  13. Well it's a month after Christmas. Has anyone had any luck with fixing these lights? I want to order more lights but I need to know if these can be fixed first. THanks Brian
  14. Hello, Do you have any information on this snow machine? Maybe a web link to I can see the stats?

    Brian

  15. I am looking for some red on white wire 100 count minis. I need 45 boxes. Send me a pm if you have them and lets do a deal. Brian
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