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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.
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  • 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.
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christian_duncan

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About christian_duncan

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  1. When we had the power co. out we told them that we were considering running a 400 amp panel that would power the main area that I decorate (which is on the opposite corner of my property and across a driveway), and possible 100amp panel on the same side of the drive. They gave me the option of either delivering 400amps, or 800 amps. We know that it is overkill, but with the options we feel that the 800 would be better, just so that I never have to worry about lack of power again.
  2. I am currently in the process of beefing up the power at my house to adequetely power my display. The problem I have is that the most economical choice for placement of the circuit panel is nearly 300 ft from the house. So that means I would have to go out that distance each day to turn on the lights and again to turn them off. Additionally, I like the idea of a timer to turn the lights on and off at the same time each day, so that 1)I dont have to do it manually each day and 2) the lights go on/off even if I am not physically able to be there. I am looking at 18 circuits/outlets at 20 amps each. Is there such a thing as a timer that could be in the area of the circuit box, go from the circuit box to the timer, then out to the outlets? The good news is that the power company was happy to visit with me and they will be supplying 800amps of additional power with the minimal cost of a stand to mount the meter. After the meter, I am on my own, but I expected that. I appreciate any help!! Christian Duncan Indianapolis, IN
  3. Definitely call the power company. They actually may be more helpful than you think. I called the local power co, told them what I wanted to do, and they gave me a few possible ideas. They told me once I had a better Idea of what i wanted to do, they would works some # on the cost. My dillema is that my house is over 200' from the meter base so they are concerned about the cost of the wire for that distance - they hinted that they may want me to "share" in the cost of the wire, plus I would have to pay a trenching fee - but the guy said they chargereasonable rates. of course they strongly encourage me to talk it over with an electrician - which I will since I dont know very much about electricity. They even gave me an address about 5 miles from my house that had done something similar to what I wanted to do(600amps) - but for a different reason. As far as supplies other members mentioned electrical supply outlets - and that too would be my recommendation. However I worry about some of these folks. I stopped at one place and the guy was an idiot - and probably know very little about electricity - he even struggle to give me ?s to ask the electrician.
  4. Definitely call the power company. They actually may be more helpful than you think. I called the local power co, told them what I wanted to do, and they gave me a few possible ideas. They told me once I had a better Idea of what i wanted to do, they would works some # on the cost. My dillema is that my house is over 200' from the meter base so they are concerned about the cost of the wire for that distance - they hinted that they may want me to "share" in the cost of the wire, plus I would have to pay a trenching fee - but the guy said they chargereasonable rates. of course they strongly encourage me to talk it over with an electrician - which I will since I dont know very much about electricity. They even gave me an address about 5 miles from my house that had done something similar to what I wanted to do(600amps) - but for a different reason. As far as supplies other members mentioned electrical supply outlets - and that too would be my recommendation. However I worry about some of these folks. I stopped at one place and the guy was an idiot - and probably know very little about electricity - he even struggle to give me ?s to ask the electrician.
  5. That's a tough one Christmas Angel - Here you are putting smiles on faces of the people in your community - raising money for a worthy cause and your neighbors dont like what you are doing. I think a lot of the problem may be your location (meaning that if you live in subdivision on a court) their could be lots of traffic which does get annoying to those that live around you. The positive is that you have 11 months to patch things up with the neighbors. If I were you (and I am to some degree since I will going to about 50,000 lights next year from the current 15,000) I would talk to the neighbors in the spring of 2007 to get there consent on the display next year. Perhaps they may be willing to help in the planning - and then it becomes a neighborhood thing - rather than your thing. In one if Tim Fischer previous post on the same topic I think he planned for some BBQs at his house during the summer to make up for "inconvenience his neighbors suffer while the display was on. If they simply dont want it - perhaps you can build your display in the local park. It is very unfortunate that you have to deal with this type of problem with all the hard work you put into the display and the good that comes from it. Christian Duncan
  6. Attn everyone there is new distributor of lights in florida - ITS TIM:laughing: I bet you got lots of :shock::shock::shock:when you carted that stuff thru the store. That has to be the biggest score of the year - congrats Christian
  7. I know everyone is abit different when they turn the lights on for first time of the season. If you go lights on the day after thanksgiving, we have about 330 days until that date. I am going to begin setup 1st weekend of nov. so we have 309 days until then. So much to do in so little time:laughing:. I guess this is proof that I actually have a sickness. Christian
  8. I agree with previous responses. I also fold each strand the same as when it was in the box - but set up still takes longer. It is my belief that those of us that are on this site are very concerned about the curb appeal of our display - so we are very meticulous when it comes to putting things up - which takes time. For those of us in cold weather states, I guess that is good since it is usually colder when taking down the display. christian
  9. I could never abuse the lights in the fashion of the ball of lights method.:laughing: I fold each strand just the same as it was when I pulled it out of the box. This does take a lot of time, but I dont have any lights that tangle and I can get more strands in a storage tote. I may have to get an easier method as the my display grows. The ball of lights method is funny. Heres and idea Better Days - "the world largest ball of christmas lights". A year around tourist attraction - except for december when they are used in the display:laughing:!!! christian
  10. I dont know about L brackets, but I use typical gutter clips - which slide under the shingles with some effort. The ones I use are capable of holding any light size - minis, c9 or c7. I got mine at menards and they are about 2/box of 50 (thats at full price). They do create a nice uniform look on the roof and gutters for me and I would guess they are much cheaper than a metal product. christian
  11. I dont have any lights to offer - sorry! I am not sure of the available retailers in canada, but in some spots in the u.s. we have Ace hardware stores. I checked my local ace and they were willing to order the lights for me, but at full price - about $3.00/box. Obviously that was too high so I forgot about that idea. The local dealer said that if I came in after christmas he would call and see if their warehouse which had a large supply of clears at least - would deal with me. You might try that - if one is available.
  12. I cannot speak on the LOR situation, but this year I tried to do a quick fix and thought I would be ok, but I was not. I added 1 20amp circuit and put 3 outlet boxes outside where I could plug in my lights. i thought that would be enough, but it wasnt. What I wish I would have done (and this is my advise to you), make each outlet its own circuit. This way you maximize the available power at each outlet. You may want to consult with an electrician - because if you have 200 amp service and you plug 200 amps worth of lights into your new circuits, the rest of your house may be affected - not too sure on that. I would definitely go with 20 amps rather than 15. according to my math, a 20 amp circuit can carry about 12 more strands of mini 100s than the 15 amp circuit. In that I have assumed using 80% of the available amps (which is the recommendation elsewhere in PC)and .34amps/strand. Either way you go it will be the same amount of work running wire etc, so you might as well go with the higher amps. Good Luck
  13. Good score warcraft!!! I dont know that i have seen that many lights since this fall. Did you have to go all over to get those?? You must be planning a heck of an increase in your display. It appears that you may be joining the club that has power upgrades this summer. Christian Duncan Indianapolis, IN
  14. sorry ted,I'm a newbie!! I dont have any animation yet - just a static display,lots of trees to decorate and I like the clears better on the trees.
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