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About christian_duncan

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  • Birthday 11/25/1970

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    Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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    Insurance Sales
  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 ea
  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 enco
  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 enco
  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 neighb
  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
  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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