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    North Plainfield, New Jersey, USA
  1. I just upgraded from 100 amp to 200 amp service this year. It cost me about $1,200, but I supplied the panel and the breakers. So total cost was around $1,500. The electric company did not come out to run a new drop. The power was out for about 5 hours, but they ran a temporary line from where the drop comes to the house so I was able to power refridgerators and some computers I needed for work.
  2. I got 10 of them at Sears last year and another 5 this year. They have 600 lights. You should be able to get them pretty cheap now. Last year I got the 10 on sale (50% off), around this same time, for $25 each. The price went up $10 this year. I think I paid $30 or $35 a peice for them about a month ago. K-Mart had the same ones (600 lights) this year, but they were more expensive.
  3. NJMyWay.com did an article on Christmas lights and they mentioned my house! The article is mainly about Mike Antreassian (PC memeber?), but at the end they mention some other displays in NJ with links to thier websites and one of them is mine! You can check out the article here... http://www.njmyway.com/content/view/317/101/ My house is the third link down (127 Hidden Trail, North Plainfield) The artice was also featured on http://www.NJMonthly.com (scroll to the bottom on the main page) and http://my9newyork2.securesites.net/njmyway/1214.html
  4. I have sprayed watered down hot pepper on my plants to keep animals away. It needs to be re-applied if it rains though... I also have a spray I bought in a garden supply store that smells terrible, but it works great. I think it is called Fox Urine, but I am not positive. The bottle is in storage right now. Good Luck!
  5. 1,680,547 + 6800 (previous post) ------------- 1,687,347 + 41,770 (mine) ------------- 1,729,117
  6. I would do what Joseph Ayo said and run the wires myself and just have the electrician make all the connections. I just upgraded my service from 100amp to 200amp and it only cost me $1,200. Good luck with everything!
  7. Is this the picture you were looking for? Fourth post down is a sub-panel in a garage with outlets around it... http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum13/3256-1.html I was going to add a sub-panel this year. Instead I just upgraded my main panel from 100 amp, 20 circuit to 200 amp, 40 circuit. Now I have to start putting in the new outlets! I have 6 outside now, each on their own breaker. I am adding another 9 this year each on a dedicated breaker. Good luck with your upgrade...
  8. I started about 2 weeks ago... Only working on the weekends and a couple nights per week though. Got most of the lights on the house... Electrician is coming this week to upgrade our service to 200 amps. This weekend I will be working on the bushes. I wont put anything on the lawn until after November 11th (my sister is getting married and for some reason she doesn't want a sleigh and reindeer in her wedding pics!). Will light on Thanksgiving night!
  9. As previously mentioned, X-10 definitely seems the way to go. I use X-10 and it works great. All my outdoor outlets are X-10 outlets... You can also go with inline modules which get wired in between your outlets and the breaker or the appliance modules someone else mentioned. I got really good deals on a bunch of X-10 stuff from this eBay store last year. http://stores.ebay.com/The-Home-Automation-Store I have been using X-10 for a number of years. If you have any questions, I would be more then happy to help.
  10. As previously mentioned, X-10 definitely seems the way to go. I use X-10 and it works great. All my outdoor outlets are X-10 outlets... You can also go with inline modules which get wired in between your outlets and the breaker or the appliance modules someone else mentioned. I got really good deals on a bunch of X-10 stuff from this eBay store last year. http://stores.ebay.com/The-Home-Automation-Store I have been using X-10 for a number of years. If you have any questions, I would be more then happy to help.
  11. Joseph Ayo wrote: Where did you find these prices? I went to AL's website which links to thier Yahoo store and looked at thier PDF catalog, but the prices didn't look that great to me. Also, where did you see 28' strings? The longest string I saw they had was 23' 9". -Jeff
  12. Thanks for all your input... I am probably going to go with the LEDs. It seems thats where the future is heading, so I will end up switching over at some point anyway, so why not now. I emailed Paul and he said the deadline for getting in on the bulk order is Friday. Does anyone know where I can get LED icicle lights for cheap?
  13. I was planning on buying 300 strings of LED lights through the Creative Displays LED group buy thats going on. I was getting ready to place my order when I started thinking... If I just buy regular minis, I can get a like double the amount of lights for around the same price... What would you do?
  14. Vic Fortenbach wrote: If you check out the sellers other items they have white ones too... As JonB said though, shipping is killer.
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