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Pastaboy62

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  1. I have been using LOR for the last five years. My display consists of 60% dynamic and 40% static. The static has recently been transformed to LED. I want to control about 15 amps of power using the computer. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to? Please let me know. I'm all for x10.


  2. The fuses in my LOR1602W blows everytime I power up the controller. The amerage of 1-8 is 11A and the amperage of 9-16 is 8A. Last night they were working fine but today I added 12 strands of LED M6 (0.6A) and now I seem to have a problem.

    The fuse blows even when I flip the switch to 'on', without the lights even being powered. I have tried the controllers in different outlets and without the LED M6s and the problem is still there. What do you think it could be? The fuse that controls 9-16 will not remove with screw cap like it should. Instead I have to remove the panel and push it out. There is no signs of burns anywhere in the controller and the other two controllers work fine.

    Thanks


  3. The fuses in my LOR1602W blows everytime I power up the controller. The amerage of 1-8 is 11A and the amperage of 9-16 is 8A. Last night they were working fine but today I added 12 strands of LED M6 (0.6A) and now I seem to have a problem.

    The fuse blows even when I flip the switch to 'on', without the lights even being powered. I have tried the controllers in different outlets and without the LED M6s and the problem is still there. What do you think it could be? The fuse that controls 9-16 will not remove with screw cap like it should. Instead I have to remove the panel and push it out. There is no signs of burns anywhere in the controller and the other two controllers work fine.

    Thanks


  4. Hi all,

    I am entering my fourth year of computer controlled Christmas Lights. I have been using the same Ramsey FM25B for the last three years. This year a new station started on my usual frequency. I am OK with changing the station since its not too bad but I am having trouble with static. Static is transmitted unless I put my screwdriver on the metal around the RF adjustment control. Do you guys know what can be causing this and what can be done to stop it? I think its a ground problem. I have been adjusting the potentiometers accordingly but am not getting anywhere. Also are the potentiometers supposed to be turned greater than 360 degrees. I just realized I have been doing that and I think its been causing problems.

    Help would be greatly appreciated.


  5. Hey I'm trying to build a five point star for our roof. I want it to be 5 feet wide and I plan on wrapping it with mini lights. I know this is possible with PVC but how can you do it with couplings? I know that each angle has to be 72 degrees and unfortunately they don't make couplings in that angle. I know there is a star out there with notches cut out for the pipe to overlap and then snap tied but I am looking for something a little more sturdy. Thanks for the help. Pictures would be great.


  6. I have a pretty decent amount of static elements in my display. Normally I just set them up to regular ole timers but this year I want to control them by computer like my LOR, what kinda setup do I need to do this. I read about x-10 and and others but I am at a loss and need guidance. I am kinda just thinking of buying an LOR and a set them to static but thats a little to much. I guess I could get around to sequencing them. Alright now I'm just thinking while typing here. Let me know Thanks


  7. This is our third year we have a computerized Christmas display. We have gotten to be the talk of the town, which consists of about 5,000. Since no one in the area really does anything like this we get a lot of visitors from all over. Last year I created a Facebook fan page for the lights, http://xrl.in/6rl9 and a voice over so people know about it. Well last night my dad called me to tell me the lights were not working. I was not going to be home for an hour or so into the show. The lights eventually went on at 6 instead of 5:30. Later in the night I checked the fan page. Some one had the nerve to complain that the lights did not go on at the specified time. I quote here "EPIC FAIL SISTI FAMILY". I wanted to use expletives and respond back to her but I took the high road and deleted her comment and removed her from the fan page. Then later in the night, we had two little kids dancing to the music with their parents. But really, the nerve of that lady to complain about a free Christmas light show. Have any of you had this problem too?


  8. Hey, I bought a Ramsey FM25B two years ago. It was assembled by Christmas in Cruces so its better than anything I could have done. Anyway, it is pretty fuzzy this year. I already checked that radio station website everyone uses and my frequency is still excellent.

    When the song has a loud part it is extra-fuzzy, when it is soft, the song plays fine through the transmitter. Maybe I am playing the song to loud from my computer? I remember three years ago when I set it up I had to adjust some knobs inside the transmitter. Do they loose their position and possibly need to be readjusted?

    Thanks for the help.

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