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  1. My dad works in a warehouse that deals in glass bottles now in this warehouse they have pallet seperaters made or 3/16 thick plastic sheets that he can get by the thousands for free they are solid unlike coro now try your local warehouse that deals in pallets type of storage and ill guarentee they may have them good louck

    i use them alot and they work great for making really big signs one for each letter

  2. I have a 8ft x 8ft table we built last year to put up our village but it also 3 ft off ground. Now its just mix match sets but someone donated 4,300 dollars worth of dept 56 to us dated from 1974 until today

    the reason donated was due to a non profit organization we are a part of and we decorate the entire town with this being at the local town hall foyer

    but i need help with some ideas on building on possibly upwards to not create more space issues

    do you have any ideas

    the base for all the layout is 3/4 styrofoam that has been layed onto the plywood table and ive carved some as well ive gotten pretty good at this but need help with design issues on what to do about 37 new houses and trees and all kinds of figures

    please help me

    i would also like to add a few tunnels for a train but need help there also

  3. man i have a ton of these things with and without lights that we dont even use

    as far as i know they all work and i think we only used them for one season

    ill take 75.00 plus shipping for them

    not real sure about the shipping deal and what ill have to do for this just let me know

  4. Well i did jump on that at the home depot cant wait to have enough

    this time of the year it gets really stressful

    especially when you come up short on a product

    thanks for all the great help

    you guys are awesome

    im sure home depot is getting alot of buisness

    so just for giggles who all ordered these like me

  5. Not sure if any of you have heard of us but we are a non profit organization that decorates a small town community center. I started this back 4 years ago and im steadily growing by leaps and bounds. Please take a look at our web site at


    Please tell me what you think.

    I would love to see some of you guys come up this year to see what myself and my family have done. My family got so big so that we had to move the display to a bigger spot and we also made it into a fund raiser

    Seems to have gotten alot of attention from the public and many people have enjoyed it so far that it has become a family tradition for many of them especially on the light up night the day after thanksgiving because alot of familys are in from out of town.

    well i guess thats enough for now you can read it on the web page better plus all the pictures

    now this years set up pics are not on there but they will be at a later date plus all the upgrades to and controller adds to this years setup

  6. ok say you had 9 horizontal slices and 3 vertical slices that would only be 27 channels per color

    now say you did three colors that would only be 81 channels

    that would be a start and something to build on next year

    now if we only had someone here smart enough to show us how to build one or know of some instruction

    of course you would have to build it without the need for choir people

    im sure it is feasible

  7. im looking to buy a used lor mini director because i cant afford a new one

    my cpu keeps crashing and i also have security cams running off of the cpu

    spent lots of money on controllers light cams and stuff and now my cpu will not handle plus it would make it much easier to run show

    so if you have one please please sell me one


  8. I have a large network of D-Light boards and i have two Ell's from light o rama

    now i know d light came out with the wireless modules but i have already purchased the ell at a good price thinking it would work with the d-light 16 channell boards

    lor say if i can find a seperate power source and splice into the rj45 it would work but i dont know which wires to hook up the meer 5 volts to

    if anyone knows or knows of someone who did this i need to know soon

    thanks looking forward to some answers

    email is

    [email protected]

  9. well ill try anything

    ive put together something close to two minutes worth but its not complete

    if someone wants to help out and use what i have so far ill email it to you

    but i would like to use what youve done if you consider using what ive created its only fair

    im hoping someone will help me finish it and send it back with there help if it will help you


    my email is [email protected]

    email me what you have out there and we will put our heads together

  10. well im up to a whopping 1:47 and i have 192 channels and 36 channels is leaping arches so just stay current and i may be able to finish the sequence all together looks good as far as i can tell if you intrested in the sequence just email me at

    [email protected]

    and we will keep in touch or maybe just share the sequence back and forth and we will all work on it

    if this sounds great then just slip me a line

  11. i really appriciate the info but i see you have some diff ssrs than i do i have these match box sizes that are yellow

    these are fairly old but i hope these will work also what do you think

    im planning on building a weatherproof box that has female rj45 jacks on the outside

    from the inside ill use some stranded wire to connect to the jack and just plug in the rj45 outside and run it to the dc controller and do the exact same thing in the dc-16 by atacthing the proper wires to the board

    im hoping that each run of rj45 will control 4 ssrs and ill have two runs of rj45 going to each ssr box that will contain 8 ssrs

    if this still seems possible let me know again thanks so much for a newnie on the ssr side of things

    man its so much easier to just buy a box tho

    really wish i new how to control through serial because lor allows you to do so with triacs but i have no idea on how to even begin to get started and even if its cheaper

    if i had some way of doing the boards like you had there on your web earnie i would love to use that but now is that dc or ac

    i noticed the same components on your board look the same on lor and dlight

    i have both boards

    use one lor to control the wireless tx and the rest of my network is dlight

    i love the lor software tho

    i dont think i would be able to do anything really without both software programs

    its essential i believe

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