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  1. Thanks for the help................James.
  2. I am looking for wire frame clips for 1/4, 5/16 and 3/8 rod, using m5 mini LED sets. Looking for 20k each size. I'm not having much luck finding anything on line.
  3. Sounds like the way to go. I have totes full of c9's I was going to trash looks like some of them found a new home. Thanks for the help. It would be nice to know why that works and not the snubbers.
  4. Hummm I was thinking the same thing. I will do that in the end but I was hoping for a no maintenance permanent fix. But there is no load so the incandescent bulbs could last forever.
  5. I have a bunch of old animation controllers used for my old incandescent wire frame scenes but now everything has been changed over to full wave LED, of course, the controllers don't work. I have played with snubbers and resistors but I can't make them work right. I really need these to work can someone please help me figure this out or if it can't be fixed what 4 channel controllers will work with LED's?
  6. Thanks for the post I was looking for three of them and could not find them anywhere.
  7. Wow thanks. I do buy stuff from Val now so I'll give her a call.
  8. Has anyone used colored caps on incandescent strands and could they be used on LEDs?
  9. I have found these at Ace Hardware BUT I don't want to pay $4.99 per 20. Does anyone have another source for these clips, I need a few thousand.
  10. OMG I'm looking at using 10k to 15k just this year. I found someone to build them for me, I should have them in 6 to 8 weeks.
  11. I have heard that the 5/16" clips might work. Being this late in the year I would hate to go back and forth to find out it don't work.
  12. Here is a strange one 3/8" clips, no not the ones 1/4"X3/8" for 3/8" rope lighting but the ones for mini lights on 3/8" frames. I know the most I can find is 1/4". Thanks
  13. A small part of the total display, 110 acres 2 million+ lights total. Only 935 channels and growing.
  14. I'm up and running. If anyone needs a tour let me know, I'm out of here until next Monday. Also I was told our 30th is next year 2011 so it looks like I'm not getting the year off. I need to build some wire frames the size of semi's for the 2011 show.
  15. Same here. I'm taking next year off myself but 2012 is our 30th year for Christmas lights and we are looking for ideas now.
  16. Off topic criticism is why I stay away from this wed site. The jest of my thread was to find out how everyone was getting along with there displays. Mine was a nightmare this year with 960 channels and a bunch of new stuff. I am done as of today and next week I'll work on the other 108 acres. If you BA guys are behind and need a hand, I don't have much time but every little bit helps. Remember light up is November the 24th between 6:00 and 6:30, I have not heard but we should be on channel 6.
  17. What in the world is going on out there? Where are all the Okies? I'm up to my eyeballs with my display but if anyone needs a hand I could find some time. Also is anyone coming by to see my display this year?
  18. Boy that sucks, I'm missing 15-25' cords, 5-100' cords, 15-50'cords, 10-20' cords, 10-40' cords, 5-75' cords plus all my cat5 cables 10', 25', 50' and 100' also between 200 and 300 c6 50 count led strings. A huge pile of stuff. I would love to find the low life who stole it all.
  19. This Intermatic timer is good for 30 to 40 amps. And as you stated they only have one or two sets of contacts.
  20. I like your setup and I see nothing wrong with it. I myself like the general duty contactors, they are enclosed on the top. These you have are the heavy duty ones and are open faced.
  21. I wire this type of setup all the time. I think it would be cheaper and easier to use three pole contactors (they are more common). You can find them at any electrical supply or HVAC supply house. I think but I'm not sure Lowes carriers these three pole contactors, I know they carry the timer.
  22. I was wondering how that went, now I know, thanks for the information. So hummmmm, what does that do to the "neutral" on my 10 conductor 16awg SJO cable, lets say I have 2.5 amps on each of the eight hots with the one neutral??????
  23. The neutral will see the difference of the two legs as long as you use "A" and "B" legs. ("A" leg has 10 amps and "B" leg has 15 amps the neutral will see only 5 amps.) If you use the same leg, two "A" legs or two "B" legs then the neutral will see the two amps added together. ("A" leg has 10 amps and "B" leg has 15 amps the neutral will see 25 amps.) I use multi cable with 8 hot legs with only one neutral.
  24. Well better late than never. I'm in BA also if you need anything let me know too! James
  25. Your right on the disconnect. "You must have an disconnect means with-in sight of the source" also "You must protect the feeder wire from the source to that far panel" Here in Oklahoma the local inspectors are requesting a disconnecting breaker on all under ground feeders because if needed the fire department can kill power to the house. Also a big warning on that 320amp meter can that red handle inside the can on the right will only remove the meter from the socket it WILL NOT KILL THE POWER. Check the lugs with your voltage meter before you do anything. Be safe.
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