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  1. I hope everyone has had a safe setup thus far this season! I had the roof done a couple of weeks ago and was feeling good but with Thanksgiving fast approaching I am feeling a bit behind.....as usual! Yesterday I hung 7 snowflakes on the house, lit 4 pillars, and put up 2 chasing light poles. I still have 8 yard arches, 3 leaping arches, 19 mini trees, 4 shooting stars/poles, and 1-48 channel mega tree to get up. I also still have two songs to get sequenced. We are only two weeks out! I better get back to work.
  2. Just looked at the calendar yesterday and projected start date for hanging is Oct. 6th! I usually start mid October but I think I am going to speed it up a week this year. I will start on the roof as usual. Get the 88 string outline done (4 colors), and then the new strobes I am adding this year. Last year I added white LED strobes to the roof, and now red, blue, and green too! Going to take some extra time so starting earlier is a must I think. Best wishes to everyone and BE SAFE!
  3. Last year I tackled Dueling Jingle Bells and it was quite a hit. I received really good feedback and most had not heard it.
  4. I worked from about 6:30am yesterday until after dark. I just finished plugging in the last item when the snow set in. It snowed pretty good last night. Today I had to link up all the controllers and make the power runs in the snow. Got it all done and ran the hardware utility......everything came on! Last thing I want to do is add some strobes to the roof....hopefully tomorrow. Tonight around midnight I am running the first test show. Still a little to do with some music but I feel amazing relief now. I know it is all worth it in the end but man this year seemed tough for some reason!
  5. I want to add some strobes to various parts of my roof line. I am using C7 LED strobes on old C7 strands. I want to stagger a strobe here and there throughout my roof and am wondering the best way to do it. Do you guys customize your strands or just black out the unused sockets in the C7 strand? I have a rather large area to cover and would like to somehow customize the strands using SPT-2 if possible or something similar. Just not sure how to go about it. Thanks in advance. Corey
  6. OK, as of today, everything is up other than some last minute strobes. Starting tomorrow, I have to wire up all 256 channels after I place the controllers. Doing OK on time but I want to test run it this weekend but Utah is looking at a Friday/Saturday storm....again! It has stormed every weekend since I started the setup. Mother Nature is making this year very difficult although the weekdays have been nice. Just not much time on those days. Fingers crossed....still shooting for test this weekend sometime.
  7. Finally got the roof all lit last week. Was attempting to do some more lighting from the ladder and the weather set in big time the night before last. We have about 4 inches on the ground and it's cold today! Going to delay me a bit. Meantime I am inside the garage re-wrapping mini trees with LED's from last years sale. Going to try to get back on the ladder today but always makes me nervous when it's wet out. If the sun comes out today it should melt off. Funny how every year I start mid October and feel good about it...then by this time I am feeling rushed! Just finished my sixth so
  8. So on my roof line, I have pre-installed 3 different colors of lights (red, white, and blue) onto PVC sections to make setup and take down much quicker and easier. Those 3 were easy as they were all the same brand and size of lights so the lengths matched up perfectly. However, I still want to install green as well. The problem is the green lights are a different brand and therefore are a different length. The others are 19.6 ft. lit, and the green is 16 feet lit. I still want to be able to leave the green on the PVC sections each year. What I am wondering is, does anyone have any ideas
  9. Hey Relxerd, sorry for the delay. i will shoot you a pic in the next day or so and try and help you out. I did some more today. It is going up so nicely and seems very secure.
  10. I had posted a little while back about trying to "automate" the light installation on the roof. This year I am putting up red, green, blue, and white LED's. In the past i have put up three colors and the roof has been my most labor intensive and least favorite part of the display setup. I decided to try installing the lights on 1/2" PVC first with zip ties so I could put the lights up in sections. I have been building those sections the last few weeks. Today I started putting them up and man I am stoked about how it is going so far. The PVC is sitting perfectly on the edge of the gutter,
  11. I have been working inside the garage getting things ready and today officially started the installation. I have switched to all C6 LED's for the roof due to overall weight of having four different colors up there. I got the roof about 30% done today. Great start so far!!!
  12. Does anyone remember the free download for software that will allow you to record bits and pieces of voices and such from DVD's? I had it on my old computer but can't remember which software or company it is. The old one I had would allow you to record up to 30 seconds or so but you had to purchase a full version to do any more than that. Thanks in advance. Corey
  13. OK so I tried something out today. I used a 10' length of 1/2" white PVC and attached 3 of my 4 c6 LED strands with wire ties and zip ties. I then placed it on top of my rain gutter and was able to secure it by using wire ties to the nails that anchor the gutters to my roof. It seemed to work pretty well and I think if I anchor 3 spots along each 10' section it will hold securely. My C6 strands are 19.5' lighted length so I was thinking about using another section to finish off the lights so the length will be 19.5' but I will use a zip tie to join them so that I can fold it in half for st
  14. Hey all, I have been away too darn long but thank you all for the wonderful ideas. Not sure any of them will work quite yet but I need to bear down and get to work....like yesterday! If any of you think of anything else please share them! Thanks again. Corey
  15. My roof has always been my least favorite part of setting up my display. In the past I have had 3 colors, each using about 25 strands so I am having to install approximately 75 strands of lights on the roof. I have done so with the standard plastic universal clips. This year I want to add another color and just can't spend another 15 hours lighting the roof. What I would like to come up with is a method of pre-installing the lights onto something, then just be able to put those pieces up on the roof in sections. The problem is, I have many angles and corners, as well as some install on gu
  16. Update: Well I decided to put out a few of the strobes I had purchased last year and did not use. I strung a few up and down my mega tree, and then placed a few along the tops of my leaping arches in the center of my yard. Got that done on Monday. They look pretty good I guess but next year I will buy a few more and place them a little better. I got my Intro recorded and placed in the show and gave a full show test on Monday night at 10:30. I am pleased with the turnout. Everything ran well and looked pretty good. I saw somebody else who posted is from Utah. That storm hit with some f
  17. I still have 4 days til lights on and have had strobes since last year that I did not use. They are C7 led strobes and I have some old C7 strands I can use. I am just a little baffled at how I should try to run them. My roof already has snow after last night so nothing will make it on the roof. I would like to put some on the mega tree somehow but not sure how. I can't get to the center pole now as the tree is done. Maybe I could scatter some around the yard somehow. Guess I am just looking for some ideas on what you all do with your strobes. Thanks in advance. Corey
  18. Update: Well my wife talked me into plugging the controllers in last night to give the show a test run. It was pretty nasty and wet but I decided to give it a shot. Everything ran nicely actually and I am relatively pleased with everything for the most part. I will tweak a couple of the sequences a bit to change the effects. I had forgotten to plug a string of lights up and another string had come lose but other than that everything ran great. Still a few more odds and ends to do before lights on Thanksgiving night.
  19. Update: Worked in the yard 15 hours straight yesterday and 7 hours today just plugging in all 256 channels. Part of the slow down was having to build cords for much of the display. I am hammered! I am lighting on Thanksgiving night so I was doing good on time but the bad weather set in today just as we were plugging the last item in. We are suppose to be socked in now until at least Wednesday so I am concerned about getting a good test done. I still have a few odds and ends to do like cover extra lights, get a cover over my controller stations to help keep them dry, hang my "tune to" sign
  20. Tim, guys have used binder clips from any office supply store with success. Just clamp the J channel to the gutters using them, spacing them evenly to hold it firmly. Just type in binder clips into google if you are not sure what I am talking about. Good luck. Corey
  21. Update: Got my 3 leaping arches checked out and up. Also got my remaining two shooting stars placed and up. Got the framework for my 48 channel mega tree up including the base and pole.....hoping to get it strung by the end of the week. Currently working on my rendition of Joe Noe's Vu Meters. Also doing 21 channels which are placed underneath my leaping arches. After an afternoon of brain storming and walking around Home Depot for hours...again....I think I have them pretty much mapped out. Tonight I wrapped the first four sticks of it. Still plenty to do and I am hoping I can get plu
  22. Update: Today I got my 10 PVC candy canes out that line the driveway on each side and added an extra 60 led lights to each one. Also finished adding about 1500 more lights to my existing 17 mini trees and got them out in the yard and placed. Next is my 3 leaping arches....got to check them, then get them up. Also have to finish the installation of my two other shooting stars (thanks to Joe Noe for the idea). Get the 3 color, 48 channel mega tree up by this weekend hopefully. Then comes the controller setup and plugging everything up. Man Thanksgiving is coming fast!
  23. Just checking in again. How is your setup going thus far? I was feeling like I was on time but now I am feeling the crunch. Everything on the house is done and just a few things are out in the yard. I have to light on Thanksgiving night so I am only two weeks and a couple of days out. I have plenty to still get out and then of course plug everything up. The weather has been cold and nasty here already. I am hoping to have it all plugged up by the previous Sunday for testing and fine tuning.....oh...that is only a week and a half away! Crap!
  24. Thanks guys! Yes, I am just plugging the new set of 60 count LED's into the existing set of 90 count. I am simply adding more lights to an item. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks again! Corey
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