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TysonHphoto

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  1. Even after doing the simple fix on all, and then having to do the full fix on 85% of them...I'm sending mine back for sure. Here's my reasons: #1 the lengths are all goobered up at each end, so when I'm alternating colors on different strings, it's hard to get them evenly spaced now. #2, my heatshrinking wasn't the greateset on some, and others it is...inconsistent. #3, some of my strings seem a little more dim than others (only 2 or 3) and #4, I know Paul will want to give me a quality product for next year.
  2. TysonHphoto

    Nevada Welcome!

    So who has display's in Vegas? My parents are there and I want to send them out to view some. Please send addresses or websites. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
  3. Thanks Kevin, you too! Thank you for bringing G-Town Christmas to life! Everyone comments how awesome the VO's are. I'll be doing video of your voiceovers I used this year so you have them....as soon as this weather permits! Hopefully tomorrow morning or night. Merry Christmas!
  4. No C7 dimmables? (non retro fit) Or did I miss them in the list???
  5. Gary- That more than likely is it...I will see what I can do tonight, but I bet that's what is causing it. Thank you!!!! Merry Christmas!
  6. I've got a few sequences where it seems like it's just one channel in particular that doesn't seem to turn off, when there is clearly an off command. Tried saving as a new file, doing a new file, etc. It's one channel on one controller. Any ideas?
  7. Matt...excellent! I didin't know about your display, but we we are going out tomorrow night, so I'm adding you to the list! Glad to see yet another one in KC! :-)
  8. TysonHphoto

    Kansas

    Wichita...well if I get anywhere closer to there I for sure want to stop....and will do my best to do so. Sounds incredible! I can't imagine sync'ing and setting up 800+ channels and a million lights!!! How many people help you? Ours is going to, if you're ever on the South side of KC, swing through Gardner. First year, so 32 channels....but hey, gotta start somewhere, right?! :-) Merry Christmas!
  9. TysonHphoto

    Kansas

    Very nice Gary....we'll have to head your way one of these nights! I only watched about 2 minutes of video, as I don't like watching video of displays before seeing it. As you know, video doesn't do any display much justice. So I like to see them in person if possible, then watch the video later! :-) This was my first time this year, but please come check ours out in Gardner. Directions and details are on the website in signature. Oh and if you haven't seen Tim's....he's done some awesome additions this year! There's one more that I know of, in Leawood (Kryger) that's on my site too if you want to hit a few in the same trip! Merry Christmas all!
  10. Agreed that these have been a major bad deal this year. I put my house lining lights (the C7 25ct LEDs) on my house 3 times. Took them down the first time to do the "quick fix" of soldering the resistor in series as that's all the time I could afford. Put them back up, and after the first sequence, lost 2 strings...by 2 hours, I was at 5 strings bad. Took them down again, and spent many sleepless nights doing the "Full fix" of the 4 diodes and 2 resistors on each string, removing the "tumors"! What a freaking time consuming PITA! Didn't get my show going until Dec. 13th because of all these hassles! Luckly, I haven't had any problems since, but I haven't tried fading them as I removed the fades early on...too scared to loose my house lining lights by testing a fade. Most people have reported they fade perfectly after the full fix, but I'm saving my tests until after the first of the year! HA! I sure am glad I didn't get any more of these than I did....and I live about 15 miles from CDI! :-)
  11. Ughhhh....what a drag! Sorry to hear that. I've got serious issues with my LED's going out so I'll be taking mine down and back up again for the 3rd time pretty much. This has been a "challenge" to say the least!
  12. Thanks Keith!!! This was causing me unnecessary stress! HAHA! All good to go now!
  13. When I put my weekly schedule in the Schedule Editor from 6-10pm, then hit Save, I get the error "Unable to save schedule". Click OK, and get the error again. Hit OK and the error goes away, but of course it doesn't save. I've checked all the files in my Show Editor...made a new Show, checked the Monthly calendar....nothing seems to work. Thoughts?
  14. Let's see it! ;-) The lattice rail works...but it's not perfect...especially for 2 strands, so I'm still trying to figure out a near perfect installation.
  15. I'm still plugging away...too many things unexpected have been happening and not enough day time! Plus I can't keep myself awake....I need to resoder a bunch of strands tonight, but I can't stay awake on the computer here! Good luck!
  16. I totally agree with you Keith, that's why I went with the C7's. They seemed to be the perfect balance of brightness / surface area and size. Plus I like the 8" spacing. Thanks for the comments!
  17. Anyone know what size resistor I would need to do the in series fix on red and green C7's from CDI? I know that Michael and Tim used the 3.3k 1/2 watt for their m5 strings....and I know you guys that are doing the the multiple resistor / rectifier full fix are using (2) 2.7k 2 watt resistors and (4) 600V 1A rectifiers. So for Green would the 2.7k 2 watt resistor work for the single in series fix work? And Red would be the 2.7k 3 watt resistor??? Thanks!
  18. So has the fix on the C7 25 counts been working after testing for a few days? I was short 2 strings, so adjusted my display to make up for it, but then another string crapped out when I plugged them in after getting them hung. I think I'll have to install the fixes on my greens....my reds seem to be fine, although it would be nice to be able to fade them! :-) So let me know what works, what parts I need, and where to get them. And remember, I am so not an electrician! :-P Thanks all!
  19. I'm one darn string short! Anyone have one of these strings that you aren't using? I'll give ya a little more than you paid CDI! :-) Thanks all!
  20. TysonHphoto

    Kansas

    I made good progress this weekend. Still have tons to get done, and not enough time home to do it, but we're getting there! Tim - Elves aren't supposed to fly except in the sleigh! Sorry to hears yours tried other routes! Oh and guess what...I'm out of lights! So, like you said/thought, I don't know how to not use them either! HAHA Lyman - Sorry to hear your news, that is a bummer! Glad you are moving on and looking ahead. It happened for a reason, make the best of it! :-) Jason - What truck did you get? Hope you get everything done and all goes well. HO HO HO!
  21. Richard- Phewww! You had me worried until this last post! :-) Glad you were able to get things figured out...now you're in the same boat as me with sequencing and lack of time to do it! Let's go after it! Tyson
  22. Nice! That's pretty cool....way to be Richard!
  23. Just got back from Lowe's for more railing, and discovered that there is another manufacturer (can't recall their name, sorry) that makes this lattice railing also, BUT the groove(channel) is visibly bigger than the US Fence brand railing. This would probably be perfect for regular mini lights. Just make sure you get the right stuff that fit your lights (I took a set of lights in the first time to make sure they fit)!
  24. TysonHphoto

    Kansas

    Waaaaaaayyyy behind and too many vacation/other projects....but making progress. Hoping to light up by Dec 6th.
  25. TysonHphoto

    C7 LED's

    I'm going with the C7 LED's for this very same thing. They aren't as "illuminating" as the old incandescent C7's but they are plenty bright. Make sure that they are Full Wave, and not Half Wave versions....full wave are much brighter, and don't flicker. I personally don't care for the cool white lights....they are too blue and uninviting I think.
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