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  1. Suction cups would come loose if it gets cold. Sometimes some will do it inside your house too but work much better than outside. I agree with cacoulter above. Watch this using j channel and double sided tape. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxwxD5qk2Bo
  2. I just use plain old rabbit ears from radio shack. I make it into a T shape. There are sites that calculate how long it should be from end to end depending on the frequency of your transmitter. I have it running vertically. I get it at least 6 houses on either side of me while in my attic.
  3. I use generic plastic lawn stakes that hold c9's to lift mu connector off the ground.
  4. It is not as great as it seems. It doesn't dry clear. Check out this video http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=never+wet+reviews&qpvt=never+wet+reviews&FORM=VDRE#view=detail&mid=9C7BCB4EEC359A8BF9B09C7BCB4EEC359A8BF9B0
  5. Does your Mr. Christmas have a speaker jack? Most fm transmitters plug into the speaker jack on computers. EDM makes a good fm transmitter.
  6. Just set your frequency on the transmitter to a vacant station and plug it into your speaker output on your computer and make a sign so people know what to turn to. Nothing to do to LOR.
  7. Here is a video I found for the Aether II flood. The COOP ends Wednesday. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePHxkCgpOwA
  8. I like leds because halfway through the season blue minilights would fade so badly they started looking like clear. Had to replace them every season. I still use clear because they don't fade.
  9. Right now there is a COOP going on over at diylightanimation.com. If you are able to build your own. It is the best bang for the buck in my opinion. Extremely powerful and you can get different lenses to change the angle of the light from wide angle to spot. It can be run from a landscape transformer and is dmx.
  10. Inefficient incandesent bulbs are not banned they are just required to be more efficient and use less power by a certain timeline. 40 watt and 60 watt are scheduled for Jan 2014. I don't see Christmas lights on the list. Looks like the 40 watt are the smallest right now. An article explains it here- http://drpennypincher.hubpages.com/hub/The-Phasing-Out-of-Incandescent-Light-Bulbs
  11. Don't put leds and incandescent on the same channel in series unless the leds come after the incandescent.. I have seen the incandescent pull too much power and burn out the leds. Hooking them up parallel is fine. You will have to experiment to get the timings to look right. The leds will light up at a lower voltage if doing a ramp or fade and will reach full brightness quicker. What you might want to try is to use the hardware tools to find out at what percentage of power you first see the lights come on and when they reach full brightness. Then adjust your ramps to match. Also sometimes you
  12. 5mm seems a little brighter but is more directional. M5 and C6 can be seen from more angles so the tree looks fuller.
  13. It looks like the lighting they were using is EL wire. It has been around for a few years on "Americas Got Talent". And even Walmart had a couple of Halloween costumes using it a couple of years ago. A stick figure and an alien. It looks like small plastic tubing.
  14. It is not just Christmas lights. Incandescent house lights are slowly being phased out as well. It is all about saving energy.
  15. If it just when first plugged in you are okay.
  16. Only the initial plug in or do they continue to flash?
  17. I used to think I wasn't scared of heights. But I don't think I could do that. I was fine until he had to go outside the tower frame and with no safety equipment. I kept thinking "I wonder how long it would take to hit the ground?".
  18. keitha


    Most c9 strings have less leds inside them than the 5 leds inside most retro bulbs and you can't easily cut them to custom lengths without having to calculate adding resistors to drop the excess voltage to keep from burning up your leds. I would go with the retro bulbs and use your custom strands of sockets. Much easier and brighter.
  19. Bill V did something like this a couple years ago. I seem to remember he had to deal with lots of rain while trying to set up the display. Maybe he will weigh in on this topic.
  20. Here in Oklahoma the Lois pose would probably make the news as being too sexy. By the way the title of this thread sounds like a quagmire one liner.
  21. I think most people who start this early do so simply because it takes that long to set up their display. The display could be huge or maybe they can only work on weekends ect. Since I usually do a Halloween show I can't start on Christmas until the Nov. 1st and try to get everything done by Thanksgiving night. My display would go up faster if I was young but I have to keep taking geezer breaks due to my back pain and other age problems. UV rays from sunlight can deteriorate the light string wiring and can fade incandescent bulbs paint. Not to mention hail damage. Those who do start early usu
  22. You could use black hardware cloth from Lowes or Home Depot. It is actually made from black plastic and is a grid like material and comes in a roll. It was what I used way back when I made a singing pumpkin face. http://www.lowes.com/pd_157763-13113-751397_0__?productId=3457514&Ntt=hardware+cloth&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dhardware%2Bcloth&facetInfo= There is also plastic covered steel version for more money.
  23. This is best for desoldering as you can apply suction and heat at the same time. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062731&filterName=Type&filterValue=Desoldering#
  24. There are probably youtube videos on soldering. The soldering is not difficult. Always double check you have the correct component in the correct orientation before soldering. You can use a radio shack desoldering tool for mistakes. It combines a heating element with a suction bulb. I recommend a soldering station with an adjustable temperature as some parts require more heat than others. LOR has good support on their forums and through the company itself if you need troubleshooting or replacement parts. I always go over the back of the board with a toothbrush to remove possible solder splatte
  25. I use these. They are getting hard to find. They are powered speakers. I have a splitter attached to my laptop headphone jack with one end going to these speakers and the other going to my wireless transmitter. I have these sitting in the middle of my yard with them each wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag to keep the rain off them and the end sitting under a brick to keep them from blowing away. They have a volume control knob on them also. http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Creative-SBS-245-Computer-Speakers-/66782915
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