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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

Daniel Hall

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About Daniel Hall

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    Electrician
  1. I would suggest that you run a (2) 4" pipe 24" deep, you can use regular drain pipe for the chase. If you ever want to add something later you will have the space, and not have to dig up your driveway. I had the builder install a 3" PVC pipe and I stubed the 3" up on both sides of the driveway and caped them off. You will still have to run PVC sch 40 or 80 for all your electrical needs inside of the 4" pipe.
  2. Yes they do make one, I purchased some from 1000blubs.com.
  3. I would check the voltage when you are exprecning the problem, 25A load can drop the voltage. How far is your power company transformer from your house ?, if your only getting 118V at your panel, this could be the problem, what is the voltage at your 50A connection ? Your UPS are going to drop when they see a voltage drop, that how they protect your items plugged in to them.
  4. I install two 1/2" emt pipe straps on the back of the molds, work for the high winds we get in Dec.
  5. I have 8 boxes of used costco lighted garland, the garland it self is in good conduction, as for the lights well they don't like our local power surges. free for local pick up. Dan
  6. I would call your local power company and talk to one of there custmer service engineer and have them come out to your home, and discuss your options. There the only ones that can tell you the cost and what would be required on your part.
  7. Yes, just make sure you change the size of the breakers to 20 amp single pole, 12-4 is good for about 150' if father then that I would go with the 10-4. If you do go with the 10-4, here another option install 30Amp 2-pole breaker and have a sub panel at the other end with beaker for up to four 15amp single pole breakers, mount your GFCI outlets to the panel. The panel can be made so it portable.
  8. Yes you can remove the 3-way and just install a blank cover over it, you will allways need access to the box per NEC As for the #-ways ot working right there missed wired at the switches, you should have 2 travelers from one switch to the other, one switch will have the power feeding the 3-way and the other switch will have switch leg go to your lights. Do a google search for how to wire a 3-way.
  9. In your panel turn off each breaker one at a time and see which breaker it is, then I would replace that breaker.
  10. It Normal for your breaker to warm, putting it closer to the 200A breaker will make it worse, try to keep it from other so it can dispate the heat. You may have a bad breaker, but don't be suprised if the new breaker gets warm also. If its so hot you can't keep your hand on it then yes there some thing wrong, check to see that all your connection are tight, even at the main panel. One loose wire and it can cause a lot of heat.
  11. You might want to check and see if the GFCI are wired correctly.
  12. NEC table 310.16, 75degree is good for 50AMP, there no need to change the main breaker from the 50A to a 40A, as for thr timer just follow the digram in the picture, you will need to run #12 for 20A. You need to ID the existing breakers to make sure they all take care of the pool, seems there are more breaker then what is need for a pool.
  13. Big is not all ways better, Christmas lighting / displays are a work of art, its you sharing your talent and imagination with others, it only takes on light blub or one sting of lights to make a christmas display. It not the number of lights, channels, cords, cut out, blow ups or blowmolds that make your make your display, it you doing what you like and sharing with other to see. WE have lived in Florida for over three years and our display has not changed at all, every year I think I going to add new stuff to the dispaly, something else come up and it will have to wait until next year. My family look forward to putting up our display every year even if it the same, (plus it allways warm weather) this year was not good to us at all, but I still have my family and friends. There will always be bumps in the road of life, that how we are tested, the nice thing we never graded on the test.
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