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About pnewcomb1

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  • Birthday 10/13/1957

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    It has always been about the lights...
  • Location
    Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA
  • Interests
    Anything technical and my Harley Davidson.
  • Occupation
    Healthcare Maintenance Technician
  1. What is everyone using for rope replacements? Have you found black stock anywhere? How about rope locks? Any good sources out there? I have been dyeing the rope I buy black, but it's a pain, and I always worry that it will transfer dye to one of my snowmen. Most of my new ones have really light ropes in them as stock, and I have been replaceing them even before I put them up the first time.
  2. I am just finishing up the annual task of relamping close to 50 inflatables, and I have thought about this several years so it's time to ask. Has anyone just done away with the lamp covers? I hate fighting with them. The newest ones with plastic spring taps break and the old ones with the screws seem to be even worse. I live in the fridgid north, and I just gotta think that the bulbs don't get hot enough to melt the nylon in the seconds it takes them to inflate. I have cussed at those covers nearly 150 times this weekend...and well my language is not in keeping with the spirit of th
  3. I don't happen to have the penguin in a picture...you can sorta see him in the distance to the right of the hunter snowman. Thank-you to all for your comments. I saw it as humor, but was concerned about not really ever thinking about being politically correct. It really never crosses my mind until one of my daughters brings me up short. They thought this was funny so I thought I was in the clear. Rest assured that thesigns will go back up next year with even more. Working on an LOL system with the airblows incorporated. Paul
  4. ...that complained about my display. It was signed by 30 people. I have 41 inflatables in my display. Most are snowmen, and all different. Last year I put a penguin in the middle of the bunch that was holding a sign that said "I HATE SNOWMEN". Got lots of laughs and good comments. This year I got a Cabelas snowman as a gift. He has an orange cap, cammo vest and a full height shotgun leaning on him. Put him up in the opposite side of the yard and put a sign on him that said "Where's that penguin?" The letter complained that my humor was off color. Also said "perhaps PETA would be in
  5. ...that complained about my display. It was signed by 30 people. I have 41 inflatables in my display. Most are snowmen, and all different. Last year I put a penguin in the middle of the bunch that was holding a sign that said "I HATE SNOWMEN". Got lots of laughs and good comments. This year I got a Cabelas snowman as a gift. He has an orange cap, cammo vest and a full height shotgun leaning on him. Put him up in the opposite side of the yard and put a sign on him that said "Where's that penguin?" The letter complained that my humor was off color. Also said "perhaps PETA would be in
  6. Compressed air is not quiet, but low pressure high volume air isn't to bad. Frankly, with 41 snowmen in my yard, the fan noise is pretty bad too. Anyway...I have taken one of my duplicates scored for $14.99 yesterday, and opened three flap holes in it. The flap holes are 4" diameter circle cuts with the top 1/3 of the hole not cut through. Used some Fray Check to seal the cut edges. One flap hole is in the top of the head and one in each of the mittens. With a leaf blower supplying pressure through a 3" pvc pipe, and using a ball valve, I get a 3 or 4 second inflation on the 6' snowman,
  7. EdBarnett wrote: Yeah but my ladders all say to hang on with both hands too...and work with what my teeth? Going to do some dynamic pressure testing. Will report back.
  8. Ya know...what a thing to hook up to an intruder alarm...Bam...and watch the vandals make tracks...
  9. Point well taken Tim. I hadn't thought about the noise. I don't think there would be a problem with the debris thing because of the distances involved in my display though. The noise would be a problem. Still would like to find a way to do something to annimate though.
  10. Has anyone experimented with or thought about some kind of a qiuck inflate/deflate system? I would like to incorporate it into my sync'd program. I have thought compressed air stored with a diaphgram high volume low pressure discharge to inflate, and several vent holes to deflate. In effect giving the airblown a "momentary pesence". It would be sorta like an airbag in a car. Enough discharge to overcome the vents initially, and then deflate. Any thoughts? Paul
  11. I always sew them. There are what I call "field expedient" repairs where I take a needle and thread out to the yard and whip stitch it closed quickly. Then there are the off season machine sewn repairs. I access the rip through the zipper and pull it out where I can get it in the machine and sew it up tight. I have used tape, but it always seems to make a sticky residue mess. There a 3M product named VHB that is better than anything else I have ever found but I still like the sew up.
  12. ...oh and Robert...I can always get one of the fast food places to "donate" the buckets to me. Usually the managers are more than happy to collect some for me. Paul
  13. Ok, I have given this some thought...it hurt, but I did it anyway. I will try to describe what I'm thinking about, but be warned, the inside of my head is as messed up as the outside. Back to my pickle buckets. If I bolted/screwed/glued two lids together...top of lid to top of lid. The lids that I have fit very tight to the buckets. Cut a large hole in the center ofthe lidsfor the intake on the fan unit. Then...drilled some holes in a bucket...a single 1" hole through the bottom for a stake. Several 1" through the sides about 1/2 way up from the bottom for air supply to the fan. Ta
  14. Robert...sure washtubs are a great idea. And, you're correct with those the tethers would not have to come off. The other thing I like about washtubs is they are probably more apt to stay in place with strong winds! I have 41 snowmen/bears, so the ample supply of buckets dictated what I used. I have toyed with the idea of building bases for mine. Or constructing some kind of easy attach/detach for the lid of a bucket. That way I could have them up on the bucket for display, and in the bucket for storms and off season storage... Paul
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