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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.
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  • 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.

BadWolf

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    Walnutport, Pennsylvania, USA
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    High power rocketry, electronics, ham radio, Christmas lights, etc.
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    Lead Maintenance Technician at Lehigh University
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    None for 2007, 64 channel grinch for 2008.

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  1. Scott, I tried a test tonight with the LCD model set on 10mw, and with the included test antenna hanging out of a front bedroom window. I easily got 1/10 of a mile in each direction on the road. Since that is more than adequate for my show, I didn't bother to test the 100mw setting. Later. . . . . . . .Brad
  2. Dennis Cherry wrote: To be fair, it is not possible to have both the positive and negative peaks on the line at the same time, so the highest voltage the cable will see is 1/2 of the Peak to Peak voltage. First you have the positive peak, then that goes back to zero, then you have the negative peak, then back to zero, etc. Still, it's not good to use low voltage cable with line voltage! Later. . . . . . . Brad
  3. I gave the transmitter another test tonight. I'm into ham radio (W3JXQ) and have a 2 meter J-pole antenna strapped to my chimney. So I thought, "why not connect the transmitter to it?" The J-pole is tuned to 146 mhz I believe, so it is NOT a good match for the FM transmitter. But I figure if I run the transmitter on 10 mw I probably can't damage the finals. The results: I was able to hear it perfectly for 1/4 mile away from my house, and I could still hear it a 1/2 mile away, but it was scratchy of course. Pretty impressive for 10 mw into an unmatched antenna! Probably only a small percentage of the 10 mw actually made it to the antenna due to the mismatch. The EDM is definately more than adequate for a Christmas light show, and the audio sounds great. Later. . . . . . Brad
  4. Tony, we almost agree. What is stopping me is that the exception only applies to "parallel conductors." Notice that parallel conductors are electrically joined at both ends, and apply to 1/0 or larger conductors. (There are some exceptions, but none apply to small branch circuits that we are talking about.) Later. . . . . . . .. Brad
  5. Barry, the neutral will still be neutral. The load it carries in this configuration will never be more than that of one phase / outlet. The neutral carries the difference in the current draw. For example if one outlet is drawing 15 amps and the other is drawing 10 amps, the neutral will be carrying 5 amps. Later. . . . . . Brad
  6. You are not allowed by the NEC to double up on neutrals, unless maybe you are in an area that does not follow the NEC. (This is pretty much the same message I posted the last time you asked about doubling up the neutrals, http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum73/22642.htmlbut I've since found that if I use Internet Explorer I can insert links.) A few weeks ago Iattended a 2 day seminar on the 2008 code changes, and this exact question came up. Someone asked if you could double up neutrals on the bus bar and the trainer / inspector (Joe Tedesco, http://joetedesco.org/) said NO in no uncertain terms. To me, the NEC 408.41 clearly states that it's not allowed. Also, if you look at the panel labeling, they will say that a grounding conductor (not grounded) may be doubled. (Depending on the panel, I guess some may not allow doubling at all). Yes, many electricians double the neutrals, and inspectors pass it. That does not make it right! Click the following links for more information: http://b4uclose.tripod.com/Reports/neutraltermination.pdf has the results of when the language was added to the NEC in addition to WHY you should only put one neutral per termination. http://www.nachi.org/forum/archive/index.php/t-23022.html has a good discussion. Scroll about half the way down and start reading. http://www.contractortalk.com/showthread.php?t=30995 this one is real good, and someone includes the text from the NEC handbook about why you shouldn't double neutrals. Here is a quote from one of the messages in the above link, in case you don't click it: You can also google "nec 408.41 violation" (without quotes) and find a bunch of stuff about the topic. Later. . . . . .. . Brad
  7. bdeditch wrote: Like David said, can you double up on the grounds (if your panel is rated for that) to make room for some more neutrals? That would be the easiest thing to do. I can't tell for sure from your picture, but it looks possible. You could maybe mount a grounding bar to the can below the current two bars and move all your grounds to that, but I can't make that call from a picture without knowing more details. Also, it doesn't look like there is too much room to work there in your panel. Later. . . . . .. . Brad
  8. Tony Furst wrote: Tony, I do agree with your points above. I guess I was confused by your earlier posts saying that it was a serious code violation, etc. Later. . . . . . .. . Brad
  9. Tony Furst wrote: So, are you saying that the following example right out of the 2008 NEC handbook is illegal? In the dorms where I work, we have many circuits wired like this from when the houses were built. Back then they used individual breakers for each phase (some use three phases with one neutral for recepticales.) Now you must use a breaker with a common trip.
  10. Received mine today! Must have taken 5 minutes to assemble. I did a quick range check with the transmitter in my basement, and was getting about 75' on each side of my house. This was on the high setting (200mw). I was using the test antenna that came with it. I have no doubt that the range would be much greater with a proper antenna and the antenna not down in the basement! Right now I'm transmitting my ipod through it on its lowest power setting (1mw) and listening on my surround sound FM tuner. The sound quality is excellent! Sure, I could plug the ipod directly into the surround receiver, but what fun would that be?
  11. Thanks for all the tips! I believe that scott isaacs is correct about the alligator clips being used to drain off static because the wires are connected to some metal pieces in the plastic tubes that are supposed to pick up the snow. The snow seems dry to me, and it is blowing around in the bottom of the snowglobe, but it won't get sucked up into the tubes. I'll look at the tubes better to make sure that they aren't kinked. I've been letting it run in the living room for the past few hours, but still no snow. It did manage to twist off the thin line that holds the penguins up though! :shock: You'd think that with a swivel at the top and bottom of the line, that couldn't happen. Here's a picture of one of the alligator clips:
  12. Hello, my daughter has given me a new Chrisha Creations snowglobe, as she has moved and now has no room for it. She never used it, and has lost the box and any instructions. Anyway, I set it up in the living room and the "snow" won't go up the tubes provided for it, except while the globe is still inflating, or if I open an access zipper on the back of the globe. Also I am wondering what to do with the two alligator clips that come out the bottom of it? Thanks for any advice! Later. . . . . . . Brad
  13. Looks good, and I'm glad to see that you didn't double up on the neutrals. I may do something like that myself for this year.
  14. Last week I had a 2 day seminar on the 2008 code changes, and this exact question came up. Someone asked if you could double up neutrals on the bus bar and the trainer / inspector (Joe Tedesco, http://joetedesco.org/) said NO in no uncertain terms. To me, the NEC 408.41 clearly states that it's not allowed. Also, if you look at the panel labeling, they will say that a grounding conductor (not grounded) may be doubled. (Depending on the panel, I guess some may not allow doubling at all). Yes, many electricians double the neutrals, and inspectors pass it. That does not make it right! I can't figure out how to post links on here, but you can copy / paste these: http://b4uclose.tripod.com/Reports/neutraltermination.pdf has the results of when the language was added to the NEC in addition to WHY you should only put one neutral per termination. http://www.nachi.org/forum/archive/index.php/t-23022.html has a good discussion. Scroll about half the way down and start reading. http://www.contractortalk.com/showthread.php?t=30995 this one is real good, and someone includes the text from the NEC handbook about why you shouldn't double neutrals. You can also google "nec 408.41 violation" (without quotes) and find a bunch of stuff about the topic. Later. . . . . .. . Brad
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