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CraiginPA

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CraiginPA last won the day on November 28 2017

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About CraiginPA

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  • Birthday 02/01/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A woman who lived in my house between 1940 and 1970 sent me a Christmas card telling me how much she enjoyed the Christmas display. She stated in the card that she was 96 years old.
  • Location
    Jeffersonville, PA
  • Biography
    Christmas and Halloween are my hobbies
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    Automation
  • Occupation
    Programmer
  • About my display
    LOR, 160 channels, winner of town display

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  1. The auction site doesn't post final bids. And I'm not on BMN because it's a closed facebook group (and I refuse to join facebook due to their privacy policies). Can someone post, in general, how much the molds went for?
  2. It may be that they were cash flow positive (i.e., they had more gross revenue more than expenses), but on the books they were losing money due to depreciation on the machinery, furnishings, and building. The poor condition of the building may be another factor that caused them to close. If the building requires expensive refurbishment, the investors may have decided that the cost to refurbish the building wasn't a good investment. The cost to relocate the machinery to another building and set up production there was likely high enough that it made no sense. Whatever the actual cause
  3. Watching this auction myself. While there's no way I have the capital to set up a production line for blow molds, seeing those molds being melted would break my heart. Hopefully, they'll break the molds up into genre, or at least not auction them as one huge lot, so they can be saved from becoming scrap. And, looking at the pallets and pallets of partially and fully completed products, I can see buying some of those. Painting these would give my wife and I something to do during the long winters. LOL
  4. It might be my imagination, but it looks like the pool is the dumping ground for broken stuff, and I counted more than 200 pieces in there. Value? nearly zero. I see a LOT of stuff that's really faded, and stuff that is missing cords and bulb plates. Value? very little. If this was closer, I'd take a ride to see it, but the seller would have to revise his pricing to be realistic. For me, if he gets $5k, he should be grateful.
  5. I got this same exact Santa for free on craigslist 15 years ago. The story was the owner had saved it from the trash at the department store where he worked, took it home, and moved it from house to house each time he moved. When he was moving a long distance, he decided he didn't want it anymore. To get it for free, I had to promise not to sell it for a year (as if I would!). Unfortunately, it appears he never covered it up between seasons. So, while I have had success gently cleaning his jacket and the rest of his clothes and getting them looking pretty good, I'm stymied by the beard (w
  6. I have three bolted to the outside of the house, and others mounted inside of presents, bolted to trees, or suspended on stakes in a forest of pine trees or similarly disguised. I use outdoor enclosures, and keep everything at least 18" off the ground. I couldn't imagine running everything from one point given the size of my display (150' from end to end, 50' from front to back, and up to 30' high).
  7. You won't really be able to do 3 axis with the boris skulls unless you do it externally. There is just no room inside to handle the hardware needed. You'd be better off starting with a lindberg skull and one of the adapter plates made specifically for it to mount the servos needed for head tilt, rotation, and jaw movement. Lots of information out there. Try this youtube link for a tutorial: Once you have the 3 axis skull built, you'll need a servo board and a copy of VSA in order to program the movements. Alternatively, you could do something like this with your Boris: http://h
  8. On several of the Halloween boards, there have been postings about "inappropriate displays". One display in Ohio was picketed by a woman who said that the witch being hanged in a noose was "insensitive to wiccans" and "violated her religious beliefs". Others have had their displays plastered with religious materials or been visited by "concerned leaders of the community" (read here: self important bigots) and asked to remove parts or their entire display. HOA are the bane of modern living. My parents live in one. Last year some of the non-Christmas-decorating-neighbors complained that Chr
  9. I built square columns with a 2x3" wood frame, covered them with foam board, painted the foam to look like a granite column, and mounted the LOR controllers inside. With one on each corner of the front yard, I had a significantly shorter distance to any given string of lights than the previous year, when I bolted them all against the outside wall of the house.
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