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Rob Herronen -RGS RR of NC

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About Rob Herronen -RGS RR of NC

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Getting a train set and playing with it all vacation. Now I spend most of my vacations maintaining my Live Steam railroad and hauling firewood.
  • Location
    Asheboro, N.C.
  • Biography
    Way off the beaten path
  • Interests
    Railroading, Engineering, Geology
  • Occupation
    Analyst at a large N.C. University
  • About my display
    Static, simple and getting simplier.

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  1. I found that I could tie mine up to trees I have to keep them upright. The thing that seemed to happen to mine is they would leak too much air too fast. I got some tent sealer to use for the coming fall and winter on the air blowns. The other thing that seems to happen for me (other than light bulbs burning out) is the transformers die on many of the ones which plug in... well.... that and I had a dog that would chew them up, I do try to place my air blowns in sheltered areas too. I have mine on timers too (one set near the road on a mechanical timer coupled to a phototimer that le
  2. That's amazing. Congrats on your find. Of course now you need to store them all somewhere! I was thrilled when my wife who never really showed much interest in my decorating came home with 4 more large ones for me to use. And I HAD to buy another Santa to stick up on the chimney. And some more candles. Cost me a small mint to get those and get them shipped. I think I'm done getting me any more for now, unless I had a find like THAT. Enjoy and post pictures next Christmas of your display!
  3. Maybe you need a sign that any cars left unattended will be decorated for Christmas. Some nice vinyl stickers and such would make it so "purdy." Although if it snowed... You could remove the snow from the windshield and grill to make a character from Pixar's "Cars". Saw a picture recently where someone did that with some police cars of all things. :-) I would not advocate any sort of damage to anyone's car but perhaps a kind reminder that parking on the driveway would be safer especially if the roads are icy.
  4. I read it was $5,000 per DAY. A little too steep for making other people happy. I'm so glad you found a new home for it away from the neighbors. Now go throw a block party, don't attend and have them all get fined $5,000 apiece. ;-) Just kidding.
  5. Mike - That sounds like a heat lamp. They are usually in the 250 watt range. You do need to find a fixture capable of handling such a bulb as they put off a lot of heat. I'm sure they are out there. We use the heat lamps with our chickens except we use the "scoop" style lights which are like work lights clamped to the rafters of the hen house so during the summer they can be moved out of the way. They have ceramic bases else they would melt. Good luck! -Rob
  6. I agree. The possibilities for this year's and next year's displays are now endless. And they will be appriciated! I do love living in the country because people from the city know that the people out here are armed and tend to shoot first, ask questions later and then shoot again. Believe me. I have a neighbor 2 "doors" down who pulled a gun on the power company who was there to clear the tree limbs from the power lines. They did their job after the sheriff told him they were in their rights to do so. But they did not shape the tree nicely for them so it looks BAD. Personally, I wou
  7. I had to leave the air blown chick-in-egg inflated in the loft of the barn for an extra couple days after I took it down from Easter because it rained a lot the night before. I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before putting it away for the season so it would not mold or mildew. It was eerie having a glow coming from the window of the barn for a while and I'm glad it was lit or else I would have forgotten about it. I do know I have a couple lights burned out on it but replacements are easier to find closer to Christmas, so I'll just wait.
  8. When I took the Christmas airblowns down they had been rained on and then frozen. In order to dry them out, I remove the loose ice without forcing it and then hung them down from the rafters in the barn which warms during the day from the sun. A couple refused to come dry (intricate ones) so I set them up after taking the others down and plugging them in for a couple days until they were very dry. I store my airblowns in a couple large storage bins, just rolling them up like you would a tent. In years past, some of the airblowns got completely caked with our wonderful red mud. Unfortu
  9. Yep. Only the lights on my house as it has rained or snowed Friday since Christmas and the roof has been slick. If it was dry, I was busy working on other projects or forgot... This might be a great weekend to take them down and check out the chicken air blown because it will go back up for Easter. Then again it might snow tonight and we need the icicle lights.
  10. I have several mini-trees I use outdoors. They have the same construction as the indoor trees. In fact, the big tree I do not use any more for inside came from Colorado where it sat in a flooded basement for a week when I was out here visiting my soon-to-be wife. It's rusty and musty and that's why it's not used too often. I might move it to outdoors purposes next year as well. I know just where to put it.
  11. Full sized ones? Darn. You're set then! Now you need to buy something big to store them in which is cool, dry and varmit proof!
  12. Like others I placed the manger scene first and foremost for people entering our driveway. There are no other lights around the blow molds so people actually LOOK over and see it. Then I have snowmen and others down the driveway farther. And only one Santa (part of an air blown I got from Walmart this year.) I had a "forest" of snowmen air blowns all in one area but I think next year I'll spead them out as well. It uses a lot more cords but covers more area. Speaking of - time to go take them down. If my wife is not parked in the way. :-) I would have started earlier but it rained... Five
  13. Beat the partiers to the curb. Park your vehicles along there until show time. Or perhaps post signs asking people to respect the other visitors to the nightly light show and not to park there. Or perhaps offer valet parking around the corner? Or have some net lights available to toss on the cars to make them part of the show? Okay. That last one night cause issues with a drunken party-goer. Have you asked the neighbor what they would do?
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