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  1. Lets get something going. There is an earlier thread on this. http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?p=370281#post370281
  2. Looks like this needs a bump. It's the end of September. We need at least a short get together. A bite and some chat at minimum. I'd be willing but being 2 hours south of the cities puts a damper on it. Anybody. I bet you can find a couple of us to help out. I did think of the building my company offices in but I don't know if the conference rooms can be used for non work related gigs. Another member here has their business in the same building and might have luck with it. Our company used the room on the main level for a meeting a couple months back. Has great electronics with a
  3. He voted the same way I did. LED lights are not real Christmas lights. Saying they are is like saying a smokeless cigarette is a real cigarette. Or neer beer is drinking. You guys can put up all the LED lights you want, but don't start calling them Christmas Lights. Christmas Lights are either bulbs that screw into a C-9, C-7 or push into a mini socket, are made out of glass and break when you drop them, they give off lots of heat and make your electric meter spin like crazy. If you can't afford to do an electrical upgrade to several hundred amps and pay the bill when it comes, get out
  4. My usual post on Cameras and security. I have a very similar system to what you bought. Mine is wired however instead of wireless. It came from that same seller, the cameras look the same so I would guess they are. I think I paid about $130 for a wired setup. The picture you get will not be anywhere near as clear as shown in the photos on e-bay, but by adjusting the camera's a little you can get a pretty good picture. The color is poor so I tone it way down and get pretty good quality greyscale. The software is really pretty good and easy to use. If it is the same as I got, (and it lo
  5. BMcGeeny

    LEDs DC

    Yes. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode Diode, by its nature passes electricity only one way. AC works on them, but realize the diode is only lit when the AC is going one direction. When it goes back, it's not lit.
  6. So you have $10,000 in LED Lights? I can replace every light I have every year for the next 15 years and still be ahead of that. And do a Bob Cox 400 amp electrical upgrade. One more reason to lave LED's in auto tail lights.
  7. I think you are Tim. I bought some LED 3 years ago thinking they were the way to go. Nearly 1/2 the strings did not even light right out of the box. After several trips to return (I learned to test each string at the store) and many hours, I got enough to work to do my icicles and windows. Within 3 weeks, I had to take them all down and replace with my old (5-8 year) incans that still worked. Now, I understand that if you buy the commercial grade non replaceable bulb LED's you don't have nearly the problems. But there was even a big deal here last year about some high dollar ones that cau
  8. Roof should be easy. Go to any home improvement store and buy a TV antenna mount and mast. Just don't buy the antenna. The set them things to go up 25' so should not be a problem.
  9. You can get those at Northern Handyman too. And if you need while you are there 4" zip ties are $4.98 per 1,000
  10. In case you hadn't noticed Minnesota is still on the map.
  11. I have been to China. Most of it is true. But you must be sure you get accurate accounts. To worship in a Christian church it must be state sponsored. These people are paid by the piece for all the simple products they make. Poverty level at best. Just remeber where these people were at in the 60's and 70's. They are struggleing meet those kind of financial progress right now. Vietnam, Burma, and Mylasia are the new "China"
  12. Boy, I see and awfull lot of money, time and overkill go into megatree's. Keep it simple. First one is a 10' piece of 3" PVC ($9.99) I take three $4 T fence posts and drive them in the ground just close enough to the 3" PVC fits in the center. I use a plastic Pipe cap ($1.99) with holes drilled in it with S-Hooks (2 packs of 6 at $.79). I put 4 strings of 50 count lights (4 colors) zip tied together, put the tops in the hooks and tip the post up into the opening of the fence posts. I then use 3 6" plumber clamps ($1.29 each) at evenly spaced to tighten the postes to the PVC. I pull the lig
  13. There will be no cooking, no hot showers and no clothes drying during the show. Might as well make that clear to the Missus right now!
  14. That starts Labor Day and ends Halloween!
  15. Are you controling it with LOR? If not I'm not sure but I think a dimmer switch also reduces the load. Change out all your blowmold bulbs with CFL's Control as much as you can with LOR
  16. one more little trick to squeeze a couple extra amps. If you are getting close, back all your 100% intensity down to 80%. It will not be noticeable in the display, but it rally does draw 20% less. I have plenty of power, but near the limit of the triac on some rope lights, my icicles on the eve's (actually had to split them) and some 100' strings that go in the trees.
  17. This is what happens when someone asks for my car keys. I come out and find these in the back seat. Not being a moldie, what are they and are they worth anything? The candles look like new, the paint on the snowman is pretty worn but the plastic is in very nice shape and this could easily be repainted. If it's worth it.
  18. We had some warm weather last winter. It could be close.
  19. And LAVA Lamps Well, and Charlies Angels to!
  20. Chuck says it's good. If you are looking to spend a lot for a really good one, I would beleive him.
  21. Chuck, can you confirm or deny that you made the statement quoted by the vendor?
  22. I see all this about motorizing the winding. You did a gread job, and looks like a great setup, but, here comes the but, it looks like it took you longer to build and set up the motor and winder than it did me to wind my arches by hand. I just set 10' PVC across two saw horses with a couple quick clamps to keep it from falling off, used a zip tie to secure the start of the first section. I twisted the PVC with my left hand and guided the wire with my right. I built 4 10' 8 section arches in about 90 minutes. As for wire. I cut the plug off the end and spliced in some 22 gauge hookup wi
  23. Incan Mini's are the only way to go. Four colors, 24,000 lights per 10' tall.
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