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  1. There is no break even point with LED's. Never has never will. Static or animated you cannot save enough money to save buying $20 light strings. My electric bill with roughly 30,000 lights goes up about $30 for the main 30 day period. I am at the edge of the power curve without adding electrical upgrads, but I don't have much more room anyway. I guess I see people wanting to put 300 lights on a mini tree (I use 100) 100 lights per channel on an arch (I use 50) 200 per channel color on a mega tree (I use 50) and on and on. I have multiple stars and snowflakes that only use 50 per item.
  2. 10' tall sorta-mega tree. I cut 100 light strings in 1/2 and rewire. so each leg is 50 lights times 4 colors. Last year I used 12 section so 12 x 4 = 48 channels. I take the 4 seperate colors and stech them out and zip tie them together. This makes them pretty strong. Use a PVC cap with s hooks on the top and no guy wires. I drive 3 T fenceposts in the ground and set the PVC in the middle with 3 plumbers clamps to hold it in place It sounded kind of thin on lights at first, but the math is 48 X 50 = 2400 lights. Why put 10,000 lights on a tree and have them on 1/10th of a second. Just
  3. I have never paid for a blowmold. Usually friends have a grage sale and when they can't sell it, they ask me do I want it. Sure. I find some in the trash. Son in law works for Salvation Army, they just toss them in the dumpster. And I have a few garge sale buddies that will pick them up $.50 or $1 but then just give them to me. Now comes the catch, and this may just be the type of activity that drives up prices. I am wanting to put a choir up. A dozen or so little molds. I've not seen may at sales, so if I REALLY want to to that, then I start shopping. May find a couple for $3 each, no
  4. I love that thing. I'd be willing to donate 6 more deer to it.
  5. Having worked with city and county governments a great deal, if you can get them to look at this idea at all, they probably would ask you what you want to do and then tell you how to do it. They would start with a traffic engineer, a structural engineer, and electrical engineer, then move on to the impact process, anyone who is effected by this has a right to voice an opinion. If you get all these agency's to agree to do it, they will either require they do it themselves or that who hire an approved contractor to do it up to the municiple specs. You will also be required to serve a bond,
  6. Yes skarah I do understand. Can you imagine being married to one. I am. That's all they talk about is how much their jobs stink. And to top it all off it is Walmarts fault that their jobs only pay $50k a year. (don't ask me how) I feel your pain. But it keeps me in lights.
  7. I haven't seen any talk about just doing this with lights and electronics. An arch is just 8 strings of lights sequence to "appear" to leap. Why not do the same thing with this. Looks like you want sixteen legs on the megatree. It would take a little drawing and a stout frame, but start out with 16 in the gega tree position and tranform into 16 in the windmill position. This takes 16 X 8 channels but that's only 128 channels or two grinches, 2 ren c's and 32 SSR's. Less than 500. Closet light strings at $1.27 = $162.50. A mechanical design would be neat but think of the things that could go
  8. I guess I ddin't read it that way. Been wondering which way he was gonna go for years, recover or die. He's at peace now.
  9. I think your going to want more lights than that. Start out with about 320 chanells you can always increase.As for brand, look over at DIYC and you can build your own, or buy the cheapy put them together LOR boards. I've seen relative rookies do a nice job on them. 10' is high enough for a tree. Just make sure you have about 96 strings of 50 lights on them. It takes about that many to make a Full tree. Going this route you should be able to set up 30,000 to 40,000 lights on less than 50 amps, That's three orange extension cords from there sepereate outllets.
  10. BMcGeeny

    Fixing Lights

    A light keeper pro work well fixing burnt out bulbs. But often times it's not the bulb burnt out, but a bad connection at the bulb or a rusted out wire lead on the bulb.. I am assuming you have muliples of them. Like many of us we put half working strings aside, and replace them with new ones, then wonder what to do with the old. Couple of things I do. First, if you don't want to fix them, take the half that are working and cut the 50 bulbs that are not out. Find the spot where the three wires turn into two and just cut the wire (unpluged of course) Now you have a 50 light string. Take two
  11. Your problem is Vista. Trash it and go back to XP professional. I did, and everything runs good again.
  12. I don't twist multiple strings of lights, but take the four colors of mi mega tree and zip tie them together, then I slice 10-20 feet of hook up wire on the puug in ends so I don't need extension cords to the controlers. Those I do twist. I put the far end of the wire in a clamp or vice and clamp the other end into my cordless drill. I spin them just enough so they start to pull. That is tight enough.
  13. Yeah, were all crazy, you up all night before, me driveing 250 miles.................and the list goes on.
  14. Well, I was ther and we had a great time. Lots of hardware. More later
  15. I'm on my way.215 miles to go.
  16. Happy Birthday Tim. You don't look nearly as old as you are! :giggle::121_reindeer::eek::121_reindeer::santasmileyitty:
  17. How many you got Shaun? Any from Chicago?
  18. Now that is cool. I'm going to double check, but I think the ratio on a flag is typically 3/5 Ok, from Wikipedea [edit] Specifications The basic design of the current flag is specified by 4 U.S.C. [url="http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/4/1.html"]
  19. Don't say "wron?" It will trigger a flag and get you a time out.
  20. Yes sir, Gary and Georgia were great hosts. As usual, food was on the table. At one point I counted 6 Laptops on the table. Here are a few more pictures.
  21. BMcGeeny

    next meeting??

    The meetings are secret. Do you know the password to get an invitation and secret handshake to get in?
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