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  • 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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BMcGeeny

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  1. I have approxamately 50,000 incandescent mini lights for sale. All but a couple thousand are used but in good working condition.

    Used lights are 1 cent each. New are 2 cents each. IE: a 50 count string is $.50, 100 count $1.00

    I have Red, blue, green and multi colored. I have a complete set for a 10' mega tree. 24 strands, each with 50 bulbs Red, Blue, Green, Clear. They are designed to use with a 10' high pole. (I used 3" PVC) For a total of 96 50 bulb strand. This set I will only sell together. $48 for a complete mega tree.

    I also have multiple 100 and 150 bulb strings that were on mini trees.

    I have red, blue, green 100 bulb strings.

    I have 4 sets of 8 50 bulb strings that were on 10' 3/4" PVC for arches. They have had the plug in leaders extended for fit to arches and direct plug in to a controller without extension cords.

    I have a few clear, green, red and blue 1/2 rope light. Some 18' for $5 and 30' for $7.50. These are brand new.

    I also have about 6 300 bulb Icicles, Green, Blue, Clear and Multi colored. Also 1 cent per bulb.

    I have 4 candi cane poles 4' high with clear/red rope lights.

    I have nine used and one new wireframe deer I will be taking the lights off. Good replacement strings for yours that are out.

    A bunch more excess stuff I no longer use. If your looking for it ask.

    I am in Rochester Mn and It would be best if you are close and can stop by and pick up. But if you have interest in something I will pull it out of bins, test and post a picture before I ship.

    To see the display http://www.youtube.com/user/shermanreynolds#p/a/u/1/6YxKN2lsyPY

    Jeff


  2. That's right, never throw lights away. In every dead string there is at least 22' of 22 Gauge wire. I have bundles of that wire from old dead strings. I just cut the wire out of the string. Then when I make up my string I solder a 22' extension (or whatever I need) to the end of my string.

    I had 16 Gauge cords that went to the controller, and all my controllers have 6' to 15' pigtails and all my props have 6' to 22' leads on them. With 320 channels and about 400 plugs, I used less than 2 dozen 18 gauge extension cords other than the controller power.

    Next year with a little better planning I should be down to less than 6.


  3. I'm still waiting a couple more years. The Box Store LED are crap, look like crap, and fail.

    The vendor's that sell "top quality" have even had problems with their product.

    Think back to the early 60's. All our lights were C7 and C9. I remember Mini lights first coming out. They were crap. Dad bought some and half way through the year pulled them off the tree and put the C7's back up.

    Now we accept them and know how to fix them just the way they are. In a few years LED's will be all we have and we will learn how to fix them and the quality will be up and the price down.

    Until them I have about 100,000 replacement bulbs saved, all kinds of peices and parts, and 90% of my strings are less than 3 years old. I'm hoping for 5 years before I have to switch.

    (was at Menards yesterday and they have cleared the shelves of lights and put what is left on one small rack. What they had I could have fit in two shopping carts.

    I'll wait.


  4. No LOR here. My controllers are all DIY Renards.

    Yes, moisture can cause a channel to com on or partially come on. You can cover them with bags and they still may get damp inside. In funky wet weather condensation can form if the board is warmed and cooled.

    Many times when they dry out everything will be fine. It is possible that a Triac could be fried. I replaced two on one controller tonight. I noticed a couple days ago these would sometimes act up. Finally they were just stuck on at about 50%.

    Other than the fact that a channel stays on dim, it really should not hurt anything. If the moisture was causing problems with the low voltage side of the electronics you would have more problems than a channel just stuck on.

    If you have an extra channel, use it. Just remember that there is power on that line all the time.

    And your issue with the strobe could be similar. Static won't cause a strobe to fire. But high humidity might. Just a trickle of juice going to a strobe would cause it to fire every once in a while. It would not need to be enough to even begin to light LED's or incandecants but a strobe is designed to store up energy and release it when it get to a certain level. Watch how most strobes will fire once or twice after the power is turned off to them.


  5. I can answer the second one: you can use hot glue to hold lights, but it takes a lot of glue, and is only semi-permanent. We do this on a couple displays and every year I have to reglue the bulbs that have popped off (fortunately it's a small fraction of them).

    Hot glue works, but in Minnesota it gets cold, and the glue gets very brittle. Will pop off in wind sometimes

    It takes a little more time, but I went with silicone this year and it seems to work better. You can get it apart pretty easy to if you need to, unlike using constrution adhesive or something else.


  6. My first arch is history I am trying to make a 20 foot arch out of gray PVC, 1 inch, using two 10 foot sections to cross my sidewalk. I cut a few notches in one end so it would be easy to remove and drilled a 1/4 inch hole for a bolt. My first placement of the re bar had the center too low. I moved the re bar closer and POW, it broke as I tried to bend it. Any idea how close I can place the re bar on a 20 foot arch? Rather than start over I am think of using a gray 3/4 inch pipe and place on the inside were the two 10 foot pieces meet?

    Why don't you just leave it like that. I've never seen one of those before.


  7. I was just in the garage,with the door shut,putting out the trash when I heard the next-door neighbor's dog barking. She always barks so I didn't think of it. Then I go outside to the backyard and see my other next-door neighbor looking out of her window,waving at me. I told her to come outside,since I didn't know what she was saying through the glass. She told me that the guy across the street was drunk again,but now he's out in his yard and behind my house falling down drunk and talking to my neighbor's dog. That's why the dog was barking. So I look and he's definitely drunk in his driveway,spilling his beer all over the place. He's always drunk but he's never gotten this out of hand. Does anyone have a drunk neighbor like this? Should we call the cops? He's starting to creep me out.

    Give him a pint of vodka before you call the cops. Buy the time they get there he will be good for a couple days away and they will be watching a lot closer.


  8. I normally don't start putting lights up until the last full week before Thanksgiving, but with 70degree weather last Saturday I did all the high stuff, roof trees etc, and have done 1-2 hours setup every night after work, mostly withoug a jacket.

    Am I jinxing all of us Minnesotans come teardown. Will we the payback be we won't get anything up till April

    Tim, your always on top of these things. What do you think.

    I'm also nervous how soft the ground is. When this stuff freezes it will be there till spring.

    __________________


  9. So far, the LED strings I've boughten from local retailers are averaging less lifespan than my cheap old incancesdents. I'm a little grumpy right now-- I just had another string go half-dead. Why? It's rusted silly. This would have been season #3 for it. I wonder if I made up the difference for using a $11 string of lights instead of a 80-cent one I already owned? :rolleyes: Meanwhile my mega-tree lights are going on season #7 (although I've recolored some of them, and probably will more of them this year), and some of my other lights are even older...

    I like the look of LED's, but I'm sure not convinced there's any savings. In fact, I'm convinced they're costing me a magnitude more...

    First you must understand that LED's are not real christmas lights.

    Second I don't think they are yet up to standards. SOme expensive nes can be good, most big box store ones are not.

    My endevor into LED was two years ago, and the lights lasted about 2 weeks.


  10. I would just unwind the last string, leaving 7 on the pipe. Then cut the arch a little bit shorter and perhaps move the stakes a little closer together to make up for it.

    Or take one string off and just slide the otheres out a little wider to cover the entire pipe. Then he will be ready for next year when he has mor channels.


  11. Also,removed 20amp breaker and replaced wiyh 30amp. We are back in business.

    Steve

    Make sure you have a phone in your hand at all times with 91 dialed. Then all you have to do is dial 1 to get 911 and the fire dept on the way..

    There is a reason there was a 20 amp breaker on the circut. It is probably 12/2 romex

    you need at least 10 gauge and I would really go with 8 gauge to run 30 amps.

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