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  1. I'm sorry but I feel the same way about strobes -- I just haven't sold mine. The ones I have aren't very bright (I don't think the current ones are any brighter though) and unless you're going to invest in hundreds of them and line the entire yard, they just don't do that much for me. I only have a dozen of them or so, up the pole of my mega-tree, and when they go off it's more of a curiosity than a "gee that's cool". Only reason I haven't sold them is that I probably wouldn't get much for them...

    I'm sorry you didn't send them home with me yesterday. I just bought Franks.

  2. It's cheaper to put in a new electrical service than it is to replace all the LED's

    I will say howerver Tim had some C9's at the Minnesota Mini and we ran them in a test board with Incan C-9's and they were pretty good.

    But mini lights, well LED's are good for power on lights and that's about it.

  3. I have 25 of Daryl's strobes for sale. I bought them a few weeks ago and decided not to add them to my display. They are brand new, I only took them out of the box to make sure that they all work-they do. I'll only sell them as a set. $4 each, plus shipping. That's a bargain.

    I got dibs

    PM sent

  4. Family restroooms are great, but not that common outside of malls... In a lot of restaurants and small stores, you're lucky to find a diaper changing station in the mens room. I can't tell you how many times I've offered to change baby, then had to hand him back to my wife because the place only put a changing station in the women's restroom... Sexism goes both ways, unfortunately...


    Do it on the table.. Will motivate the resturant to give equal access

    But really, when my kids were in diapers (I'm really old) there were no changing stations. You did it on the bench in the booth or took the kid out to the car.

  5. Does anyone have an approximation of how many lights are in a ropelight per inch or per foot?

    thanks, Darlene

    Keep in mind also if you are looking at cutting them to fit, every rope light I have had has the lights at 1" spacing, however the point you can cut them verys. Some are 18". Most of the big box store ones are 36" but I have seen them at 30" also.

    Check what you are buying if the cut distance makes a difference.

  6. Menards lol. theres a lot of them there, you can find a few threads with pics. wal mart looks like a no go and kmart is more like flip a coin.

    I was in the Menards yesterday. They really do have a bunch. Light selection is way up. Last year 90% LED's this year about 1/2 and 1/2

    More trees, more ornaments and they are all ready to go

    So far all I need right now is more extension cords.

  7. If a thread title is nothing more than "help" I pass righ by it. All of us need help

    If it says "Help connetcting my 6 LOR controllers" I would also pass right by because I know nothing about LOR.

    If it says "Help splicing rope lights" I'm in, because I've done that a lot.

    There are at least 100 new posts every time I log in. I don't have time to read any but the type I think pertain to my style

    2 cents worth.

  8. I was thinking of an illuminated box, back lit if you will.

    My previous sign was just plexi glass that was painted and I had rope light on the inside of the box but it didn't stand out all that well.

    Are there any cheap LED spot lights that i could use or any flourescents??

    Just looking to keep it simple but still get good illumination.

    This is what I did. I just used a poiece of plexiglass, gave it a light coat of green spraypaint from the inside and put ropelight insided a frame that fit the plexiglass.

    I went to Stapes and bought a set of static cling letters/numbrs. They stick to clear plexiglass just fine.

    The problem I had was when I lit it up, it looked like a rope light snake shining through. You could read the sign just fine and it was bright enough, but it looked terrible. I turned the rope light off and used to small clamp on spot lights to light it.

    I am redoing the rope light now, going around and around evenly, so that the rope light is much closer together and there is a lot more of it. Basicly filling the enclosuer with rope light. Probably will take 60'

    Then I'll just dim it down to the desired brightness.

    I'll let you know how it works.

  9. I have never wrapped a connection. How would they dry out?

    Just make sure nothing is in a puddle. But most of my extension cords lay right on the ground. The last two years most were under 6 inches of ice and 2 feet of snow. I did not get all my cords up until nearly April.

    I've never had a GFCI or breaker blow. Only thing I had happen at all was a couple SSRoz board got a little condsation on the back side and they would stay on. Swapped them out and dried them out. touched up solder joints and they were as good as new.

  10. Years ago this was called a cup hook installer. Some of the craftsman bit sets came with two sizes of this tool one for the small cup hooks and a large one fit the bigger cup hooks. They had a hex on the end to allow use on electric drills.


    Cabnet carpenters have had these for years. It is basicly a socket that has a slot in it. I think I have 4 or 5 sizes. Installers used them like driver bits. They got a little worn and they replaced them.

    I got a bunch that are "worn" All I can figure wrong with them is the hook wiggles a little in them.


  11. Tentatively, lets plan on this:

    Sunday November 1

    Start time: 1:30 (gives me time to get home from church, eat, and do any final preps)

    End time: I need to be at a meeting at 7pm. We could probably do some sort of potluck supper if everyone wants, but I need to bail by around 6 or shortly thereafter. Cathy will still be around so it's not like we need to kick everyone out :)

    Again, that assumes I'm hosting. If someone else would rather host, that's fine too.

    Go ahead and spread the word --and I'll formalize/finalize this soon.


    Count me in Tim. I'll be there at least most of the time.

  12. I started December 27th 2008. Mostly built items and structure. the stuff has been going up since labor day, but I can't really put any of the ground items down until I get the leaves picked up and I can't do that until they fall. Bought a new leaf blower yesterday so I guess I will get going on leaves over the weekend. I can probably put the tree lights up from the ladder and the deer on the roof. But I have the week before and the week of Thanksgiving off. They fire Thanksgiving evening so I'll be ready.

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