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craigsrobotics

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    Louisiana
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    pneumatics, halloween, computer controlled displays
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    IT
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    Awesome
  1. What I found worked for me was to run a small chain (similar to a swingset chain) looped the bottom hole and the hole where the electric cord comes out, then joining the two ends together with a zip tie. Finally, hammering a tent stake into the ground allowing the hook of the stake to "grab" one of the chain links. You don't even need a pole, rebar or anything else inside. Plus that setup prevents "grab and runs"...you'd be surprised how difficult it is to yank the blowmold away from the ground stake...been working for me for years!
  2. and it's so difficult to get into the "core" of that thing. I had one and they use rubber bands as motor belts. The rubber band had popped. I could hear the motor spinning, but no movement. Try to turn down the volume and see if u can hear the motor running. If not, most likely broken wire, since that thing actually compresses to half its height for storage.
  3. Yes, the actual strings are deteriorating due to dry rot...this puts stress on the wires to hold the rings in place...I have restrung a few with replacement twine, and that seemed to work...as for the lights, funny that that ring is working again, but the color is "off" a bit from the others.
  4. Yeah, I took mine down the other day...2 of the eight strands of icicle lights did not synch properly...I plugged in each set individually and tested them. The two which did not work properly had moisture in the driver board compartment...I didn't even check the icicle part of them...I've stored them until next year...hopefully Gemmy will "rework" their design!!! I got them for $25 a box, and hopefully they'll be cheaper next year...
  5. Same here...I took apart one of the lights this weekend, and they're sealed with that white rubbery material. It looks as if there are small LED driver boards in each light, as well as the main driving computer. Not sure how it all interacts together...One of my lights was totally out. Not sure if there is a bad component or not...you're right, tho, when the system works as designed, it IS awesome. I noticed after a rain storm this weeked, that another strand is acting erratically. After being on and in cool air for a while, that strand is functioning normally...not sure how temperature affects LED circuit operations...ANY IDEAS?
  6. Wow...Before installing the two NEW controllers, I would examine carefully your entire show setup...Make sure there are no "glitches" which could be causing these failures...check for light strand shorts, moist / damp areas, etc...good luck to you...
  7. Thanks for the info...I ended up poking pinholes in the bottom of the ones having water in them, and left them off for two days...I powered them on, and low and behold, all worked fine - for a while...I now have one strand where two , sometimes 3 on them don't synch properly, and one goes totally dark...It's intermittent, and happens when moisture gets to them, apparently...I too am going to ride it out, as the ones that are misbehaving are about 12 feet high also. Other than that, I'm thinking water doesn't have a detrimental affect, only a temporary operational effect... Thanks
  8. Has anyone had any problems with rain gathering in the new 2008 Gemmy Icuicle light fixtures? I have a few with some rain water in them, and it looks as if the circuit and LED area are sealed, so I don't know if this will affect anything. I have not turned tham on since the rain storm, but I did poke a small pinhole at the bottom of the plastic fixture to let the water drain...Anyone had any (un)luck with this after a rain?
  9. Thanks for the reply...I think there may be a bigger problem in the controller...while watching that one ring, I noticed it's all out of whack..meaning, I think it may have gotten too much voltage while lit up blue due to a failing component which "shot" the blue LEDs...I noticed even when the other colors appear, their tint or hue is off...the red is bright red, the green is a bit orange, the yellow is a bit red, etc...so whatever component controls the intensity or voltage to that ring is damaged...I'm going to use it as is, as the other trees and rings work fine...it really only bugs me...even my wife thinks I'm putting way too much effort into diagnosing it...LOL..she would have never noticed it if I didn't point it out...
  10. Yes, I was afraid of that...even with an exhaust fan in the roof, it gets about 100+ degrees....it turned brown in one year in the attic, and I'm surprised more of the electronics didn't suffer...I guess I should be thankful that only the blue is out on one tree and on one ring!!! Thanks for replying.
  11. Hey guys...I have a strange problem...I bought the 1st generation of the Gemmy Trio trees last year, and they're awesome..this year, I took them down from my attic, and upon plugging them in and testing them for the 1st time in a year, all worked well, EXCEPT, on the smallest tree, one ring of lights did not light up blue...all of the other colors worked fine so I know their connections are ok, but when the show phases to blue, that entire ring is out..and all of the other trees are working fine....Any ideas??? I've checked contacts, reset the computer, etc...I don't remember noticing if they weren't working before I put them up last year...and does anyone know why the bristles turned brown??? They were covered in my attic...could be the heat?? Not a pretty sight in the daytime...LOL.. Thanks for any help!! CraigD:)
  12. Hey guys...I have a strange problem...I bought the 1st generation of the Gemmy Trio trees last year, and they're awesome..this year, I took them down from my attic, and to my surprise, the little white bristles are now brown???!?!?! That was strike one...then upon plugging them in and testing them for the 1st time in a year, all worked well, EXCEPT, on the smallest tree, one ring of lights did not light up blue (Strike TWO)...all of the other colors worked fine so I know their connections are ok, but when the show phases to blue, that entire ring is out..and all of the other trees are working fine....Any ideas??? I've checked contacts, reset the computer, etc...I don't remember noticing if they weren't working before I put them up last year...and does anyone know why the bristles turned brown??? They were covered in my attic...could be the heat?? Not a pretty sight in the daytime...LOL.. Thanks for any help!! CraigD:)
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