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  1. Ryan - I tried to send you a PM, but the forums gave me an error. I'm interested in white wire strings. 18 stings of 100ct, M5, multi-color will be on my order (I'll place the order by the end of the week). IF the white wire will be available, I'd like to get those 18 strings in white wire.


    P.s. I hope your dad is doing well.

  2. Ryan - I don't remember if you answered this question or not.... I know the C9 retro's are not dimmable, but for those that don't care about that can we still order them? I have a static display and want to change out some of the ugly/not-so-great colors I got from "that other vendor" for other colors.

    Also, will the 100ct M5 multi-color strings be on only green wire or also on white wire? I'd like to get them on white, if you can get them.

    So far I'm thinking about 18 stings of M5 - 100ct Multi on white wire (green wire will be OK, if white is not available or if it costs more).

    Also, 9 strings of 70ct warm-white on green, and 8 strings of 100ct, warm-white on green wire. And of available an undetermined amount of C9 retros (possible 40 or 50 bulbs).


    P.s. - I hope your father's surgery goes well, and he makes a speedy recovery. My father-in-law had quadruple by-pass almost 2 years ago, and spent 3 months in ICU after due to complications. He's great now, but it was a very tense and emotional 3 months.

  3. Look to places that do Distance Learning, Video Conferencing, and "smart" boards for classrooms. They need audio. visual techs, networking people, those with construction knowledge, "people" people, etc...

    Cisco would be a place to look at - They bought Tandberg, who does video conf stuff, and the distance learning. Look on their site for retailers/distributors in your area. Most likely if you have schools, they have distance learning and vid conf equipment/needs and probably use someone local for that stuff.

  4. Like everyone else has mentioned.... Sorry to hear about your situation. I was let go from a job back in March of 2010, after being there 15 years. I went thru 7 months of unemployment, countless job searches, countless first interviews, etc.. In September I was contacted by a company for an interview, I went in and did the routine, and got a call a few days later that I was not selected for the position. Then a few weeks, the same job posted came up again for that company, so I re-applied. I got a call within a few hours from them thanking me for re-applying. About 2 days later I had an interview again with them, and a few days after that I got a job offer. While I'm still in computers, It's so much more relaxed environment, so much more organized, an extremely open and friendly office, and almost no stress compared to my last job.

    So, don't give up hope. Your family at PC is here for you....

  5. Gee, he puts up info about warranty this year, but what bout the 2009 strings??? I've been lucky and haven't had any issues with the lights I got from him, until tonight.... 1/2 of a string of net lights just went out. I've not had a chance to look at them yet, but I'm taking everything down this weekend.

    I guess Travis won't be able to do anything for me on the 2009 lights...... Like I really wan to tempt fate again with him.... :)

  6. Well, after calculating what I want to do and the number of strings I need, I think I'm going to end up ordering 2 full cases of 100ct Warm White M6, and 2 full cases of 100ct multi M6. SO, I guess I won't need to split any cases at this time, but I'm not 100% sure that's what I really want to do or order.

    I'm not going to submit my order until the last few days of the sale.

    Yes, I will be going to PLUS this year.

  7. Anyone in the East Tennessee area want to go in on a split case of CDI lights?

    I don't know exactly what I'm ordering yet, Probably

    1 case M6 Multicolor,

    1 case M6 Warm White,

    1 case C6 Warm White OR Multicolor

    1 spool or SPT2 (either color)

    Male and Female SPT2 end-of-line plugs (either green or black) (I may need all of the ones I order of these).

    Like I said, I'm probably going to order from Paul this year, but don't need ALL of the lights in each case I'm buying.

    I won't place my order until the final week of Paul's sale, to give anyone time to get with me and figure out what we can do.


  8. After I got all my lights up and running about 1-1/2 weeks ago. I woke up the next morning to find all my trees and deer on the ground. the stakes didn't hold so I had to get larger stakes for the deer and big anchors and guy wires for the trees. Since then... No issues at all. Rain, Snow, Ice... it's all up and running.

  9. Starting to finish up the pricing for the pre sale. Should have all the info right after Christmas.

    Sooo, does that mean the prices will be posted @ 12:01am on December 26th, right???????

    Just kidding... We'll give you to 8:00am EST on the 26th to post them... LOL

  10. I went looking for a couple of strings of LED's to test in my wreaths. I don't know if I want 50, 60, 70, or 100 lights in each wreath, but I can't find any C6 or strawberry style lights in multi color and Warm White anywhere unless they are $8+ a string.

    I fear there won't be [email protected] available after Christmas and I won't be able to test out what I want to do before I put an order in with Paul @ CDI. [email protected] stinks.

  11. "Across the board" - as in every item we sell.

    OUCH.... That's not very good news for me. I was actually hoping to change out my twig trees and wire frame deer from incandescent to LED, as well as add LED's to my wreathes. I'll have to look long and hard at the prices and hope that I can afford to buy this year.

    Thanks for the update Paul, even if it isn't good news. It will at least prepare us for the "sticker shock" when the list does come out.

  12. I'm wanting to light up my wreathes on all my windows, but can't figure out how to do it and keep all my power OUTSIDE the house.... i.e. I do not want to power cord in the windows to the inside of my house.

    I know there are male vampire plugs and female vampire plugs, but is there such a thing as pass-through vampire plugs? If there are, who sells them????

  13. Holy [email protected] is't cold out this weekend. I was HOPING to get all my lights up this weekend, but forget that. It looks like my icicles and C9's aren't going up this year. I spent yesterday getting my twig trees and net lights and a few other things up only to wake up this morning to find all my trees and animated deer laying on the ground. So, I spent today getting rid of the stakes holding all my stuff down and replacing it all (in the freezing cold) with guy-wires and anchors. I'm soo cold right now, I can't feel my fingers type on the keyboard.

    With all the cold weather this week and obligations the next two weekends, I just don't have the time or daylight to get the rest of my stuff up. Ohhh, welllll.

  14. I think I might order from Paul on this sale. After being treated poorly by another vendor (no, not trying to start a flame war, just making a comment without naming names), and then being out of work for 7 months, I missed out on all the 2010 sales.... I think it's time to add to the decorations for 2011...maybe even add some lights to my Halloween display next year too. :)

  15. Well, I was wanting to be setup already, but with out of town relative being here over Thanksgiving, I'm waiting till this weekend to put up everything. Kind of sucks putting it up this late, but... Oh well... At least I'll be able to get them up even though it's a week late. Hmmm, I wonder if I could get away with leaving them up a week later....

  16. I used some 1/4" plywood and some 1x1 stock and made boxes for all my connections. The boxes are 4"W x 8"L x 6"H. The individual sides are 4x6, and 8x4. The 8" sides do not go all the way to the ground as to allow air in, water out, and other all the lights to enter. I also cut another piece of ply to cover the top.

    I put holes at the top of the 4" sides for the extension cord (I use the heavy duty ones with 3 outlet spaced across the cord), then the lights and other extension cords come in from the bottom.

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