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  1. ** As posted in the LED light forum **

    Home Depot is running a $3 off TRADE-IN on your old/used lights for purchase of new LED lights.

    TEN DAYS ONLY - Nov 4th - 14th only.

    here's the info directly from the ad:

    Bring your old, broken or used incandescent Christmas light strings to any

    The Home Depot store for recycling, and receive $3 off a single receipt

    in-store purchase of LED Christmas lights! (limit 5 discounts per customer)

    Features & Benefits

  2. Home Depot is running a $3 off TRADE-IN on your old/used lights for purchase of new LED lights.

    TEN DAYS ONLY - Nov 4th - 14th only.

    here's the info directly from the ad:

    Bring your old, broken or used incandescent Christmas light strings to any

    The Home Depot store for recycling, and receive $3 off a single receipt

    in-store purchase of LED Christmas lights! (limit 5 discounts per customer)

    Features & Benefits

    • Use 80% less energy than traditional incandescent holiday lights


  3. They make liquid electrical tape that's really great. I used it for my C9's since I didn't want the raw end or put a plug at the end.

    I put the liquid tape on each wire, separately, and then when dry, I put it on both of them, together and then added a second coat to it when it was dry. So, literallt each wire has 3 coats of liquid tape on them.

  4. I've starting building a cemetery fence to protect my flower beds from being trampled by kids on Halloween.

    It's not much, just from 1" PVC for the fence posts, 1x2 furring strips for between the posts, and from 1/2" PVC for the stiles. I'm topping 1/2" PVC with from plastic skulls I got from Party City. The 1" will be topped with shrunken heads and other decomposing skulls.

    I need to figure out of I'm going to paint the fence grey with streaks of black and drips of red for blood..... OR paint it black with streaks of grey and then red blood drips. I need to figure out out in the next week because I need to get cracking on it.

  5. Both HD and Lowes (as well as Wallyworld, Target, Sam's, Big Lots, and all the craft stores) have MORE Christmas than Halloween stuff out.

    Soooo, Christmas has officially eclipsed Halloween this year.... at least where I live.

    That sucks, because This is the first year I'm putting up a Halloween display other than just some cob webs and dressing up to answer the door. I'm building a fence (mostly to protect my flowers and plants along the sidewalk to the door), but also putting up some cheap tombstones and such. Well, I'll be looking at all these stores to put Halloween stuff on clearance real soon , I bet.

  6. Has anyone noticed if WalMart still has the Tiki "Color Flame" fuel still somewhere in the garden center? I bought some Tiki torches today and would like to get some Red and Green fuel canisters for them.

    I'm going to go by a few Walmarts tomorrow to check, and if I don't find any, I was hoping someone else has seen them and might be able to get some for me... if needed.


  7. The technical answer is NO, don't run them together. But I don't run LOR, and don't know how sensitive it is to interference from the electrical.

    From my networking experience and training, the electrical and network should not be closer than 3ft from each other. If they have to cross, then they are supposed to at a 90 degree angle.

  8. This is my first year of really doing a halloween display. In the past I've used the cheap spider web stuff and a few bugs, but that's it. This year I'm wanting to expand and start building a display. Soooo, I'm searching for some ideas on my Halloween project.

    What I'm looking for is ideas on a fence to go around my front yard for several reasons... 1) to protect my flowers and shrubs, that have been trampled in the past. 2) add to the creepy factor, and 3) easy to setup and take down on Halloween day and the day after, because I don't want it up for several days, just for Halloween night, and 4) blocking off my yard will give me space to add more elements in coming years (the area I'm fencing off will be about 40' x 40').

    I was thinking of using rope light and some wooden posts (the posts will be held in place with rebar). I was thinking of using a combination of Purple, Orange, Red, and/or Green (not all at once, maybe one or two colors). I like the idea of Purple and green fence, or even purple and red. The lights would be pulled fairly tight, so there would be very little sag in them so the kids won't be able to step over them or duck under...easily.

    I also plan to use a few colored flood lights on my porch for effect. Either Green and red floods, or possibly Red, green and purple/black. The purple/black will be in the wall lights on either side of the door to light up the door area, and the other colors will be the flood lights on the left and right sides of my porch. Oh, my porch is 40-45' in length and only 5' deep, with the door in the middle.

    If anyone can critique or offer some suggestions to my setup so far, I would greatly appreciate it.

  9. Just as a side note - our close out prices on the rope light were marked down more than 20% from last years prices. So with no discount on the rope light, it is still better than getting it at 20% off regular pricing!

    Thanks Paul... still a heck of a deal on the rope.

    Just have to convince the wife I need the rope, then figure out how much, what colors, and how many accessory kits.

    Paul - can you PM me with the spec of the rope light (i.e. where it can be cut, how much on each power connection, how many of each color you have available, etc..) Thanks!.

  10. Just a note about rope light. I have marked the incancescent rope light down and put it into the cloesout section of our inventory. There are no further discounts on closeout items. I've done this to clear it out this year, as I anticipate making the move over to LED rope light next year. Sorry about that!

    Darn.... :)

  11. Well, I can't wait to hear where PLUS will be this year. I've not been able to attend the full-fledged PLUS event in the past, and hope that this year can be my first. Last year however was my first local MINI-PLUS in Nashville.... and sadly, I'm not going to be able to make it to this years Mini that Roger is hosting.

    Come on Chuck.... Give us another clue or hint.....

  12. Yea, it's flower gardens around the front of my house and in the past years I've only had monkey grass in those beds, but since last year I've dug it all up and planted lots of small bushes and flowers. I don't want the little ones trampling all my hard work.

    Paul - I hope you're joking about the won't meet my expectations. if not, please explain....

  13. I looked over at CDI's site and he's got 150' spools of incandescent rope light for $55-60 a roll. Plus only $10 for the accessories (ends, splices, power cords, etc). That's right up my alley as far as price.

    As soon as I can convince the wifey that I need this, I think I'll be placing an order with Paul.

    Now to come up with ideas on what exactly to do with it and how much to buy and what colors.....Hmmmm, Still yet even more to ponder....

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