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About strrchristmas

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  • Birthday 11/28/1952

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  • Location
    Westminster, Colorado
  • Biography
    Terry & Sharon Miller have been decorating for over 25 years. Both of us are older than dirt and still happily married. Terry builds the animated items and Sharon does the cut outs.
  • Interests
    Keeshond Dog Rescue
    Trains
    Christmas and Halloween decorating
  • Occupation
    Crane Operator
  • About my display
    We are trying to keep with a "home made" theme. We have a LARGE train that runs completely around the house, Ski Lift running to the peak of the roof, Operating railroad crossing signal, 9 1/2' Ferris wheel. Over 75 plywood cut outs complete the display.

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  1. You might try Surplus Center - Burden Sales http://www.surpluscenter.com/ Go to Power Transmission. Great selection of gears, pulleys, sprockets, chain, and more. Good Luck, Terry
  2. Here's an idea. We make a "skating" pond every year by laying down chaser light strings, right on the grass. Cover with quilt batting over the lights. We have a long chaser string on ground spikes (plastic) that we poke through the batting into the grass as a pond border and to keep the batting in place. Trim off the excess batting, outside the spikes and plug it all in. We add cutout skaters right on/in the pond. To do this, we scratch a hole through the batting with a finger. We do this for two reasons; first, we don't want to cut the wires on the "under ice" chasers, and second; when
  3. You could consider building your own large scale train. Plenty of help on this site. Ours is home made circa 1961. I have modified the drive train to better suit the weight and type of use. Plenty of power to haul more than 500 lbs of passengers and not even slow down. Keep in mind insurance and local public ride requirements. I do not have an exclusive video of our train but you can get a good idea in this one: Glad to answer questions. Good Luck, Terry
  4. Some ideas on how to build a Ski Lift to the top of your roof.
  5. How I built our Ferris Wheel. Hope you can get some ideas and build your own.
  6. You'll have to check out the stores and see what they have. That's part of the fun - shopping. I don't know of many pieces that already have the rabbits in them. You have the idea and understand what you are looking for so the best thing to do is go and ask. You may find a molding profile you fall in love with and then have to cut the rabbit yourself. It's all about what you want and how you want to make it look when it's done. Rabbits are not hard to cut. Actually, they are kind of a pain in the caboose. I find them easy to do but tedious. I tend to lose my focus and that ends up in
  7. You are right on the money. Route a rabbit on the back inside edge just a little deeper than the plexi is thick and an 1/8" or so wider/taller than you plan on having the plexi sized. That way, the plexi will "float" in the rabbit and won't break due to friction stresses. You'll still have room for caulking if you choose to do so. Good Luck, Terry
  8. Jason, jerrymac has the idea only do it on the outside. You can put a square rabbit cut in the back of any type of molding you like. You can miter the corners or not. Depends on what you like. Put the bottom piece on first. Slide in the plexi, then do the sides and the top last. I recommend you use paintable caulk where the molding meets the siding and in the corners. Make sure to paint the molding backs prior to installation. This will keep any moisture out of the wood. I recommend good old exterior house paint. If you want to caulk the plexi along the bottom to keep out moisture
  9. Jason, I suggest the picture frame method where you do NOT penetrate the plexi. I have drilled and screwed plexi both with and without problems. For the expansion and contraction due to temperature, I recommend the framing methond so the plexi is free to expand and contract under the wood frame. I have had better long term luck with this method. Your idea of the plexi being larger than the hole and on the outside of the hole is a good one. This way any moisture will not drain into the box but will drain outside. Good Luck, Terry
  10. Chuck and Everyone, Has anyone got their PMs back yet? Does anyone have their Albums on their profile page? Are these items going to be brought back or has the new vendor eliminated them? Are we going to get our old avatars back? Thanks and Good Luck, Terry
  11. I got an error message the first two times I tried to post. Then there were three posts up here.
  12. Every time I try the link, ebay says it has been removed or is more than 90 days old. I sure would like to check them out. I'll try searching ebay directly. Cheers, Terry
  13. Terry, You can cut C-9 regular bulb strings into any length you want. They are wired in Parallel so each bulb gets 120v. I have had success with taking the sockets apart and re using them. They are a vampire type so you can put them anywhere you want on the wire. I believe you can use SPT 2 wire but I'm NOT sure on that. Good Luck, Terry Miller
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