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Al Saunders

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About Al Saunders

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  • Birthday 04/12/1971

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    http://www.saunderschristmaslights.com

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    Male
  • Location
    Severn, MD
  • Occupation
    Insurance Underwriter

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  • Interests
    Classic cars, history of Ford and Henry Ford and of course Christmas decorating especially lighting!
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Wife told me about Ludy Christmas which led me to Planet Christmas then to Light O Rama!
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

LOR Software

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    4.1.2
  • License Level
    Pro

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  1. Pro controllers or Residential for weather

    They each have their advantages. Both will do the same effects and work great. I use the pro controllers because I like the extra safety feature of being completely isolated from the high current wires of the control board. I also like being able to set the controller id on the controller and have a digital readout along with setting it in the software. Also if you ever have to or want to do any commercial shows you will need the pro controller that has a UL weatherproof rating (not WATERPROOF, Weatherproof). Also if a residential box is closed but not latched all the way you may not notice you didn't secure the lid and rain/snow will get in and possibly do damage. The residential is cheaper so you need to weight the pros and cons and see which you'll be happier with. Later, Al
  2. Expo 2017 - What's Important : FOOD!

    Hey DevMike, Martin's was delicious too! My wife and I went to the one in Mount Juliet this evening after the Expo. I had the "whole hog" platter and it was very good. My wife had a very loaded baked potato with pulled chicken and BBQ sauce on it. MMmm
  3. Mini Christmas trees out of tomato cages

    I'm sure two cages works fine but I read years ago about using three cages staggered and this is what I do. This gives a lot of attachment points for the zip ties/wires to attach to. Obviously makes them a bit heavier but if that's not a concern three will give you a "fuller" tree and have plenty to attach to without any sags in the wire/bulbs. Just my two cents. Later, Al
  4. well back to the lor forum

    Welcome back James! Looking forward to seeing you on here. I too have a new house to decorate but I'm happily married so She does the inside and I get the outside! Later, Al
  5. Expo 2017 - What's Important : FOOD!

    I definitely want to try Martins! Looks real good. Hope to get some real deal BBQ while in Nashville. I loved Corkey's in Pigeon Forge back in 2013! I don't think they have a location in Nashville though. Hope to have a chance to talk to you during the Expo Developer Mike. Later, Al
  6. House property with a hill in front

    Hi DisneyMatt10, Thanks we are really getting excited. I've got so many ideas going around in my head for our show! We are truly blessed in both our home selling and home buying process. Later, Al
  7. Pixels gone wild

    I don't watch America's Got Talent but my wife came across this on FB I think and sent me the link. really cool and to me looks like it took a lot of programming time. I like the mix of programmed and live dance/motion. Later, Al
  8. House property with a hill in front

    Thanks everyone. To K6ccc, yes here in MD the leaves will be gone/down in December so the few trees in front won't be an issue. And, yeah the Steelers stuff is definitely going with them as we are Raven's fans. To Santa's Helper, it is secluded but the town isn't far and there is a community nearby that has hundreds of people in it so I'm hoping the draw from them and then word of mouth along with some local bulletin boards as well as social media. Hi Andy, If anyone knows about secluded locations it's you! LOL I've never had the pleasure of seeing your display but the pictures you shared at the VA Mini make me want to drive the 2+ hours to come see it. Thanks again for all the info, support and tips. Later, Al
  9. House property with a hill in front

    Just got word today offer accepted and inspections scheduled for next week! My wife and I are really excited and feel so incredibly blessed. If anyone's interested in seeing what I have to work with now the address to Google map/earth is 636 Spaniard Neck Rd. Centreville, MD. The front yard is pretty big but I have a huge side yard to work with now! thanks for all the comments and well wishes everyone. Later, Al
  10. House property with a hill in front

    Well we decided to drop the house with the hill and go with another that is larger with a larger flat lot. We wrote the offer last night and our agent submitted it this morning. So we are now praying and thanking God that our offer will be accepted. He certainly has blessed us in our previous house sale. The drive to work from this house is about half as far so about 45 minutes and it's a less highway commute. Thanks for everyone's input. Now I have so much to work with as opposed to our previous front yard! Later, Al
  11. House property with a hill in front

    Hi Everyone, I can't thank you all enough for all of your opinions and inputs! I love the house, the yard and the biggest thing that can't be shared online is the view. My wife loves the house as well and the view but she has more concerns with some of the cosmetic things it needs and the biggest hurdle is the commute. This house is in Manchester, MD and we both work together in Annapolis, MD. For anyone not familiar with MD that is a 1 1/2 hour commute each way. We drove from work one day and it wasn't a bad ride, had traffic on some of the major highways but nothing terrible. Every day after that I hooked up the GPS and got the same drive time within 1 minute. We are thinking of staying a night in a hotel in a nearby town and driving to work in the morning to see the morning commute. We are going to look at some houses across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis on Wednesday evening. These are 36-45 minute commutes. One is on 1 acre the other is just under 2 acres. Both flat lots and the larger one is much wider than the 1 acre and isn't in a community. To DibbleJr: My heart and wallet are at this Manchester property but my common sense in respect to commuting may be elsewhere. I'm still praying and I know God will guide us in the right direction to find the right house whether it be this Manchester one or one somewhere else. Later, Al
  12. House property with a hill in front

    Thanks guys, Here's a screen shot of the Google street view. Its a bit deceiving since the camera is on top of the Google car. But when sitting in a car the house is barely visible. I have the lights for a new 22' Mega tree, I have a 16 string pixel tree (DMX) about 9' tall and just bought during the spring grab sale the LOR 16 CCR2 tree package which is about 16' tall. Plus all the other things I had at our previous house. Thanks for the replies. Al
  13. Hi Everyone, My wife and I found a house we love while house hunting. It has a nice large front yard good size back yard, the house is awesome just needs a few cosmetic things. She loves the kitchen. The reason for this post is to get some ideas of how to handle a rather large hill right at the front of the yard just off the road. It is high enough that if a car were to sit on the side of the road on the property side the people wouldn't be able to see anything. It can be viewed some across the road and there is a side lane that the cars could pull off on the side and view our show facing forward. The yard is large enough, I think, to have a few cars be able to pull into the driveway and park off to the left of the driveway. Any advice as to if I should try and have the display elements near the hill and have the cars stay in the road or have them pull into the yard? I had also thought of maybe trying to do something like a ride through display on some type of carts I'd build and pull with either a golf cart or riding mower. The total size of the yard is 1 acre and for me going from a tiny front yard and a property total of .19 acre this is a huge jump in size. So guys and gals, how would you address the hill if you were doing an animated show? Thanks in advance for any ideas. Later, Al
  14. Definitely dark in 2017

    I had to show the original post to my wife. She got a kick out of it! We sold our house on 04/26 and we're currently living with her parents. Besides a few things on the inside she wants it has to have the right size front yard or corner lot. I'm hoping we can do our show this year because I've got a bunch new props to build and many new sequences. If we don't, I know 2018 will be in full swing! Later, Al
  15. Greetings from Hamburg Germany

    Very cool! Hope you're having a great time. Al
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