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  1. Just wanted to post and say JR Dibble and James Morris contribution’s to this forum are invaluable. You guys set the bar and thank you for all what you do!!! Rock on!!!!
  2. Once you dabble, your hooked. Kinda like a serious drug. Prices won't be a high priority, divorce is acceptable and being late on bills are side affects. ?
  3. When I closed my show down last night I had a note left in my mailbox and this is the true Spirit of Christmas and why I do this: "I just wanted to honestly thank you and your family for this wonderful gift to the community! I recently had surgery and its killed my entire holiday spirit, including Thanksgiving. I brought my boys by this evening and ended up overwhelmed with the holiday spirit and even cried. It made me feel like a kid again, to the point that I was ashamed to have let my recovery ruin so much for me. Seeing my children's faces light up just filled me with so much joy that I'd lost this season. Thank you guys again! My boys want to come back so I'm sure we'll be camped out again later this week. Thank you and blessings to your family!"
  4. Tonight I took my nine year old to her first concert. She may have high expectations for future stage shows after this one. There were several songs she recognized from our show and it managed to entertain her pretty well for her age. If I could have just one of the dozens of high power lights, spark machines, foggers, lasers I would be happy.
  5. You are very ambitious with this request. LOL JR
  6. [Admin Edit - Note: There is now a video at the bottom of this post. Not the thread, this post.] In lieu of all the members I have assisted with setting up and configuring their pixie16 and the pixie2/4 and 8 controllers I am going to see if this will provide some relief to you the end user, myself someone who likes to help others and the LOR Help Desk who get a ton of requests at this time of year and the end user may not understand the volume of help tickets. Also more than a few recommended I write this up. So here it is. If you follow these steps in order you should have lights at the final step as long as your light strings or strips work. I am writing this as an S4 user. S5 users can follow the steps to a certain point. At which time you will have to have a basic understanding as to how to add a pixie device to your S5 sequencer. Things to consider: 1) The pixie16 and other pixie devices will only control "smart" RGB lights 2) Do not get wrapped around the Hardware Utility for anything more than setting the Unit ID, light color order and a minor test. The HU has nothing to do with the controller running the lights outside of the HU. Once you close the HU the rest is with you the end user to ensure the network is set up correctly and the device is added to your sequence. 3) The newer pixie controllers will have 8 dip switches. Please familiarize yourself with the location of the switches. From the factory one dip switch will be in the "on" position. This dip switch in the "On" position will not allow the user to set a Unit ID other than 1 4) The pixie series controllers will automatically assign the unit ID's after the user selects the first one. If you attempt to interfere with this process by manually building the unit ID's and not follow the Hexadecimal protocol you will have channels (units) that will not work. This is the time to start talking Units, the pixie series assigns unit ID's not channels like the AC controllers. You must remember this especially when you start adding other controllers or you will have conflicts. Example: If your pixie16 has a starting Unit ID of Unit 1 then the system will assign it to Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0A, 0B, 0C, 0D, 0E, 0F and 10. As you can see the system uses an alpha numeric Unit ID after 09. This is consistent across the board. Any number that has a nine the following 7 unit ID's will be alpha numeric. Based on the pixie model you may have. Pixie2 - 2 consecutive unit ID's Pixie4 - 4 consecutive unit ID's Pixie8 - 8 consecutive unit ID's Pixie16 - 16 consecutive unit ID's Lets get started: Items required Pixie controller 2/4/8/16 can all be configured using these instructions. Black RS485 or Red RS485HS adapter (red preferred) red is backwards compatible and with the cost being a few dollars more than black - makes it worth while. A spare is always good Cat5 cable(s) Time - its best to start this only if you can dedicate an hour or so without interruption Of course a computer Lets get started- I am going to keep the steps as simple as possible 1) connect the RS485 (black) / RS485HS (Red) adapter to the computer - if you have not previously configured the adapter do so using the LOR provided instructions prior to continuing on 2) Inspect the pixie controller and look for those dip switches. As mentioned above the newer units have them. If yours does not have them you can skip the next step 3) If you are using the pixie controller as any unit ID other than Unit ID # 1 please turn off the dip switch that is currently on. All dip switches should be in the "off" position. If using as #1 you do have the option of leaving it on or turning it off thus enabling you to change the unit ID without forgetting this step later on when you add additional controllers. 4) Open the Control Panel - this will vary between users so I will not cover that. 5) Ensure the Comm Listener (CL) is running. You should see a CL on your task bar. 6) Connect only the pixie device being configured to the RS485 adapter. Remember one unit at a time is the best way to prevent issues while configuring any controllers. - Note if you disconnect the RS485 adapter from your computer you need to remember which USB port it was connected to. 7) In the HU on the left side you should see the comport that your computer found and assigned your RS485 adapter to. Refrain from refreshing this or using the "auto configure". 8 ) On the right side of the screen you can adjust the "max number of unit ID's" if it is set to far beyond your controller numbers it takes additional time searching the network. Optional 9) In the center of the HU there is a "Select Unit to Configure" button. Now is the time to press this and the HU will search for the controller. The light on the controller should be solid on. 10) Once the HU is finished you should see your device listed in the box directly under the heading. 11) It probably found 01- Pixie... and version number (unless the unit number has been changed to something else) it will show the appropriate Unit ID 12) If the Unit ID is not the Unit ID you wish to have assigned you change that in the bottom left of the HU - select "old Unit ID" and "new Unit ID" then "Change Unit ID" you will see the message "Unit ID has been set to..." 13) Now to check the color order of your light strings (if you have them) if not you can refer back to this step once you have your light strings or strips. 14) At the bottom of the HU screen you will see a "Config" button - select that 15) Towards the bottom center you will see "CCR/ Pixie device" - select that. 16) Select the ribbon/ string model number 17) Select the color order - if known, you will test and be able to change this in a couple more steps. Note different mfg color order may vary. Its best to not mix and match because with pixie device you cannot change the color order of different Unit ID's. Triples RGB. RGB, RGB is also in this step. 18) Select the number of pixels per string 50 / 100 16) Resolution - I have never changed the resolution from the default 17) Apply and then you will receive the "changes have been applied" box. 18) Back to the HU main page for color testing. Its pretty self explanatory so I will not cover it. If you select a color and the color is different ie; you select Red and the color is Blue this is where you can go back to the config/ CCR/ pixie config above and change the color order. 19) Note - If you selected 100 pixels in step 18 above but you only have strings of 5o, during testing there will be delays while the controller is attempting to light pixels that do not exist 20) Once you are happy with the color order you are finished in the HU. Close it out but leave the controller connected. 21) I ALWAYS perform this test while assisting others - reopen the HU and select the "Select Unit to configure" "Refresh" button again. This is to ensure you did not miss a step or forget to turn the dip switch to the "off" position if needed. (I recommend you turn it off) 22) Once you have verified that the HU found your correctly assigned Unit ID you can now close the HU. 23) Now we will set up your Network Configuration 24) In the Control Panel drop down list ( just under the HU) you will find Network Preferences (NP) click on it to open 25) If you have never opened this before on the right side of the box you will see "simple mode". 26) You want to press the "Advanced" button just under the "Simple Mode" 27) The next box should resemble a spreadsheet (green and white rows) 28) You will have 3 tabs LOR/ DMX and Misc. We are keeping it simple and not discussing either of the DMX or Misc tabs. 29) Select the LOR tab 30) You will now see your networks. Most users probably have only one network 31) You should see LOR Regular and under that the various Aux network 32) We are concentrating on the Regular LOR network 33) You will see the speed. By default it probably shows 57.6 kbps - click on the speed- you will now get a small pop up window. Use the drop down to select 500K 34) In the same box you will see an "enhance" box- click that - it is crucial you do not miss steps 33 and 34. If you do this you will not have lights 35) Click "ok or apply" 36) you will get the 500K warning, do not worry about it 37) you will receive the "enhanced" warning. once again disregard 38) Select the "OK" button on top right of the scree and NP will close - you are now almost ready to have lights on 39) Setting up your pixie in your sequence - this is where S5 users should refer to the S5 manual. I do know there are two methods to add a device to S5. One is through "Prop Definition" the other is in the "Preview Editor" the latter found on the right side of the screen. That is my knowledge. 40) Back to S4 users 41) Open an existing sequence "if you have previously used SE and have a controller configured" 42) If you do not have a sequence and are brand new 43) Open Sequence Editor from the Control Panel or your Programs menu 44) Select "File" 45) Select "New" 46) Select "Musical Sequence" 47) Now is a good time to remind you that although it is not mandatory it is best to keep your "Audio and Sequence" files in the correct LOR directory. My Documents/ Light O Rama/ Audio (for music and Sequences for Sequences. 48) Select the audio file - just select the first one since this sequence will be scrapped later (unless you plan on using this song to create your first sequence) 49) SE will process the audio 50) You will now get a "New Musical Sequence Option" box 51) On this first attempt I just ensure that in the bottom right corner under the " Initial Timing" box that "use a fixed timing grid" is selected. All other defaults are good at this point. 52) Press the "Ok" button 53) Your sequence working grid will appear 54) If using the defaults in the previous steps you should see 8 Channel buttons on the right side of the grid. (if you are new) If you are familiar with SE and have controllers already built into your config skip the following steps and pick back up on the add device step 55) If new and do not have any other controllers then perform the following 2 steps 56) Right click on the bottom channel button , it may say port or channel 8 57) in the drop down select "remove channel from track" 58) A warning will appear asking if you are sure - select "yes" 59) That channel will now be removed from the working grid leaving you 7 more, repeat steps 56-58 until you have only one channel remaining 60) Right click on the remaining channel 61) On the drop down you will select "insert device" 62) in this tutorial you will select "below" if you are a previous user having a configuration you may wish to select "above" but I recommend "below" for you as well 63) You have the option to "Name" your device. If you know what you are using the Pixie for it is recommended to name it. Example: CCR Tre 62) To prevent clutter I ensure that the box directly below is Not checked. "Include Base Unit ID's" 63) "Device" if the pixie 2/4/8/16 is not in the box use the drop down to select that device group *** At the moment if using the Pixie16 for anything over 100 pixels at step # 63 select Pixcon16 instead and at step 66 select 170 for pixels per port. Light O Rama will be updating the manual and the firmware in the near future. 64) Ensure "Add as a group" is selected. Once again to declutter the Unit list 65) The next box should say Pixie 2/4/8/ 16 - use the drop down menu to select your particular model number 66) "Pixels per Port" once again 50 or 100 67) "Channel Mode" Triples RGB, RGB, RGB 68) "Base Unit ID" this must be the same unit ID that you assigned in the HU setup process 69) "Network" for most users this will be "regular" if you have additional networks you know who you are and what to select. This must match the network that you assigned in the Network Preference (NP) steps 70) Select "OK" and now you will see your pixie on your sequence working grid 71) If you were one of the members that deleted the 7 channel buttons in the previous steps now is the time to remove the last channel button. Leaving only your pixie device 72) If you followed all of the above steps you WILL have lights as long as 1- you physically have lights and 2- the lights are not broken 3- lights are connected to your controller 73) Testing you lights 74) On the open sequence - if you "grouped" the pixie as described above you will see a "+" sign 75) Select that and you will see 16 channel/ unit ID buttons 76) The buttons will be grey and to the right your working grid will be black 77) We are now going to write your test sequence 78) On the right side of the SE "tool bar" you will see a yellow star 79) To the left of the yellow star as you put your mouse over the different tools you will find the "color fade" tool select that 80) A pop up box will appear it will have a fade from red to green. This is the tool you use to place colors to your RGB sequences if you use SE to create your RGB sequences. In order to have solid colors just select the same color on both ends 81) For this tutorial you will leave it as is Red to green 82) I am going to show you how "I" use this tool for testing. IMO this is the fastest way to fill the entire sequence and will teach you haw to use the copy/ paste fast feature 83) Use the scroll bar directly under the working grid and drag it all of the way to the end (right) of your sequence. 84) Place your mouse on the top "black row" probably pixie... port 1" 85) Right click in the last grid box and drag it all of the way to the left (beginning) of the sequence. Note- to make it faster you can drag it all of the way to the edge of your computer screen. You do not need to stay within the working grid. Before you release the mouse you can also drag it all of the way to port that corresponds to your pixie model. Thus filling the entire pixie working grid with color. I will discuss the copy paste method next. 86) Because you scrolled to the end and dragged to the beginning your color fade will be green to red 87) If you only filled in one row the fastest way IMO to copy paste that row (s) is right click on the first grid square- select row (s), that entire row will now be encapsulated in a white box. Now right click in that box. "copy". To paste - place your mouse in the next Unit/ Channel/ Port and right click - you have the option to select "paste or paste multiple" select the one that coincides with your situation. If you selected the "multiple" you will be given another option "Vertical" (top half of the box) or "Horizontal" (bottom of the box) In this instance you will select the bottom choice and fill the correct number based on how many ports you wish to paste to. Once you press ok it will perform the action and your entire pixie device "should" have a sequence filled within. 88) Once you have the sequence filled and your lights connected. Go to the "play" tab on the tool bar. At a minimum ensure "Control Lights" is checked. Your light WILL NOT work if this is not checked. 89) Also under "play" scroll down to "Play Range" and ensure "Entire Sequence" is checked 90) On the tool bar you will see a "Blue Arrow" your "color Fade" tool is probably still open. Push the blue arrow and it will turn off the color fade tool. If you forget to turn that off, anytime you put the mouse and click it on the working grid it will place either a color or grey fill. (that's something to always remember) 91) Now push the "Green" play button. If all was performed correctly you WILL HAVE LIGHTS. 92) For those of you that do not have lights and wish to test your controller - refer to the Visualizer tutorial in the "Help" guide in the Control Panel drop down menu. Or feel free to PM me and I will send you a CCR tree viz file to help you test your light. I probably have one that is already set up for almost every pixie config within unit ID 50. If I don't have one it only takes me a few minutes to create one for you. Best of luck and if you need further assistance feel free to submit a Help Desk ticket or PM me. Note from Sept - January I am very busy with my show and helping others but I will reply. Happy Lighting JR ---
  7. I am somewhat a grumpy guy. But Christmas brings it out of me. I like to be happy. So to have what happen tonight. Wow. I have had good feedback from neighbors. Tonight I received homemade cookies. You can’t put a dollar sign to that. Oh I am so going bigger next year. Those kids I saw tonight make it all worth it.
  8. I would like to ask a favor of all my friends here. Halloween is my wife's favorite holiday. With be not being able to do her show this year, I would like to try and make her feel a little special. Would any of you be willing to send my wife a Halloween card? Thank you. Raenee Thompson Po box 568 Siletz OR 97380
  9. Orville made a 'one word post' !!!
  10. After fifteen years or so, I find it necessary to get out of this hobby for health reasons. I have a large selection of LOR AC, DC, and various other controllers/components that are looking for new homes. I am not trying to sell them, but they are being offered free with only one catch, you must pick them up as I will not ship. If you know of anyone that might be interested in trying out this hobby, this might be a chance for them to get into it for minimal cost. All of the AC controllers are first generation boards in boxes with pigtails attached. Probably have about 20 AC controllers, several DC controllers, pixel controllers, 12x50 pixel tree, 24x50 and 6x50 pixel matrices, etc. I am not offering these to someone wanting to resell them, but to hobbyists who want to expand or get into the hobby. I am located in Casa Grande, AZ, midway between Phoenix and Tucson. If interested, please message me above or email at circus4u at msn.com
  11. Just want to say THANK YOU to all the folks on this forum that have shared sequences with not only myself, but to others as well. It's what helps to keep this crazy hobby of ours alive and well! I also want to give a THANK YOU to others on this forum that have gone far above and out of their way to help me with so many things, I won't mention specific names, but you folks know who you are, and how you have helped me to continue my display with encouragement and and so much more, again THANK YOU! There truly are a really GREAT BUNCH OF FOLKS ON THIS FORUM!. And finally to ALL the GREAT FOLKS at Light-O-Rama, that we all just affectionately call LOR, a really BIG THANK YOU! These folks at LOR have at many times gone far above and beyond to help folks with their displays, they have sent controllers out directly to folks that had one fail so they could get their display back up and running, even before those customers had to send the "bad" controller back in, their Help Desk folks do their best and, also go above and beyond to try and help folks keep their display up and running when software glitches or other issues arise, many times those issues caused by our own errors or misunderstanding of how something works, but they really go out on a limb sometimes to get folks software functional and/or their displays working again, they also supply parts so we can make repairs to our controllers or RGB lights, many times they do this at NO CHARGE and ON THEIR COST to get these to us. I know of NO OTHER company, at least none I've ever dealt with, that go above and beyond to help their customers like this, not one. There may be, but I, myself, have not dealt with a company so geared to keeping their products working that are in our, the customers hands. And WITHOUT LOR, many of us would not be able to do what we do that amazes neighbors, friends, and even those strangers that may happen on to our display.
  12. Http://YouTube.com/37iEkQ1fVVw
  13. No show for a few days now due to weather but hopefully everyone else's light are shining bright. ~~~~ Someone has please help me get off the number under my profile. HAPPY NEW YEAR JR
  14. Went a little happy on the pyro, the night I filmed this!! Those new cones were a little more potent than I thought!!
  15. I personally created this mixture of this audio and it is about a 4 and a half minute mix. It is a mixture of a bunch of songs and movie clip audio. Sharing now. NO SELLING This is free for everyone to use. Feel free to adjust it to your display as needed. Feel free to re-share any added parts. But please give credit where credit is due. Audio link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MH0Mc3vGSPAcCXiAGdUfFpzvgwvC5LCm/view?usp=sharing LMS link (contains 64 ac channels, 4 pixel arches, 8 rgb mini trees, 5 channel ac arches, and dumb node mega tree) Last 16 ac channels are neighbors house on a single 16 channel controller https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Qn9qlivL49IixqMEvN6OemtJ-iXPHz2S/view?usp=sharing
  16. Here's our show for 2018 Intro- 0:00 Greatest Show- 2:06 Holiday Mashup- IM5 - 5:42 Christmas Eve/Sarajevo- Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 7:49 Jingle Bells Techno- Master Tone - 11:10 Light of Christmas- Owl City (Feat. Toby Mac) - 12:53 Wizards in Winter- Trans-Siberian Orchestra - 16:40 Static Display - 19:52
  17. Just an update on placing orders for 2019. We are now booked up as of right now for 2019. We are stopping taking orders for 2019. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be saying this already.
  18. Hey Guys, Finally got off my Arse and filmed our house last night. Got a couple of videos uploaded to Vimeo Site Merry Christmas!!!
  19. My first Light-O-Rama youtube. Did displays for a few years but excited this year since neighbor wanted in on the action. While it only 5 channels versus 50+, a lot lot of fun for starters and sure it will grow next year. Good news neighbor set up his own house based on what I told him but I had to do the sequencing but very rewarding in the end - Enjoy! Feel free to comment/like on youtube please.
  20. After recording and making many many edits, I think this is the final version. I love the visualizer, but nothing beats real time
  21. Hi All, Here is a link to my 2018 sequences. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mbp2py0map06edr/AAD_p4c8Ry-Cxd2KlofVcNgIa?dl=0 Feel free to download and use. All of the sequences are for S5. I upgraded to S5 earlier this year - It was a hard learning curve but well worth it. Enjoy! - Jade
  22. ***WARNING*** For those of you who are running S4 and wanting to change to S5, do yourself a favor and wait until after this Holiday season. S5 has a large learning curve and most of you will have issues and many questions so why take the chance of screwing up this years show. Stick with something you know and when the Holidays are over you can switch and have a year to learn S5. It is three weeks until lights on and there are lots of posts starting "I just switched to S5," so you must ask yourself "why," why switch so late in the game? So do yourself, the Forums and the Help Desk a favor and stick with what you know until January. Remeber KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid and don't make it harder on yourself.
  23. I was a new lighter years ago and knowing where I could find information would have been a big help. There is a ton of info on this site but these will get you started. LOR store - http://store.lightorama.com/ LOR license comparison - http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-suite-levels/ LOR software download - http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-software-download/ LOR equipment manuals - http://www1.lightorama.com/documentation/ LOR Firmware updates - http://www1.lightorama.com/firmware-updates/ LOR network speeds - http://www1.lightorama.com/network-speeds/ LOR tutorials - http://www1.lightorama.com/tutorials/ LOR Help Desk - http://helpdesk.lightorama.com/
  24. I have this version if anyone is interested
  25. Have not compared side by side yet, but my 11 year old niece said “Uncle Daniel, those hurt my eyes!” I replied, “PERFECT!” ?
  26. Got to play a part in a soldier surprising his family by coming home for Christmas. His Mom planned it, she was the only one who knew he was home. She dropped him off at my house and then went and got all of her family with the idea of watching the lights and videoing his favorite song and sending it to him over in Italy. While God Bless America/ Armed force melody was playing, when the army part of the song played, he walked through the display and surprised his family. It was very exciting to be a part of. Here is a Facebook live video of it, unfortunately the video did not show a whole lot.
  27. 90% of Americans live check to check. Only takes one glitch to set most people back, or even totally derail some. We live with a constant stream of advertising, and media, telling us that our lives are less than good if we don't fill our homes with stuff. At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own actions. However, I hesitate to judge those fallen on financial hard times. I fully understand that it could be me, very easily, if life's pieces were to fall the wrong way. I have seen injury, and illness, put people out of work through no doing of their own. People tell me that I make a decent living because I work hard, have good work ethics, and am good at what I do. Truth is, those 3 things only add up to half of the reason. The other half is pure luck....which could turn at any time.
  28. Hey everybody wake up 282 days till lights on ! No time to waste sleeping.although I just woke up I'm retired .
  29. Today I have advanced the expire dates on five pixel tools to October 2020. SharpIn interSEction Importomation MacroMaestro PapagayoToLOR all expired a few days ago. As always, message me if you are running into problems with any of them. Clipboard flipper will expire in two months with no plans to extend. Its replacement, AutoFlip seems to be working well on both S4 and S5.
  30. Many of us know Jerry72 here on the forums. On 15 Sept he was involved in a head on collision the results being from the other driver who was drunk and has been arrested. Though I didn't set up the GoFundMe account it was sent to me and I asked LOR Admins for their permission to post it here. (granted) I wont get into his family but a little background is posted on the GoFundMe account and it is heartbreaking at best. For anyone that reads this that received face sequences from me and offered to donate to me, this would be perfect. I and many others here consider Jerry a friend. https://www.gofundme.com/jerry-thompsons-medical-and-family I am sure any contributions will be greatly appreciated. JR [Admin edit to correct date, as mentioned in future post.]
  31. Well you have all year to create sequences so go ahead and sequence away. You have to at least try. Seriously.
  32. Living in frozen trundra of Minnesota, I don't have much interaction with "guest" to my display curbside. But over the weekend, they comae to me. Friday night, several women came to the door and thanked me for doing the display and handed me some baked treats. Sunday night, a son and his dad came to t door with son handing me his certificate for having the best Christmas display. They had spent the night viewing displays How cool of a weekend did I have...wow.😏
  33. Merry Christmas Never take brake starting on next years halloween sequences will be posting new one soon
  34. Well i did get my 1st and only complaint from a guy about 5 houses down from me about my speakers being too loud because he can hear them in his house as my wife and I were walking home from church this afternoon. I asked him how can you hear them here? I'm right here by your house and I can't hear them, do you? Answer: No, but I CAN HEAR THEM IN SIDE MY HOUSE! And it's driving me nuts! Asked him do you have a wife or children? Answer: Yes Maybe they have a/or radio/s tuned to my FM frequency and are listening to the music while doing whatever they may be doing inside. He goes inside, comes back out and start apologizing profusely, seems both HIS Son and HIS Wife BOTH were tuned into my transmitter frequency and were BOTH blasting the music throughout the entire house.🤣 So if anyone is getting issues from folks that you know are really too far away to hear your outdoor speakers, have them come over to your house and then start walking together back toward their home, and ask them as you go, can you still hear them, when they say No, then tell them to check for someone INSIDE THEIR OWN HOME that may be listening to the music via radio pickup. Chances are, just like this guy I had today, wife, children or BOTH are the actual culprit/s and your outdoor speakers ARE NOT the problem!
  35. A walk though of this years display. ill try to get one where i'm not walking around as well
  36. Does anyone have a setup story to tell? I have a groaner on vampire cords. In Summer I made some cords for some globe lights. They were are mounted 12 feet in the air. When I went to plug them in I found I had made one of the dozen wrong and it had two male ends! 12 feet down to the spares and back up to change out the plug. When I back got up there I found the vampire had NO TEETH! It was a defective plug and I had to go back down to retrieve a second replacement. After that I thought I was ready to power up but found I had smashed the other end with the ladder. This was just too funny to not post about it. Double male at 12 feet Flacid male and Toothless Vampire.
  37. Have not updated this in awhile. Thank you to anyone who sent cards, it brightened her day a lot. Even the kids got a kick from seeing the cards. She got a 50 cards. So I am home, still in a wheel chair. Start PT next week. Hoping to be walking by Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, we were planning to be dark this year, but we are going to try to put a small display, just th e mega tree, signing faces, window and fence line.
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  39. Another year of building frames is winding down as we will have to stop building in Oct. so that we can start pulling all of our stuff from storage and fix things that stopped working in storage. It never fails. First off, this is a hobby for me and if you think I’m making a lot of money, I got news for you, I’m not. I could make more money flipping burgers. I JUST LOVE MAKING FRAMES and helping you put smiles on people’s faces. I have a friend that comes over when I need him to help with clean up. There are a few things that everyone needs to understand about the process of ordering a frame or frames from builders that build custom frames. On my website I have pictures of frames that I maintain templates for. If you order any of them, you can expect to receive one that looks just like the picture. If you want any changes to any of the stock frames, you must make sure that I understand just what you want. Just you saying “I’m thinking about” will not get the changes made. You must say I want these changed or added. If you want to order a special frame then you must send me a picture of what you want. If you make a drawing of what you want, please remember that anything that doesn’t look right might look really bad after I blow it up to size. I always take a picture of the drawing of a custom frame and will send it to you to look at and verify that it’s going to work for you. DON’T just glance at the picture and call it good. This is what your frame is going to look like. PLEASE, don’t wait until I have the pieces bent and tack welded together to say something. I try to always send a picture of the frame after I have it tacked together. As far as placing orders, I cut off taking orders somewhere between 80 to 100 frames ordered for the year. I need to have all frames made and shipped by the middle of Oct for the year ordered. Right now I have orders for next year already. It takes an average of 2 to 3 days to cut, bend and weld an average frame. It will be another day for cleanup and take to the powder coater. The powder coater requires at least a week to work my stuff in. Of course some frames will take less time than others. I have about 41 weeks to get everything made and I normally work a 44 hour week. The bottom line is it takes a team to get this done and you are the other part of the team. I can’t read minds, so please, please make sure that I fully understand what you want. As far as paying for the orders, I will not start working on a frame until I have the money in hand. If you need to make payments, I will let you make them with half down. When I know I will start building your frames in a couple of weeks I will let you know so that you can send the rest of the money. I will always figure the shipping cost after I have all of your frames made as the shipping charges change and I don’t have any control over that. I always try to make the frames in such a way to keep the shipping charges down. The key is to commutate, commutate, commutate.
  40. The picture on the right was my first year the one on the left is after that!
  41. I let mine grow wild one year, was hoping they'd reproduce so I could take a break from buying more of them. Alas it didn't work!
  42. Well... since you asked... Mega tree and mega arch, pointing towards the audience.
  43. Slacker... The neighbors have a standing request for the entire season. The LOR show player and /or MIIP sends an E-Mail or text when the show starts, transitions, and ends. Added an internet accessible camera on the neighbor’s porch across the street so I can watch the show live any time I want. Using remote access software, I can remote into the show computer from anywhere to see what it’s doing or change the show on the fly (MIIP allows that too).
  44. I haven’t posted before but want to thank everyone on the forum for the help you didn’t know you provided. End of short story ?. Long story: My holiday craziness started this year on October 1st when I decided I wanted to bring scares and joy to the trick or treaters. I started designing my first animatronics, building walls and bridges, completely transforming the entire front yard of a friends house into a complete haunted house. In 30 days I was able to achieve what most people told me was impossible. At 7:00 pm on Halloween with the largest crowd I have ever seen in that neighborhood, I was overwhelmed by the reaction of the people I hadn’t met. My buddy who was in shock I was able to pull it off, looked at me and asked me what insane thing I’m going to pull off next. Partially intoxicated from celebration shots of fireball I answered “Griswold”. I found Light-o-Rama on November 5, and ordered 2 CTB16PC kits a week later I ordered a falcon 16v3 and 160 feet of pixel strips. I spent countless hours on here, while commuting to and from work. Absorbing the wealth of people’s advice, tips, tricks and answers to problems. The knowledge shared on this forum is invaluable and has enabled me to complete my impossible task. I built a light display with 450 pixels, 8 24” home made snowflakes, and over 4000 led Christmas lights! I was able to sequence 5 songs from scratch by opening night. All of which were met with smiles, laughter and joy from a 50 person opening night party I threw. I live in a rather large city in the Puget Sound (Tacoma area) and haven’t done any advertising, just word of mouth. Since then I have had countless strangers stop and thank me for building a free family friendly activity for people to enjoy. So I want to pass that thanks on to all of the active members on the forum. With out the countless posts and answers to other newbies questions I would be sitting in the middle of a partially completed failure of poorly sequenced, vomit inducing strobe effects, and lack luster display. I have already started designing next years additions (while researching my new promise of a fully sequenced and automated firework display). Thank you for reading and for all of your help!
  45. It won't let me "Like" this, so I'll post it instead. LIKE!
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