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  1. We have had a sleigh and several reindeer made from plywood for several years now, bought them at a garage sale so no idea how old they really are. The sleigh hasn't weathered very well so I needed to make a new one. I also wanted to make it easy to take apart and put together so we can store it indoors. The old one was all screwed together. We started with a sheet of exterior grade plywood and one of the old sleigh sides as a pattern. Which became a couple of these: And then this: I think the inspector approves First coat of primer on everything, a couple coats of white paint to come:
  2. I had nine kids cry and was told off by one parent, overall a successful Halloween. 😁
  3. Orville

    GCFi's

    Completely agree with the dielectric grease. After I started using it, along with child proof outlet covers on open female ends and pass thru plugs, my GFCI trips went away. But if a cord gets worn, or nicked where it can make contact with the other wire in some manner, it could cause issues, even if the nicks are only slight, but if both sides are nicked, even if they don't touch, water is a conductor, and that will trip the GFCI. Then FLEX SEAL products can be your best friend too, as they are water proof and form a nice watertight seal when dry. ' It really is great for saving a long extension cord that's seen lots of use and frayed, just cut or strip off the outer jacket that's frayed or split, cover with the Flex Seal, works great and the cord will be good for use again. Flex Seal makes a hard, but flexible plastic water-proof and water-tight seal, so it's great for use on cords with nicks or cuts. Just make sure the inner wiring of the extension cord isn't broken or nicked, if so, {solder the broken wire{s} back together, same color to same color},separate and cover each of the nicked wires, one at a time with Flex Seal, let dry, then cover all with Flex Seal, makes a nice water tight and water proof jacket.
  4. she had me at the horse pooooh aroma, she would never be able to sneak up on me.
  5. First thing I've won in years & years.... Hopefully just started a streak...
  6. After 12 months I may finally get my life back. Finally getting my 4th and hopefully final surgery on September 27th. Get a brand new shiny hip and for the first time in 12 months I will no longer be in pain
  7. Control the kids going into a show.... :)
  8. 4 WEEKS !!!! 4 weeks (from yesterday) is the Central Oklahoma Mini. If you are interested in attending, please PM me and I'll add you to the invite list. We are getting a head count for charis/tables and food. So please contact me if interested. Thank you, Tom
  9. I go thru a lot of ties. Mounting my LED strobes took over 2000! There was one for each bulb plus some extras on each of the 40 strands https://vimeo.com/280309439 I will be sticking with the old fashioned ties.
  10. May be a good idea for some but not for me. Something else to carry around. Something else to misplace/lose. Different tension for different application throughout my display Cheaper with not buying it. Slows down progress (gotta handle the tool and material). and lastly, manually working zipties by hand has worked fast and flawless for decades.
  11. Here you go Bob. Added the brown Clock wire.
  12. Something like this should work. Obviously you can make each string whatever length that you want. Because the power and ground does not have to travel down and back up each hanging piece, the resistance is far less of an issue. Make sense?
  13. Buck268

    MP3 director

    After spending about an hour on the phone with dibblejr I'm now able to create my own sequences. After all these years, I now have new songs for my neighbors to listen to. It's funny how one little thing can get you wrapped around the axle. Still got lots to learn but, thanks to dibblejr I'm on my way...………………...
  14. I’m with Tom. Only gfci popping issues from using vampires and spt are when the connection is setting in a puddle, not once from snow. Worst part about vampires is that with some brands the plastic pieces are cut a hair too tight. So during take down I need a flathead screwdriver to separate the male and females. BE SURE POWER IS OFF!
  15. That's one piece of advise I always give to newbies. Figure out how many extension cords you need and then triple it. Then be ready to buy more.
  16. UPDATE: What I found out. The board had a prior owner. The 'config' was set to 98% Maximum intensity Range. Changing that to 100%, cured the issue (Wheeew!)
  17. drive 3ft x 1/4" rebar into the ground about 8". ziptie the middle rod of the tree to the rebar left sticking outta the ground. bamm. done.
  18. Well lets see i had about 20 kids cry 1 parent cussing about dropping a spider on them 1 parent almost dropped his expensive Nikon camera when i dropped the spider on him and gave out about 300 bags of candy . It was a successful Halloween
  19. Awesome walk-thru, just too much for me as I would need much more time to tear it down to start setting up for Christmas. The wife keeps wanting me to add more each year to Halloween but it's too much work to get it down and Christmas up in a month.
  20. My stuff finally arrived. 😃 https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubhm9y8gy92bof3/2018-10-26 16.16.44.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/7adqb954y66unxc/2018-10-26 16.12.05-2.jpg?dl=0
  21. JR, is one of the best. After taking time to assist me, problem was solved. Had to go get the Rubbermaid container from the curb and place it back in the shed. Thanks to all that sent me in the right direction and helped. Bruce
  22. Dang dude. That’s great of you to be thinking of her so much. Makes me tear up.
  23. Reading pixel reviews on Amazon is so hilarious sometimes. One person called them junk because they wired the pixels to a 12v power supply and they didn't work, duh. Another person attempted to light 400 5v pixels off of a 60w power supply and complained that only the first 40 or so lit up, really? Another was using 12v strips and complained that they lit in groups of three and complained that they were suppose to be individually addressable. You can't make this stuff up. 🤣
  24. Well you may have at least one option over it being a "boat anchor", LOR usually has a buy back program {if they still have it?} that allows you to get a discount toward the purchase of a new controller. yes, it will cost you some money, but wouldn't it be worth the discount exchange over just having a boat anchor? Personally, too me, as long as the unit works, it's NEVER too old, but when it dies and may not be repairable once LOR gets it and sees whether anything can be done, then it's time to take advantage of the buy back discount program, as I would think this would still apply. But the folks at LOR would have to really chime in on the buy back discount exchange program on a non-repairable controller. LOR is usually fantastic with their customer service, even when you buy used equipment from another person or happen to gain things from an estate sale or inherit them from a family member that may have been in the hobby.
  25. WHEW, Sunday morning 7:15 am was on the roof ,got all three of the mounts up and cross member done and hung the 5 led snow flakes, each has two colors of led rope ,blue and white. Took a tumble after getting off the 12 foot ladder and banged my left knee, the leg I just got out of the hospital for. Yeah its black and blue and sore,I am on heart meds so one little bump and i look like I have been is a brawl. The front of the house is mostly done ,Just have the big hedge to trim and then add 20 sets of nets , and put up a 7 foot wire tree that is wired with blue leds. THis year I have 32 more channels now 64 and That used up a 500 foot reel of spt1 added to what was left over from last year. Sunday night test every thing worked but one snow flake on the roof wouldnt light the white rope, went nuts OMG something wrong with the controller ,panic, I knw the snowflake worked. Monday 7:05 am up to the roof with a ac cord to test , it worked , with my toner and meter found the vampire plug at the controller was defective changed and back in business. The FM transmitted is up ,speakers hidden in the bushes played a cd while working in the front yard, neighbore were putting up their lights and they said turn it up , we rocked out all day. Did test last night and noticd the blue nets kind blink a little during fade HMMMMM what could that be , I have three controlles pluged into a strip and in one outlet ,may try seperating them ,keep ya posted. Looks like we will be ready forThanksgiving night. Better get that hedge trimed, Good luck yall be safe out there . It's 67 degrees here in fort lauderdale, had to put on long sleeve shirt and pants golly !!!!! David
  26. Yes late, last year it was on Nov 22 so you had an entire week before Dec. So yes it is later in the month this year.
  27. If this is the drive where your entire LOR data folders are located, you can run Lorpost.exe and point it to the new drive letter. Lorpost is in the c:\programs x86\ lor folder This assumes you are using S4, as your profile states.
  28. As I said, you are welcome to call me. I will PM my phone number to you.
  29. Right click on the channel item, Enable channel level.
  30. Bug Report 5.3.0 Beta PM 01 Chase across Group boundaries. Win 10 Pro 1803 I think this classifies as a bug, and I think it used to work in 5.2 but I can’t be sure. When chasing a single RGB color, eg green, the chase becomes white when the chase crosses from one group to the next. This seems repeatable for different groups. Screenshot 1 shows prechase. https://www.dropbox.com/s/nx6ki4g83a2no3b/sc 01.jpg?dl=0 Screenshot 2 shows post chase. https://www.dropbox.com/s/h05so9lm6xy102x/sc 02.jpg?dl=0 Chase happens properly across the first group of expanded pixels but turns white on entering the subsequent groups. Furthermore, if an RGB pixel is expanded into its component colors, the chase propagates through all three colors, but only in the expanded pixel, Screenshot 3 https://www.dropbox.com/s/vmqptj8h2yca00e/sc 03.jpg?dl=0
  31. JR your work on singing trees sequences has brought joy to a whole lot of people on this forum ,thank you Dennis Laff
  32. You may want to look into a P10 based matrix That's what I did for 2018. The upper panel below is 4 panels wide by 3 panels high (128 pixels wide by 48 pixels high - 6,144 pixels). That's just over 4 feet wide by just under 20 inches high. Total cost of about $250 - NOT including enclosure. BTW, the bottom on is a P5 panel, and despite being half the number of panels, is twice as many pixels.
  33. He cancelled those classes from what I read on FB.
  34. Yes, Just run the Main Bank only (the one that also powers the electronics) AKA Logic power. the + terminal on the Right (bottom) 150W will run 4 strings (200 nodes) ALL white, you might squeeze a 5th one in, but limit the (boards) All white use
  35. Mega Arch

    Paranoid

    I lean towards trusting the other lighters. Some really good friendships have been made by sharing addresses. We learn techniques & ideas by seeing each other’s displays in person. And we help each other out in many ways. Before I was smart enough to keep a backup controller, Santas Helper graciously loaned me an extra one of his. My show went on that year! We also helped a lighter move his entire display from one house to another house —— in one day. Including his Rohn Tower Mega Tree. Was a priceless experience.
  36. There is a static display with a lot of random flashing lights about 4 houses down from me. One person after looking down the street for a few minutes, asked me how I got them in sync with mine. Made me wonder " why do I bother".
  37. Note- do not use “auto config” in HU comm port unless absolutely unavoidable and do not hit refresh for the comm port. It May take you a while to recover if you do either of those if answer “yes” to the “is this the com port to use for shows”. Once again NO is the answer for that JR
  38. You don't need anything connected to view shows in the visualizer. That's the whole point.
  39. If the poor audio gets worse with louder music, almost guarantee that you are overdriving the transmitter. Turn the audio level down. My standard advise is to turn the audio all the way down to zero. Obviously you won't hear anything. Then turn it up - just a little. Likely will be REALLY quiet. Keep repeating until the audio is good without distorting on the peaks. the big part of that is make small adjustments.
  40. OK, I just looked. The Images folder on my web server (where these get uploaded) currently has 172 image files and two sub folders that between them contain 27 more images. Almost all the images are screen captures, that were mostly to answer a specific question here on the forum. The Photos folder has 153 photos. I will be adding a bunch more soon because of all the changes I am making on my props this year. So, yes I do...
  41. Didn't think about this. Cable is pretty cheap also. Thank you
  42. sent you what you need. reading your plan - I have a suggestion - double them up on the power like you are planning to. allowing you stay with the 48 channels. BUT don't twist into 8 string superstrands. Keep them as 4 color 4 string superstrands. Then they will make your tree fuller - as you will see 24 superstrands, not 12 mega superstrands. you, me, Tom will be the only ones knowing they are tide together.... I have mine setup that way on 32 superstrands of 4 colors on 64 channels. I've helped Tom setup - he puts 3 superstrands powered together, but kept separate to look fuller. I think you will be happier that way. post pics/vids when you are done and good luck.
  43. Alan, I built my blade spinner. Now I'm ready to do some stuff with it! I am running S5 so if you would be willing to send me the file that I need to use that would be awesome! I was also wondering if you would be willing to share and sequences for this prop? I am a newbie when it comes to the pixels and RGB stuff in general and I think I may be in over my head a little bit. I have some sequences that I bought from light o rama over the last several years. If I send you the list of songs that I have, can you let me know if you have sequenced them for the spinner?
  44. OK I am really struggling I went through all the steps 5 times now? It still isn't working. I have the new S5. I can test the lights with my E682 with out fail, but not when playing a sequence in SE. I have the endable DMX editing on and have tried multicast and unicast both to try and get them to communicate. I have tried to 1) run cat5 straight out of desktop to E682, 2) running router to network switch, switch to E682, & comp to switch. I know it is going to be something silly but any help is appreciated.
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