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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 don't know, you gonna be able to travel that far? 😀
  3. Orville


    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. I've watched it, but don't really like the direction that the show has taken. Everything seems to be about the tear jerk story, and not about the lights. Competing different styles of show against one another (static, vs amusement park, vs animated, vs synchronized) makes no fair comparison.
  5. All delivery carriers are aware that all deliveries go to the garage entry door. They walk by it every time they deliver to the front door. I think decorations to them are like candy to a baby. All summer long no problem but as soon as the props go up they lose their minds and start delivering to the front door, which just as you mentioned never gets answered or used. Ive got some horror videos as to why deliveries must go to the closer door as well as do their employers. I guess they think cameras are just part of a prop or something and all of the signs are printed in a foreign language. JR
  6. she had me at the horse pooooh aroma, she would never be able to sneak up on me.
  7. First thing I've won in years & years.... Hopefully just started a streak...
  8. 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
  9. A hint - click the Intensity Icon. I know of 3 different ways to add fades to a motion effect. The newest method call Drag Edges is very handy. It is shown last in the gif below. Hope this helps... Alan...
  10. Control the kids going into a show.... :)
  11. Ai: i know what you mean. Approx 5 years ago while i was setting up my display an older Gentlemen pulled up in a mini van to tell me about my display, between puffs of oxygen from his tank he let me know my Display gave him 1 more reason to live another year, I have not seen the Man again but i will always remember 1 more year even though setting up takes time and a lot of PAIN. So don't think what we do does not matter it does to Somebody. Because it gave them 1 more Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. 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
  13. I'm going to start talking about items I plan to add to my display in 2020. Hopefully others will follow suit so we can share/discuss ideas and how they'll work. I'll kick it off. My basic plans are to make the jump to smart pixels and move some objects in so that I expand down the side of my house and onto the side of the garage that is offset to the back but faces the front yard. Outline the front and side of house in smart pixels Outline the garage in smart pixels Cut down two trees that have started growing over house clearing space in the front yard Add four singing bulb faces from smart nodes, two on each side of the house Move my "Merry Christmas" dumb RGB prop over to the top of the garage peak Put some P5 panels in that place with some smart pixels on each side (the P5 won't be as big as the Merry Christmas prop) Move my green string tree and star onto the garage roof under Merry Christmas (since I'm cutting down the tree I used to hang it on) Move my spinners onto the sides of the garage and in the middle of them put a large candle prop my grandmother left me when she passed away this year at 102 years old (the prop isn't that old) Move my blow molds, dumb RGB trees in front of the garage to add more depth to that area Move my arches closer to the house and add a 16-string smart pixel tree on each side of the arches Sequence lights until my eyes fall out That is all (for now) that I've dreamt up. I'm at the "figure out how to drive P5 panels and start measuring the house" stage so that I can calculate out how much I'm spending and how to hide it from my wife.
  14. Yes the number is 51 Use the HU to set the number on a port to 100 Be aware that 100 nodes x 8 can overload the power bus (bank) without power injecting. for all white mode Also if using 5V nodes: They Will need power injection as the typical limit is 50 without Also: All nodes must be the same chip and color order
  15. I've been using s5 since beta, and I personally think it's a great piece of software. Contrary to many views here I actually found it much more intuitive than s4. The integration of the old "pixel editor" in to the new main sequencer alone was worth the switch. I also love how the new previews work. If anyone is new to this hobby I would always recommend starting with s5; especially if you use pixels.
  16. Ooooh, you were so close. Instead of the "String Summary" tab, use the "Channel Conflicts & Bulk Changes" tab. You can have it display everything or only the conflicted channels. And you can fix them from there.
  17. 3 videos on my Dropbox link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/krmgnb4sglfqsc0/AADo4n5LYcCh4-ELfnT4Qoq9a?dl=0 First video clip just shows the back roof, being a corner house I wanted to have lights shown from different sides. The second video is side view just shows my hedge and wall lights (are not controlled). Can’t forget my Ho’s. Last video is front view of the house during a sequence for a minute. My street is at a T intersection so I have 3 tune to signs to cover any direction of traffic coming to see the display. 32 ac channels. Pixie 4 for arches. 26 inflatables. Fm transmitter inside and a soundbar mounted outside.
  18. 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. 🤣
  19. I always bring them in as soon as I get them and test. It's not hard to hook up a controller and 16 strips for testing. My dinning room is my prop building room year round. One of the perks of being single. But I do agree agree that the 60 day warranty bites! I am waiting for the pre-sale this season. I need 2 more controllers, nodes, and pixel net. All will come from Holidaycoro.
  20. 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.
  21. Roll back to 5.2 .4 and manually create the playback files then use that for the show player. Some motion effects wont work. If the loredit file wont open in 5.2.4 you're out of luck.
  22. It doesn't matter. But if you're using 2 networks, then you select the Comm Port that controller is on, then in the HU you will have to refresh on Comm 1 for example being network 1, Comm 2 would be network 2 and would need to refresh again, once you select the 2nd comm port the 2nd network uses. Your Comm ports may NOT be the same as my examples, they could be Comm3 and Comm 4 as an example. With 2 networks, you will NOT see both controllers at the same time in the HU, matter of act, you will never see more than ONE Controller at a time in the HU. Each change of the network comm port requires a refresh each time to find the controller on that network. As for the cat5 jack in the controllers, either one can be input or output, it doesn't matter as they are paralleled in the controller, and both jack either are an input or output, input if only one cat5 is connected, when the 2nd cat5 is connected, whichever cat5 jack you plugged it into becomes the output jack, Well, I've got to head out to Church now. Be back later and will check back {around 2pm-3pm} if you have any other questions.
  23. I think tiers would be great. Also would like to see more behind the scenes. This show actually got me started into this money pit hobby when I saw Blue blue Christmas on light fight. As for America’s got talent, it should be named world’s got talent cause 90 percent of the show isn’t America. Don’t get me started on this one.
  24. Boring--Lordy--let's buy nine truck loads of lites throw them every where. The static ones had no flow ,it was just lites every where , not much programed to Holiday music. What does Micky Mouse have to do with Christmas ,just a question. Where do they get all those people to stand in the street? I have watched on and off but havent yet seen one display that makes me go WOW. The tear jerk thing is true , before long some one will say Granddmaw didn't get run over by a reindeer she ran off with him and left Grandpaw asleep in his strato lounger, and she took the fruit cake recepie -DAMN
  25. LOL, if you post a pic you know someone like Ducks is going to call you on it. 🤣
  26. Board was in a box that HC sells. Not sure if it is UL approved for fire. Picture is after I removed from the box. Since I was in the process of connecting everything up I did have the box open up. I am going to mount the new one in a metal electrical junction box. Ducks, thanks for the info on the voltage and fuses.
  27. 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
  28. Well due to some prodding from the wife, neighbors and friends, I am putting up a 2019 Christmas Display. So far I have my Blow Molds mounted and some connected to the 1st CTB16PC Controller, have to get my Blow Mold candles connected to the 2nd Controller as well as power run to it. Also hoping to get some Pixel Bullets up on the front corners of my house. Not doing a roof line this year, since my roof line CCB's have had far too many failures in their bulbs, some missing one color, some missing2 or more colors, so they just aren't usable and repairing them is out of the question, so those 2 RGB Controllers will be used for Back Up Controllers if needed. Was hoping to try and finish up today {Thursday 11/14/2019}, but the weather casters BLEW IT AGAIN, stated it would be raining starting at 5pm, well got up at 6am this morning to go out and start checking on what I needed to do, and at 6:30AM it started raining. It's a mild chill in the air here in Florida, but very comfortable to be working outdoors, just not today! And of course I just had to make ONE DUMB mistake this year during set-up, fortunately I caught that before it started raining and no wet dew this morning, so than God I found my BLUNDER before a Controller would have gotten soaked out internally. Yes, my DUMB mistake and hope it's the only one for this year, was I ran the Cat5 cable from the front CTB16PC Controller to the CTB16PC Controller in the back, well I forgot and left the back CTB16PC Controller lid wide open ALL NIGHT, found it first thing when I went out this morning and corrected it after checking for critters inside and any wetness, thankfully it was BONE DRY and it was too chilly for any reptiles {Lizards} to be active, so the Controller was dry and clear, fortunately it was also UNPOWERED, so that could have been a disaster if rain would have come sooner and the unit had power to it. But I haven't ran power to it as yet. So I won't get anything done outside today at all, since it's supposed to rain all night and into Friday morning. I have chuch on Friday morning and evening, so won't get a thing done outside until Saturday. So today, since it's raining EARLIER than expected, I'll spend updating my sequences to the new 2019 set-up and maybe add in a few additional songs once the otehrs have been updated. So, just wanted you folks to know, I am putting up a Christmas Display for 2019. {Our lawn folks won't be doing anything for the next 3-4 months, so I don't have to worry about them for awhile!} So the 2019 Christmas Show is ON!
  29. Dugh, I am behind the eight ball ! Haven't felt well for weeks. Last saturday I ended up in the ER, high fever and riggors. EKG,CAT scan, sonogram on my left leg which was very swollen and red. Staph infection which was creeping up my leg went septic. I was in a room till last wed with bags of meds pouring in . Now home with home IV treatment twice a day for two hours till the 16th. Did that stop lighting prep, nope , but slowed me down. I took 15 sets of multi color nets one at a time streached out on the dinner table and layered a set of solid blue nets(walmart) on top and wire tied them together while the IV is pumping . All 15 are done ! Feeling better but tired. I have been banished from the roof, so our neighbors Brian and David will get the 6 foot snowflakes up there . I did hang three snowflakes over the garage today . Tomorrow , the lights around the garage door and front door . I will get this done ,I have been at this since take down last year . Some new songs and this year 32 more channels . I look in the mirror and say --GETER DONE . My 70th birthday is Dec 10th this is my present from me to me . Put it up ,play it loud makem smile! David
  30. ...and weight. Those regular AC 25, 50 or 100 foot extension cords get heavy REALLY fast. And expensive. I put all my boxes near the props but I leave the computer, amp and FM transmitter in the garage. I created a snake with the four long AC extension cords, 2 data cables and the speaker wire from inside the garage. The 1 Pixie II plugs in to an existing outside outlet. At least it's only one heavy snake to pick up. All the others are shorter SPT1 cords with vampire plugs from the box to the lights. MUCH lighter and easier to pack. This year, I had four new outlets installed outside, so I need to make a couple of mods to the snake. The extension cords will all be outside but the data and speaker cable will still come from the garage.
  31. Sent As per the new policy: You understand You will not share or sell this sequence. you understand adding it to your sequence or modifying it does not make it your work to share or sell
  32. My friend JR doesn’t make mistakes. Got your back buddy.
  33. For starters, welcome aboard. My response is with the assumption you have some basic understanding on how Light-o-Rama works with the research you have done. If not, please ask away. This is how I've used it for the past 6-7 years, I'm sure there are plenty of other ways and ideas from other users as well. As far as equipment- Projector: I can't recommend one as the one I use for my Halloween Sequences plays on the front window from the inside. It sits next to my laptop. The lights can't be controlled from the projector itself. If you are wanting to play a video through it with the LOR Lighting program it will need to be connected to a computer. This is my understanding, I don't know that it will play from a Show Director or not, I've never tried. (Maybe someone else can chime in on this) The other thing to consider is how to keep it away from any water. To play a video, you will need some sort of video editing software to cut the part out you want to play. I've used VirtualDub.org for some of mine. It's a free software you can download. When creating the sequence you choose the video as your media source instead of an audio file. You then create your Preview Design with all your "Props" and sequence them as normal and they will play at the same time as the video clip. The FM Transmitter doesn't have to be very big as you really only need it to reach in front of your house. I bought mine off Amazon, its a Sain Sonic AX-05B, I'm pretty sure it's only a 1/2Watt. Lighting Equipment- This also depends on the types of lights you plan to use. If you're using regular light strands that plug in the wall, then a CTB16PC-ReadyToGO is what you'll need. You can add as many as you need, each one has 16 channels. If you are using Pixels, then you will need a pixel controller. They can be controlled directly from the computer, with a USB to RS485 Adapter or from a Show Director off an SD Card. (both from LOR). http://store.lightorama.com/index.html Sequencing- Sequencing can be as over the top or as simple as you want. There are many sites that offer sequences you can purchase, and then you adapt to fit your design. There are also many on the forums here who are willing to share theirs for free as well. (See the Sequences Tab) For me, it's easier to just make my own as sometimes adapting them to fit my design ends up being just as much work. Here's an old Behind the Scenes video I made a few years back that may help see how the props work in the yard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5i2F72IyBY I'm hoping to try and make a new one this year. Things change and evolve each year. Hope this helps a little, sometimes I tend to just ramble without answering specific enough. Here's a video of my "Frozen" I did 5 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBHYbIltazo
  34. UPDATE: I ordered a High Speed USB Adapter (http://store.lightorama.com/usbrs485hs.html) and put my RGB devices on an auxiliary network with it (I left my 16 channel non CC boxes on my old "slow" network). Everything is working as expected now. Thanks to everyone for the help!
  35. I go with #4. I am 1.5 hours north of them. I go to dead people's auctions every Friday night. People move here and die. The family comes in, usually from FL, picks through the house for what they think is the good stuff and the rest goes to the auction. When I die, the person I willed all of my stuff to, from FL, will not have any clue what a controller box is or what to do with fifty of them. I think it will be completely overwhelming when they go under the house and see all of the totes full of Christmas crap. I will be dead, so I don't care if they give them away or sell them for 25.00.
  36. Ok. It’ll be this weekend when I get home. Thriller will be sent your way. Sax
  37. Unless it is in writing in your rental contact that they are not responsible for damage, document the damage and sue them in small claims court. If you take that step, keep documentation in case they try to retaliate against you.
  38. I just bought 10 light led strands from Val at Christmas-LED.com to repair a wireframe She sells a lot of various lengths along with the colored clip caps.
  39. yEP...DO A GOOGLE SEARCH FOR VIDEO ON "FALCE F16V2 OR f16V3" and "lightorma". Some pretty good video that go througt the whole process of infacing Falcon'swith LO|R. Seems straight forward once you have mastered the process but there is a pretty decent learning curve before yhou reach that "guru" point.
  40. Singing faces can be purchased at many places and if you use standard store bought leds and a CTB16PC controller you would onlyuse one Unit ID. A second option if you are wanting to change colors is LORs CMB24D with some dumb RGB lights. This controller only use one ID and you would be able to change colors. It also doesn't need a high speed network. Honestly, I wouldn't use pixels on a face. My choice would be the CMB24D and dumb RGB lights.
  41. I bought mine after I got out of the Navy in 73. The sponges keep wearing out and I don't know where the metal tip tray (insert) went (way too many moves over the years). So Yes. That makes me old as well 😛
  42. dgrant

    windows 10

    I'm a true believer in giving a computer all the possible resources it can handle, as in Ram memory, larger hard drives and the best video GPU money can handle. My show computer is a former server, reset into a desktop Pc running Windows 10 Pro. Older Dell T5500 and its got two Xeon E5649 CPU's within and 72Gb of Ram, along with two 2-Tb HD's, Nvidia Quadro K1200. It never thinks about slowing down and runs nice and cool. Yes, I could run an even better GPU but this one works just fine for, four monitors using LOR. When you limit things on the computer side, you start limiting proper speed of the show. I've got a much faster machine too but its really not needed.
  43. JR your work on singing trees sequences has brought joy to a whole lot of people on this forum ,thank you Dennis Laff
  44. Here are a few of my 2018 videos. More of my videos can be seen here: http://www.buscochristmas.com/Videos.html I would also like to thank the forum members that have shared sequences. Wayne
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