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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'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.
  3. I don't know, you gonna be able to travel that far? 😀
  4. 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.
  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. Control the kids going into a show.... :)
  10. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. 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
  12. My take on this is mainly: Who cares? There is NOTHING that requires that a preview look at all like reality. The only one that sees the preview is the guy sequencing. As long as it's fairly close, it does not matter. In fact my yard preview is not even close to reality. Mostly related to angles. I have a VERY odd shaped front yard so almost everything is at some funny angle. They are not at the funny angles in the Preview, but rather squared up so pretty much everything is either up and down or side to side. My S3 / S4 visualizations were the same way. If you really feel a need to get them to match reality that closely, scale that prop so it's REALLY big (like the entire screen). That way you can more accurately position pixels - and the blue dot is such a small item, that it's essentially a non-issue. When completed, scale the prop back to the desired size. If you are going to do that, you may be better off starting with a blank preview and only create the one prop. Once you have it the way you want, then export that one prop. Exit without saving the blank preview and import that one exactly laid out prop into your "real" preview.
  13. 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
  14. That explained it, S5. Scb- is the SuperStar file, just like the LCB that is used with pgo. I was able to get my custom singing pumpkin faces in SS and sequence last night. (for my matrix or ccr tree). I will still do the non rgb stuff manually vs pgo. Less time consuming for me. Thanks for the reply. JR
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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. 🤣
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. LOL, if you post a pic you know someone like Ducks is going to call you on it. 🤣
  22. 2019 Christmas Lights On Franklin Street preview. Christmas Lights On Franklin Street
  23. 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.
  24. That is correct. A Pixie16 or Pixcon16 uses 16 Unit ID's, a Pixie8 uses 8 and so on.
  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. 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!
  27. ...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.
  28. Mine was in Washington DC taking my oldest son to see the place where nothing gets done. The whole time around the beltway it kept telling us to get into the local lanes and then back onto the beltway, then back onto the local lane, then back onto the beltway. Lucky I had a triptik as well and just shut the dumb thing off.
  29. Got it all painted up. I added a split PVC pipe for runners at the bottom.
  30. 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
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Ok. It’ll be this weekend when I get home. Thriller will be sent your way. Sax
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. All I will say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Initially I upgraded with .24 but had issues so reverted. The only upgrade I do now is the SS ssedit. i haven’t had any problems with .18 even with everyone I have helped. I still like the old K.I.S.S. approach. But will keep that in mind if I ever run into trouble. Thanks again. JR
  40. 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
  41. JR your work on singing trees sequences has brought joy to a whole lot of people on this forum ,thank you Dennis Laff
  42. Happy to note that my landscape show is running correctly on 5.2.4.
  43. 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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