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  1. I use an ultrasonic cleaner at work to clean all of the circuit boards I work with. However, I use Branson's EC cleaning solution. This requires the solution to be between 130 and 160 degrees F. Optimum temp is 140 F which I check with one of those fancy 'laser' thermometers. This also requires a 10 minute degassing prior to use. Then I toss the boards in the cleaner and let it bzzz for no more than 5 minutes. A complete rinse with deionized water and a quick dry overnight in the rack, and we're ready to roll!! So, it can be done, if done right. The problem is the cost. You'll need a ultrasonic cleaner with a heater, not cheap. You'll need the right cleaning solution, not cheap. This is way overkill for anything done at home, including LOR boards. The breakdown of the bond wires are normally caused by letting the boards bzzz for more time than it should. I use silcone conformal coating on all the boards I work on. I'm kind of partial to Miller-Stephenson conformal coating, as rework is not an issue because they have 'solder-through' coating. Troubleshooting isn't an issue either as all my probes are of the 'pin' type. Makes for some interesting wounds on me too! However, again, Miller-Stephenson products are a tad on the expensive side. I do believe the last time I bought a case of conformal spray it was 29 bucks for each 14oz can. This stuff is mil spec'd, so of course it's expensive. I also just noticed this is an old thread.. Well, that's my two cents anyways...
  2. I kept getting sent to Texas for work in November. I didn't think I'd ever get it done! But finally on Thanksgiving weekend, I spent 30 hours getting them up and sequenced! Below is a picture of my completed work. :dude::dude::dude::dude::dude::dude:
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    My wife kindly stated the other day, "Are ya gettin' the lights ready?" Of course my reply was, "Uh Huh! All year long!" I also found an easier way to show the video of my lights. It's on a test page at http://www.rjsoap.com/1presby/videotest The first one or the last one will do. It's a semi-quasi-pseudo-streaming video. I think I'll be using this for this years website...
  4. Ok, I put my lame halloween site back together. It's at http://www.rjsoap.com The particular link you're looking for is http://www.rjsoap.com/fogcooler.html I don't know where the video is though... This thing is coming up on 10 years old. As you have a higher output fogger, you may have to add a fan of some sort, and probably some sealant around the auto heater core. I get email all the time from people that have taken this simple concept and have made some rather outstanding fog chillers from it! Just be careful what you put around the fogger output, that thing gets hot, and hot is no good when a flame starts!
  5. It looks like you may need to get a couple of these engine powered babies! This is a twin engine Pea Soup S-Cloud Thermal Fogger. They rate this at 250,000 Cubic Feet of fog per minute. Looks kinda expensive though. I have a firm saying of, "If I have to ask how much, I can't afford it!" Plus there's no DMX control... The other thing you might want to try is to cool down your fog from your existing foggers and make a low-lying fog across your cul-de-sac. It takes a lot less fog to fill up an area on the ground then the air above it. Plus it's a lot more spooky looking, especially if you get lights down low around your cul-de-sac to light up the ground fog. If you're interested, I can find the web page on my site for the fog chiller I made that worked extremely well. Takes a pump, some hoses, a bit of imagination, and a trip to the junk yard. I think I remember making a video too... Just a thought if you don't want to buy more foggers...
  6. Also be aware of hazer vs. fogger. Since you're trying to fill up a cul-de-sac outside with fog, you'll definitely want to stick with a fogger. The hazer is used to enhance the lighting effects, and when you don't want a fog. You can barely see haze from the hazer.
  7. I think this may be my first post here so, "HI!" You can follow along here, if you wish, there's a windows media video @ http://www.rjsoap.com/christmas2007/christmashouse2007.wmv It's kinda big though... ~42 megs. ~11.5 minutes '07 was the second year I've done this and here's the lessons I learned. Professional Voice Talent is a must! I was thinking of Don Lafontaine, however, "In a World of Christmas Lights..." might scare the little kids. Besides he was priced WAY out of my budget. Now that he's gone, I'll never get his voiceover. So, I went for a voice more 'Christmassy' like. I'll probably use the same this year. Do not think you're going to find tomato cages in the stores in October! Nope, not gonna work... So I had to make the trees out of some fence laying around the barn. Boy did that not work out so great! Do not place your Christmas trees in a geometric pattern when there's an acre of land between the lights and the road, there's too much parallax error! Looked awesome in LOR though! Take video a lot sooner in the evening! The time you actually need to sequence the lights will always be double the time you actually have to sequence the lights. ...and last but not least, I really like the Dueling Christmas Banjos! I might do it again this year!That's all I got! I suppose I should get to work on this years display now! :shock: Oh, my first year is here, if you're extremely bored... http://www.rjsoap.com/christmas2006/christmashouse2006.avi This one is REALLY huge, ~147 megs ~7 minutes. (I think I overdid it on the audio...)
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