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Little_b last won the day on February 19 2017

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  1. Little_b

    Mounting controller to mega tree pole

    I use these- https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sigma-Electric-ProConnex-1-in-EMT-Rigid-Conduit-Hanger/1095129 to hang mine on the pole. Here is a picture of an example of them hanging. I posted this somewhere in an other post somewhere. I also use them to hang some of my RGB flood lights.
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    Garage Door Covers

    Wanted to ask- I bought one a few years back from doordecor and have really loved it. Last year was the first year I really tried lighting it up with spots (10W RGB). I ended up placing the spot on the driveway directly in front of the door each night as I didn't like the side view. I felt like it washed more of the house around the door than I wanted. Has anyone found a better light fixture or way to light up just the door without the over spread onto the house?
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    Looking for Extension Cords...

    Costco carries a 2 pack of 50' 12/3 cords for like $30-$40. I've cut a few shorter to length and used plug ends I bought at Home Depot. Still cheaper than buying shorter cords sometimes. If you're looking for 2 prong 16awg SPT2 cords, I've bought 6' cords from the Dollar Store. When I need them longer, I cut them in half and solder in some SPT2 cord to make them longer. Sometimes it's cheaper than trying to buy SPT plugs during the off season.
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    Cable and enclosures

    CCA wire is usually cheaper and lighter than pure copper wires, however when exposed to air and water, it has a higher tendency to oxidize and fail. I had a batch of CCA wire on my outdoor speakers a few years back and when they stopped working what I found was when I took the wire nut off, the plastic sheathing was there, but the wire had completely deteriorated for about 4-6 inches up the wire. I've read other posts with similar outcomes.
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    Cable and enclosures

    I use 16/4 burial speaker wire I find on Ebay or Amazon. Just stay away from copper clad aluminum. I also use connectors from DIY Holiday Express for some of my props. CG1500's hold my power supplies and controllers.
  6. I've used a projector to do tracing in the past. Both (old school) Overhead projector, and now I use my digital projector I use for 3D animation in my front window for Halloween. I put the projector at one end of the basement and the coroplast or plywood at the other end to adjust how big I want it. Sometimes the picture isn't totally clear, but works well enough.
  7. I never considered not adding something as an option before. Hmmmm....
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    Sealing Ends of Strips

    In the 5 years my dumb strips hung on the house I replaced 3 little sections. After less than a year with pixel strips up, I'm looking at at least 7 sections so far. I bought the pixel C9's to replace, but the wife likes the strips better. I think it's because I use them each month for the major holidays and they look more like accent landscape lights rather than Christmas lights. Luckily the way I have them hung, they come off easily so I won't have to try and do it on a ladder. Will 1/2" shrink tube fit or do I need to go with 3/4?
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    Sealing Ends of Strips

    Now I have a follow up. How is everyone dealing with failing pixels in the middle of the strip? In the past on the dumb strips I would cut out the bad section and solder in a new one, and use the silicone II to seal it. With the tubing, I'm not sure how to seal it well enough. Does putting a big blob in both sides of the joint in the tubing seal it well enough that water doesn't get in?
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    AVI features to import from Pixel Editor

    Here are a couple of previous topics on how to do videos. I like the Virtual Dub program Matt suggests and have used it many times with great success.
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    No motivation yet - help!

    I decided this last year that I'm more into learning the new technology (pixels, controllers, S5, etc.) and making it work. Then I remember I still have to program it. Normally I do all new songs with one or two repeats each year. This year looks like all repeats with 1-2 new songs. New this year are some snowflakes I rewired from incandescents to pixels and using ESPixel Sticks to drive them. Wireless, who knew we'd be there one day. Learning S5 has helped to get some of my songs updated and ready to go. Loving the new preview design.
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    Disco Ball Motor Question

    You should be fine. I would just make sure you program it to be on 100% or off 100%. Not sure if it's "dimmable," it might burn out the motor. Plus you would need to look into waterproofing the motor casing as well, I doubt it's made for extended outdoor use.
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    Keeping People Out Of Your Yard??

    I don't do much for Halloween as the house a couple houses down likes to do a big Haunted House out their garage that night. I let him have Halloween and I take Christmas. But a lighted fence may be the trick. I have one at Christmas around mine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxevrME41x0
  14. mpageler- I'm trying to make sure I understand you correctly, but I think your fold counts are off. If you have 3 strings of 125 pixels with 3 folds each only gives you 12 rows not 15. 4 folds each would give you 15 rows with 25 pixels each. To get the last row in like you want you can do a few things. You can make a custom prop and assign each pixel a number and set your controllers to know which output it is hooked up to. Another option, which is what I did to mine, it is to make 2 matrix props and group them together. Make one matrix with 3 strings of 125 pixels with 4 folds = 15 rows. Make a second matrix with 1 row of 25 pixels. When you build the matrix, each string can be on it's own universe Matrix 1 String 1- U1 start ch 1 end 375 =125 pixels Sting 2- U2 start ch 1 end 375 = 125 Pixels String 3- U3 start ch 1 end 375 =125 Pixels If you want string three to have 150 pixel to not have to use another output you can Matrix 2 String 1 U3 start ch 376 end 450 = 25 pixels + 125 Pixels = 150 Pixels total physically. On the preview just align the two matrixes to the same height and place them together, Create a group with the 2 matrixes, and use the grouped line to insert all your Motion Effects in the sequence. I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but this is how I got mine to work best for me.
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    2018 Spring Sale

    Placed my order at 9:02 (est) but have to keep refreshing the page now to see what is selling out. Wish they would post how many of each item they had originally to see just how lucky I am to get what I wanted. Got a Pixcon16 which was the first thing to sell out.