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MikeERWNC last won the day on October 12 2014

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  1. I jumped out and looked. There are quite a few for sale right now. And all of them are bringing some decent money. Good Luck. I think I will list my older ones soon.
  2. I have plywood panels now. I have an 8' tall elf house, Toy Shop and a reindeer stable. You just pre -drill the holes, then hot glue the light into the hole. Good outdoor paint and they last for years. Much more durable than coro.
  3. I hate arguing on the internet... Big Lots lights are 120 count. Open the box and you have two sets of 60 LEDs or one set of 120 LEDs. Cut them where there is only two wires and you have two sets of 30 LEDs. 7 feet. Whether it is 20 lights or 20,000 light, you will always need two wires to plug into the wall to turn on the string, power and neutral. Maybe the light strings you are using are different... My lights are from Big Lots and Home Depot and there is always two wires somewhere in the string where a section can be cut safely.
  4. I have cut hundreds of store bought LED's without any failures. You can only cut them where there are two wires. Coro does not last long enough. I have coro which is flaking away right now as I type. 3/8" plywood is not that heavy unless you are 90yo.
  5. I am thinking of making my own this year. Those videos are going to make life easier. http://www.holidaycoro.com/RGB-Singing-Christmas-Tree-p/100rgb.htm I am thinking about a 4'x8' talking tree and a 4'x8' talking Santa using 3/8" plywood. You can usually cut a 100 LED string into three sections. As long as there are sections with two wires, you will be fine. I do this all the time. 33 LEDs makes a 7' section.
  6. I ran a few boxes at my next door neighbors house a few years ago. My new neighbor wants to join my show next year. I am looking forward to it. I just ran data cable over there. I have only had one successful year using ELL. I have four ELL I tried using and they just would not talk. I still have two new in the box.
  7. Home Depot went 50% off the week before Christmas. HD and Big Lots seem to have the best over the counter LED strings and easy to cut to 33-35 light sections. (7 feet) Lowes LEDs a re terrible quality. Wal-Mart is not much better.
  8. Thanks for sharing your sequence. I was able to cut it up and make it work with my display.
  9. No inspections here... I buried the conduit. I run the wire in October and pull it out in January. I didn't want permanent power and data cable all over my yard.
  10. I am not sure about the legality of this. As an IT guy: Technically the power interferes with the data transfer. I would assume this is more for high voltage. I run three power and one data in my 1 1/2 pipe to my front yard. There have been no issues. I would think this rule was written in the early days of data cable, CAT5. CAT5e and CAT6 have different twists to keep down data loss. I have 250 feet. Like I posted before. I just put the controllers close to the props. I still have miles of wire on the ground, but I don't have super long runs. 50' is about my longest SPT run.
  11. Not if he puts the controllers near the props. Less distance = Less wire. His yard is only 150x75 right? That is what is up top. There is NO WAY he needs to be running 450 feet of cord. He can put the controller in a garbage bag in the front yard and run the cord from there. The longest possible run would be 75 feet in either direction. As for the 450 feet? He should bury 1 1/2" conduit and run 450 feet of 12/2 with 450 feet of CAT5e to where the controllers are being placed.
  12. You just sequence 8 channels, then copy to the other 24 channels. I use 8 channels for my chaser but use 16.
  13. Why not do two 16 channel you could go 8 channels left and 8 channels right and a second box doing the same thing in a second location. This would cut down on super long lengths of copper wire. I kind of do this with my Christmas trees. I have 80 with two channels each. I have wires everywhere. But I try to keep the controllers closer to the trees they are controlling. With that. I have some Gen 2 boards I am retiring this year. You would need a box and dongles.
  14. Diapers are actually common here... Sadly not just at Christmas. We walk the sides of the road picking up trash often. Last night was the best. Two friends decided to watch the show together. One parked his massive diesel truck on the side of the road, the other parked his massive diesel truck in the road. Yep -no one could see past them to see the show. That was a minor issue for the twenty cars backed up trying get by. I ask them to leave and they did. Well the fifth or sixth car was an old guy who was really pissed and he started yelling at me that he called the highway patrol...blah, blah, blah... I don't know him and I think go F yourself. My wife walks over and looks into the car, "oh Hi! how have you been?" She knows the mans wife. They used to work at the same school together. He is still B-hing as he drives off. Wife says to me he is a local preacher... UGH! Figures the worst thing about living here are all the churches and he hypocrites who attend these churches. They really give Christianity an bad name. Well twenty minutes later, I see a deputy back in to their usual spot on the monitor. So I grab a Mexi-Coke and walk out to talk to him. I guess said preacher went off on the dispatcher... When I said who it was the deputy just shook his head in agreement. I handed him a Mexi-Coke, then thanked him for coming by and he hung out at the show for a while and all my traffic issues never reoccurred.
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