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    Raleigh, NC
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  1. We got the garage cleaned up today, so now everything is officially put away until next season. here are the lights for the 32 trees the open clear/blue bin on the right has 6 of the 7 patio pole lights
  2. keep an eye out they seem to go on and off sale on a regular basis https://thechristmaslightemporium.com/collections/5mm-strobe-light-strands
  3. I would say this is most likely the issue and similar to the issues we have had with our display. I also have had three controllers plugged into the same outlet. That is why I am going to be adding on additional GFCI outlets so I can spread the GFCI load out. As stated before there is a very small amount of voltage leak allowed before the GFCI trips and does its job. We are talking about milliamps, so a very tiny amount.
  4. We are adding a couple more strings of the 5mm strobe lights, got some in blue to go in our 'lake'. We will be rearranging a few props in the yard for better visuals, basically moving some smaller items forward or out from behind other props. Repairing or replacing strings that are partially or completely out.
  5. Had rain last night but today was mostly dry, so we were able to get almost everything taken down. There are still 4 props up high in the trees that I need to use the extension ladder to get and 7 patio poles that are easy to get. We got everything that goes in the shed put away, aside from the 4 props. The rest of the stuff went into the garage and will be fully put away as time allows. This is the quickest and soonest that we have taken the display down.
  6. SPT wire and vampire plugs make everything so much better! Run exactly how much wire you need to each location, then mark them somehow so they stay with that prop. Makes setup go so much easier next time too! We use the pink surveyors tape to label everything, its cheap, easy to write on and easy to tear off small pieces to wrap around the wires. Every plug is labeled for which controller and outlet it goes to. Makes connecting everything very simple.
  7. I have had good luck with refurbished computers... both desktop and laptop, Check out NewEgg or TigerDirect. I run my show of a Gateway 10" netbook running Win10. I did a clean install of Windows and only have the basic/minimum stuff on there. Only used to run the show, the programming is done on a different laptop.
  8. We went dark on the 2nd, had a few people that wanted to check it out. Started tear down today, we got about half done. All six controllers brought in. All the spt cords coiled up to each tree or prop. All the other extension cords coiled up and in the garage waiting to go into storage bins. I have the inflatables running in the garage to dry them out, we had a rain the past couple days... We also have a bunch of stuff to fix, partial strings out and what not. already bought and received some new stuff for next season too!
  9. found a decent article with good pics of how to wire multiple outlets and GFI's https://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/wiring-multiple-outlets-diagrams.html
  10. She took a few more cell phone videos. These are loaded on Google Photos. She created a New Years sequence with parts of 5 songs https://photos.app.goo.gl/RyCxZqPygUPWV7g4A Mr Roboto https://photos.app.goo.gl/3bPUvZRZthqo1XqD8 Wheels On The Bus https://photos.app.goo.gl/2X8FeAAUWEkS5HTZA Right Now https://photos.app.goo.gl/f9XK9KNT7Z996AKv6
  11. We also have issues with popping the GFI's in the rain. I think our main issue is that I have 3 controllers all on the same outlet and the voltage leaks add up... I am planning on adding additional circuits to separate the controllers. I will also go over everything as we take it down to check for nicks/cuts in any of the wiring. Power/amp wise we don't need the extra circuits but spreading out the GFI load should help. I have the tomato cage trees off the ground on pvc pipe, all the plugs are elevated on stakes and any female plugs that are facing up have the outlet cover plugs in them.
  12. And the show has been running fine since I last posted... I'm gonna be on the lookout for a 'new' more powerful computer to run the show.
  13. My wife took some videos with her cell phone tonight...
  14. So I rebooted the computer today before the show started. I opened the task manager to watch the CPU, RAM, Dick usage. The entire time the ram was steady at 1gig out of 2 being used, the graph never noticeably changed. On the other hand the CPU usage spiked to 100% or close to it when the sequences first started up and then quickly settled down to 20% range or so during the sequence. The disk usage also increased noticeably but not near maximum. After the show ran it's first full run the spikes in CPU usage was less but still pretty high. When the third sequence started the entire show/d
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