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  1. Having the correct tools can simplify7 wiring and display building chores. While watching a Youtube on another one of my hobbies, I stumbled on these great flush cutting pliers. Flush Cutting Pliers They will cut zip ties off flush so you don't have that sharp stub left. Also easier to cut off ties when you can't get the nose of the plier under a tie. Just wired up a pixel controlor and was nice to get stripped wire, cut to a precise length for terminal insertions. If you do a Amazon search by "flush cutting", a bunch of them at all price ranges. $12 for the ones I bought was a no brainer. BTW, also consider getting a pair of automatic wire slippers, less than $20.
  2. No motivation yet - help!

    If early in the hobby, you have to not try and do everything you want, right away. I stated with 3 year plan and now have added a 4th and 5th to the plan. To each sequencing workload/burden, co with fewer songs (1/2 dozen) and do them well. Really no need to change songs every year but to adds songs as your sequencing skill grow and/or you have more time. While it still takes time, you can build really nice sequences by copy/pasting from shared sequnces. All my Halloween and Christmas sequences were built this way, using anywhere from 2 to 5 shared sequences. As thing s calmed down and my sequencing skills grew, I've gone back and have done significant tweaking of sequence. So have a plan for new hardware/element for down the road but for this year, concentrate on sequence a handful of songs.
  3. I bought my 120v 3/8 rope light from 1000bulbs in 150ft spools. They also carry 120v LED rope but cut lengths are about 40 inches while 120v incand's were 20 inches or so. Theuy carry power cords that attach to the rope via pins and compression nuts. The cords are specifics for the rope light you buy (incand verus LED 120v.) Accessories like cords are listed with the specific rope lights. Cords are $5 or so. For 120v, you don't want to try and diy something (2 nails with attach cord). Using LOR AC controller and this rope, my faces preform perfectly. BTW, black "wire loom" is good to covering the excess rope that that you don't want visible because of the cut length. It's so much easier than using black tape. 4 seasons on 225 ft of rope and have only add to replace one segment of the 27 segments in 4 faces. And that 1 segment was midway through the first season. Instead of pulling the frams down, just zipped tie another segment over the burnt out one and switched out the power cord.
  4. Programming

    Believe holidaysequen ces.com does custom sequences.
  5. My Halloween Animations

    Besides Halloweenskulls, believe Monsterguts is the only other dealers with 3axis skull kits. Did check with Frightprops late last year and they have plans for add 3axis products to their inventory, maybe this year. There are several hobbyist who have created controller boards for talking skulls and sell the PCG. They provide a list of parts for the boards that you need to source and then built the board yourself.
  6. Going prices for Controllers

    I think $100-125 is nreasonable. At $150, I would would just prefer to get new ones off of LOR sales and get a full warrenty. 2nd hand exquipment, no matter how new, isn't cover by "transferable" warrenties.
  7. Mounting too much in a CG 1500 case

    Just because you have one, doesn't mean you have to use it if it's going to be a PITA to use. . I've switch over to using Bud Industry enclosure like this one. Bud Enclosure Besides the extra room in this enclusre, I really like the extra depth and straight walls for drilling cable holes into. While you could cram 2 boards and a PS into a CG1500. getting to a boards terminials for examply to replace an output connector would be really tough
  8. Running With The Devil Facesw Pixel Matrix

    Appreciate a copy James. mkpageler@comcast.net Mike
  9. PE Matrix Prop - Adding Different String Length

    You're right, 4 fold. I do want to keep it to 3 outlets so yo'u're 2nd option in building 2 matrix makes sense.
  10. Setup a vertical matrix prop in PE, 3 strings, 125 pixels with 3 folds. That creates a matrix 25 pixels high x 15 pixels wide. Going to use some pixel matrix netting which is 16 columns wide. Is there a way to create a matrix prop with 2 strings at 125 and 1 string at 150 (4 FOLDS)? With a universe per string, looks like you can edit the universe and starting channel but not the end channel. Guessing you could set this matrix up in SE but don't know of a way to import this into a prop, just starting out playing with PE. Appreciate the help...Mike
  11. Buy controller

    Assume you're looking for AC controllers? They show up quite often in the "coffer shop' LOR forum. Just be patient and you will rfine some at good pricing, $100-125. BTW, you can also make offers to sellers.
  12. Enclosure

    Take a look at boxes from Bud Industires. Seaching on Amazon would be quick way to see what sizes are available. I've been u8sing Bud's for my pixel controllers and powersupp;ies. Just wanted more room than the Cable Quards provide. I really like the Bud's because of deep straight sides and a double locking gasketed door. Hole drilling was so much easier than on the CG's I had been using Going with 2 boxes would also be an option.
  13. A number of past thread on filminmg displays. Do a thread tile search by "video camera" and you'll find a numbe rof them. Some of the thread talk about camera settings and such for better quality. I just got a video camera last fall and had to do some playing around with settings. One recommendation is to turn off auto-focus and go with a set focus distance. Besides using a "sences -- firework" mode on my Canon Vixia, the focus distance made quite a differerent in quality.
  14. Cry Little Sister Lms Pixel Matris Faces

    Thanks James, I'd appreciate a copy mkpageler@comcast.net Mike
  15. There are several sources for HDPE netting/mesh for making pixel matrixes. HolidayCoro sells PixNode Net and Boscoyo, ChromaMesh. I used PixNode last year and recently buy some ChromaMesh. I though I would share a comparison of the two. 1) Material bulk and weight. I checked with both companyies on material thickness. Boscoyo said .041, HC .039 so basically insignificant. The connecting chanels (square sides) channels on PixNode is wider, maybe 25 percent more. If cutting up full 4' x 8' sheets into smaller pieces, it might matter to you. For PixNod, you can cut straight along the connecting cannels and still have plenty of "bulk" around the holes. Do this on ChromaMesh and the material to the side of the hole is pretty thin. May nbt matter for strenght but to be safe, I left a little bitof the connection tab to the side of each hole. 2) Sizes. HC sells 2 and 3" spacing in black and clear. Boscoyo has 1, 2, 3 and 4" in black and white. I understand that black is the most UV resistant over time. Bocoyo also sells 4' x4' 2" pieces. I go a 2' x 8' piece of 2" spacing but no longer see it available. It's just not a full sheet cut in half. There is a wide border on all four sides of the half sheet. 3) Cost, HC does charge a fair amount more than Boscoyo. Black 2"....$65 versus $50. Black 3" $49 verus $34. The 1/2 sheet 2" at Boscoy, $25. 4) Both brands hold pixels in place firmly. 5) Shipping. Besides the noraml added weight shipping cost for PixNode, HC also has a shipping surcharge which I assume is for "oversized" which in my opinion is a shiping scam. In the old day, use to see oversized charges a lot but basically is a thing of the past now. . Boscoyo does have online automated shipping and have to wait for a "shipping cost invoice" after you place your order. I don't like shipping cost supprises so ask for a shipping estimate before committing to buy. So based just on produce, I would go with PixNode because of the extra material but if cost is an iisue, go with Boscoyo. both will do what it's intended for. I love this stuff. Last year I made 4 pixel x 31 pixel tree trunk wraps. So quick to setupg and take down and easy to store, just rolled it . This year, making for tree turnk wraps and a 4ft x 6ft matrix. Since Boscoy had 2x8 pieces of 2" spacing, I got some just in case I wanted a scrolling sign down the road.