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  1. So I got my new soldering station but now I think I need a larger workbench! 😄
  2. Thanks for the tips, Mike. I had heard about the mysterious "red screw" that needed to be removed and also about tinning the new tip. I also learned that I've been using 40/60 solder rather than 60/40 solder (doh!). Oh well, it's a learning process.
  3. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I ended up going with the Aoyue 2703. I really like the idea of having a heat gun integrated into the station.
  4. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good soldering iron? I need to get something a lot better than the el-cheapo one I currently have now. Multiple tips and variable temps would be good. Thanks!
  5. I'm finally starting to get some of my videos edited and posted from this year's show, so I thought I would start with some of the post-holiday music. Here's Coldplay's Adventure of a Lifetime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLUt-6QTyzY
  6. Hi Earle, Well I, for one, would love to know anything you would care to share with me (from tree construction to sequencing). Please feel free to PM me directly.
  7. Earle, I'm still in awe of your spiral trees every time I see them. Have you ever thought about giving some type of class or sharing some how-to tips on your tree construction and/or sequencing?
  8. I'm sorry that happened to you. Most people enjoy what we do but every year there are a few Grinches.
  9. I've thought of that as well and cycled the switches a couple of times. Weird thing is last night I could tell it was reading as address 20. Tonight when I got home it looked like it was back to address 60. I never touched it....
  10. I've got a CMB24D with a strange problem. I've got it set to address 60 via the DIP switches, and for several days it works fine (HU sees it as address 60, show player works fine, SE works fine, everything is good). The controller is powered down every night at the end of the show and powered up the next day. After several days, it suddenly starts thinking it's address 20 rather than 60. It keeps thinking this even after the power has been cycled. The only way I've found to get it back to address 60 is to do a factory reset and then it's fine for a few days. I'm going to do a firmware upgrade after the show is done this year but I also wanted to see if anyone else has had this problem/issue or if anyone has any other suggestions. Thanks!
  11. At least we've had a mild winter (at least so far). I'm down in Bloomington!
  12. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
  13. Looks great and I loved the snowflakes. Remember it's not the number of channels but what you do with them that counts. Speaking of which, I'm curious to know what you used on your roofline? It doesn't look like standard ropelight/pixels/etc.
  14. Minnesota here and it definitely snows! You can see videos from prior years on my YouTube channel: 8400 Lights
  15. Most of my cords (including SPT1) are routinely buried under ice & snow for months (It was late May last year before all of the ice finally melted). I haven't had any real issues. I'm more likely to cause an issue trying to yank them out of an ice flow when it's below freezing outside.
  16. I was pretty bummed when I got that note, so I understand. But I try not to let it get me down as I know that the majority in my neighborhood really love the display.
  17. Well, after doing this for over 5 years now I finally had my first Grinch. In addition to my FM transmitter, I also use 4 outside speakers so that people walking by can hear the music (otherwise it's just a bunch of blinky lights to them). During the day I use Zara to play Christmas music over my station and also on the outside speakers (I figured might as well - everything is up and running anyway and it spreads some holiday cheer). This year I found a note in my mailbox from one of my neighbors telling me to turn off my speakers as he's complaining he can hear the music in his house all day and night. Mind you he's across the street from me and about 4 houses down while my bedroom window is over one of the speakers and I could hardly hear it at all. So the only way he could hear it is if he had his windows open. It would have been nice if he had just asked me to lower the volume rather than telling me to turn them off. I did lower the volume somewhat (just to be a good neighbor) but there's no way I'm turning off my speakers (I've gotten lots of complements that my neighbors really like the music during the day). Tis the season.... Sigh.....
  18. I would check the jacks on the controllers to make sure you don't have any bent pins. Also, what is the status light doing on the controllers when you've got either the HU or SE up? Are they on steady (which means they are communicating to the HU/SE) or blinking? I would also just verify your channel setups in your sequences. Try running the verifier utility against your sequence file(s) and see if it comes up with any errors. There have been a lot of reports of the HU not seeing a controller but it works fine in SE.
  19. Could be a bad jack. I would look carefully inside the jack and make sure you don't have any bent pins (which are fairly easy to correct). Do the jacks wiggle at all if you gently push on them (they shouldn't). I would also double check your cat 5 cables to make sure they aren't the problem.
  20. That's too bad. We all put a lot of time into this hobby for it to be ruined by a couple of misguided people. Try to remember all of the happiness it brings to others, though.
  21. I put mine in covered bins out close to the various props they service. I've got holes in the sides that are covered with flaps so that I can run cables in/out but still keep out the rain/snow. It works pretty well for me.
  22. Depends on the weather. If it stays a little warmer I usually have everything put away by Easter. Last year we had so much snow it was late May/early June before everything was done. Some of the lights were out longer than they were packed away! I did a time-lapse video of last year's setup if you want to see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVQPQ_yyWlU
  23. Unfortunately not yet (but I wish). I start the 1st weekend in Oct and then I took a little over a week off from work in early Nov.
  24. This year I think I got it all done in about 12~13 days (so about 130 hours or so).
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