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MichRX7 last won the day on November 17

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  1. The weather finally rose above freezing today, so I only had to tromp through about 7" of mushy snow. So, I started really getting items up on the house today. The only house props left are the two giant candy cane clocks on each side, so straightening and then the wiring. Next weekend is supposed to be even nicer, so hopefully all gets done by then. I didn't put up the canes because we are supposed to get quite the rain soaker on Thursday evening. I'll get the yard props up during the week before the rain, hopefully. Here's where I am at so far.
  2. Hahaha, at least I bought mine at the end of August. The looks were less insane.
  3. So the post covers are coming along nicely except I ran out of 6d finishing nails 10 nails short of finishing the last and final post. My posts are 5'5" all, I have snowflake lights hanging down across the front near them, so I decided to do around 5'. So, I bought four 1x8"x6' boards and trimmed them down to 5'2" (yes, with my Ryobi battery powered circular saw). Then I measured the boards one inch in so I'd have room to drive a nail at top and bottom to affix them to the current posts. From there I measured every 8.5" which is close to even. I marked each of those as they are my main starting points for starting each section of lights. From there I measure 2 1/8" which gave me pretty close to even measurements between the 8.5" section and mark those off all the way down the board doing all the marking on both sides. From there I start driving nails at each mark. After the nails are done I take 3 strings of bright white and 4 string of red (100 lights) and 1 white and 1 red (50 lights). I start at nail number one and slide the light string over the nail and move up to nail #5 (main 8.5" point) on the other board, then I wrap the lights up each side (5 nails each side), then wrap around the 4 prime nails, and continue wrapping to fill in as much as possible. Then I switch to the other color, start at nail #5 on my starting point (which already has my first set of lights around it) and repeat until I put the 3 strands of white and 3 strands of red (100 lights) down the board. Then I take a 50 string of the next matching color and do the ends. On one side you only use one nail and 5 on the other to fill in the bottom and top small sections. Plug the whites in together and the reds in together and I have my two channels of lights ready to set to my post. Now to finish the other 3 (if I can find 10 more nails somewhere). Here is what that first post looks like. At viewing distance they fill in quite nicely.
  4. Thanks, your place looks awesome, can't wait to see the 2019 videos (since I'm not crossing Lake Michigan on a Ferry in December to see them in person).
  5. Just wanted to give a shout out in this thread to @jfuller8400 and his thread on building a RGB Tester (which I will be doing before next season). You can get the link to his youtube video in his thread here: http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/50511-hand-held-dumb-rgb-tester/ And then I want to smack @tlogan for freaking me out that my "r's" looked like the bends were too tight. After having my neighbor craft some of his tools into a way I could test my strips with a 9-volt battery I am happy to say, yes they are tested, and yes Merry and all the individual letters of Christmas do light up. When I tried to do it myself with a 9-volt and some wires and the word merry (which is using a full strip) didn't come on, I about threw all my stuff in the garbage, lol... But reason won out and after my neighbor cobbled together some of his tester wires I did get all rgb channels on all of them to come on. Now I wait for my delivery of home depot wood so I can finish the front porch pole lighting.
  6. Dear @jfuller8400, I apologize for freaking out and hijacking your thread. Now I for sure want to watch your video and make the tester box. Thanks for the assist all, my neighbor who does hvac concocted a simple 9v tester for me and I am ecstatic to say all my letters actually do work.
  7. Yeah, I see that now. Too late and out of budget to back out this year. Either I abandon the Merry Christmas letters or get it fixed in the next two weeks. I'm hoping I can do the letters without breaks because it looks really good with my sequencing in the visualizer.
  8. I may have hurt the wire ends when I was pulling them through the vinyl tubing (crosses fingers) Then I won't have to restring, just cut back a bit of the tubing and fix the wires.
  9. And now to search through a million posts to find that one where it tells me which soldering iron/solder I need to order from Amazon. I have plenty of strips left over to fix any that I may have (did) screw up. Just no way to solder wire to them, lol...
  10. My wife has some led string lights that use 3 AA batteries. I wonder if I can chop the box for that and wires off and use that, because then I can heat shrink it back on.
  11. On my spelling of Christmas each of the letters are wired individually. I can get some to light up, but not others. Of course the plug ends seem cheap and some might be bad so I need to strip the wire back a little to test. The worst is the letter I was most worried about lights. Letters I felt good about I'm struggling with, but it is too hard to hold two wires to a battery and get them to touch the led wires. I'm scouring the house now to see if I have some old toy that has that 9-volt clip and wiring on it. I was going to make everyone unsafe and rip apart one of the smoke detectors, but the battery snaps into those so it doesn't have the clip-on end. I tried to see if they sold that at home depot, but I get a million responses searching 9-volt and I don't know if it has a real name.
  12. Ugh, that means I've got letter trouble.
  13. Oops, you posted it in June to youtube. I guess I should search better... 😂
  14. Great video and nice job on the Tester @jfuller8400 now if you had built it back in September I might have had time to do my own, lol... So @PhilMassey are you telling me I can simply take a 9-volt battery, hook the negative wire to the black and the positive to r/g/b to light one of them up and make sure I didn't break anything?
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