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Frank Farmer last won the day on December 14 2014

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    Gloucester County, VA
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    EE, business owner

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  1. At the end of the year I unassembled the tree and wrap each pole with ribbons in bubble wrap. It gets stored on top of some shelves I have in the garage. See picture. I just bought a box of bubble wrap and cut it in the lengths I needed. Then used rubber bands to hold them in place. That way I can use it year after year. http://lightshow.franktronics.net/wp-content/gallery/building-the-12-ribbon-rgb-pixel-tree-with-6-channel-star/IMG_20130807_112330_8021.jpg
  2. Hi Tom, I would go with the zip ties. That's what I did 4 years ago and they are still holding. The trick with longevity of ribbons is to put them in place and never move them. Velcro makes me think you would consider removing the ribbons at some time, they won't last long if you do that. I still have the original ribbons on my CCR tree without ever having a bad pixel. Another option you might consider is silicon. I put my roofline ribbons on 4 years ago with silicon and they are still holding too. They also are on the aluminum tubing. This tubing/ribbons has been exposed to the weather and sun for over 4 year, running 24 hours a day. Check out my web-site photo gallery to see what they look like. Frank
  3. Hi James, Could I get a copy too? thanks frank at franktronics dot com
  4. My CCR tree goes up this week. If anyone needs any detailed pictures of anything, let me know and I'll post them.
  5. 1) Yes, the bolt is left with the tubing, a nut and washing holding it in place. This will be year 4 for my tree and not one of the bolts have worked out yet. 2a) Having a single power supply unit keeps me from having to mount the 6 transforms that come with the CCR's. It's a much cleaner and easier to maintain system. 2b) My strips are mounted with the connectors at the bottom. Each of my controllers are mount just to the left and right of center. Therefor I didn't need to change the length of the lines coming from the strips. My controller boxes are mounted to the wall just a couple of feet behind the CCR tree. 3) The two outside poles of the tree actually mount to the BACK of my star. http://lightshow.franktronics.net/?attachment_id=714
  6. Here is the new Radioshack link for the power connectors: http://www.radioshack.com/size-m-coaxial-dc-power-plug-2-pack/2741569.html Yes, the junction box is 12x12 and is 6 inches deep. I got it at home depot, but I've seen them at Lowes too. However I can't find it on their website.
  7. Just put all of my CCR tree sequences on sale for 2015 http://lightshow.franktronics.net
  8. I have 3 boxes, each with a 12volt 30 amp PS in it. It's coming up on 3 years now and they have been running 24/7. They run all the roof line Pixels lights that I have running year round.
  9. Great pictures Larry, thanks for posting them. I like the use of the wing-nuts, good idea.
  10. I have a few 12 ribbons sequences on my website. http://lightshow.franktronics.net
  11. Yes, the CTB16PC controller will power the ELL's, no problem. I do it all the time. I've run two devices (mini-director and ELL) off of one CTB16PC. Haven't tried any more than that.
  12. That's cool. Will be nice for a couple of wireless/mobile applications I'm looking at.
  13. I usually run my show for the weekend, at least. This year I'll run it from the 1st to the 5th.
  14. I do a 4th of July show every year, for about 6 years now. I built a flag back then out of a 4x8 foot PVC sheet and used c7 lights. I replaced all the lights about 2 years ago. I'm thinking about upgrading it to RGB this year (or next). http://youtu.be/CoxGhV5IjA4 I also build a digital RGB firework last year, It's over 8 feet round (900 pixels) Pictures of it are on my photo gallery: http://lightshow.franktronics.net/index.php/photo-gallery/ sample video of one song from last years show: http://lightshow.franktronics.net/index.php/videos/ Maybe these will give you some ideas.
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