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  1. Try this place http://www.liteclipstrip.com/ Anthony
  2. Try different cables too the cable off the first one going to the secone may be bad. Anthony
  3. I tried the link and it does not go to the correct page. Try this one instead http://www.christmas-decorations-gifts-store.com/store/PPF/parameters/3181_49/more_info.asp Anthony
  4. Go here and this is what you will be looking for. http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/16'-Christmas-Decorating-Pole-with-Adapter-Greenery-Installation-Accessories--21236--756.htm Then go to Lowes or Home Depot to get it there, it is around $12. You can to to the paint section and get any length pole you want to get the lights in the trees. I suggest getting the extension poles with the fiberglass main pole to lessen any chance of getting the shock of your life/death in the event you make connection with a live circuit. I have used the 24 foot extension for many years and if you do not overload the pole it works great. Anthony
  5. Go here this will help you. http://www.ehow.com/list_7329664_difference-between-c7-c9-lights.html Anthony
  6. Call the power company I had an issue where everyone on the same transformer would have dimming and flashing lights not only at Christmas time but when some power tools or a vacuum was turned on to certain plugs. After I did some checking I found a one volt difference in the power drop and then tested on that line. I could male the lights dim and flicker with as small as a 5 amp load on. It ended up being a loose connection on the transformer and the transformer had to be replaced. Anthony
  7. You can accomplish this by using a growth retarder. Most cities do this on the hard to mow locations. I dont know the specifics for using, mixing, how it works or what they use. You can start with a local commercial lawn and garden business and see what they have to offer. If you take this on yourself experiment in an our of the way or unseen area of your yard to see what it does. Anthony
  8. I had this problem before. I was having flickering issues along with all the neighbors on the same transformer. I found it by accident one night. If you are qualified enough to check line voltage at the lugs inside of your breaker box check for a voltage difference in the readings for both loads. meaning the supply voltage at the lugs before the main breaker. IF YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED DO NOT DO THIS. A voltage difference of as little as one volt can cause the lights to flicker. The voltage difference on my lines was exactly that. In my case the connections at the transformer were burned. There could be any other cause for a voltage difference from a bad splice to the lead wires at the transformer to the connection at your meter. If there is any voltage difference have it checked by an electrician ot the power supply company. Anthony
  9. PM me i have 7 of them but 3 may be sold already. Anthony
  10. I dont know of anyone that is doing this. Look at it this way if I were to build your kit I would charge a minimum of $50 plus shipping both ways. Now you have just spent more money than the finished kit would be. Anthony
  11. I made a candy cane fence out of coroplast. It's two foot tall and made in four foot sections. East to put up and easy to make. If I get to my pc at home I can get you some pictures. Lookb n my avatar and you can see the fence. Anthony
  12. I made a candy cane fence out of coroplast. It's two foot tall and made in four foot sections. East to put up and easy to make. If I get to my pc at home I can get you some pictures. Anthony
  13. Weather you go 3 feet or 4 foot of pipe on either side of the joint does not matter. The weakest point is the area where the two 1 inch pipe sections join with the sleeve inside. Your strength does not lie with how long your inner pipe is. You are reducing the support from 1 inch down to what ever size inner pipe you use and then you inside pipe becomes your weakest point. Im assuming you want to reduce the diameter the coupling takes up for your hub to clear. I have used 1 1/2 pipe 25 feet tall with three steel couplings and made the hub to clear the couplings. I tapered the entrance and exit of the hub and also slightly rounder the leading edges of the coupling and never had any issues with raising or lowering the hub. Anthony
  14. There is a bunch over here http://www.lonestarholidays.com/ Anthony
  15. Try connecting it to the pc and open the hardware utility and turn off all the channels. I had one new controller do this after I tested it and this corrected it. Anthony
  16. Building you controllers or purchasing them already assembled is something you have to decide for yourself. I have soldered 28 controllers and the reason I did this was to be able to get more controllers for the money. If you decide to do this and are only going to build a few controllers then you are not saving money due to the fact you are going out and getting tools to do the job. So think about why you are doing this and if you really are saving money and decide for yourself. If you dont plan on building a large number of controllers maybe its better to get them assembled. As far as tools I dont use anything expensive i purchased two pencil irons fixed watts 25 and 45 watts from Sears for under $16. as far as other tools I like using one of the large lighted magnifying glass lights. its easy on my eyes and helps keep the solder fumes away from your face and eyes. have a good set of cutters and several small blocks of wood to raise the board up off your work table. Some painters or masking tape to hold the components in while you solder will help too. The directions in the kit make it easy to follow and you should not have a problem doing this. Read the directions and follow the steps and take your time. Tips for soldering keep your tip clean I use a wet sponge to clean as I go and about half way through I file the tip clean. A dirty tip does not transfer heat very well. Look at your solder and watch it flow into the board and component. When properly heated the solder will flow very easy. Take two short stranded wires and twist them together. Heat only the end of the wires and as the wires heat you will see the solder flow along the wires. The board will do the same thing. PM me if you have any questions Anthony
  17. If you are going to do this with C7 or C9 strings I would not recommend doing this. C7 and C9 strings are polarized for a reason and that is to make sure the hot lead is always on the center of the socket. You did not state what type of light string you are connecting. If you are using C7 or C9 strings and the hot lead is on the threaded socket side then you will have a potential of creating an electrocution hazard if the bulb is removed while the string is on. Mini light strings are wired different and are usually not polarized. Anthony
  18. How about using the plastic garden stakes. I use them a lot and to join them all you need is some plastic or rubber hose. It last years and if you dont want it any more cut the hose off and you still have the stakes. Where the stakes intersect use tie wraps to help hold it together. Anthony
  19. Do a search on a mega tree calculator. If you cant find one PM or email me and I will send you one. Anthony
  20. Arnold Go here and sign up you will find someone in your area to give you a hand. http://www.lone-star-holidays.com/ Anthony
  21. Anyone that would like a copy PM me with your email address and I will send it to you. Anthony
  22. I do it with 5 channels. I made multi circuit strings about 5 years ago and have a power point on making the strings. Anthony
  23. The sockets came with the lights. Dont know the brand name of the socket. Action lighting has the sockets and I have used several hundred of those and they are over 6 seasons use and not one failure. Anthony
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