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  1. I yarn ball them too, but I found I can get 16 strings in a home depot 5 gallon bucket. Tom Straub
  2. I have to deal with all kinds of people and have as a personal outlook that..."People are morons, until proven otherwise". Works for me Tom Straub
  3. I got three days to complete the display. The dang Wind has been a witch here all month long here. Thank the Gods I have Thanksgiving "OFF" (as of now) to get things done Tom Straub
  4. Not sure I understand this method. Can you show and example, or explain so even a dummy like myself can under stand? Tom Straub
  5. Yeah, the home accent lights work okay, but if you get rain fairly often I would suggest using something like "no-lox" on them to prevent corrosion on the bulbs. You may also need a "snubber" on some to make them work properly. Tom Straub
  6. Well I do know a few things. My tree is 15' with 6' base, Galvanized Pipe pole, homemade topper w 4 inner guys and 16 outer. First year attached the 16 strings and stretched them out high enough to walk them around one at a time. Worked okay, but my strings were different lengths. Same 2nd year, but I measured all the strings to within a 1/2 inch of each other, worked a bit better. Last year tipped the tree on it's side and supported top and bottom so I could spin it. Worked okay, but a bit un-wieldy, Just trying to figure out how some other do it to see if there are better ways. Tom Straub
  7. Okay, fourth year doing a spiral tree, and I have tried several ways of wrapping it. Upright, walking the strings around, on it's side, spinning the tree. and STILL wanting to know the best way. I measure all the strings and they are within a half inch on length, and I know the first string is the most important. This year I'm going for three layers of lights, two of multi color strings (32 total) and 8 each blue and white (48 strings total). What is the BEST way to wrap the dang tree? It's driving me crazy! Tom Straub
  8. Setup as you want too. I don't use a "4" plan as I have stuff all over the place. Use the visualizer to get an idea of how things will like. Have fun with your setup! Tom Straub
  9. I personally haven't used any of the washers and have had no problems. I have the retrofit LED's in both c7 and c( and use them on the roof and under the eves. Tom Straub
  10. I have found over the years that "ANYTHING MADE BY MAN, CAN AND WILL EVENTUALLY FAIL!" So a few triacs needing to be replaced is not a big deal to me. BUT, it would be great if they were socketed Tom Straub
  11. Start tonight. Found a couple small problems and fixed. Ready to go (fingers crossed). Tom Straub
  12. I FOUND THE PROBLEM!!! Stupid me had the CTB16 Input Connector in upside down. Well, live and learn. Tom Straub
  13. Well, finally got some lights hooked up to the controller and ran a sequence from the sequence editor and they worked just fine... As I said odd problem. Tom Straub
  14. Well that didn't work either. Opening a trouble ticket. Ouch! May have to leave off one of my new props. Tom Straub
  15. It was working fine the day before. Going to swap out the comm chip and see what happens.
  16. Okay, I open the HW utility hit refresh and 6 of my 7 controllers show up (number 3 does not). But if I put the controller number in the box to the right of the refresh button, the controller works. I have reset the controller, but this is still happening. Haven't tried running a sequence since most of the lights on that controller aren't hooked up where they can be seen easily during the day. Any ideas before I start a trouble ticket? Tom Straub
  17. I had a few problems with the RDS as well. Found that turning on BOTH forms of RDS (dynamic and radio text) solved the problem. (ie: friends Ford read fine, but another friends Fiat did not til I turned both on.) Tom Straub
  18. testraub

    type of LEDs

    I use a lot of M6 strings both sealed and unsealed. On the unsealed one I remove every bulb and "no-lox" them (it's a paste for putting copper and aluminum together used by electricians) . It seemed to help this past winter, no failures due to corrision. Tom Straub
  19. If your transformer has a clock in it you will need to disable it. I use two differant Malibu transformers for my halloween stuff (12v) and they dim and shimmer and such just fine. The clocks don't like the voltage changes. You should be fine as long as you don't overload the transformers. Tom Straub
  20. Have'nt even started yet. My camera needs a new battery and it won't be here til the 16-17th . So gotta leave the whole thing up til I get some videos. By then it may be spring before anything gets put away. Tom Straub
  21. I want to use the tree wizard to make 3 differant trees, but it seems to be limited to 150" max. I need to make one 15' (180") is there a fix or work-around on this, other then doing each string seperately? Tom Straub
  22. Two words... CHAIN SAW! But my Wife would do me severe bodily harm if I cut down anything without permission. Tom Straub
  23. One song at midnight, Auld Lang Syne by the Glenn Miller Band. Tom Straub
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