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About jeffandnicole

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    2.7.6 - 2.9.4
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  1. Howd you guess? Lol. Yeah this happened when the cord was actually too short to secure or tie down...so I figured I'd make do...and sure enough eventually someone tripped over the cord. I use the wireless easy light linkers from the pc to outside. Since there's 2 jacks inside the unit, I'm able to do 2 different runs (which I need to do by necessity anyway) and have these 2 faulty units at the end of each line. And I appreciate the advice from each of you regarding the hot glue gun. I'll definitely try that first and see how it goes!
  2. It's the CTB16PC controller. As you can see in the pic, it's ever so slightly pulled out of its proper placement (the other is similarly just a bit off). I don't believe there's any damage to the pins, as before it became too loose I could wiggle it enough to get it to work. As for soldering, I have the soldering iron. I don't think I have any other material for it, since I never tried using it. However, I (well, actually, my wife) do have the hot glue gun.
  3. Over time, 2 RJ45 jacks in 2 different units (I have 10 in total) have become loose. Admittedly, I've never used a soldering tool before, although I have one sitting in the package in my closet! Being a little leery of trying it on the equipment, is there anyone in the South Jersey/Delaware/Philly area that wouldn't mind taking a look and possibly fixing them? I will be happy to buy lunch/dinner or simply pay you for your time! Aside from that, how hard will it be for a soldering newbie to reattach these jacks back to the board?
  4. Mike: Where did you get them from? That was my experience as well: I purchased a pair at Walmart, and the resulting glow was much dimmer than a traditional C7 bulb.
  5. I too like the candy canes. I'm going to give such a design some thought for next year!
  6. You want your display to stand out; something different. Use a wild cat.
  7. I have numerous blowmolds in my display, and roughly 60 of the small ones take C7 bulbs. I was looking at replacing them with LEDs. Being that they're hidden inside the blowmolds, would you recommend pure white or warm white, and from which website/company/vendor have you had good success with?
  8. It was my first controller...and quite a learning experience! I replaced the fuse quite a few times before I realized exactly how much amperage I was running thru that thing! Good times. OK, I'll be in touch. Thanks!
  9. Unless the frames look like crap from where people are standing or sitting in their cars, I wouldn't worry about it too much. They're only going to see the lights anyway. Spot-touch the worst areas with a paintbrush.
  10. I'll take a pic some day of what I did to three of my triacs. I have a traffic light that I rewired to control the lights individually. However, I allowed one of the wires to touch something it wasn't supposed to touch in the traffic light, and it blew out 3 of my triacs in that box, causing them to look like yours! I fixed the traffic light wiring problem and now the light works well, although I can't use those 3 channels (there's actually a 4th that doesn't work for some reason too). No, I never contacted LOR about it, since it was obviously my fault. And for the record, I actually have 2 traffic lights, and hooked up this whole system in my backyard in the summer. The end effect was I had two functioning traffic lights that used 6 channels total: separate green, yellow, and red on both. A few more traffic lights, and I could practically control an intersection with LOR! (Note: As cool as that would be, I don't recommend this)
  11. After several years of putting away short extension cords, I found this works best for me: Lay out all similar size cords together. Using a typical Rubbermaid storage bin, take 8 - 10 of the extension cords, loosely loop them inside, then take a newspaper or add page to go over them, then do the next 8 - 10. Next year, you'll be able to quickly grab each bunch, and they're a lot easier to untangle. Added bonus - the bins don't get overly heavy. Yes, you many need an extra bin or two via this method, but it's well worth it!
  12. One thing I was going to try (but never went thru with it) was the good interlocking velcro like they use for securing EZ Passes to a windshield. I see you're from Tennessee, so you may be unfamiliar with it. It's not regular velcro, but a much stronger locking type that does not come separated easily. Many hardware/department stores (Lowes, Target, etc) sell it, and it comes generally in white & black, although clear may be found also. Like I said, the interlocking pieces don't separate easily. For what I'm using a few CCRs for, I decided against it for that reason.
  13. I've actually downgraded my Halloween display back to a static display. I still have the songs I previously used programmed, but the time and energy to upgrade everything with the additional controllers is pretty intense. I do use the LOR boxes though to power the lights thru the computer, so I'm not plugging everything in each night, turning on switches, etc. So...definitely use the LOR equipment for Halloween - just create an animation display in the sequence editor where all channels are always on, so you don't have to worry too much about plugging the decorations in any specific way.
  14. I'm currently doing a project where I'm attaching CCRs to brick, using #8 x 3/4 screws and the rubber straps that came with the CCR. Wood should be a bit easier - you can get away with #6 x 1/2 or 3/4 screws. There are enough straps to place them every 18" or so...probably even a bit closer.
  15. George Simmons wrote: Well, the difference between job satisfaction and viewer satisfaction is that viewer satisfaction is so easy. Play a song, have some lights flash, and people are happy. Kids are overjoyed. The public is amazed at how we are able to coordinate lights to a random radio station. Job satisfaction in programming the lights is probably rarely achieved. It may look good enough, but we will nitpick at our own creation over and over again, wondering how crappy the display looks when the blue lights flashing to the beat 2 minutes, into the song were 0.04 seconds off. Well...at least that's the way I feel much of the time!!!
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