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  1. Another item to look at would be your support lines the lights are wrapping around. As you add more weight (light strings) the support lines can sag toward the middle. That would make a smaller distance for subsequent light strings to travel as the wrap around the tree. This is my third year with a 20 foot tall Weber tree and the 16 wire support lines each go to a steak in the ground and are tightened with turnbuckles.
  2. johnm160 wrote: The seven 6 ft. trees to the left of the Weber tree are metal trees I purchased used. I stripped off all the old incandescent lights, painted the framework green then wrapped each with the white, red and green LEDs. There's about 2,300 total lights on each. I will say it did take forever to wrap those trees but they were one of the easiest things to put out in the display. I just had to put them in place and attach the guy wires. We get a lot of wind. Here's an earlier post about those same trees... http://forums.lightorama.com/forum82/27506.html
  3. T110431 wrote: We have a fairly nice camera at work that I used for these videos. The Sony PMW-EX3 is an HD camera.
  4. Thanks everyone. I had a lot of very nice comments from the people I know who saw the show. I got to meet a lot of neighbors during the teardown. They were all very appreciative.
  5. My second year is done. The lights are put away in the garage and planning is underway for next year. I just got the 2011 videos posted. http://vimeo.com/user4460530/videos Let me know what you think. (only the good stuff please)
  6. Jim, Sorry to hear about your truck. Maybe it would be better if you took the Husky sticker off the back.
  7. I was going to cover my four arches with dryer venting but I couldn't fit the venting over the lights. As you can see from the photo I'm just using LED minis tightly wrapped around a 3/4 inch PVC. All the lights kept catching and poking through the plastic venting material. Attached files
  8. Very Nice Christian! You did a great job with the "lip syncing". LMFAO would be very proud. It may be time to start driving a KIA.
  9. Very moving! I too am looking forward to the new CCR collection I'll be acquiring next year. Thanks Brian.
  10. Jim... Jim... Jim... if only you had gone to a good school. Not that icky U o' Dub. Go Cougs! Glad your CCR and tree are functioning again.
  11. Nice work George! It looks like you could definitely put some light on the dark side of the moon.
  12. Surfing4Dough wrote: ROFLMAO +1 You know Jim went to UW and now has a lesson on how the "W" just does not fit.
  13. I went with the portable power panel. It plugs into the 50 amp service used for the RV. Attached files
  14. Okay Jim I've got a video posted of the Cougar fight song. I was going to wait for a decent camera to record the video but with today's new coach announcement I felt like it was necessary to post sooner. I think it turned out pretty well. Sorry no purple or gold.
  15. Very nice! I started with a 32 channel display last year. Great work on the sequencing! When you get a chance send a PM to Jimswinder and let him know how to put a mega tree on the roof that will stay put.:shock:
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