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  1. DougP

    One more time, BACKUP!!!

    If you need help, this just might help you. I have folders under "My Documents" where I place everything that I want to backup. Every so often I backup the folder "My Documents". This way I can backup everything real easy to thumb drives just by backing up the one folder.
  2. Yep, I worked in IT for 20 years and we had a saying that we used. "BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP" If you don't you will regret it. People still didn't listen. A computer is like a disaster that's going to happen, you just don't know when.
  3. Backup, Backup your files on the computer to a thumb drive after all changes to your show because you will lose them if you don't. The hard drive will fail and you just don't know when it will happen.
  4. DougP

    Veterans Day

    And right back to you. Thanks for your service.
  5. I use the plugs that are on the incan light strings. I cut them off of old strings and then splice them onto the ends of the led strings. SP1 & SP2 plugs are too big.
  6. Just wire any small male plug on to the cut wires.
  7. I never upgrade right before it's time to run my display. I would uninstall and reinstall the old version.
  8. DougP

    LOR Forums *Member Down*

    Hope and pray you get better real soon.
  9. DougP


    I can attest to the shipping cost is high. UPS is very high and I now use FedEx only for shipping my wire frames. I wish I could use the Flat Rate boxes, but nothing I ship will fit in them. I have to make my own boxes to help keep the cost of shipping down. I have noticed that some try to use a one size box for shipping which will drive up the cost for smaller items.
  10. Another year of building frames is winding down as we will have to stop building in Oct. so that we can start pulling all of our stuff from storage and fix things that stopped working in storage. It never fails. First off, this is a hobby for me and if you think I’m making a lot of money, I got news for you, I’m not. I could make more money flipping burgers. I JUST LOVE MAKING FRAMES and helping you put smiles on people’s faces. I have a friend that comes over when I need him to help with clean up. There are a few things that everyone needs to understand about the process of ordering a frame or frames from builders that build custom frames. On my website I have pictures of frames that I maintain templates for. If you order any of them, you can expect to receive one that looks just like the picture. If you want any changes to any of the stock frames, you must make sure that I understand just what you want. Just you saying “I’m thinking about” will not get the changes made. You must say I want these changed or added. If you want to order a special frame then you must send me a picture of what you want. If you make a drawing of what you want, please remember that anything that doesn’t look right might look really bad after I blow it up to size. I always take a picture of the drawing of a custom frame and will send it to you to look at and verify that it’s going to work for you. DON’T just glance at the picture and call it good. This is what your frame is going to look like. PLEASE, don’t wait until I have the pieces bent and tack welded together to say something. I try to always send a picture of the frame after I have it tacked together. As far as placing orders, I cut off taking orders somewhere between 80 to 100 frames ordered for the year. I need to have all frames made and shipped by the middle of Oct for the year ordered. Right now I have orders for next year already. It takes an average of 2 to 3 days to cut, bend and weld an average frame. It will be another day for cleanup and take to the powder coater. The powder coater requires at least a week to work my stuff in. Of course some frames will take less time than others. I have about 41 weeks to get everything made and I normally work a 44 hour week. The bottom line is it takes a team to get this done and you are the other part of the team. I can’t read minds, so please, please make sure that I fully understand what you want. As far as paying for the orders, I will not start working on a frame until I have the money in hand. If you need to make payments, I will let you make them with half down. When I know I will start building your frames in a couple of weeks I will let you know so that you can send the rest of the money. I will always figure the shipping cost after I have all of your frames made as the shipping charges change and I don’t have any control over that. I always try to make the frames in such a way to keep the shipping charges down. The key is to commutate, commutate, commutate.
  11. I just talked with Val at Christmas-leds.com and it with great sadness that I make this post. She did ask that no one make a post on her Facebook pages as she will see this and the replies later on. Her husband (Gray) has been fighting cancer now for a long time and it appears that he only has a very short time to live. He is on home hospice and very very weak. Please pray for her and her family as they go thru this very hard time of their life.
  12. DougP

    Prayers for Val & Family

    UPDATE - Gray passed away this morning Apr. 7th at 2:39 am.
  13. I'm extremely humbled by all of you great people. Due to the large demand for my work I've had to stop taking orders as of Friday, Apr. 6, 2018. If you do place an order it will be placed onto a waiting list and if possible I will make them for this year. If you have any questions please contact me.Once again, you all are the best and I'm very humbled.
  14. I would love a copy also JR. dphillips@sqdancer.com Thanks
  15. DougP

    100 percent LOR

    I have 14 LOR AC boxes and still only use LED light strings. Just last year I added 2 tune to signs made up of 4 p10 panels each as stand-a-longs run with Raspberry Pi's. I'm not planning on using pixels at all.
  16. I'm looking to see if there is anyone close to Rock Hill, SC that might be able to talk to a guy that lives in that area. He's looking at getting a singing face and start using LOR to run his now static display. I think that if someone could show his a little help, it would get him started as he's a very new person and will need a little hand holding. If anyone can help him out, please send me a PM. Thanks, Doug
  17. Well, we have some great news. We got a call from FedEx wanting to talk about my company and shipping. After 2 calls they have given me a better discount on the shipping. The bottom line is, you the customers will be saving money on shipping from now on.
  18. Thanks for the kind words. I've always tried to only charge what it actually cost to ship as I don't think it's right to make money on shipping. I've even refunded some when I over charge for the shipping.
  19. Well, how often do you see lower prices? We just lowered the prices on a lot of our frames due to the fact that we have found a new supplier for some of the supplies that we need to make the frames and it cost us less than before. Therefor we are passing that on to all of you. We are not going to say that they may go lower again, but if we can we'll do it again.
  20. DougP

    Lower Prices - Wire Frame D'Lites

  21. DougP

    Lower Prices - Wire Frame D'Lites

    I also have one in my display and only used 8 channels. I used LED Rope light on mine.
  22. DougP

    strobe light strings?

    Yes, Only on and off. Fades will destroy them.
  23. DougP

    Lower Prices - Wire Frame D'Lites

    You have it. It just depends on how you light it.
  24. DougP

    Lower Prices - Wire Frame D'Lites

    No they don't but I can give them the needed info.