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Richard Hamilton

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  1. Well Mr. P, I guess that after they install the light, I'll have to ship my pellet gun to you ? ? Over the years on here, I've heard of some strange ways of getting the street light to go off during the show, but none I was willing to try in my previous neighborhood. At my present house, there is a street light right at the end of our driveway, but it doesn't seem to affect the appearance of our lights in any way.
  2. Agree with all replies above. A 2nd unnecessary network will just complicate things down the road when you don't really need it. Channel config of IDs was likely the issue. I hope you ran the Ve (Verifier) program which will point out those discrepancies.
  3. And just to add that you don't necessarily have to use SuperStar to program your tree. There are a lot of good effects that you can add very easily and faster to the tree with just the sequence editor.
  4. Well, honestly speaking... I remembered this because I had the same trouble finding it a couple of months ago when I was trying to create some new groups.
  5. Hmmmm, I also made that mistake. I really like SS5 and the integration, but I am just not anywhere near knowledgeable enough to use it yet, so I am looking forward to hopefully seeing some thorough documentation or videos at some point. Right now, I do most of my effects in S5.
  6. If I am understanding your question correctly, then go into "Preview Design". Then select "Add Item" button at top left. The 2nd item in the list allows to to create a new group from existing props.
  7. I don't bother..... The wife has learned that if she goes and lays out all the extension cords for me, then her Christmas present is bigger, better, and more expensive ! ?
  8. Agree they are rigid and I did something similar to dibblejr. I use 1/2" EMT and although it is heavier than PVC, the tree is really solid. For each string, I use a standard 10' EMT and use a couple for another cut 6' section so the total length is 16' and matches the length of a CCR. I drilled a small hole into the EMT so that the set screws from the coupler actually go into the hole instead of just pressing against the pipe. Then I put Locktight on the screw to keep it from coming out. The marine adhesive is also a great idea.
  9. I'm not sure I know what you are talking about? Can you explain more?
  10. Nice job on the arches. Looks like you put a lot of work into them. I was a bit more lazy on mine ?
  11. I wish I could find a decent clip for mounting my bulbs on my block retaining walls so I do have to force a nail in the cracks to hang the strings.
  12. I haven't used the green cables in a few years. Maybe they have changed. At the time, they were really good quality and never failed except that up where I live with very high UV in the clear skies and 5,000 feet, the UV was making the cable sheathing very brittle and cracked, then they failed. I also started getting white cables (less heat absorption) with UV protection and have no problems since.
  13. I wouldn't recommend that. It's asking for trouble. GFCIs are there for a reason. As Jim said, find the source of the problem. I'v been using GFCIs outside for my lights for over 20 years now and never a single trip that I can remember. When things are set up properly, there shouldn't be a problem and still be safer. Yea, I realize this is an old thread from last year, but if you had trouble last year, it will probably resurface again this year. ? Who hangs out in the middle of a light show? Nosey kids that love the display. Let's hope it isn't raining when they are there after you replace the GFCIs.
  14. You might be surprised to find many other LOR users in a city like Topeka. Perhaps yo u can find a couple on here and get together to share ideas and get local help.
  15. Agree with others. I leave my own during the Christmas season, but speaking from an electronics engineering perspective, I don't leave them on all year. Especially up here where it can get to 105 on some days in the summer, I don't want to generate even more internal heat in the units, nor want any unnecessary voltage spikes going into the units during the rest of the year. Heat is the #1 enemy of electronics. Power up and down is second. The amount of wattage drawn from most of these devices is barely even noticeable on an electric bill. I installed 120V outlets up under the eves of the house, and the CCR controllers are near by. All I have to do to power them up in for the season is to step on a short ladder for a few steps and press the reset button on the GFCI outlet. End of season, I hit the trip button.
  16. Yea, been there done that ? Zip ties for most anything outside has been a problem for me as well so I stopped using them a few years ago.
  17. Maybe your ribbons were exposed to the sun directly ?? I've mentioned elsewhere that I put mine up under the eves and they still look good and not discolored after several years. I live in the high desert at 5,000 feet so the sun UV is intense up here.
  18. I'm using ribbons inside my arches and use S5. For me, S5 provides a fast and easy way to add lot of nice effects without needing to use SS. I guess it is just a personal choice thing.
  19. Just a quick thought here. On the eve's I remember seeing someone on this forum say they zip tied their CCRs to a small PVC pipe and that made it easy to just put the pipe up on hooks or nail and then take down easy. I thought that was a good idea. For me, I installed my CCR strips permanently under the eve to stay there year-round, yet not able to see them unless they are on. Much less work for me to not put them up and take them down every year. The only other things to install is my tree and lower landscaping CCRs.
  20. Yup, I also ditto all you said. I love S5 and would never want to go back to S4. The integration and use is so much easier once I got used to the changes. It was definitely worth the investment in time for me. Part of what took me longer to learn it is the current lack of documentation on S5. Good documentation could have probably saved me hours of experimentation. Hopefully that is coming soon so I can learn even more tricks. Thanks to the dev team for making a big improvement. It took me about 20 hours of time to get all my sequences set up properly in S5. Importing was easily. Reassigning things the way I wanted it and adding more effects is what too the extra time. I'm all set for the season now.
  21. DevMike, wow. That is a GREAT amount of detail and information. Thanks for taking your valuable time to put this together. Much of it I already knew, but I learned some new important facts !!! Oh, and a mention about use of ELLs would be nice. I've found that I can't use ELLS in my CCR networks as there is too much lag at that speed. I run cat5 instead.
  22. Well, I was in shock to see that I got my stuff within a couple weeks of the TFF order. But then again, I placed my order on the first day of the sale. Last year, I placed my order near the end of the sale and didn't see the stuff until end of October.
  23. Jim, you may disagree as you seem to run a Christmas show biggest enough to be seen from the space station. From my experience, it doesn't require much of a powerful computer to run a light show with LOR. ?
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