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dgrant last won the day on May 8 2017

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    Van Buren, AR
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    Retired Spacecraft Test Engineer

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    I researched the Internet and found LOR! I always wanted to do lights to music and now I can :)
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  1. dgrant

    The same ol, same ol GFCI tripping issue

    Due to the major rain events where I live, I finally gave up on the GFCI circuits but due to the code requirements noted above, I still had to maintain them. So, even though its not wise to do, I wired in switches that bypass the GFCI. So only "after" they trip on their own, I can flip the switch and bypass the GFCI therefore the show continues to run normally. As soon as possible, I switch back to GFCI normal mode. As previously stated, this is not the most optimal way of handling things but I take the risks and watch carefully for anyone deciding to get out of their cars. To accomplish this, I use double-pole, double-throw switches and unless you know precisely what you are doing, don't attempt it.
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    Got My First Complaint

    I informed the association its going back up on Tuesday and no one said a thing. They did not ask me to take it down, just the one lady was less than happy. She mentioned in her message that she's glad she doesn't live next door too me. As I see it, good thing she doesn't live next too me because I'd turn up the sound and its up on Halloween night anyway. Here the past few nights, the show runs anyway, lights to Halloween music along with animation on a 24x50 matrix. I keep the volume down so as not to blast the neighborhood. But, Halloween day, I'll put out the animatronics, and get ready for the night...at which time the volume goes up! I'll have to extract her email to the association and post it in here.
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    Dying Pixels??

    Same here for me. Windy the other night in the storm. I had shut down the inflatables so they were fine. Today its blowing again so I don't know if I'll turn them on again or not. 25-40Mph so its doubtful unless it slows down. Out there in S. Calif. sure hope those SantaAna winds don't help burn down everything. Seems to happen every year and I know, I grew up out there!
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    Got My First Complaint

    What can I say...never intended to frighten a child. I did take it down but its going back up on Halloween! This neighborhood easily sees a thousand people trick-or-treating between the parents, hay-rides and kids of course.
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    Got My First Complaint

    Halloween setup. A lady in the neighborhood complained to the association that her 6-year old was scared by my BigLots Skeletal Dragon I had sitting on top of the brick mailbox. She went on to mention the traffic at Christmas but said she wasn't complaining. I wrote her back and gracefully offered to take down the dragon till Halloween Day itself then it'll go back up along with the animatronics. I offered her to stop by any time and talk about her concerns but of course, she didn't write back. Its sitting in the garage now. My Halloween display is a lot but not near as much as Christmas. I Can't seem to please everyone as I've also gotten lots of compliments.
  6. Yes, Tried lots of different channels and still had the same issue. Finally gave up and ran RS485 cables. Yes, updated firmware as needed for each considering I own 6 of the ELL's
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    Dying Pixels??

    I've got Ray's strips as well as nodes. I've had failures of both types. Usually just a single node or set of three led's on a strip where the three are actually one. I greatly try to avoid having to cut open a strip although I just did on one as once again, water got in from the end. I had to drain the water and dry it out, then seal it again. China's idea of waterproofing is not our idea. The water gets in from the wires at the end, between the individual wires. I've had better luck by adding extra silicone II on each end but I missed one and sure enough, it had issues. Also, strain-reliefs are very important on these as the solder connections are very delicate and break easily.
  8. I did two homes last year and again will be doing the same this year. However, my house is only 30 feet distance to the next one. I have ELL's but for some unknown reason, the last couple of years that I tried to use them, I got lots of interference so I ended up having to run a cable. In my case, I use a single picture of both homes, used the visualizer to create all channels for each home and so on. It works nicely. Now this is all on the S4 software. I have the S5 software but haven't had the time to get into it yet so this season, I might end up running the S4 again. Will see! As "ericm" mentioned, 250 feet apart is a ways but hey, go for it! If possible, fill in the space between with props that you can light up.
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    5.0.4 Import of Ver 4 files

    Yeah, it was my fault, not the software. I had shifted things within a track, then messed up and exported the configuration and finally, adding singing Christmas trees.... so things were messed up. My fault.
  10. I just loaded in 5.0.4 into my show computer and imported my first sequence from last year's show. This sequence has multiple tracks. What I quickly saw is that things didn't import correctly. Some areas imported correctly but others did not. Today, I'll do a comparison from the previous version to this one, to break it down and see what's not correct and if possible, identify what I found. Sorry this is a bit vague but expected to find other reports of this already but reading through the messages, didn't see anything related.
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    RJ45 Ports - Outside?

    I use two waterproof connections to a waterproof box on the outside. https://www.vpi.us/c/waterproof-cat5e6-rj45-connectors-cables-313 The only thing I don't care for is that the chains holding the covers, are not stainless steel therefore the chain rusts.
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    Pixcon16 Dual Power Supplies

    I run a pixcon16 with two power supplies for a 24x50 matrix, for Halloween. I elected not to connect the grounds into a common ground due to power supplies and my not having a schematic too them. They are each rated for IP67 I think for outdoors as long as hanging downward and each is 12V/400Watts. They worked perfectly last year.
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    Sealing Ends of Strips

    I use exactly this same type and it works very well. Also suggest that everyone seal the ends where the 3-4 wires exit. If looking closely, many are not sealed properly. I found that out the hard way. Our idea of weatherproof and China's are different.
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    Oklahoma OKC Mini (Meet and Greet)

    Sorry gentlemen but I'm not going to be able to make it. At this instant still laid up in a Tulsa hospital and no date to when they'll let me go. I was looking forward to meeting you all David
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    Oklahoma OKC Mini (Meet and Greet)

    Sure hope I'll be there. Had a minor snafu and busted me lower left leg, Tibia and Fibular and both compounded. Two surgeries so far and at least one more to go possibly early next week. Anyway, wheelchair and my girlfriend are both coming. David