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2nd year LOR user and have been updating my sequences since late October as we added 5 additional palm trees in the front yard.  I bought additional strings in January to line them with red, green and white.  We can't wait, but will hopefully go live the weekend of Thanksgiving.

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I’m glad I got most of everything up on the weekend on 11/04 because I was sick the following weekend (chest cold).  Did a lot of software stuff, but not much in the yard.    Got Zara Radio running on my FM Monday evening.  Had to edit the daylights out my Zara events because I bought a bunch of new VoiceOvers from The Demented Elf.  Still more of that to do.  The only setup left in the yard is a yard perimeter string and my Tune To signs.  Now that Zara is running 24x7 I really should get the Tune To signs up soon - maybe tonight...

I've been running sequences every morning as I leave for work.  I watch one or two songs, and then it goes back to Zara Radio.  Only found a few things that gotta get fixed :)

9 days 1 hour 6 minutes till opening as I type this - but who’s counting...

 

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Lights on in 4 days. November 20. Problems: 2 wire reversed on CMB24D controller, wire color wrong on pigtail on CMB24D controller, Had to do a hard reset on a CMB24D controller to get 2 trees to work. One bad power supply on Pixel tree. Wiring fault. My fault get some wires wrong from this summer. And one bad RJ45 on a 16 channel controller. Will sent in after the show next year. Also one bad set of RGB's from WOW lights. Replaced them not problem. All tested and working. Ready to start.

HVACR

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All 34 houses up , drone video and regular video completed...in a holding pattern until day after Thanksgiving!

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My first night of "lights on" is Thanksgiving. I figure it would be nice for all the neighbors to be able to bring their friends and family by to watch the display. I am just finishing up building the last element of the display which should be done by Saturday. I will begin installation on Sunday and work through Thanksgiving Day to be ready for that evening. I would not say I am behind schedule, however I am pushing myself to do a little bit more work these last few days than I had intended. Loving every second of it!

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K6ccc

 

You must have a long distance cold, I got it also 2 days ago, kept me down for a day only, runny nose and cough thru today but was able to work on my mega tree, almost up, we have our 10 houses almost done, 3 mega trees still have to go up and lights on one house, then should be able to go live Wednesday for the grandkids coming over for Thanksgiving a day early due to parent plans.

 

Keith

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55 minutes ago, Kapkirk said:

K6ccc

You must have a long distance cold, I got it also 2 days ago, kept me down for a day only, runny nose and cough thru today but was able to work on my mega tree,

You must have gotten it light.  I was down for most of four days and for most of that there was no way I could have done any real serious work.  Glad you got off easy.

 

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I have to say this has been the most challenging setup in the 12 years of doing LOR shows.  Halloween setup was great - temperatures in the 70's working in short sleeves.  Takedown of Halloween completely different story.  Got out 11/3 (Friday) and took some stuff in.  Next day rain - all day making yard mud.  Halloween finally down on the 5th and start on house same day.  Last weekend rains Saturday all day.  Sunday OK, but yard is mud.  Was able to do some things during short daylight after work and fixed a few loose connections.  Still have neighbors yard to do - 3 large props.  Tomorrow more rain or possibly snow.  And cables coming in today from China to finish up 4 hacked LED "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" wreaths from Menards.  This is cutting it close - black Friday (I like to call it LIGHTS Friday) has been the traditional start.  I do turn on my host, "Douglas Fir", as a tease early.  First few nights just sleeping, then wakes every 30 seconds and looks around going back to sleep, 2 days before wakes, sees a simple chase around the yard and smiles.   

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On 11/16/2017 at 10:50 PM, k6ccc said:

You must have gotten it light.  I was down for most of four days and for most of that there was no way I could have done any real serious work.  Glad you got off easy.

 

I'm beginning to think I should have taken an extra off day now, the dang cold seems to be hanging around more, and now the wife looks like she is coming down with it, bad timing, Grandkids and family coming over Wednesday is cutting it close. But the good side is I only have a couple more trees to put up and waiting on the son to come Monday to help us haul the singing trees up on the neighbors roof and then we will be in test mode, a day early if I guessed right.

Keith

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I'm scheduled off Monday and debating half days Tuesday and Wednesday to complete and test. I got a little behind because of the brutal wind today and knee/shoulder issues. Sucks getting old(er).

Adding new 16ea RWB&G mini trees this year so new wiring (3,300 ft of wiring) and 64 female & males plugs is eating some of the planned time... I underestimated.

I've still got a lot to do and testing as well. No pressure though, right? LOL

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1 hour ago, Dennis Laff said:

Only about half setup raining all Saturday in Chicago  ,But I'm retired so will be ready on Friday!

I can't wait to retire in hopefully 3 years when I'm eligible age wise. I can only imagine the freedom of time.... When I'm on leave. Lol

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1 hour ago, Santas Helper said:

I can't wait to retire in hopefully 3 years when I'm eligible age wise. I can only imagine the freedom of time.... When I'm on leave. Lol

The best part of being retired is a lot of time to enjoy the Christmas hobby  the worst part trying to get up off the ground after pluging in all those wires!

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Well, yesterday I finished my setup.Last thing to do was set that audio level on the FM and put out the Tune To signs.  Did that shortly before going to bed.  Had 20 minutes of the show set to run this morning for test as I was leaving the house to go to work. 

DAMN!

One of the Tune To signs was not on, and worse, none of the 402 GE Color Effects lights on the eves and roof peak line were running.  The GECE bulbs were working yesterday afternoon while doing some testing.  Tried to ping the E682 controller that drives the GECE bulbs and it's not responding.  There is a four port network switch in the attic that supplies E1.31 connectivity for the pixel tree and the E682 for the GECE bulbs, and the pixel tree is working, so I have network connectivity to within three feet of the E682.  So either the 5V power supply died, the E682 died, or a LAN cable came loose.  No one has been in the attic so I doubt it's the LAN cable.  That leaves the power supply or the E682.  First guess is the power supply.  That would be nice as I have a spare in stock.  If it's the E682, I can steal the one that drives the perimeter string, and just use my WS2811 test generator to make some pattern on the one string until I replace the E682.  I guess I'm happy it died today and not Friday (opening night)!

 

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On 11/18/2017 at 9:40 PM, Dennis Laff said:

The best part of being retired is a lot of time to enjoy the Christmas hobby  the worst part trying to get up off the ground after pluging in all those wires!

Haha, Dennis, I already have the second part down. :)  My knees retired before the rest of the body can.

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57 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

Well, yesterday I finished my setup.Last thing to do was set that audio level on the FM and put out the Tune To signs.  Did that shortly before going to bed.  Had 20 minutes of the show set to run this morning for test as I was leaving the house to go to work. 

DAMN!

One of the Tune To signs was not on, and worse, none of the 402 GE Color Effects lights on the eves and roof peak line were running.  The GECE bulbs were working yesterday afternoon while doing some testing.  Tried to ping the E682 controller that drives the GECE bulbs and it's not responding.  There is a four port network switch in the attic that supplies E1.31 connectivity for the pixel tree and the E682 for the GECE bulbs, and the pixel tree is working, so I have network connectivity to within three feet of the E682.  So either the 5V power supply died, the E682 died, or a LAN cable came loose.  No one has been in the attic so I doubt it's the LAN cable.  That leaves the power supply or the E682.  First guess is the power supply.  That would be nice as I have a spare in stock.  If it's the E682, I can steal the one that drives the perimeter string, and just use my WS2811 test generator to make some pattern on the one string until I replace the E682.  I guess I'm happy it died today and not Friday (opening night)!

 

hey Jim, hope it's an easy fix for ya. Sounds like you have it covered either way. I love having options/spare parts.

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8 minutes ago, Santas Helper said:

I love having options/spare parts.

Amen to that!

 

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Up and running.......one day before family reveal!

Why....how ever early you start.....if comes down to the last days!

Love this hobby............sometimes!

 

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On 11/18/2017 at 7:42 PM, Santas Helper said:

I'm scheduled off Monday and debating half days Tuesday and Wednesday to complete and test. I got a little behind because of the brutal wind today and knee/shoulder issues. Sucks getting old(er).

Adding new 16ea RWB&G mini trees this year so new wiring (3,300 ft of wiring) and 64 female & males plugs is eating some of the planned time... I underestimated.

I've still got a lot to do and testing as well. No pressure though, right? LOL

Been there before, making that many cords chews up time and before you know it you are way behind. (Most of my "props"  are RGBW also.) This year I made made my cords early as I sat on my behind in front of the TV couple weeks in advance.  

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Well....... I told myself I was going to go dark this year due to time constraints of other things I have to do. I even packed away and organized everything from my Halloween light show. Not one thing left out, zero, zilch, nada. But I  started hearing Christmas music and my CLAP flared up. I think I was going to have a nervous breakdown. So EVERYTHING came out again. What normally takes me 2-3 weeks  or so to set up I've done in 6 days. It's after 3 o'clock in the morning right now and I've finished testing my setup. After fixing several snafus it is working as planned... For now (crossing my fingers). I'll be lighting up on Thanksgiving and for those who do too... Good luck!!!

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36 minutes ago, BMurray said:

Well....... I told myself I was going to go dark this year due to time constraints of other things I have to do. I even packed away and organized everything from my Halloween light show. Not one thing left out, zero, zilch, nada. But I  started hearing Christmas music and my CLAP flared up. I think I was going to have a nervous breakdown. So EVERYTHING came out again. What normally takes me 2-3 weeks  or so to set up I've done in 6 days. It's after 3 o'clock in the morning right now and I've finished testing my setup. After fixing several snafus it is working as planned... For now (crossing my fingers). I'll be lighting up on Thanksgiving and for those who do too... Good luck!!!

Nothing like a last minute change of mind to get you motivated. :) 

Glad to hear all went well in such a quick amount of time.

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9 hours ago, prevue12 said:

Been there before, making that many cords chews up time and before you know it you are way behind. (Most of my "props"  are RGBW also.) This year I made made my cords early as I sat on my behind in front of the TV couple weeks in advance.  

Mine are RWB &G. I'm a 26 year veteran. :) 

Wished I could have sat down in front of the TV and did my cords. That was not an option with getting the spacing perfect and applying the plug ends as they were laid out.

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10 hours ago, Vince4xmas said:

Up and running.......one day before family reveal!

Why....how ever early you start.....if comes down to the last days!

Love this hobby............sometimes!

 

 I hear ya. I finished up the last big props (arches) yesterday and doing tests and adjustments tonight for the family reveal tomorrow (Thanksgiving day).

thank goodness for nice weather. :) 

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Normally I'm all finished setting everything up the Sunday before Thanksgiving, but the weather has not been cooperating this month, so I'm about 4 - 5 days behind schedule.  It's been unseasonably cold, very windy, rainy, and we even had snow 2 weeks ago.  Plus this is our 1st year using LOR (used something else previously), and the setup time is longer than what I'm used to.

I have a half-day of vacation this afternoon and we'll be home all day tomorrow (Thanksgiving), so if the weather cooperates I should have everything ready to light up by Thanksgiving night.

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