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So it looks like next years Christmas lights may not happen.... I may be assigned to a long term business trip (2 to 3 yrs) in California. Anyone had any experience with doing a light show in a rental home? Kinda of bummed. Was hoping to get neighbors to work with me next year here. I am keeping my home here, as they will pay for all house hold living expenses out there but I want to keep the lights going. I will know by the end of the month. I haven’t said nothing to the neighbors since it’s not for sure but if it happens it be nice to be able to do it there. Then when I return I have a heck of a light show from there on out here in Ohio.

So any issues doing this at a rental home?

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In the past this conversation has been discussed.

I’d just ask the landlord if worried but it will also depend on what type of place you rent.

Best of luck, imagine how good you’ll be in three years.

JR

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This all came up this week did not realize my business trip this past summer was an experiment for a longer one. They cornered me and told me and with the money it’s a no brainer. I just want to be able to continue to do this. 

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18 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

In the past this conversation has been discussed.

I’d just ask the landlord if worried but it will also depend on what type of place you rent.

Best of luck, imagine how good you’ll be in three years.

JR

And my house paid off......it’s a real good deal. More lights 

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Yep, talk with the landlord and think about ways to install lights that won't damage the rent home. Metal clip binders for roof shingles and gutters and other ideas to keep from damage to the structure.

Good luck.

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1 hour ago, ~DOC~ said:

So it looks like next years Christmas lights may not happen.... I may be assigned to a long term business trip (2 to 3 yrs) in California. Anyone had any experience with doing a light show in a rental home? Kinda of bummed. Was hoping to get neighbors to work with me next year here. I am keeping my home here, as they will pay for all house hold living expenses out there but I want to keep the lights going. I will know by the end of the month. I haven’t said nothing to the neighbors since it’s not for sure but if it happens it be nice to be able to do it there. Then when I return I have a heck of a light show from there on out here in Ohio.

So any issues doing this at a rental home?

I did that for four years.  Only limitation I had was not being able to add extra outlets on the outside of the house.  Had to think thru what was there.  Was still able to do a few bad@$$ shows though.

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5 hours ago, ~DOC~ said:

So it looks like next years Christmas lights may not happen.... I may be assigned to a long term business trip (2 to 3 yrs) in California.

Where in California?

 

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I’ll work out by California city and find a place to rent in Lancaster or Palmdale. I have been coming to California for 16 yrs doing this. But normally it’s a week to 4 months at a time. But it’s not 100% they could get someone else but I am on the list

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Sorry guys I thought this was in the coffee shop. Just realized it wasn’t

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I rent my house, and the last one and I've done my show for 5 years now..  as long as you don't damage the house with your lights you should be fine.  if you do, you'll have to fix it when you move out.  

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2 hours ago, ~DOC~ said:

Sorry guys I thought this was in the coffee shop. Just realized it wasn’t

I don’t see a problem, it could go either way.

Admin didn’t move it so must be gtg.

JR

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On 1/12/2019 at 12:40 AM, k6ccc said:

Where in California?

 

I be just down the road from you in Lancaster

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On 1/12/2019 at 6:22 AM, ~DOC~ said:

I’ll work out by California city and find a place to rent in Lancaster or Palmdale. I have been coming to California for 16 yrs doing this. But normally it’s a week to 4 months at a time. But it’s not 100% they could get someone else but I am on the list

That pretty well tells me what industry you work in...

Well, if you end up out here for a couple years, maybe we'll get to meet you....

 

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1 hour ago, k6ccc said:

That pretty well tells me what industry you work in...

Well, if you end up out here for a couple years, maybe we'll get to meet you....

 

It’s not Solar!!!! Or wind! 

I work for the auto industry testing new cars not yet released to the public

Well that will be a definite to come see your lights.... Maybe you can also help me with that HAM license!!!!!

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4 minutes ago, ~DOC~ said:

It’s not Solar!!!! Or wind! 

I work for the auto industry testing new cars not yet released to the public

The new Yugo!!

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5 minutes ago, caniac said:

The new Yugo!!

It’s all confidential.....Sorry

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19 minutes ago, ~DOC~ said:

It’s all confidential.....Sorry

too late, I found these leaked photo's.

YugoSnowPlow

 

 

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3 hours ago, caniac said:

too late, I found these leaked photo's.

YugoSnowPlow

 

 

Ah I can see my work cut out on that one....... 🤣

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9 hours ago, ~DOC~ said:

It’s not Solar!!!! Or wind! 

I work for the auto industry testing new cars not yet released to the public

I was not thinking solar or wind, but I did miss.  I was thinking aerospace.

9 hours ago, ~DOC~ said:

Well that will be a definite to come see your lights.... Maybe you can also help me with that HAM license!!!!!

There are a bunch for you to see down here!

And I would be happy to help you with the ham license...

 

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10 hours ago, ~DOC~ said:

Ah I can see my work cut out on that one....... 🤣

I am looking forward to the videos of you power sliding/drifting that fine piece of equipment!! :) 

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I ran the show for 3 years in a rented place, no issues whatsoever.  Everything I did was non-destructive.  

 

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On 1/14/2019 at 7:21 AM, caniac said:

am looking forward to the videos of you power sliding/drifting that fine piece of equipment!! :) 

This is the closes I can show you. I was there that day.

 

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so you will really be able to put that Yugo thru it paces?

 

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9 minutes ago, caniac said:

so you will really be able to put that Yugo thru it paces?

 

I can drive but there are better...

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On 1/11/2019 at 7:27 PM, ~DOC~ said:

So it looks like next years Christmas lights may not happen.... I may be assigned to a long term business trip (2 to 3 yrs) in California. Anyone had any experience with doing a light show in a rental home? Kinda of bummed. Was hoping to get neighbors to work with me next year here. I am keeping my home here, as they will pay for all house hold living expenses out there but I want to keep the lights going. I will know by the end of the month. I haven’t said nothing to the neighbors since it’s not for sure but if it happens it be nice to be able to do it there. Then when I return I have a heck of a light show from there on out here in Ohio.

So any issues doing this at a rental home?

You can still do a light display, as others have said use gutter or shingle clips, I own my home and still use them along my roof line.  The other option, be it expensive is to use those 3M light hooks that can be pressed on and then peeled off, but you could leave them on the house as long as you're living there.  They come off clean and work, but expensive since you don't get many of them in the pack for your money.

Also find some old telephone mounting posts, these can be either or metal, I got a few when they removed homes from my area {I live in a manufactured home community, ya know "glorified trailers made to look like a house", although not all do in here. LOL   Anyway, I mounted my controllers to a small piece of plywood and bolted that to the posts that can be driven into the ground. just have to fill in the small hole they make, very minimal damage to the yard.

Now as for outlets, I actually built a box of 5 dual outlets, 10 powered outlets in total} and ran my 5 CTB16PC Controllers off of that and a single outside outlet from the rental home we lived in for a short time.  Not the best solution, but I was predominantly 95% LED and 5% incandescent {mainly the Blow Molds}.  If the outside outlet at the rental does not have a GFCI or one connected to it via the bathroom outlet {most often bathroom outlet and outside outlet are on the same circuit}, then in the outlet box you build, make sure the 1st outlet in line is a GFCI, the rest can be standard outlets.   I capped mine off with child proof caps when they were not in use, but I also bought a 100' orange outdoor cord as the power cord to my outlet box.   Just run extension cords from the outlet box to those controllers that may not be near it.    Again, this is not an ideal solution, but one that worked for me for over 5 years.  Never had a GFCI trip in all those years of using it either.

Good Luck on keeping your light display going!

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