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  1. I always use led keeper to help me diagnose and repair my lights. Never had any trouble I started testing this weekend, and I have 8 sets of led lights, all of which the exact same problem. Exactly half of each strand doesn’t work at all. Using Led Keeper, all lights test fine. The common thing in each strand is the lights are out just beyond the “rectifier”. At least that’s what I think that thing is called. Any solutions? Lastly, as I’ve experienced before, all of these lights worked fine when I took them down and stored them for summer. Thanks guys
  2. I spent the money last year and bought a bunch of strings of sealed C9 bulbs. They are from one of the vendors that are spoken so well of here in the forum. My question is, during takedown of my lights from my trees, I noticed that a lot, and I mean lot of the lenses were full of water. And it doesn’t matter which way I turn them, if I shake them, nothing will get that water out. One, why did this happen, and two, the only way I see to remove the water is to drill a small hole in the lens. Do you agree?
  3. Haven’t solved the problem yet, it’s too cold out now, but I unplugged everything to the controller in question, and it did stay on when I played the show. So that’s. Good I suppose. Tomorrow I will take the advice given and plug things back in one at a time as the show plays, and wait for the kaboom.
  4. Right fuse. Controllers are stored inside my house. Factory case. No critters or any damage I can see in the box. As I said, it was working last week.
  5. I’m sorry. The CTB16. I have 2 separate cords for each 8 channels.
  6. I have never blown fuses in four years of this hobby. I’ve went through 5 just today. I have what I would consider a pretty small amount of LED only on one controller. Every time the show starts, it come on for about a second and pops the fuse. I unplugged the first 8 channels. Blew it. Did the other 8. Blew it again. There is NO WAY that controller is overloaded with the small amount of lights going to it. I have already checked every single string for any problems and I don’t see anything. Any advice would be appreciated. I’ll also add that it worked last week. I ran the show for about an hour with no problems, and I haven’t added any items to that controller. Also, it hasn’t rained in a week, so it’s not a water problem. All of my other 3 controllers work fine, with a lot more stuff hooked up to them than my problematic controller.
  7. Thanks for the advice guys. The TSO card that came with his package, came with the normal lms files, LOREDIT files, LID files, and two different sets of mp3 files. Running ShowTime Suite 4, then upgraded to 5, back down to 3 and ALL will not let me edit those sequences. He saved all files to his laptop, and when we try and edit the lms files, it says it is a protected sequence, and there aren't even any channels that show up. I copied the files to my laptop, tried to edit them with the same results. Running the LOREDIT files, does nothing. Could it be a bad card, or they accidentally sent a NON editable card?
  8. He bought the editable version
  9. I’m not a newbie, but I managed to get my brother involved in our hobby this year. He bought the TSO starter package, and he says after each song, there is about one minute between songs with the lights doing random things. How does he eliminate the space in between songs on that TSO card? i know I’ve read this exact topic before, but I can’t find it.
  10. Pick a date. Then start about two weeks before that date as things are bound to go wrong. Ex: I picked Oct 15 to start last year. Well, it rained every friggin day it seemed like. Put me way behind and I never recovered. If I had started Oct 1 I think I would have been ok
  11. Thanks for the responses everyone. Would you mind elaborating on the “vent flaps” for a simple minded person like myself? lol
  12. I am making two huge displays using coroplast. I have watched a couple of videos linked off of planetchristmas in which the poster used wood for his frames. I wasn't crazy about that idea, because of the condition of the wood over time, weight, etc... Just so you know when I say huge, I'm talking about the car I have drawn, 1937 Oldsmobile from A Christmas Story uses two sheets of Coro, so that's 4 ft tall and 16 foot long (Actually used another foot and a half of another sheet to finish the roof). The other display is Cousin Eddie's RV from Christmas Vacation. It uses a total of four sheets of Coro. So that's also 16 ft long, but 8ft tall. I have already used thinner to get the glaze off the coro, primed it, and already drawn both vehicles. So before painting, I thought I should frame them so I can paint over and screws/ washers. Who better to ask than you guys, do you have any better ideas for framing such a huge project? After all the work I am putting in to this, I seriously don't want the wind to destroy them.
  13. James, would you mind? Thank you. Really appreciated. roxxxtar74@gmail.com
  14. Last year, I would have bet my life someone was cutting some of the lights along my driveway. Every morning, I'd wake up to find another strand of lights cut. Turned the security cameras that way only to find that Bugs Bunny was having a bite to eat.
  15. This is what I was able to accomplish with those three controllers. I guess big light shows aren't that big around here except at Tanglewood Park
  16. I have 2 GFCI outlets, with four outlets on each. I have 3 controllers that have seemed to meet my needs thus far. However I have bought a ton of stuff this year, as well as another two controllers, and I feel I'm about to be maxed out as far as using those two GFCI's. When I call an electrician, what am I looking for? What do I need? What should I do with a SEALED LED string, that the globes have been broken off? I have about 3 broken globes, but the lights still work. I would assume the purpose of the globe, is to keep water/dirt out. So isn't the string useless now that the sealed globes are gone? I have used audacity before, but I'm not sure how to mute the vocals on just one small part of a song. Thanks for the help guys.
  17. Thanks everyone for trying to help. I still haven’t fixed the issue. It’s supposed to be dry today so it may fix itself. What I still don’t understand, is the fact that I unplugged all 16 channels from my first controller, plugged them individually into the outlet, and it never tripped the first time. So how am I supposed to find the exact string of lights That is causing the problem. When the controller is connected to the outlet, it trips every time. Not at first, but as soon as the music starts. I have an intro that it will play through. But as soon as that intro is over and all the lights are to come on, it trips. The controller itself is completely dry. I have a trash bag and a trashcan over the top of it and it elevated off the ground as well .
  18. 48 channels, 3 controllers on 3 different gfci’s. All 3 tripped off because of rain. Started with one controller. Unplugged one channel at a time to try and find out exactly which channel is causing the problem. No resolution. Outlet still trips off. Didn’t even try to resolve the problems with the other two controllers seeing as how I couldn’t fix the first one. I hate it and am a little stressed because the local paper put me on the front page on Thursday. Is doing away with the GFCI outlets and installing regular outlets a problem solver? I understand completely that The GFCI’s are doing what they’re supposed to do.
  19. James, if you’d still be willing to share this, I’d appreciate it. Already working on next year. roxxxtar@triad.rr.com
  20. I have an old Gemmy ferris wheel. I know these things were cheaply made from the get go. That said, the wheel and creatures that ride it are in good shape. The motor is shot. Looking for any suggestions.....errr, cheap suggestions on how to get it rotating. Now, I have read about people using wiper motors to animate their props. I saw the whole kit, everything you'd need on Monsterguts. My question is, even if I bought that kit, I'd have no idea how to even attach it to the wheel. I mean, NO IDEA. Clueless. I am not mechanically inclined at all. Looking for a little bit of help is someone is willing. Thanks The picture is not mine, but is the same wheel I have.
  21. Have you tried putting it in the freezer? ?
  22. If you buy Showtime Central, there is no need to use your laptop FYI.
  23. Everything more or less went great in 2016. 1.The one hiccup I still have, and I know others do too, is the tripping issue. I've pretty much just accepted that when a monsoon or hurricane come through, just give up on the lights for the night. When it rains, I'm ok, when it pours, the lights die. 2. I want to be all LED, and mostly am, but how the heck am I supposed to pass up 62 ft and 300 bulbs at Wal-Mart for $1.50?? I couldn't resist and bought about 10 boxes tonight. 3. I only have 48 channels, 15 songs, and in my 2nd year of LOR. The traffic at my house is nuts. I live one road off of a main highway, so my house is easily visible.I also have some props like a Leg lamp as well as Ralphie in his bunny suit in the window. Most people didn't stay too long, but the traffic never stopped. 4. Several people put money in my mailbox. I'm not sure how I feel about that. You? 5. I spend about 50 bucks replacing the same strand of lights beside my driveway. I thought someone was cutting them. Aimed the security camera at the driveway. The culprit? Bugs Bunny. 6. I built frames for my windows out of pvc pipe. Screwed my rope light track to the pvc pipe. Installed hooks at the top of the windows for the frames to sit in. I am extremely happy with them and even more so, I'll be able to take them down in minutes. 7. I still can't wrap a tree and it's limbs worth a $&#@ 8. Why doesn't LOR sell female inline plugs for their SPT wire in their store? I didn't even know they existed until I saw them on amazon. That would have saved me a lot of trouble if I had had those this year. 9. Extremely happy with the yard sign Vistaprint made for me telling drivers what channel to put the radio on.
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