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Mark Showalter

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  1. Another item to look at would be your support lines the lights are wrapping around. As you add more weight (light strings) the support lines can sag toward the middle. That would make a smaller distance for subsequent light strings to travel as the wrap around the tree. This is my third year with a 20 foot tall Weber tree and the 16 wire support lines each go to a steak in the ground and are tightened with turnbuckles.
  2. Kevin, This news did make it all over the country. I've had friends send the news link to me via facebook saying: "If you ever feel like expanding your light show to Halloween, here's some inspiration:" You have an amazing talent. I hope you find a new home for the next year's show. Look at the bright side... Do you still have the key to the city?
  3. johnm160 wrote: The seven 6 ft. trees to the left of the Weber tree are metal trees I purchased used. I stripped off all the old incandescent lights, painted the framework green then wrapped each with the white, red and green LEDs. There's about 2,300 total lights on each. I will say it did take forever to wrap those trees but they were one of the easiest things to put out in the display. I just had to put them in place and attach the guy wires. We get a lot of wind. Here's an earlier post about those same trees... http://forums.lightorama.com/forum82/27506.html
  4. T110431 wrote: We have a fairly nice camera at work that I used for these videos. The Sony PMW-EX3 is an HD camera.
  5. Thanks everyone. I had a lot of very nice comments from the people I know who saw the show. I got to meet a lot of neighbors during the teardown. They were all very appreciative.
  6. My second year is done. The lights are put away in the garage and planning is underway for next year. I just got the 2011 videos posted. http://vimeo.com/user4460530/videos Let me know what you think. (only the good stuff please)
  7. Thanks Evan. I agree. I've seen these group buys and have avoided them if they were new members that I had no history with. Its good to get the word out to new members who could get taken by false claims of savings. Oh, and thanks again for the Snowman Medley sequence. It was a crowd favorite last year.:]
  8. Usually I just make one snowman. Jim's snowmen have snowballed into many. Did you really make a snow woman? What is sticking up on top of snowman number one's head? I hope that's a hat.:shock:
  9. Jim, Sorry to hear about your truck. Maybe it would be better if you took the Husky sticker off the back.
  10. I was going to cover my four arches with dryer venting but I couldn't fit the venting over the lights. As you can see from the photo I'm just using LED minis tightly wrapped around a 3/4 inch PVC. All the lights kept catching and poking through the plastic venting material. Attached files
  11. Very Nice Christian! You did a great job with the "lip syncing". LMFAO would be very proud. It may be time to start driving a KIA.
  12. Very moving! I too am looking forward to the new CCR collection I'll be acquiring next year. Thanks Brian.
  13. 1000 posts!!! You're on track to pass Jimswinder. (well, in 18 years) Merry Christmas Jim.
  14. Jim... Jim... Jim... if only you had gone to a good school. Not that icky U o' Dub. Go Cougs! Glad your CCR and tree are functioning again.
  15. Nice work George! It looks like you could definitely put some light on the dark side of the moon.
  16. Here's a thread with a lot of good information on Weber tree construction techniques... http://forums.lightorama.com/forum79/26416.html And here's one with 16 channel Weber tree sequencing... http://forums.lightorama.com/forum74/27984.html Hope that helps.
  17. Surfing4Dough wrote: ROFLMAO +1 You know Jim went to UW and now has a lesson on how the "W" just does not fit.
  18. Except for the STUPID double-post on the forum.
  19. Nice job troubleshooting! Now you can expect no errors or problems for the rest of the year.
  20. I had to share this one with all of you. I know you each have people just like this watching your displays. Hope you can read this. Merry Christmas! Attached files
  21. I went with the portable power panel. It plugs into the 50 amp service used for the RV. Attached files
  22. This just made me giggle. It's definitely a first for me. Attached files
  23. Okay Jim I've got a video posted of the Cougar fight song. I was going to wait for a decent camera to record the video but with today's new coach announcement I felt like it was necessary to post sooner. I think it turned out pretty well. Sorry no purple or gold.
  24. GoofyGuy wrote: Goofy, I put them up here to share with anyone who needs them. Help yourself.
  25. Some good video advice can be found on this thread... http://forums.lightorama.com/forum81/27825.html
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