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I thought I had everything mearsured right but being in the north I decided to put my controlers inside my shop which extends the length of cord I need by about 50 per channel well I am out of cord and still have 14 more channels to hook up . I have orderd more and pray it gets here soon dammit . For all the newbees do not change your layout this time off year

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I have decided not to put my controllers out in the weather even though they say they are weather proof. Today it was 76 monday 36 and rain and heavy snow I personally would rather keep them in my heated shop maybe a little OCDC but if it saves a controler then I am good

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I have heard of OCD, but never have I heard of OCDC. Is that Oscillating Current Direct Current? :lol:

Only time I can remember someone loosing a controller when it was outside is from a slug. If you use the plastic box from LOR or one of the CG-XXXX boxes and make no modification to it. You would be GTG with rain or snow. Now I am a bit OCD and I build the board (solder it). Once it is soldered and I have cleaned the flux off. I give it a good spraying of clear Kryon paint.

But you go on and buy all of that expensive copper wire. I will buy more lights and controllers mean time.

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But you go on and buy all of that expensive copper wire. I will buy more lights and controllers mean time.

Out of likes for the day.

I lost one board to a slug once. Burned the main trace in half. LOR replaced it at no cost. :)

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How about putting your controller next to the area that's being connected?

I agree. My first year I wanted to keep my controller safe inside and ran conduit to outside and under ground. Second year had to redo some things because of expansion and put 1 controller outside. I liked it so much that this year two controllers will be outside. Next year, only one controller will remain indoors, it runs the landscaping lights.

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All my controllers are outside. No snow here, but the Florida heat can sometime fry eggs on the sidewalk, and we do get some hard and windy rain/thunder-lightning storms. And I've never had a problem with any of our wet weather doing anything to the controllers.

Only had one get a lizard inside one of my controllers and he got electrocuted, fried him to a crispy critter. Was truly surprised no damage was done to the traces or the controller.

So now I block the cat5 cable entrances off with foam ro something similar, since that is where the unwanted lizards and other unwanted bugs/vermin could get inside the controllers.

Kind of wish LOR had used the same materials there at the cat5 holes as they did on the dongles and power cords, since they really help keep the vermin out of the controllers.

That is the only access point {cat5 cable in/out} that I found where critters can get inside the controllers.

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A slug... Oh No! I am from the land of slugs... in the Fall they are like herds of buffalo roaming the yard. I've even had them work their way inside my house through an unused hole in the floor drilled for a cable line. I've since plugged the hole, but now I have a fear of slugs killing my boards... NOOOOOO!

-RainyOregonChristmas

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I have some controllers going on their 10th season... Some have been literally buried in snow for several seasons. In 2010 I had 8 controllers I couldn't even see the top of when the city pushed a huge snow berm along our entire frontage - I had to literally dig them out. Never had an issue. Go ahead and place them near your elements and save yourself a lot of hassle and money.

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From the been there, done that file...

I also have a few dozen controllers ourdoors. The only weather-related issue I've had was one night I forgot to close an enclosure tightly after doing something with the comm cable and poor widdle uddems got wet from snow. (Brought it in and dried it and it worked fine, but that's a different story.)

William's advice is spot-on. Put the controllers as close to your display elements as possible. The number of extension cords we need is already oppressive - why add any more than you need to? If you do the math - and I didn't do it seriously enough for the first couple of years - you'll find the cost of unnecessary extension cords (or unnecessary length) isn't very far from the cost of another controller. Just saying...

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I thought I had everything mearsured right but being in the north I decided to put my controlers inside my shop which extends the length of cord I need by about 50 per channel well I am out of cord and still have 14 more channels to hook up . I have orderd more and pray it gets here soon dammit . For all the newbees do not change your layout this time off year

I ordered from Christmaslightshow.com cord is like $140ish for 100' feet. the plugs are the cheapest I've found... I also used up 1000 feet and had to order more. I ordered yesterday and it's shipping today.

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From the been there, done that file...

I also have a few dozen controllers ourdoors. The only weather-related issue I've had was one night I forgot to close an enclosure tightly after doing something with the comm cable and poor widdle uddems got wet from snow. (Brought it in and dried it and it worked fine, but that's a different story.)

William's advice is spot-on. Put the controllers as close to your display elements as possible. The number of extension cords we need is already oppressive - why add any more than you need to? If you do the math - and I didn't do it seriously enough for the first couple of years - you'll find the cost of unnecessary extension cords (or unnecessary length) isn't very far from the cost of another controller. Just saying...

slugs? really? spray the yard with insecticide maybe? I treat my yard with 7 dust cuz of fire ants and all...fleas.... so I should be good. I HAD my controllers in the yard near the display until my husband went all paranoid about someone stealing them. (he knows much they cost) So he moved them and attached them to the house near where they will need to go... added to our wire but not alot. I had already purchased the zip cord... needed to order more. no biggie..I have enough other cords (husband is a contractor..we have power cords!) One thing that has me puzzled... the ethernet cords. I have it running from box to box... but I bought a couple and I can't get the little head thingys through that hole. So the cord comes from one box into it... I can't get the other in... weird? or just me? or common? I don't want to cut the thing off... I mean I just bought it!

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I agree with William as well, as I was paying as much, if not more for wire vs. controllers. I was initially worried when I got my first LOR controllers about weather and safety from theft. Now I am planning on moving controllers away from the house and out into the display. The only question I have is; Are the metal enclosures as protective against rain and snow as the plastic ones, or should I buy some sort of plastic box to house the metal ones in?

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So, I ask this question. Which one is more expensive, cords or controller? Do the math and that's the answer. People don't steal controllers, they steal copper.

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The only question I have is; Are the metal enclosures as protective against rain and snow as the plastic ones, or should I buy some sort of plastic box to house the metal ones in?

Yes, the metal ones are as good, if not better, as the plastic.

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A pont that has tried to be made. Extenion cords, extension cords, extension cords. Get tripple what you think you need. Just a note for those not started putting up lights yet.

Exactly. I'm missing a whole Sterlite Tote's worth of extension cords. I hope my dad borrowed them as he thinks whatever he finds in the garage he can use and not return. I've lost an extension cord here and there to him just that same way, but not 16 of them at one time.

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Ok, for all of the newbies that have not seen past post about controllers and the risk of them being stolen. I cant say I have ever heard anyone say that they had a controller stolen. Inflatables slashed, strings cut, and rodents chewing through wires, yes, yes, yes. People have hiden their controllers behind bushes, inside of color foil wrapped boxes that look like presents that covered over the controllers. Seen one guy mount all of his controllers in a garden tool shed that measured about 5 X 3 X 6' outfitted it with a light so he could trouble shoot in the dark. Seen them mounted on simple 2x4 post. I had a local metal fab shop make a 1X1' plate wielded to a 2" x 4' angle iron. I drive this into the ground and have the plate tapped and mount the controller to this. And then some of us have a security camera and some just use one of those motion detection wildlife cameras to help guard the yard.

But I say again. While your buying more wire. I'll be buying more lights and controllers. What ever works for you.

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thanks for all the advise love the pic with the controler buried in snow makes me feel more at ease, I have order more wire as I intend to expand the light show next year. Still going with keeping the controlers indoors until I run out of wall space spt2 wire is resonable I think from wlc ventures and if someone wants to steel this tiny wire maybe the money you get will help pay for your stitches from my dog nawing at your legs.

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Anybody have problems with the little fuzzy catapiller? Ones that come out when it starts to get cold.

You mean those little fuzzy ones that love to sting you if you happen to just brush up against it or accidentally touch it?

Can't say I've ever had an issue with them, gecko's, lizards, yes, caterpillars and other critters, not at all.

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But I say again. While your buying more wire. I'll be buying more lights and controllers. What ever works for you.

Forget the money - I can't imagine the labor involved in running Every. Single. Channel hundreds of feet to a central location. Even if you had only 3 or 4 controllers I'd rather jump off the roof. Heck as it is I make wiring harnesses to go 10 feet from a controller to a group of lights so I don't have to run multiple cords.

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I love the advise from the veterans on here..... and I thank each and every one of you! I know I personally couldn't have done it without you. This is a great addiction, er I mean hobby. Yes my husband moved our boxes and yes we have over 1000 feet of cord running everywhere, (1000 more feet in the hands of UPS on the way) but, I don't mind my husbands paranoia. He is doing this with me. If I let him do it then he doesn't mind me buy more? right? LOL. Honey, you can strap them to the house if I can buy more ok? sounds like a reasonable plan to me LOL. But the fact that we are doing this together is worth more than anything we have in our yard. He has been out of work for 2 years with a work related injury and had 2 surgeries. Cant find a job with his restrictions. He was getting depressed and feeling "unuseful". This past week he's been out in the garage building window frames...(thanks for all the pics and advise) and he's wiring up stuff, and designing stuff... If I could only get workers comp to pay for all the lights? hmmmm......it could save them money on the shrink right? When the show lights go on and people compliment on how cool it is, I KNOW that will do wonders for him. Heck, I think he's doing alot of it cuz the 4 year old next door is super excited about it. he is always "David, whatcha building today? David, what's that do?"... its gunna be great!

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