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JR Kahuna

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About JR Kahuna

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  • Location
    Greensboro, NC
  • Biography
    Love decorating
  • Interests
    Golf, family and Christmas lights
  • Occupation
    Not much
  • About my display
    Getting bigger all the time
  1. Vandalized already

    I say make them part of the display and wrap them in 10,000 C9s
  2. Cool. Would love to hear about their quality
  3. My Setup

    Here are some close up images of the balls. You will also see one of my favorite decorations on a large maple and they are inflatable ornaments that measure 48 in in diameter. I got them at Home Depot about five years ago. They retailed for $99 each and when I went in they were the display models and HD was beyond 90%. I asked the manager how much he would take and he said "You deflate the stupid things and get them out of my face, I will sell you all three for $15". SOLD!!!!! It was a sorry sight seeing me roll around on the floor trying to deflate them before he changed his mind. I originally bought three of them; a gold one, a red one and a green one. I liked to say that I had the biggest balls in the neighborhood. Last year some low rent jack wagon stole my green one. I was so upset. What kind of low life steals a christmas decoration? Anyway, now the remaining two get chained to the tree which is really sad. The first picture is of two of the balls I have made. That was my first year. I am up to twelve of them right now. They are pretty simple to make. Just take chicken wire and cut about a two to three foot wide sheet. Then form it into a cylinder. Then you want to mold the two ends until it forms into a ball. It takes a bit of time, but once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty quick. Then just wrap them in lights. Most folks hang them from trees and in some instances get them 30 to 50 feet in the air. When you get a lot of them really high up, it is a pretty good visual. This is a tool you can use to help get them on the high branches. http://www.sherrilltree.com/Professional-Gear/Lines-and-Weight-Combos/Outdoor-Tree-Lighting-kit#sthash.2CmVJJ6K.axe2mh4c.dpbs This year we put them in the yard and they looked great, but I think they may have been contributing to my GFI issues. Next year I am going to get get them off of the ground, but keep them street level so they look like they are just floating in the yard. Let me know if you have any questions. PS I also included some close up images of my setup from last year.
  4. My Setup

    Thank you. I appreciate that. I love multi colored lights and these stand out more because everyone else in our development uses white. They don't show up well, but in the yard are 12 balls made our of chicken wire wrapped in lights. Most folks put them high up in trees, but I decided to put them in the yard (they may have been the culprits of my GFI issues). Next year I am going to get them off of the ground and have them at different heights looking like they are floating in mid air. There is a neighborhood in Greensboro that puts these high up in their trees. It really looks neat. I will see if I can find pictures online and post.
  5. My Setup

    It isn't much, but it's a start. As you can see I don't have anything on the house, but I want that to change. I have an uneven, sloped lot with 30-40 roof line. I also have a very big yard to fill up, but I don't like blow molds (storage) and blow ups (rain and snow issues). Anyway, here it is.
  6. What's Your Goal?

    From a display perspective I have three goals 1) manage my GFCI issue if not eliminate it reduce it 2) find a way to fill in the open space in the yard with just lights, no blow molds or blow ups. 3) figure out a way to get more lights on the 30-40 foot roof line without a) killing myself and spending a small fortune renting a cherry picker Other than that, I want to have more fun. This year wasn't as fun as it has been. Partly due to my perfectionist type A personality.
  7. I think it can be summed up in the enjoyment people get. Last year a lady in a development behind us left a note in my mailbox saying how much she enjoyed looking at our lights. I go front and back. She said her health had been poor and she wasn't able to decorate and she hoped I kept it up. It actually made me feel really good, that I wasn't just doing it for me because I was starting to question whether all of the work was worth it. Even though I don't have as big a display as many on here, one thing I take great pride in is that since I moved into our subdivision of 30 homes, more and more neighbors have been decorating.
  8. When Are After Christmas Sales

    I love the looks on people's faces when I am cleaning out. The Home Depot folks are grateful. Less crap they have to deal with
  9. When Are After Christmas Sales

    My foray into LED was completely accidental. About four years ago I put all C9 ceramics on all of my bushes but the load was too great and kept tripping my breaker. It was Thanksgiving Eve and I was going to call an electrician on Black Friday. That same night a 15 y/o with no drivers license "borrowed" his grandmothers BMW to go joyriding with his buddies. He decided to do 70 MPH down our 25 MPH cul de sac, lost control and drove through my yard. Wiped out $4000 in landscaping and 50% of my Christmas decorations. Luckily nobody was hurt, although I wanted to kill him. The adjuster came out, looked around and saw all my Christmas lights strewn all over the yard and said "I don't usually do this, but tell me a number for your trouble". They gave me $2000 for my lights so I went LED and haven't had problems blowing circuits since. Just stupid GFCI. I actually like the LED better. I am a multi guy and EVERYONE in my neighborhood is clear incandescents. So my yard really stands out, not just in sheer number but in look as well. So that is my crazy Christmas light story
  10. When Are After Christmas Sales

    Agree. I had to throw out almost 1,000 GE LED I got at Lowes. The EcoSmart have a 7 year warranty and I have every receipt. The C6 (typo earlier) are usually $38 for 150 and I got 18 reels for $9 each. I left one and a lady asked me if I wanted it and I said "I don't want to be greedy". There were probably seven people watching me load the cart in stunned belief. My boys just laughed especially when I had my 7 y/o crawl under neath to drag more out.
  11. When Are After Christmas Sales

    I have been partial to the EcoSmart LEDs at Home Depot. The GE LEDs at Lowes are garbage. Went to Home Depot yesterday for something completely unrelated and couldn't believe how much they had left and was down to 75% off. I bought 5,450 lights. A combination of minis, C7 and C9 I know Walmart has cheaper LEDs but I just don't like the look of them.
  12. Hello Everyone - First Question

    Thanks everyone. This will probably save me a few dollars I can plunge into more lights. One thing I will do for sure is make my own extensions using vampire plugs. The other thing I am going to do (and I know this will sound crazy) is break out the hose as I am putting things up next year and test as I go along. I have a general idea where the problem is, but just haven't had time to get after it.
  13. Hello Everyone - First Question

    Thanks for the reply. I have a static display. I understand the safety precautions with the GFCI, but as many here probably can relate to, there is nothing more frustrating than getting a drop of rain and watching the entire display go KAPUT especially when your neighbors are staying on. I realize that the more I put up, the more variability I am entering into the equation and creating more opportunities for problems. Has anyone tried the Twist and Seal? I came across them while searching for a solution. They look pretty expensive and at first glance I don't think they will fit my male/female connections for my LEDs. They look like they are made for the older male/female connections on incandescents. http://twistandseal.com/mini-twist-and-seal.php
  14. Hello Everyone - First Question

    I am not new to decorating my house. I have been doing it for the past 13 years, however only the last year or so have I really started to nail down a consistent theme that doesn't look haphazard. I have been advised by my 10 and 7 year olds that I "need to step up my game", so here I am. I am looking forward to getting some tips and tricks from the pros. I have major GFCI issues. One of the reasons (I think) is the haphazard way I have my extension cords all over the place as I have a very large yard. Would making my own vampire cords to connect light strands from shrub to shrub help instead of having a separate extension cord going from each bush? I have found this online, but it isn't cheap. Trying to figure out what the most cost effective option is. http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/electrical.shtml Thanks
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