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  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

Justin Smith

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About Justin Smith

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    Distinguished Member
  • Birthday January 8

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    pateenlectrician

Profile Information

  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
  • Location
    Cressona, PA
  • Biography
    I'm an electrician and have been interested in electricity and lights since I was an infant.
  • Interests
    Everything Electric, National Eletrical Code.
  • Occupation
    Electrician
  • About my display
    5,000 lights, about 80 blow molds.

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  1. I keep my connections up on bricks and haven't had 1 GFCI issue all year.
  2. Justin Smith

    C9 Net Lights

    Sorry for not giving enough details. They are 25' strings of incandescent C9's. I am aware of the power consumption, and have planned accordingly. There is a 60A panel right behind these bushes with plenty of open circuits. If I have extra money, I'll buy the retrofit bulbs, I want red, white, and green. I want to make an 8' by 25' net of lights, with the bulbs spaced evenly.
  3. Justin Smith

    C9 Net Lights

    I got 8 strings of C9's I cam going to use. Any suggestions how to build the net?
  4. Justin Smith

    C9 Net Lights

    Has anyone ever constructed C9 net lights? I think they would look great and definitely be easier to troubleshoot. Thinking of using #12 THWN and pin sockets.
  5. Justin Smith

    C9 Lights On Tree

    I have C9's on the tree in my house. As long as you use the newer ones you won't have a problem.
  6. Justin Smith

    Best Way To Keep Blowmolds Standing When Ground Is Frozen?

    I use 3 foot ty-raps and ty-rap them to whatever I can.
  7. I use a 60A contactor to control my whole subpanel. Controlled by a Utilitech in-wall timer.
  8. Justin Smith

    Need More Juice

    The weird outlet is a NEMA 6-20. 20Amps 208-240Volts. The breaker feeding that outlet should be a 20A.
  9. Justin Smith

    16 Channels Just Not Enough

    Two dogs that bark if the wind blows in the wrong direction.
  10. Justin Smith

    Extension Cord Rating

    The only difference with the grounded and non-grounded is the ground prong, which carries no current unless a fault happens. No matter the thickness of insulation, here's the maximum ratings: (SPT-1, SPT-2, SJ, SO, etc.) 5 Amps - 20AWG 10 Amps - 18AWG 13 Amps - 16AWG 15 Amps - 14AWG 15 Amps - 12AWG with 5-15 connectors 15 Amps - 10AWG with 5-15 connectors 20 Amps - 12AWG with 5-20 connectors 20 Amps - 10AWG with 5-20 connectors 30 Amps - 10AWG with 5-30 or TT-30 connectors
  11. Justin Smith

    Extension Cord Rating

    No! 13 amp rated cords are all 16AWG. The difference is the jacket and the connections. Your typical green cords have better connections than the brown cords. If you ask me, both of them are junk.
  12. Justin Smith

    Led Lights For Blowmolds?

    I don't use solid state animation, but I've had good luck with the CREE led's at the Home Depot on dimmers.
  13. Justin Smith

    Bucket Truck - Northern Va?

    Check with some local electricians, too.
  14. I have a Sylvania S14 LED bulb in mine.
  15. Buy a premade battery pack purchased at your electronics store. I recommend D batteries. Hot glue it to a belt.
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