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About zman

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    Learning all Trades - Mastering None
  • Birthday 07/06/1960

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  • Website URL http://www.woodinvillewonderland.com
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  • My favorite Christmas story The one I help to create every December
  • Location Woodinville, Washington, USA
  • Biography Jack of All Trades - Master of None
  • Interests Golf, Sports, Wood working, and of course Christmas!
  • Occupation Technical Relationship Manager
  • About my display Growing all the time.

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  1. Go to my How-To page on my website. i did a class at Christmas Expo called That House. Sort of a basics or Decorating 101. Christmas Expo is great for education and networking you can't go wrong there. i think you could do a Mega Tree cheaper than $1K. Part of what you need is a plan. What do you want to do? Pi is not bad, but it would only be RGB pixels. Is that the look you want? Use the forum for research, ask questions. We have a great meeting in WA state, CLAP. We get CA decorators to attend, and from around the PacNW and Canada.
  2. Don't throw them away, and it may not be the resistor. Invest in an LED Keeper: http://www.ledkeeper.com/home/ I have 15 years experience with LEDs. I find the blues fail the most for some reason, I have had mixed input as to why. Typically with LED strings, it is something in the socket that has failed. The LED Keeper will tell you which one it is. Cut it out, solder in a new LED. Done. If you start mucking with cutting out the rectifyer wart, you may not get the orientation right. I have yet to have someone explain sufficiently how that could be accomplished.
  3. The Season is barely a memory at this point, but we wanted to get notice out as early as possible. This event is open to all who are interested and is still one of the last free "mini's" out there. C.L.A.P. this year will once again be held the last Saturday in April. April 29th. Put this in your calendars. Our usual first Sat of May did not work for our gracious host, Nancy. We know it is still 3+ months away, but if you know you want to attend, let us know. We understand if plans change down the road, we are just trying to get a rough idea of how many we may have. If there is a subject you to tackle and would like to teach, let us know. It’s great that we have been getting different individuals the past few years who want to present. If there is a subject you want to know about, so we can attempt to put into the agenda, let us know. One subject we have bantered about is the use of a 3D printer. Several of our members now have them, and have been using the heck out of them at Set Up time. More updates and announcements to follow.
  4. Only about 125K but work, life, logistics demanded years ago that I get an early jump on things. I take the last 2 weeks of November off work to complete things and get ready for Light Up! on Dec 1st. Believe me I am running max out during those 2 weeks.
  5. I always start the weekend that ends Sept, or starts October. In this case, last weekend I started putting lights on my house.
  6. Make Your Yard a Christmas Card (Dec 1963). Hmmmm. That sounds familiar. I am not sure where I heard that the first time, but I used it in my Art & Presentation class material that was created quite a few years ago. I completely agree.
  7. Something I use for the outside of the house for the display is a product called Insteon. It can run via your houses electrical system. It is sort of like X10 only WAY better.
  8. Couple things. I highly suggest a good quality oil based primer. On my website, I have a How-To on how I did my Intarsia style characters in my display. I just updated the How-To because I have had some issues with my wood characters. I would stay away from the Big Box stores for plywood. They buy the crap the good lumber yards wont touch. I am leaning in the future toward marine grade plywood. Don't use OSB for all the reasons above, plus it will warp like hell. With a good paint, you should not need to do any sort of clear coat. http://www.woodinvillewonderland.com/howto.htm
  9. I upgraded to V2 then let the license lapse. I believe that is what I used to do the conversion.
  10. A dolly helps, and grass grows back........... I employ several PH's in my display and have not had issues with the grass. Once Spring rolls around, and the grass wakes up, all is good.
  11. Light Show Pro could convert Aurora to LOR. I did a complete conversion for a fellow decorator in Ohio several years ago. I used to keep a copy of LSP around, but have let it go a few years back when I had to build new computers for my Display effort, and, LSP is under a re-write. LSP does have a facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/190161527834956/ You may go there and see if someone can do this for you.
  12. + 1 for Walters JUMP. Solid design, portable and storable.
  13. I use a lot of these: http://www.aachristmas.com/light-controllers/chasing-controllers They are spendy, but after you replace some of the cheaper ones a few times........ I also put plastic baggies over them to protect them from the majority of the elements. Here is another option: http://www.noveltylights.com/3-amp-chasing-controller
  14. You may want to check with Darryl at Christmas Light Show for his hook head. It is made for 1.25" pipe, but you could always use a 1 to 1.25" reducer and 1.25" nipple to adapt his hookhead to your 1" pipe. https://www.christmaslightshow.com/standard-hook-head.html
  15. Not sure anyone wants to have anything to do with that equipment, except to maybe convert it to LOR....