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About uptownguy2000

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  • My favorite Christmas story Walking around grandma's Christmas wonderland
  • Location Asheville, NC
  • Biography Enjoys blending old and new alike.
  • Interests science's, world interests, and Christmas decorating.
  • Occupation N/A
  • About my display Brand new enthusiast- typical l.e.d mixed with incandescent, 200ft. of Gemmy lightshow multicolor icicles and C9. 100+ blow molds.

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  1. Thank you all. I've been trying to think vertically.
  2. An electrician friend told me the safest way for electrical cords to be stored is to lay them freely within a container, causing zero folding or streching stress within the cords. I wind mine around my elbow, forearm, and in my hand as you would a drop cord, rather loosely, and lay them in a giant tote that I scoot out of our storage shed and drag about 40 ft. It weighs as much as I do, around 150 pounds. 4ft.× 2ft.× 2ft. I believe is the dimension. I'll fill a second one this year.
  3. Neat, I love seeing all of the old advertising you find. Do you just do google searches for archives or use other sources?
  4. Wouldn't that have been made by somebody like Noma? Flatback vacucel right? Lokks like it would go around/in front of a fireplace mantle, or creat a fake one. I love it though, I'd string mini lights zig-zagged through it.
  5. That's true, but the paints that are more tacky while drying should also seemingly have a great threshhold for dinging without chipping. They have a greater polymer bond, thus taking greater time, and some care prior to 24hr. cure. That has been my experience and past recieved advice by knowledgeable other's anyway.
  6. A few photo's I took over the holiday. Most everything was out, just a few large things weren't. Very similar to last year with a few additions, and repositioning's. The wreath is one of my favorite additions; believe it or not I got it for free off of craigslist with the faux greenery, I added everything else, and It folds in half. Still haven't made some minor repairs that need to be corrected with the trailer. I didnt actually get around to taking photos of the lights around the yard, but there was quite a bit. I had an even greater amount of traffic slowing down this year. With the unbelievably phenomenal deals of luck, chance, blessing, and skill that I've received this post-holiday sale, I can't wait for this year to fly by as I'm sure it will! I'll finally be able to light our maple. I'll post later on that note-
  7. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for posting, and welcome!
  8. Congratulations! Many people aren't as fond of this set, especially the sad clown- it is my all time favorite!
  9. Thank you, I hadn't invested any education into paint stripper but I'vebeen really meaning to get some. I did just leave the snowman as is for now, where I placed it on or deck made it completely unnoticeable. Thank you, I was just thrilled while taking the tape off. It did turn out just as good as I had hoped it would be; but I really took a lot of time and care taping, razor cutting, and ensuring no paint runs. I'll finally get some photo's up I took of the yard.
  10. Pretty awesome find! Excellent condition and great price!
  11. Brought a tear to my eye before and after the snow! So beautiful, and so much thought!
  12. Funny enough, I've always wanted to see what a controlled setup would look like on a strobe effect. I love the hypotic effect of a strobe loll. Throw in some multi-tone air raid sirens, buzzers, bells, and alarms, and I'm in heaven.
  13. Terribly sorry to hear about your woes, and I thought it was bad down here in the southern states of the US, but yeesh. I guess ebay may be out of the question for certain shippers also? I have to keep my eyes peeled throughout the year on eBay for 'affordable' pricing, otherwise I'd be paying out the nose; and to be honest, for a few of them- I did. Good luck on your search for collectibles and collectors. I always ask people if they remember the large lighted hard plastic snowmen, santas, and candy canes people used to have in the 70's and 80's, when explaining the term; that usually jog's their memory a little bit.
  14. LOL LOL The pilot hole is made in the ground with the steel rebar being tamped into the ground by a hammer, then wiggled and removed so that the more accessible and available bamboo stake can easily be mounted into the ground. I'll use a knive in a bore like circular fashion to make near as perfect holes as they need to be, using a larger knife sequentially each time to make the hole larger if need be. So far the only injury this year has been whilst filing down the larger sides of extension cord plugs using a cinder block. Got a small scuff on my finger. These techniques mainly serve those of us with limited abilities and or finances for the most part. Next year I'd like actual rebar stakes and steel cable for security purposes.
  15. Truly phenomenal! Love all the vignettes! And the modified candles with lamp post tops look great. Can you tell me about the snow man in this one photo?