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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.
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About DKRGoods

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  1. DKRGoods

    How i make my stuff not blow away in the wind

    If the hole in the bottom is big enough I add a brick or two or three. I also take zip tie bags and add enough rock to slip it through the light hole in the back. (rock you mix with cement works great) I have bought some where they screwed a piece of 3/4" PVC to the back and then all you do is slip it over a piece of rebar. I use this method a lot... If the whole in the bottom will fit a either a 1/2" or 3/4" of PVC, I cut it roughly three feet and just bang it into the ground and slip the blow mold over it. I just make sure the light isn't hitting it. They rock in the wind and stand back up :-) I use all these methods, live in the northeast and no issues with them blowing over. Have fun!
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    Storing Blow Molds

    I keep mine above my in-laws garage where the temperature is basicaaly the same as outside. Never any issues. Tips I have followed. Never stack where weight will bend the blowmold from heat. Never lay down the big ones. Stand, stand, stand Never use sand in a blowmold. It will destroy the Blowmold VERY fast. Where ever you store make sure air does flow. Keep mouse traps out if the danger is there. They will nest and same for wasps. The biggest thing that destroys them is dampness and direct sunlight. Most of mine are from Craigslist and were stored in a garage or basement. Its fun and learn wiring. I have had to rewire a lot of them because of age. I use mostly CFLs in mine because a 13watt cfl has the same lumens as a 60 watt bulb and so on I am up to 100 this year and I have quiet a few originals that were made in the sixties. :-)
  3. I take the small rock you add to cement and put it in ziplock bags filled about half way. I then take out the light and slowly shake the bag with the rock in it so it falls in. Depending on the size it can take up to six. They do stay in place here in MA. I also add bricks from the bottom if they fit. Thats easier and three to four do the trick. Good luck!!!!!
  4. DKRGoods

    My 2013 Display

    Love it!!!!
  5. DKRGoods

    Need More Juice

    Seek a professional. It will save your sanity along with your valuables. This is one part of creating a beautiful display where you need the professionals. Plus...they might be able to get you more power from a better subpanel in your garage.
  6. DKRGoods

    Repainting Blowmolds

    Yup.... I use Citrus stripper from Home Depot. Smells nice. Then Krylon Fusion.
  7. DKRGoods

    2013 Billings North Pole Under Construction

    You have got to put a pic up of it lit. WOW!!!!!!
  8. DKRGoods

    Blow Mold Repair

    Try this... http://www.planetchristmas.com/blow-molds/
  9. DKRGoods

    Led Lights For Blowmolds?

    You are 100% correct. My apologies for not catching that.
  10. DKRGoods

    10' Mega- Tree Base

    I painted mine to look like a candy cane. Nice red swirl all the way up and my light strings are green. Looks awesome.
  11. DKRGoods

    Led Lights For Blowmolds?

    I use CFL's for the big guys and 4w c7's for the little. FYI..... 10w CFL puts out the same lumen as a 40 w bulb and a 13 w is like a 60 w bulb. Saves tones and no problems in the cold. About the peeling???? Never seen it and I have a set of carolers that are made from BECO, Snowmen made from Santa's Best and I can't even count the Empire. Trick to keeping them decent is to store them in some sort of shelter when not in use. Preferably someplace that breaths. I use the top of a garage.
  12. DKRGoods

    Looking For Led Replacement Bulbs For My Blowmolds?

    Check out your local Sam's club etc. I just picked up GE 13W CFL's that were on special for $2.98 for 8 bulbs. They are usually right around $14 for eight. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/ge-energy-smart-13-watt-light-bulbs-8-pk/164478.ip?navAction=
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    10' Mega- Tree Base

    I do the same as "gmac" . I have four trees here in MA. and have no problems. My top pieces are the inverted toilet bowl flang with wall board hooks and my bottom is 1/2" sprinkler pipe. If you send me your email by PM I'll send ya a pic.
  14. DKRGoods

    newbie blowmold user - what wattage bulb?

    I use CFL's for my big ones and my small guys get 25w. The ones that use a c-7 I use the 4w instead of 5 or 7. Good luck and have fun. Remember there is no right or wrong its just using your imagination :-)
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    What Strippers Are Safe For Blowmolds?

    I have used this, Citristrip with no problems and smells good too http://www.homedepot.com/p/Citristrip-1-2-gal-Safer-Paint-and-Varnish-Stripping-Gel-HCG73803T/100141801#.UknJVVOmXjI