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Everything posted by nmessick

  1. nmessick

    Custom snow\foam machine

    Time Left: 1 month and 10 days

    • For Sale
    • New

    We built a custom snow machine for our large show 3 years ago. We're tired of the space it takes up and it needs a home. Require 30A @ 120v single phase. Tank used a custom cheaper mix snow solution. Don't be fooled... not a professional out of the box product. Plan on tweaking, but it worked great for us. Was able to cover a large parking lot easily.


    Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania - US

  2. I'm not sure on the right place to post this. I built this for our 2016 show and it worked fine, but we did not use it in 2017 and I know we're not in 2018. I don't like to keep stuff around and would like to sell this. I have approx $750 in parts invested and would sell it for that. I also have about 25 gallons of Sodium Laurth Sulfate (sp) that I used to make bulk bubble bath that turns into snow. Be aware, this is a complex home brew machine and it takes tweaking to get it working right. email neilm@messicks.com if your interested in it.
  3. nmessick

    Pixel Config Help

    I'm having some trouble to get my pixel strings to respond as expected. Using LOR Pixie8 boards. WS2811 400hz strings from ebay. When I turn on Channel 1, I get the first 3 pixels lighting up (red), Channel 2 and I get the same 3 pixels in blue. Whatever I do, I'm expecting to see 1 LED light up and I get 3. Any idea whats up?
  4. Lights set to music strung on 32 Kubota Tractors, Utility Vehicles and Excavators. We love Christmas Lights & Tractors, and we're just as passionate about providing the best service is there is when it comes to all your tractor needs. Check us out online @ www.messicks.com for online parts ordering and service tips.
  5. We love Christmas Lights & Tractors, and we're just as passionate about providing the best service is there is when it comes to all your tractor needs. Check us out online @ www.messicks.com for online parts ordering and service tips.
  6. nmessick

    Anyone For Hire?

    I have around 200 channels and 15 minutes of audio that need sequenced. I'm well into about 1/3 of it, but would gladly turn a song or two over to someone else and compensate for the effort. My time over the next few weeks is dwindling and I'm committed at this point. I do have a pictures of the display and LOR animation and channels laid out. You'd have a good foundation to start on. Anyone interested?
  7. I have 8 LOR controllers that I need to spread around 1500ft end to end. I'm thinking of putting a transmitter in the middle and recievers at each box. It will all be line of site. I hate to cough up $150/ea for the LOR easy light linker units. I did some searching online for RS485 wireless transmitters and there are a few much cheaper options. Namely these... http://cgi.ebay.com/2pc-915MHz-RS485-wireless-PCB-transceiver-module-1mile_W0QQitemZ270375811503QQcmdZViewItemQQptZBI_Robotics?hash=item3ef3a779af&_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116 Any thoughts on this? The communication does not have to be bi-directional for running the show right? Only for setting up the boards (flashing, ID's ,etc). Thoughts?
  8. I found a way to use a low cost RS485 module and antenna to remove the wires from my display. The modules run at 19,200bps which is the long distance setting on LOR. They work amazingly well. I have a display thats about 1/4mi long and I cover the entire thing with two wireless channels. I've had no issues so far with the setup. I just drill an antenna hole in the top of the case and put the small 1"x2" board inside the case. You can pull power off the LOR board and signal from the middle two pin on the Cat5 Jack. This is not as advanced as the EZ-Light Linkers, and the parts are straight out of china... complete with the poor directions and crappy PC software to set the channels and baud rate. It took me 3 hours to setup all 8 of my controllers, so I was thrilled. My longest Hop is almost 500ft (line of sight) and it seems to work just fine. I need to order a few more for myself, so I was wondering if anyone else wanted in on the deal. The guy regularly sells these for $79 on ebay plus shipping from China. I get him to discount them a bit by buying 4+ pairs, and we can all combine shipping and save there. If you want in, paypal $79/pr to neilm--AT--messicks.com :santasmileyitty:
  9. nmessick

    what size star for mega tree

    I have a 44ft mega tree with a 10ft star (tip to tip). The ratio seems about right.
  10. nmessick


    I also use rebar as stakes for my mega-tree's. Home Depot was over twice the price of my local lumber yard.
  11. nmessick

    it has begun....

    We're doing 7 or 8 tree's this year ranging from 25-45 feet.
  12. nmessick

    it has begun....

    Good thought. What have other people done about stacking 10+ plugs. Anyone have problems with this? There is little tension on them, but it seems there should be a better solution.
  13. nmessick

    Have you order or used 1000 bulbs Co.

    I've used them a few times. I had a bad lot of strings once and they sent me some to replace them. Good service! Howeveer their pricing, even when on sale, could be better. I have 1000ft of C6's from there for sale... used 1 season.
  14. I'm also using hydraulic hose spools. I have some 2ft wide ones that I can get 60-70 100ft strings on.
  15. nmessick

    Central Pa. "Tour Of Lights"

    I maybe on board with this. I work for Messick Farm Equipment on RT283 between Lancaster and Harrisburg. We do 128 channels, about 80,000 lights. We do mostly large (30-50ft) mega-trees. We have 1/4 mile of highway frontage, so its not exactly a house that you can park in front of and watch a show, but its an impressive amount of stuff if you can catch it while flying by at 70mph.
  16. nmessick

    Do it yourself wireless

    the cheap ebay units will run at 19,200 bps at shorter distances. as I understand it, the LOR units (and these) run bi-directional when two units are involved. However you can also set them up to do point to multi-point in which the conversation at that point is only uni-directional.
  17. nmessick

    Do it yourself wireless

    Thats kinda what I was thinking. Any limitations that I'd run into with these would be the same as the easy light linkers. These are bascily the same concept... less the direct support and software from LOR. Looks like if you buy them in lots of 50 you can get them for $23.00/pair direct from China.
  18. nmessick

    solid, inexpensive base ideas

    I need some ideas for the ring at the bottom of the tree to attach lights to. I'm building several very large mega tree's (30-50ft). Last year I used tent stakes which was nice to tensioning strings as they stetched, but I did have a few that pulled out during some rough weather. I'm thinking of just using PVC and some cinder blocks, but did not know if anyone had used a more elegant... or cheaper solution.
  19. 18 Cases of 100ct, 70 boxes C9 LED's. Tried to get a discount and buy a pallet but they would not go for it. Now I gotta figure out what to do with all this.
  20. has anyone tried laying the 3 primary colors on top of each other and mixing them to make other colors? Seems like it should be possible...like the big LED TV screens. Anyone tried this?
  21. If anyone makes this work with whole strings it sure could be cool.
  22. nmessick

    packing up lights

    I use giantic spools from hydraulic hoses. I get about 5000ft of lights on 1 2ft wide spool. Takes too people to move them, but its very fast on and off. Two of us did a whole mega tree of about 80 springs in under 20 minutes. Visit any hydraulic shop and they'll give them away (we do).
  23. nmessick

    44ft tree

    This 44ft to the top of the strands, plus the star. Supported by a $70,000 New Holland telehandler. 32 channels 60 strings in the base, 10 on the star thats's 10ft tip to tip. A few things I learned this year. Strings stretch much more than I thought they would. The wind load on somthing this size is substantial, stings with slack can get tangled. This many plugs are hard to keep dry. I kept blowing a breaker in the rain. Looked great though! Got me on the front page of a local business paper and lots of unsolicited phone calls from people.