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About mjs805

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    New Member
  • Birthday 03/05/1968

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  • Location
    Carmel, NY
  • Biography
  • Interests
    Home Improvement
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Lots of Blowmolds
  1. This early snow on my blow molds

    I remember that year. Everything was frozen solid. I was afraid that my candy canes and blow molds would crack if I tried to pull them out. Hopefully the rain and warm (Ha, I'm calling 40 degrees warm) later this week will free things up.
  2. -10 here this morning and we have about a foot of snow on the ground. I'm not taking anything down today. We are supposed to get 40s and rain Thursday through Saturday (melt white devil!) so I'm looking at getting most of the stuff off the house, lawn, trees and bushes next Sunday and Monday (MLK Day). Cords are a different story. I will deal with them in March or April. It's not like they are going anywhere. I just like to get the visible stuff down as a courtesy to my neighbors. I don't want to be an eyesore. Who wants to look at Christmas blow molds in February?
  3. Commercial shoot?

    Cool. I'm guessing it will air in the fall. Please keep us posted. I would love to see the finished product.
  4. Commercial shoot?

    I received a comment on my youtube video from someone claiming to be with a commercial production company and wanting to discuss their client using a "decked out holiday house like yours" on their instagram feed. I just ignored it. I don't want to inject business into this. I'm sure there would be a lot of fine print to read through. I'm just in this to entertain the community and raise money for my charity.
  5. What color lighting do you prefer?

    I use red/green/white/blue in my animated display. I think it adds something to the sequencing when one color is shown at any given time. That being said, I don't think your multi show in the video looked cheap. I enjoyed it. It is also the less expensive route for sure. Maybe you could leave the bulk of the display multi and do individual colors on the mega tree. Just a thought. Mike
  6. Merry Christmas Virginia

    I run mine until Jan 5 every year. When I was a kid, my Mom always said you leave the lights on until Little Christmas. I think I just like to put off taking it all down as long as possible.
  7. coro snowflakes!

    Thanks everyone. I looked at the website yesterday. I think the snowflakes are about the only thing they still do for mini lights.
  8. coro snowflakes!

    pjwallen, thanks for bumping this. I may give these a try next year. A few of my Philips rope light snow flakes have failed this year and wrapping new rope light around them is a huge pain. I could see me doing 2 sets, one in cool white and one in blue. Thanks again!
  9. 25,000+ lights on 68 LOR channels. We are located in Lake Carmel, NY.
  10. After Christmas sales

    I was in a Lowes in northern CT today and they were already starting to consolidate the Christmas merchandise and shrink the section down. I think the retailers have figured out that they would rather have bare shelves on the 20th than half full shelves on the 26th. I do miss the days of me and my sons filling multiple carts at Target, bright and early on the 26th.
  11. I am done. Took last week off and knocked it out. This weekend I will go through the display and troubleshoot any bad lights, ect. It's a good feeling.
  12. New Tune To Sign

    I like #2.
  13. joelnicol, thanks. Drew Hickman is who Jolt referred me to. Did you convert any of the AL programming?
  14. I have been using Animated Lighting equipment since 2009 and have always been happy with the product. I don't have the time to do my own programming so I have always purchased my show cards from AL, choosing from their list of songs and having them insert a voice-over for the charity for which I take donations. I end up spending a couple of hundred dollars each year for the show cards. I have been considering purchasing the Animation Director software so that I can put the songs in the order I want and insert my voice-over myself. It is my understanding, though, that the software is somewhat antiquated and difficult to work with. I am also getting to the point where I would like some new music and there is nothing left in the AL library that interests me. Last week I got an email from Jolt Lighting, which apparently was started by guys who used to be with AL and have the rights to the AL Library. (Not sure how that works) I've been corresponding with someone at Jolt and he is suggesting that I convert to LOR. I am intrigued by this idea because there are so many songs out there for LOR and because it would be nice to have more control over my show content vs. paying for a set show every year. I told the Jolt representative that converting the existing AL song programming to LOR is a must and he said they can do this. I have always liked the programming from AL, specifically the arch programming. FYI - I currently run 64 channels, 32 of which are dedicated to the arches. So, my question to all of you is, do you think I should go for the conversion or am I setting myself up for problems with the conversion of the equipment or other issues I'm not even thinking of? I look forward to your feedback. Mike
  15. A Friend At Work Donated This To Me

    A couple of years back, just after Christmas, a guy came to our door and told my wife he had a bunch of wire frames that he got from his sister's estate and he wanted to donate them to our display. A couple of days later, I came home from work and a bunch of boxes were leaning against the house. There were 8 reindeer and a santa sleigh. They were very old, but still in the original boxes. The wire frames were better made than anything you can get these days, but the light sets were in really bad shape. Over the summer that year, I took them out and harvested enough working lights to get three reindeer working with the legs in motion, using the original controllers. They didn't exactly fit with my display, but I felt I had to find a place for them since he was kind enough to donate them and because they meant something to him, coming from his deceased sister. They have been a part of my display since. Maybe one of these years I will get ambitious enough to re-wire the rest of the set. I can't bring myself to get rid of the rest of the frames. Mike