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zman

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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. Our first cruise, and it starts in Venice, IT and goes down around up the Aegean Sea... Looking forward to it...
  2. Oh I still have a bit of a contribution to Expo in a couple ways, just physically wont be there. Its about as serious as it could be....... Something about a 20yr wedding anniversary cruise....
  3. Sadly this will be the first year since the 2009 debacle that I will miss....
  4. Just 2 more weeks to go. Still looking for RSVPs or unfortunately if you have to cancel. We have a few more sponsors to announce: San Devices Crockett Family of Lights
  5. Unfortunately CLAP is cancelled for 2017….. April Fools! Just a quick update. We are 4 weeks away from CLAP. We are still looking for RSVPs to assist with head count for lunch. If you have already RSVP’d we have you down, if not, please let us know. Here is an updated agenda and vendor list: Friday afternoon 2-5pm Set up or just hang out and talk more lights Friday April 28th - 5pm - ?? Pizza Meet and Greet for those in the area Farrell’s Pizza - 4870 Yelm Hwy SE, Lacey, WA 98503 Saturday April 29th - 7am – 8am Networking, coffee, snacks Saturday April 29th - 8am CLAP Starts. Typically we go till 5 or 6pm. Nancy Foley - 4842 Thompson Lane SE, Olympia, WA 98513 Agenda (not necessarily in this order) 1. Coro and Plastic for your Display – Don McGillivray 2. Video your Display – Mike Ziemkowski 3. 3D Printing and the Decorator – Lowell Fuher 4. Photon Stick Wireless Pixel Receiver – Steve Garrett 5. Xlights and AC Controllers – Kevin Thomas 6. Newbies, New Things, New Challenges – Open Group Discussion 7. Top 10 Pixel Hardware List – Mark Zembruski Sponsors. We have some new ones, and we have some who have supported us over the years. Please, please, support them, and never forget to thank them for their CLAP support: · Falcon Christmas · Creative Displays Inc · Demented Elf · Rainy Oregon Christmas · Boscoyo · Christmas-LEDs · Winklebottom's · McLendons · Holiday Technologies · Christmas Expo · Really Big Lights · 3G Lighting
  6. NW CLAPPERS: Some of you may or may not be aware that on Oct 6th 2016, we lost one of our own, Rex Gaus. Besides Jim Winder, Rex was the member who usually drove up on a motorcycle, many times with his daughter or his wife Vanesa in tow. Rex and Vanesa were in attendance last year. There is a GoFundMe set up for his family, as his wife is disabled and not able to work. They are having a Memorial for Rex on Sat April 1st from 5-9pm. That would have been his and Vanesa’s 25thwedding anniversary. The family wanted to keep it light, and it will be held at Angelo’s Restaurant in Bellevue, WA. 1830 – 130th Ave NE Wirekat and I are planning on attending. If you want to join us, a friend of Rex is taking RSVP’s - erikstr@twodads.com ------------------------------------- The agenda for CLAP 2017 is still being worked out, and we should have an update in a week or so. However, one of our members is working on a group buy. This info is time sensitive and volume dependent. Jerry, (Jerry72, Bowhunter3125), has the opportunity to get the Really Big Lights for $24 bucks a box (5 bulbs) delivered. He can arrange to bring them to CLAP at the end of April, or can make other arrangements to get them to you should you not be able to attend CLAP. These are really cool to convert to RGB. I had 32 of them in my Road Tree this year and they were a huge hit with the visitors. I have more to make, and plan 48 in that tree next year (so I already have mine in hand) Jerry has put a drop dead date of April 2nd to get the order in so they will be here in time for CLAP. There is also a minimum of 36 boxes that needs to be ordered to make this happen. If you are interested or want more details, get with Jerry directly – bowhunter3125@gmail.com The agenda has yet to be finalized, however, we are still looking to get an idea for head count. If you have NOT already RSVP’d, please do so. We are working with Nancy on this, as we may move the venue this year. This has not been determined yet. Last year we grew about as big as we can go in Bill’s shop. Nancy was concerned that if we grow any more…... But fear not, if we do change venue’s it will be just as scenic, it is not far from Nancy’s (if you have already made hotel arrangements), and it still has a connection to Bill. More as we get into April. If you have not already signed up for our PacNW CLAP Facebook group go join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242224906166484/ This is a closed group to those whom have attended a CLAP meeting. More info to come.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I always start the weekend that ends Sept, or starts October. In this case, last weekend I started putting lights on my house.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. I upgraded to V2 then let the license lapse. I believe that is what I used to do the conversion.