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Old 12-03-2009, 07:35 PM   #61
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Candy canes are finally up
Snoopy has made an appearance
I also started putting up LED lights on the small trees
Pics sometimes come out bad with all the lights
I need to play around with the camera more to get it right
Still more to go out...lots more





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Old 12-03-2009, 09:13 PM   #62
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Scuba Dave, Post #17; JUST BEAUTIFULLLLLLLL! Thank You!
p.s,: I did not want to post with "Quote" because it would just repeat your pics. Here in Brooklyn, NY (NYC) we have some gorgeous displays, too. One location is on Ft. Hamilton Parkway near Chester Street. And there are many others.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:44 PM   #63
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I need to take a picture from across the street
MIL's car was in the way
Tomorrow I add more lawn ornaments & inflatables - Santa's band/lightshow & Snowmen light show
Plus a 12' snowman....good thing I put skylights in the sunroom

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Dave, your work so far is remarkable. I just took the last 20 minutes reading from beginning to end. As others have said, its very impressive how much you've accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. Although it might not seem short to you...

I look forward to following your progress! Take care and keep it up.

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Old 12-04-2009, 07:32 PM   #65
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It's started...people driving down the street & the turning around after they get past my house
I'm on a dead-end street off a busier street - 5 houses down
Due to a curve in the street just before my house you can see the house from the Main St

Another inflatable up - Santa Band - so now we have music playing
I'll have to take another pic it came out blurry
1st squad of soldiers are out...I have 50 all together including Nutcrackers
2 guards are on either side of the garage door





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How much did you have to pay the electric company last year for the month of December?
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:07 PM   #67
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1st big display in '06 was $650, I don't have anything to compare it to before that
But Jan & Feb can be $280-320 with heat running depending upon outside Temp...how much I heat with wood
So about $330-370 or so above normal

In '07 (not fully converted to LED/CFL) it was $530 - maybe $220 above normal

In '08 it was split between 2 months due to billing, maybe $50 each month
EDIT Actually I just remembered that a LOT did not go up in '08 due to construction, snow storms & I was sick
So this year will be a better indicator of reduced cost w/LED & CFL

So it's dropped a LOT, the LED & CFL's have paid off
I just picked up another (8) CFL's for free after instant rebate
I have coupons to get another 8 free too
I have a stockpile of over 50 CFL's that were all free or very close to it
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Those of us that are more fiscally conservative (OK Cheap) appreciated those of you that really get into the spirit.
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The electric cost is the easiest part & actually the least expensive

I have approx 500 blow molds - mostly Christmas, 2nd would be Halloween
Then some for Valentines, Thanksgiving & Easter
Some were cheap....but averaged out I'd say well over $10 each
Then I have over 100 inflatables...they are even more $$

I don't worry too much about the electric bill...............
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were do u put all your decorations in the off season? got a hanger? awsome setup, my kids would freak if they could see that in person!!
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Thanks !
See my other thread in my sig
I'm building a 24x36 garage w/walk-up 19x24 attic
I have a shed that I use for storage
Plus a 16x16 area under my sunroom
Then more storage under my deck
The thinner stuff - candy canes etc - are tied up between the basement floor joists
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i remeber in another thread about working in basements, you said u couldnt even move in your basemnt, well, now i see,lol!
ps: it'd be nice to see the whole shebang in a picture from a distance, just to get a visual of everything togeather.
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Yes, basement is getting better
But I need to get the garage floor in/new doors on so I can use that for storage

Once I'm done setting up I'll take a pic from across the street
It's better if I take the pic at dusk
Right now I'm usually setting stuff up at that time
Rain tomorrow afternoon, then possibly snow into the night 1-6" who knows
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Better and better each time I come in to take a look. Looking forward to seeing the long distance view too!

Oh how I miss my decorations! I don't even have room here to put up my little town like the ones you showed here

Seeing yours is a welcome sight. Like you, I have a ton of Christmas "Stuff" but no where to put it up. (in a temp. apt.)

No problem though, it's one of the prices I decided to pay, to be able to have money to pay for my DIY projects. (another garage, and a new home) but it's sure nice to be able to share your decorations.

I get to pay less than half of what I was paying, and the rest goes to my garage and house, so it's not a bad deal huh?

Keep up with the lighting, I just love it
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The electric cost is the easiest part & actually the least expensive

I have approx 500 blow molds - mostly Christmas, 2nd would be Halloween
Then some for Valentines, Thanksgiving & Easer
Some were cheap....but averaged out I'd say $10 each
Then I have over 100 inflatables...they are even more $$

I don't worry too much about the electric bill...............
I agree 100%! When you do it this way, it's the spirit that counts. You don't count the Dollars and cents. (OK. Within a reasonable limit!!!)
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