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Offline RichM

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RGB Yard Borders
« on: June 02, 2013, 12:03:16 AM »
One of this years new projects.  I started with a plastic fence rail.  Available at Home Depot and Lowes.  Home Depot has a 16 foot long section and Lowes has a 10 foot section.  Home Depot is a slightly better price per foot in my area.  I cut mine down to a 10' section with a 6' section left over for shorter lengths and window frames(that's another project for later).  I then cut the 10' section down the middle into 2 halves( see the attached picture below).  I marked off 30 holes four inches on center with 2 inches left on each end.  4" was the spacing I liked, you can choose any spacing that works for you.  I ordered my lights from Ray Wu with a custom length of 6"(about 160 cm).  http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/128-node-LED-pixel-string-DC12V-input-new-model-IP68-TM1804IC/701799_495658226.html
This gave me just enough length to work with 4" spacing.  You can see in picture 4 the under side of the railing with wires running into the holes. 
I drilled the holes using a 5/8 paddle drill bit.  This is the perfect size for the c-9 covers http://www.aliexpress.com/item/faceted-White-C9-covers-100pcs-set/506253078.html to fit into.  I attached two of the 10' sections together with a small piece of the scrap material to make a hinge.  I didn't hook more than 120 nodes (4x10' sections) to any one output.  I used a 7/16 bit to drill the holes on the ends for the 10" nails that keep these from falling over in high winds.  They stand up on their own pretty well without the nails.

Rich

Edit: I went back to look at my order.  The measurement is 150mm between nodes not 160cm sorry for the error. :(

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 12:03:55 AM »
One more image attached. ;D

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 07:47:37 AM »
Very nice Rich!!!  How long did it take to get the strings with the custom spacing from Ray?

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 01:23:51 PM »
I am jealous of Rich. Again. Nice job. Looking to make some too but maybe not this year.
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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 09:08:17 PM »
pk- It took 10 days for Ray to make the custom spacing and 2 more days for shipping.  I did send a second message after 7 days to make sure he was doing them.  David told me it's a good idea to ask Ray for status updates.   Sometimes Ray can get distracted with so many orders.

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2013, 10:01:34 PM »
OK. Rich made me do it. Here are the 24 - 8 ft yard borders ready for lights. 576 lights.

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2013, 10:10:22 PM »
Look Great!!!
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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2013, 10:19:40 PM »
Somebody had to make you do it.  Otherwise you would spend all your free time cruising around on that hot yellow scooter. ;D

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2013, 08:04:12 AM »
Rich;
Where will you put these?
Along the ground framing your yard?

I think I may need to make some myself.

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2013, 11:02:28 PM »
Sean,
Yes they go directly on the ground.  I'm outlining my driveway and going along the front of my yard perimeter.  Fortunately, I only had to make 113' total length.  I think David's yard and driveway is much much larger.

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2014, 10:52:25 PM »
rich; i made 180' of this. it was mentioned as one of the most liked parts of my show.

thanks for the info

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2014, 12:16:58 AM »
Sean, when did you add the yard borders?  I stopped by your house early in December (around the 11th) and don't remember seeing those.

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2014, 07:11:23 AM »

Sean, when did you add the yard borders?  I stopped by your house early in December (around the 11th) and don't remember seeing those.

Around dec 20th for most, dec 24th for the last segment.

Star on roof around dec 15
6 candles , 6' tall coro , around dec 7

Repair ssc that was at top of my megatree, dec 21. This required taking megatree down. Now the ssc is Dave's firmware. If I need to change any channel, I now can. The original ssc needed firmware to be rewritten.

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Yeah, I was late getting everything up.

I still am getting some cars stopping as the show is still running

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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2014, 10:55:31 AM »
Would love to see a picture of that coro item. I'm still looking to do a big run at the local CNC machine shop to make a bunch of coro flakes and mount them up on the roof.
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Re: RGB Yard Borders
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2015, 01:36:49 PM »
I was thinking about using this idea for my yard borders but I have a radius on one side - will these bend to make the contour?

 

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