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Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« on: August 11, 2017, 10:01:07 AM »
Ok, so programming went on the back-burner for a while and it's time to make some stuff!!

     I said I had planned to do PVC tubing around the house to make things more uniform.  I didn't know how I was going to secure the PVC tubes to the house, but ALAS!!!  I found some gray-matter between my ears (and a lack of green in my wallet) and came up with what I believe to be my best solution for securing things to the house.

     I have an abundance of Galvanized 1/2" banding material at work and "borrowed" some for my project..  I formed these as shown in the picture and plan for them to be placed @ ~ 3-1/2ft spacing.  I have had 20ft of tube on the roof for a week now to test rigidity (pictures soon) and they are working great!  I have also made clips for the fence ridges and crevices along the front of the house where additional tubes are going to be secured to the house (pics to follow on that as well).
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 1 - Raspberry Pi3,  1 - Falcon F16V3,  3 - 30A 360W PSU's, 1200
12v Pixels - Mounted in 3/4" SCH40 PVC (3-1/4" spacing), and 3 pixel strip arches.

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 07:48:16 AM »
Here's where things are at right now.  Wondering where I'm going to put all this stuff after Christmas......? Is anyone else's wives already tired of lights and pvc being all over the dining room?

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 06:05:40 PM »
Sounds like someone needs a man cave. Looks like my lounge room a few years back. Just be careful you dont splil solder on the dining table she may not be so forgiving then. As for storing them, im lucky that i have room under the house. The lights will look great when you have nice straight runs around the roof.
Due to recent cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel will be running at 45%

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 06:17:29 PM »
Sounds like someone needs a man cave.

What I wouldn't give for a man cave, but nooooo; we had to have 4 kids....

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 11:36:49 AM »
Here's my Control box setup (so far).  Still planning Power Distro blocks under PSU's.

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 01:04:50 PM »
Here's my Control box setup (so far).  Still planning Power Distro blocks under PSU's.
Hard to tell for sure, but is that SPT wire (aka "lamp cord") between your power supplies and the controller?


If so, you may be running a risk since that connection could be as high at 30a which is more than SPT wire can handle. 
Most of us use bulk 12awg or 10awg wire for that connection.
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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2017, 02:58:03 PM »
Yeah it is. I went out today and bought some 12-2 speaker wire which I will be replacing that with this evening.

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2017, 10:06:44 PM »
Yam6rider, what technique did you use to drill the holes in your pipe?

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2017, 10:12:23 AM »
I made a jig to slide the tube through.  I made a video which is linked below.


https://youtu.be/rpXWv014f9Y


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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2017, 01:46:57 PM »
Thanks. I wasn't expecting a video!

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2017, 04:42:37 PM »
Thanks. I wasn't expecting a video!

I'm not excited about this or anything... lol

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2017, 01:34:29 PM »
I guess you have the right to be excited. My hardware builds are currently on-hold because I'm still awaiting my correct shipment from DIY LED Express's January pre-sale that was supposed to come in May or June.  ::)   Worst case, at least I can repeat last year's show.  :)

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2017, 07:56:41 PM »
Today's update for the Harper setup.

Also, check out the tested category 1-2 hurricane proof tube clips I made!

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2017, 01:35:25 PM »
I did a simular thing with making all my frames out of PVC, but I found little clips at Home Depot. They stick out a little bit right now, but we're painting the house next summer, so I'll just paint them and leave them installed year round. But in testing, the frames snap in and out and it's a good solid fit.


 

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Re: Harper Family first pixel Christmas Setup 2017!!!
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2017, 09:39:39 AM »
Thanks. I wasn't expecting a video!
I liked the vid lol! Got a question though. im seeing you drilled the hole all the way through. If you putting the pixel through the back and into the  hole in the front of the pvc, wouldnt it be super loose? Are you remming out the back hole larger?


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