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    With that said, I have had one great day! A ton of my EBAY orders came in, so I got to town today to finish installing the light I ordered. I had a BUNCH of old String LED lights, but it was time to retire/ Refurbish some sets.

    I got the Twinkling Arch way redone and re bulbed. I have yet to find a set of set of incandescent replacement bulbs for it. The other string sets have these funny Cylinder concave LED’s you can only get from CHinese suppliers in sets of a 1000. Well that would be great, but there is no easy way to buy them. I need about a 1000 LED diodes to fix them. Usually the Positive Leg on the LED corrodes. And you can’t get them easy without the flange on them. Sure I can order a 100 for $12 bucks, but… then I bought the sets for less then $4.oo many years ago. Amazed at how long they have lasted or rather how long I was able to keep them going. 🙂

    They are going to be serving Tree Duty this year if I get around to it.

    SO far, I found the best deal out there this year, so I am ordering as many as I can before the weather gets to cold to really do good work outside.

    So check this out.. I found these lights on Ebay. They look like the ones on Amazon.

    BUT… I got mine from EBAY. Sure, I had a problem with 2 of the sets.. But I was able to find the problem. Took me 3 hours to fix one set till I found out the issue, then was able to get the other sets working.

    Thing is, THESE THINGS ARE TINY! AND PERFECT for my application. I was able to run them outside right under the fence rails where I had the old string lights. But THESE LOOK PERFECT! I’m still perfecting the install, but they look SO GOOD!

    THe ones I ordered are 100 LED’s in s string, so I think about 30M of lights. SO about 98.5 feet. I ordered an 8 pack of them for……

    $12.00! THat’s right 12 bucks!

    So what else is the catch other then a bit sub par? Well. They are USB powered.. SO I took the Can of WD-40, and got the Connectors nice and lubed up to keep them from rusting/corroding. I’m also going to wrap them up so no water gets in.

    The other bad part.. THEY ARE USB. Also, they don’t connect end to end. I was looking around the house for USB wall chargers, and found that I can only find 3 of them…OF THE 12 I might have around.. LULZ!

    So, back on EBAY to buy a 10 pack of USB wall chargers. Again, about $12.00 bucks. Not bad. THey should be here this next week.

    So THen it was extension cords.. WELL.. I kind of used up all mine. And when I went to go buy some, they were out of the dark green I like to use. Also the price.. HOLY MACKEREL! I would have to buy about $120 dollars worth of cords.. DUUCK THAT!!

    SO, off to lowes I go. Its amazing how some things are some much cheaper and some things, you look at and wonder why the HELL they cost so much.

    See, I have TONS of ethernet cable. I actually ordered a 1000 foot box a while back for a KILLER DEAL! I even got the black color cable sheathing. And its the GOOD quality stuff. I think I bought a 1000 feet of it for like $25 bucks shipped to my door.

    Since I needed so many runs, I decided to make my own DIY extension cords. THIS IS WHERE YOU SHOULD NOT DO THIS. I am A PRO STUPID PERSON! DO NOT TRY or TRY AT YOUR OWN PERRIL! Also, Make sure to use a GFI. But since I already have one outside, no problem!

    I went off to lowes and picked up a pack of 10 outlets for $5.00 bucks! GOt 5 Blue electrical boxes for .24 cents each, (latter found out I was one short-more on that later) and a pack of covers for them for about $2.44 and also got some Frosted 1/4″ poly tubing to be used later or to protect the wire runs just in case I want to bury them Got 150 feet of it for about $20 bucks. Had one hell of fun convo with a guy a lowes. TOol talk man. Love it!

    So, I get home after raising some Eyebrows driving with my new Mask I got. (All ready for my Joker THeater day! 🙂

    YEA.. I wore that to WALMART.. AND while driving. Pretty good visibility I might add. Comfortable too!
    It’s then I noticed I need breath mints.. LOL.

    So I get home and start to build the electrical cords I need for the sizes that I need them to be.

    I got my Cable set out and got the box out, pulled the wires, and started going to town on making the outlets boxes I needed. After getting 2 sets made up, I was going to shoot them with some varnish inside, but just used WD-40 as I was out to keep the electoral contacts from corrosion.

    Now here is the thing. THERE was NO WAY I was going to BUY some plugs that you just put on the ends of the cables. the least expensive ones I could get are $3.50. Screw that. I can make respectable outlets for less then buck! SO that’s why I did it this way.

    I also have TONS of PC electrical cords. Many from UPS and stuff that already have a RInged ground terminal. THey also still have a rubber grommet on the end too! So hey fit perfectly inside the plastic receptacle box.

    I needed 2 of them. got them both on the ground leg of the first outlets, and then daisy chained 2 more to it. with about 100 feet of ethernet cable for the runs. I was careful to make sure I did not kink any of the cables.

    I used a Orange & brown pairs for the Hot side and Blue & Green Pairs for the Neutral side. I used my hot air station to strip the wires, pulled it of easy with my finger nails, and then attached them to the screws on each corresponding side.

    GOt the first set done, then tested with my meter then tested at 120v. ALL GOOD! I did not run a Ground wire to the other 2 outlets in the chain. No need. It’s just going to powering a small 5v 1 Amp USB wall wart. These things SIP power so I’m WAY safe for the load of wire. THe wire gauge. Even with 3 USB chargers on the line, that comes out to all of less then .3 watts at load. (TESLA THANK YOU FOR AC POWER!)

    The effective gauge of the wire is 16 AWG when combined. THAT’S pretty much like buying cheap stranded extension cord. But this is solid core, so there is more meat in the wire anyways. I could run it up tp 12 amps no problem. SO MORE then I need.

    The ethernet cable really is not made to be used as extension cord, but I’m just pulling thecords and installing them on along the fence where I need the outlets next to the USB lead of the Lights I bought. I just finished up running the cord along the fence. And have one set power up and running. I ran the other side, but I have to wait till I get the USB chargers this next week.

    SO.. I need to test them. ANd.. I needed a USB outlet.. SO… I had some old routers laying around. An old belkin and a net gear. SO.. THey are hanging on the FENCE right now… TILL it get my USB chargers so I could do a test and get zipped tied in perfectly. I ran out of ZIp ties the other day before, and had to use electrical tape to keep them their temporally. I will be fixing that soon. I got a 1000 4 inch zip ties for a buck or so, and just got them in today. I just doubled up on them and they work PERFECTLY and are hardly noticeable. I still have to finish up the install of the LED on the fence to make them look SUPER PRO tomorrow.

    I got them looking SO GOOD MAN! THere are a few areas where they dip a bit and are not PERFECTLY straight and flush on the fence top rail, but I was able to fix the few small problem areas. I did use some electrical tape to black out areas where the lights would look hokey on some of the transitions, but will use some Black Nail polish to cover then up later.

    In order to test the last 2 strings, I just used my USB power brick. It only lasts about 30 min on a full charge. But at least I was able to test them, and look for any visually bad areas to touch them up.

    For the last run, I had not plugged in the other cord yet. So I just used my Chrome book to test the last run I did.

    I still have one more string to install to get the entire perimeter of the fence done around the the house done. I might have to use two to keep it all a solid as there are no breaks and all the LED’s are Evenly spaced for the whole 800 and some change for the face permeitner.

    I will post up some pictures or video of the Finished install on this thread when it’s all done when I get the rest of the parts in the mail.

    I plan on just using some saran wrap over the USB wall chargers and the outlets to keep then dry as this is going to be a permanent set up. I also have to get some Black/ Brown spray paint to cover up the outlets so they don’t stick out.

    Now, As I said.. I only picked up 5 outlet boxes. So, the last one.. Um.. Well. It does not have a box. It does have a wall plate on it.. But no box. SO.. Out with the Heavy duty tape and made it Pretty damn solid and safe! I was going to use my Hot Snot gun, but this works. It’s going to be wrapped up in plastic anyways. And the low profile of the thing I made really is a thing of beauty. It looks great. It’s going to be hidden behind a tree, so.. Not worried about it. 🙂 Like I said, DO NOT TRY THIS AT YOUR HOME.

    I still have to run a real extension cord to the plug on the extension cords, and want to keep it off the ground so no one trips over it.

    Man.. WHAT A COOL Friday night. TO say that I’m happy would be an understatement. MAN I love saving money! I got all this done for less then $30 bucks man! NOW THAT us SUPER!

    And when you look at it, it looks like the lights they put up at the shopping malls on the roofs. All perfectly evenly spaced. Zero Gaps!

    The pics I took are crummy since they were taken with my Asus Chromebook flip. But not bad for night shots. Minus he last one.

    You are all alone. If you have been falsely accused of RAPE, DV, PLEASE let all men know about the people who did this.


    In the meantime, I have to fix some LED candles. After about a year, they just seemed to go out.. I only really have 2 that work right as they are suppose to. One I hacked with a dollar tree SOlar light circuit. THat’s actually running really well. THe other one that just died, I ordered some LED candle lights with the coin cell that have the built in timer, and going to take out the parts and fix the lanterns I got from Ace hardware.

    I took one apart, and the damn timer curitct just gave out. Nothing at all wrong with the board or corrosion, it just went out.

    I don’t want to convert them to solars since where they are, there really is not much sun. ANd in the winter time, they won’t really get any. I’m going to see how well they do with Lithium ion cells, but the 2 double AA batteries should work just fine. The thing I might try to do a combo thing where I use the SOlar circuit with the timer circuit. Reason being? The solar circuit has a built in Buck boost regulator So when the battery voltage goes down to less then 1v, THey still drive the LED’s at full power. So its a cheap joule thief. And I get the Maximum amount of juice from those AA cells and still get to keep full brightness of the LED’s. Not bad hugh?

    I noticed the lights as they came from ACE, as soon as the voltage of the batteries dropped down to about ~2.5v, they got dim. THis solves that problem. 🙂 I could just use some AA Nicads in the future if I want. But with how long the AA batteries last, i’m not to worried. 8 for a buck, Not bad. THere is also room to add a small 4 pack plastic Battery on the bottom if I wanted to. I might just do that. THat way, I might not have to change the batteries for 2 months or longer with the alkaline cells.

    Well, better get some shut eye. And I have to put away the routers and grab my USB battery bank LOL. They look sort of …WRONG hanging on the fence… But I needed something to power them to test them right?


    You are all alone. If you have been falsely accused of RAPE, DV, PLEASE let all men know about the people who did this.


    Oh, I almost forgot, I got my Old Craftsman battery charger up and running!

    It looks exactly like this one.

    THe diode board inside gave up the ghost. So? I got a Rectifier bridge for $2.00 and installed it. WORKS AGAIN! It’s rated at like 50 amps, so.. I think I’m good! LOL!

    I just recovered my bad boy AGM $350 dollar battery I used in my car for about 2 years! In a car, they never really get to the happy voltage of 16V to fully charge them and de-sulfate the plates.

    It’s one of the reasons I just started buying the cheap Walmart batteries. I often get one cell that just poops out, so I just from now on just get the cheap 1 year warranty batteries, and switch them out as they often die from how I use them. I got so many electronics in my cars, the slow drain on them does not do them any favors. One day.. I’ll switch to Lithium ion one day. It would be nice not having to change out the batteries every year or so as Lead Acid batteries are great to start your car, but they are HORRIBLE when you have a slow parasitic load like I have in my van. Or my PT that I barely drive.


    You are all alone. If you have been falsely accused of RAPE, DV, PLEASE let all men know about the people who did this.


    I started building a Lithium ion pack for my car. I decided against for now. I’m still thinking about it a EV pack for my Van when I get the time this next year to do the Hybrid conversion on my van to drive the rear AWD part of the system. So I just need a SMALL VERY high Burt output as I really only need it when accelerating. It’s going to be geared low so I get get the 0-75 MPH (freeway merging and passing) power I need. Still not sure if I want to go DC or AC motor. Still working that one out. Nice thing with DC is that you can just DUMP the PACK and have a very simple control system.
    Since I only really need the power in Bursts, Some large supercapacitor back of a around 140v should do the trick. I’m still working out the charging system. Thinking about using a second alternator wound do pack voltage, and that should give me fast recharges while driving.

    I’m still trying to Cad and mock up a Alternator bracket and belt drive system for that. SO hopefully, I get that done and put it on the market for the few people who wanted to add a second alternator to their rides. I have to admit, in the winter, I’m pretty much using all 140 amps my stock alternator makes in the winter with my lights, defroster, seat heaters, HVAC, and of course all the electronics I have on board.

    I was thinking about getting one of those 3 phase Grid TIe inverters to install in my Van since they can use unregulated AC power power directly from the alternator and then use a pure since wave inverter to handle the job when my car is not running. It sure would make it a ton more efficient since I already have 2 0 AWG wires just for my Car Audio system to the batteries in back.


    Well, other then that, it’s looking for a transmission for my VAn. I was thinking about rebuilding it myself. Its not hard to do.. but something like that takes some special tools. And a LOT of time to do it right. So I think I’m just going to have my spare sent out to get rebuilt. I might tackle the job one day when I get my own shop. Its not something I want to fret with in the backyard. So off to the junkyard to go look for one this next week.

    I’m still wondering if I want to get a diesel front clip from a Europe and do the install. But I have not run across any as of late. I’m not really fan of the VM Motori engine, and the parts may be hard to come by here in the USA, but I’m still kicking the tires on that idea.


    Have a good one!

    You are all alone. If you have been falsely accused of RAPE, DV, PLEASE let all men know about the people who did this.


    I always liked the “LED Light look” outside of homes at night.
    I am really good with things mechanical, but a total rookie on electrical.

    Looks nice Mickey!

    Marry again, Hell NO ! ( Even JESUS was hung on a cross just once)


    That is a great project Mickey, i’m up on roof right now cleaning eves troughs and caulking downspout connections … hav’a great day!



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