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    Default At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    I've seen some last minute chatting in the past on the forums for guys scrambling for controllers due to breakdowns at the last minute.

    I'm up to 96 channels now, should I purchase an extra controller for back up?

    I guess I can just call Al at 3 in the morning if one breaks and go with that for a back up plan as well.

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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by victory402 View Post
    I guess I can just call Al at 3 in the morning if one breaks and go with that for a back up plan as well.

    Vic
    No Vic, you do not CALL , you just drive over at 3 in the morning and "find" one that may be laying around in his yard.

    I started with 96 channels my first year, had one fail the first week, ordered a replacement and returned the other board for repair. Ever since, I always try to leave a few "extra channels" in various controllers throughout the display as well as keep a contoller in reserve as a spare.
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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by victory402 View Post
    I guess I can just call Al at 3 in the morning if one breaks and go with that for a back up plan as well.

    Vic
    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    No Vic, you do not CALL , you just drive over at 3 in the morning and "find" one that may be laying around .
    John your house is too far away. We need to start earlier in the evening to steal one of yours.

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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    I've got 240 channels for this year (and last) and I have 8 spare controllers just in case. Well sorta, ok I have 4 AC and 4 DC controllers that I didnt get built this year. Time was not in my side this year but at least I've got 8 rainbow floods built to replace my MR-16's from last year.

    Now I need to get off the extended hours I've been working to get it all put up.

    Vic, I usually keep enough spare parts on hand for one controller in case I have any issues. I will probably keep a built spare on hand next year so I can swap out and repair the problem with the defective unit and then use it for the spare.
    And on the 8th day, God created Christmas lights.

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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al in Raleigh View Post
    Yep



    John your house is too far away. We need to start earlier in the evening to steal one of yours.
    Al, my friend, you misunderstood

    I was advising Vic to not wake you up by calling you at 3 AM, rather to just go ahead and drive over to your house and make a selection from whatever is in your yard.
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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by davetv102 View Post
    Vic, I usually keep enough spare parts on hand for one controller
    Dave, it sure is nice that you are offering Vic a stash of parts so he can make his own repairs.

    Hmmm, wonder if any of your DIY controller parts are the same as any that Vic might need for his LOR boxes.
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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    Dave, it sure is nice that you are offering Vic a stash of parts so he can make his own repairs.

    Hmmm, wonder if any of your DIY controller parts are the same as any that Vic might need for his LOR boxes.
    He might need one of those IDMX thingies you guys are always talking about, I've managed to get by so far without one.
    And on the 8th day, God created Christmas lights.

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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    Vic,

    Save some Hair & Brain Cells, Buy a Spare Controller! If not now, get one in the summer when they go on sale. You'll be a nicer guy to be around if you have a failure
    Western NC Light-O-Holic

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    I need all the hair saving I can get, so i bit the bullet. I guess the new underware can wait another six months.
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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    Well,l know who has spare parts. Dave could you please put them in a box outside. I could pick them up on one of the trips around your house to get candy canes.

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    Ok guys, sounds like we need to take up a collection for Vic to buy new underwear. Iím glad to see heís a true lightman but we canít let him around with holes in his underwear. Itís nice to see a man that has his priorities in the right order.
    Western NC Light-O-Holic

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    Thank you Donnie,
    It took awhile to get my act together and I know my parents would have been proud of me.
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    My new controller arrived today, now I'm fighting the temptation to add it to the show this year...those 20 strings of red and green that I currently have on 4 channels for our 2 maple trees sure would look nice on 20 channels verses 4. Decisions - decisions....hmmmmmm?
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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    I started with 96 channels my first year, had one fail the first week, ordered a replacement and returned the other board for repair. Ever since, I always try to leave a few "extra channels" in various controllers throughout the display as well as keep a contoller in reserve as a spare.
    Vic, go for it. That's what I did, added the returned board to the display. Just made sure that the lights on the new stuff was something that I could do without in case I needed my "spare" for the main real display.

    So let's see, you have 96 channels plus a "spare" that you will be "field testing", so next year's display with be 112 channels and, oops, no spare, so better buy another board for a spare, and field test it in a 126 channel display, opps, no spare, better buy another controller or two, what 160 channels now, and it never ends.
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    Default Re: At what point does one have a spare controller on hand?

    I'm going for it, If one goes down i can switch back to my old 96 channels sequences, but for now were pumping out 112. I'm a little short on time so to add 16 channels may force me to wing it with some copying and pasting.
    John, don't forget I still have a backup plan to steal one of Al's if push comes to shove.
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