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Old 12-10-2002, 05:05 AM   #15
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* * * * * * THAT"S IT, *I can't believe you found it. *thanks, Michael
Mikey can find anything; that's why he's our webguy. :ola
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Old 12-10-2002, 07:27 AM   #16
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Michael, I can't believe you! I mentioned Vizsla and up popped a beautiful Vizsla. Someone mentioned ARC and up came The Association for Retarded Citizens logo.
That really takes me back. I was the director of Guardianship Services for ARC, many moons ago. Is there anything you don't know?:omy :omy
That might be a fun game, stump the web-guy!!:lol :lol
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Old 12-10-2002, 07:36 AM   #17
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OhmyGod!! I just looked at the ARC logo again and retarded is misspelled. Somewhere, some ARC official has a very red face.:red :red
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Old 12-10-2002, 10:03 AM   #18
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retarded is misspelled, it is?? I can't beleive they use the word anyway. It was a put down when I was growing up. well I always read it retired anyway. Guess AMHC would be harder for people remember.
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Old 12-10-2002, 10:40 AM   #19
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* * * * * * retarded is misspelled, *it is?? *I can't beleive they use the word anyway. It was a put down when I was growing up. *well I always read it retired anyway. *Guess AMHC would be harder for people remember.
They have replace their logo with a new one. It took me awhile to find one that reflected the “arc”.
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Old 12-10-2002, 12:05 PM   #20
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If you're trying to write "retired" and write "retarded" instead, indeed you have mis-spelled it. The correct spelling is "retard", as you can hear if you say it out loud.

Pete, who was retard in a former life and is now a Senior Staff Beachcomber, and RatLadies who have retired for their morning nap
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Old 12-14-2002, 11:31 PM   #21
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Sorry for the delayed reply, Jana,

but I've been busy with Honey-do's.

Yes, connect it to the 20 you have left. If you make a mistake, probably the worst that can happen is that the bulbs will burn out. To be on the safe side, use a 2 amp in-line fuse.

Also, George is right. This only works with the tiny bulbs which if one bulb burns out, the whole thing doesn't work. That is what I mean by series. If you wire ten tail light bulbs in series (end-to-end), they won't burn out if you plug them into 120 volts.

Do it like this:
+ ----light----light----light---- -
instead of this:
+ ----light---- -
light
light (which is the usual way)

...if that makes any sense at all.
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Old 12-15-2002, 06:25 AM   #22
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That's interesting. I understand the concept, I think. Each light works off the one before so if it breaks the line is stopped. A stopped line means none of them work. and you answered the part about use the 20 or the 180. Might be fun to try since I'm only working with 12v.

Now there is a new question, what does a 12V plug look like, and where would I get one? wait, is that a cigarette lighter thingy? Do these things have a new name, as few people smoke? I think the part in my car is called a portal so the other part is called ???
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Old 12-15-2002, 07:08 AM   #23
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Good morning Jana

You've got it right. The ''thingy'' is either the cigarette lighter receptacle or another ''outlet'' that looks just like the old lighter outlets. New cars seem to have several of these mounted all over the place--mine has at least three that I have found. I didn't look just now, but I think the little hinged cover on each of mine sez something like ''portal,'' or maybe ''12v.''

And the male ''plug-in'' device is available at Radio Shack or possibly even at Ace Hardware for several bucks.

Go for it!

Still caveat: When you burn down that Surfside, the insurance company probably won't be able to find a new one--heavens, you might have to settle for a Casita! Really, don't worry, you're working with low-vo, and should have no problem with your fun project. Like Eric said, when at Radio Shack, get a little in-line fuse holder and a 2 amp. fuse--that is, unless you really do want a new Casita.:winky

Having said all that, you can go down to Wally's and buy a new string of corny RV holiday lights for $10, about the same as you're prepared to spend at Radio Shack.
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Old 12-15-2002, 09:04 AM   #24
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See what you've done to me Suz, you've got me burning up the Dish, and I haven't even fixed it yet. maybe I should switch over to Charles's idea with the little batteries and put those lights all over. OR if I wait two weeks, I can forget all about it for 11 more months. Well it was very educational, and I like that. got the ol' brain humming. and when you least expect it, during some project, I'll remember this and it'll be great.
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Old 12-15-2002, 11:17 AM   #25
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Who, Me?

No way...I gave up on the idea early in the thread. Like I said, if something can go wrong, it will go wrong when I do it. Ergo...no go for me, thank you. ;)
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There's something else you can do that's quite simple. Get your string(s) of 120VAC lights and just put a small inverter between them and the battery. Less than efficient, power-wise, but elegantly simplistic in execution. Inverter is useful for other stuf also, so here's an excuse to buy one.

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