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Re: ugly Christmas tree

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Posted by Bob Huntress on December 10, 2012 at 17:13:13 from (

In Reply to: ugly Christmas tree posted by ray hofstetter on December 10, 2012 at 16:27:28:

That's not a bad looking tree. May I share the account of mine? I don't have a picture. When I first went to Lake Charles, my wife and the kids stayed here for the first two of four years. I found a mobile home that was alright, and cheap. Being somewhat resourcefull I found furniture here and there as people moved, and stuff. As Christmas approached I found a tree that had lights already installed on the branches, which sounded cool. The down side is that the tree was a mess. some of the wires were bare, and where the sections connect were missing on both the tree and the wires. I laid the tree on the kitchen island of the trailer and began to operate. I had a chief that believed that an E-6 should make himself scarce by lunch so that E-5's can practice being E-6's. This gave me plenty of time on my hands. BTW, my chief didn't seem to understand his logic taken a step further, when he found me "Practicing being an E-7". Where the wires between the bulbs were bare, I took a dentist pick and worked the wires out from the sockets, so that I could replace the section of wire without a connector. Obviously I replaced the connections with green replacement plugs at both ends, and sanded some CPVC piping (It may have been the CPVC connectors It has been a few years). I also took some fake tree branches I found here and there and fit them to where some of the older ones were missing. If you ever have to do this, make your length cuts toward the tree so the outer area will still be the same, and rewrap the wire supports to fit where the other came out. If the ones you are replacing the old with are thicker, you can also thin them down with a very short piece of pipe the same diameter as the needle spread of the rest of the tree. It was a tedious job especially the bare and broken wires between the lightbulbs, but, it turned out nice. I set it up and looked at it with the lights and nothing else, until my dad found out that I was looking at a tree with no decorations. He sent some money expressly for decorations, which made it look even more Christmasy. I still have that tree. My wife likes it better than the original one that stayed up here with her.


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