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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JimLewis, Dec 11, 2003.
Beginning of the day Tuesday, Dec. 9th......
Now we break out all the boxes of C9 Lights.....
Then comes the 86 foot Boom Lift. Now we're having fun!
Next we begin to hang the strands of lights. My friend is up on the Boom lift. (I got up to about 40' and crapped my pants. Aint no way I was going to be up there. I was on the ground stringing lights together.)
Notice, near the top of the tree, we have a guy inside who climbed all the way up there. He's a Mtn. Climber and has all the correct hookups on and a helmet too.
Where is the after picture. I'm sure we'd like to see that thing lit up!!
Finally, around 3:00, the job is complete. After much aggrevation, the tree is lit and we're outta there. This is about as best as we could have done it with the angles we had to work with. Sorry, I don't have a night time photo yet. But it looks very cool when it's completely dark.
Sheesh. Settle down. They only let me post every 90 seconds....
Anyway. So now we are done.
$800 for a 86' Boom Lift
$200 in lights and supplies
15 man hours labor
$8 lead fee.
Lighting up a 80' tree in the rain - priceless.
There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's Service Magic.
FYI: The job paid $2000.00
This could have taken only 9 man hours. Except we had never done a job this big and there were some serious challenges along the way.
You have to understand the relationship between amps, watts, and volts and especially how to exactly determine total amperage per light strand. Then you have to know how much amperage each extension cord can hold, how much each socket can hold. how much amperage the entire circuit can hold, then, the fusebox has to have the correct fuse to hold that much amperage, etc. etc. etc...
Having worked through that all now, I think we could have done it in almost half the time.
It was a hoot though..... Having Light bulb fights is a blast. POP!
If you all want to know more about how to do this go to
I will tell you this you will not believe your eyes. Different sections go into the amp and watt question.
You will enjoy this site.
Did that price of 2,000 include taking them down?