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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    Hey Dick and Chad. Buddy Yates again. Multi-time submitter here but this art project is too cool to not show you. This not a warehouse video but a 2 minute update to an old warehouse video.

    The YouTube link is:


    BACKGROUND INFO FROM BUDDY: You may be wondering why I’m wiring this rope light to some plywood. Well, here is an update to an old warehouse video. In episode 1601 you guys showed my video of an eight color LED rope light that had digital effects.  I used several of them in the usual ways, under the bed, under the kitchen cabinets, and around the yard.  At that time I said each individual LED is addressable but now I know that all the white LEDs are on one wire and the RGB LEDs are in groups of six.  No matter.  (Show close-up)  The 28 effects are still pretty good.  


    I had this idea for an art object over my fireplace using the rope light.  It is four foot by three foot and covered with a translucent plastic panel, a textured panel, and a clear panel.  A $40 box of rope lights contains 36 feet.  This project uses 71 feet of rope so it uses two kits.  At 6 white, 6 red, 6 blue, and 6 green lights per foot, this project has 1,704 LEDs.  The remote has 28 functions and the two strings operate independently so there are more than 200 million combinations of colors and patterns.  I’ll never get bored looking at it. I added the decorative black lines so the panel is not blank when the lights are off.


    By the way, the locomotive (in the video) is my fairly accurate model of Pacific Coast Railway number two that runs on G-gauge track.  


    Link to original video:


    Link to LED Light Strip on Amazon:


    I love the show.  Keep on truckin. -Buddy Yates


    See or hear this show: 


    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos!


    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:


    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!

    IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (Thanks for understanding.)


    All show submissions go to 



    Letter of the week:


    From: steve c


    Say, do you know where I can find replacement straws for spray cans?

    You know the straws that come taped onto the side of a can of WD40 or something like that you stick in the nozzle so you can direct the spray?  There's no place to store the stray and if I leave it stuck in the nozzle it's constantly falling out and getting lost.  I must have a dozen cans of stuff that I can't use because the straws have been lost.


    Steve C


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