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Hanging Christmas Lights

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive November 2006: Hanging Christmas Lights
By Andi on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 06:05 pm:

We usually use our staple gun to hang them, but I thought I would see if any of you have some good ideas. What do you guys use to hang your lights?

By Annie2 on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 06:08 pm:

We use the tube lights for around the frame of our house. My dh screwed in the clips for them a couple of years ago. We leave the clips up all year round and at this time of year all we have to do is clip in the lights.

By Reds9298 on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 07:47 pm:

We use clips for the lights on the gutters. They're just plastic and DH clips them every year. We staple them to our shed, and wrap them around our deck railing.

By Dawnk777 on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 08:47 pm:

We got some clips to hang the icicle lights. We only have one short gutter than we hang some from. Then we put net lights on 4 of our bushes.

We got some new clips this year and they were SOOOO much easier to use than the previous clips we had.

By Ginny~moderator on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 10:33 pm:

Andi, I really wouldn't use a staple gun, because there is a risk of crushing or cutting the insulation and having the metal staple come in contact with the wires. You could, however, put a plastic tie around the wire and staple the tie, and that would be safe. But I think the clips are the best and electrically safest bet, and you can take them down and put them up every year or, as my neighbors do, leave them up as Annie 2 does, because they really don't show a lot when the lights are taken down. And just think, if you leave them up, the job only has to be done once and after that it is just a matter of stringing the lights to the existing clips, which should be much easier.

By Breann on Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 10:59 am:

We use the clips too! Sooo easy and so much faster! We take the clips down when the lights come down. In fact, I think we leave the clips on the lights, rather than the roof. Before we started using clips, we used a staple gun :)

By Hol on Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 10:25 pm:

We used to use a staple gun but when we vinyl sided the house almost twenty years ago, DH didn't want to put holes in it.

He puts lights along the gutter that runs the length of the house. He uses plastic clips. He leaves the clips up all year, but he usually ends up buying new ones every year anyway because the weather causes them to get brittle and break.

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