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Use Your Gutters to Hang Your Christmas Lights

December 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Our homes depend on our gutters and they prevent our homes from getting severely Use Your Gutters to Hang Your Christmas Lights damaged by water. However, gutters serve am event greater purpose in December.

Gutters help us hang our Christmas lights onto our homes, making them secure and even all the way around the roof.

An important part of hanging your Christmas lights from your gutters is getting accurate measurements before doing so. You’ll need a tape measure to measure to the base of your home along with any peaks, turns, or corners. You should also be measure doors and windows if you plan to wrap the lights around them.

You also need to consider what power source you will use before you get started. For many older homes, power sources are only found indoors and you’ll have to run a cord outside. Most new homes do have power source access from an outside outlet which does make it a bit easier.

You should know how many feet of power cord you will need to make sure that you can plug your lights in.

Before you start climbing up your ladder, make sure you have all of the supplies you need to hang your lights. You’ll need your Christmas lights, Christmas light clips, a timer to set your lights to, adhesive hooks, and a light hanging pole if you have a higher roof or a peak you can’t easily reach.

In properly hang lights from your home, you’ll need to understand your roofline, gutters, and singles.

Light clips come in a wide variety of forms, all of which fit differently depending on your roof, gutter thickness, condition of shingles, etc.  Many light clips also hold different lights so you’ll need to understand which ones to purchase for the lights you’re hanging.

However, light clips do make hanging Christmas lights much easier.

They prevent your gutter from getting damaged, they tightly secure the lights, and they are easy to take on and off as needed. To simplify the process of getting the light into the actual clip, secure the light into the clip before you climb up your ladder so the bulbs don’t get broken and you don’t get unsteady.

Once complete these steps, you’ll be able to plug your lights in and enjoy them for the season.

If you notice any of your bulbs are not working, make sure the bulb is screwed in tightly. If it is, the bulb likely has just burnt out and needs to be replaced.

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How to Hang Holiday Lights Without Damaging Your Gutters

December 20th, 2013 | No Comments »

The holiday season brings out the cheer in just about everyone. Homeowners, who choose not to decorate for any other season, gather their lights, reindeer, and plastic snowmen, to celebrate the winter holiday season in style. Displaying holiday lights outside your home is one of the most creative and playful ways to decorate for Christmas, but there are important things to consider before taking on the task. Spreading holiday cheer requires a bit of planning, if you don’t want to damage your gutters.

 

With just a few of the right tools, anyone can hang holiday lights around their gutters without too much trouble. Make a list of what you will need, from the nearest home or hardware store, and you can get started turning the outside of your home into a Christmas wonderland.

 

Gutter hangers are necessary for hanging holiday lights from your home’s gutters with ease. The proper gutter hangers can make this decorating job go a lot smoother. With a good safe ladder and a measuring tool, the neighborhood will be enjoying your holiday light display in no time.

 

Home Store List:

  • Gutter hangers
  • Measuring tape
  • Ladder
  • Extension cord (if needed)

 

The first very important task to getting those Christmas lights up, is measuring the length of the gutter, remembering to consider the distance from the gutter to the nearest electrical outlet. You will most likely need an extension cord to safely connect the lights to the electricity.

 

With gutter hangers in hand, place your ladder firmly under the gutter. It is best to begin in the middle, by placing the first hanger on the lip of the gutter; continue by hanging the wire portion of the string of lights onto the clip of the gutter hanger.

 

Gutter hangers should be placed one foot apart until the end of the gutter has been reached. Attach your extension cord to the end of the string of lights, which should also be supported by the last gutter hanger. Hang your lights from each gutter following these same simple rules.

 

Knowing that your Christmas lights are hung safely and securely, is one of the best parts of enjoying your holiday seasonal decorations.