The Ultimate Guide for Holiday Lighting
We all love the cheerful glow of holiday lights so lets make the process seamless from start to finish. We’ll show you how to make hanging, storing and setting up holiday lights easier.
How to Add an Outdoor Outlet
In just a few hours, you can solve these problems forever by adding an outlet or two. Do it safely and easily with this simple through-the-wall technique.
Easy outside light control
The Cost Factor
The Weather Factor
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Testing Holiday Lights
Test the Bulbs
Some testers work by having you slide each bulb through a hole. And with other testers, you simply touch each bulb.
Repair Holiday Lights
Cool to the Touch
Hang Lights from Gutters
Cut the hanger strap into 7-in. sections, bend the sections into hooks, and attach the hooks to the string of lights every 5 ft. or so.
Screw the magnet to the 1×2, and hang the hooks on the gutter one at a time. This is a bit more difficult on a two-story house. You have to screw two or three 1x2s together to reach the gutters, and ‘grabbing’ the hooks with the magnet as they hang far above you is trickier. But it’s still better than climbing a ladder.
Better Holiday Light Clips
Make inexpensive and long-lasting holiday light clips using a common staple for electrical cable wiring. Snip the staple in half and fasten it to your fascia or trim with the remaining nail. It holds the wire securely, but it’s still easy to slip the wire behind the clip. These clips hold up year after year no matter how cold it gets. And if you have metal fascia, use stainless steel screws so they won’t rust.
Hook for tall trees
Putting up and taking down holiday lights in a tall outdoor tree can be tricky. The easiest method we’ve found is to use a paint roller extension pole with a hook on the end. You can use a wire coat hanger or other heavy-gauge wire. Just embed it in the pole threads, bend the wire up into a hook and secure it with duct tape to keep the hook from sliding around the pole.
Holiday Light Hangers
Instead of poking nails into aluminum soffits and fascia when you’re hanging holiday lights, clip the wires to the bottom lip of the fascia with clothespins. But be careful up on the ladder. Click here to learn more about ladder safety.