Who would ever think that Father Christmas needed advice on hanging outdoor Christmas lights? Since lighting styles have changed so dramatically, even the experts need to study so they can keep up with technology and find the best way of hanging outdoor lights.
The Christmas sections at the online and storefront malls are jam packed with holiday cheer and if you familiarize yourself with your home's requirements before you start ordering, you will be on your way to completing the hanging Christmas outdoor lights project.
Make a List and Check it Twice
- Ladder, tall enough for all areas requiring lights and sturdy enough to hold you. Check that there are no broken or cracked areas. Ladders are more affordable than hospitals.
- Christmas light clips- choose the ones that are right for the job.
- Outdoor timer - takes care of turning the lights off and on so you do not have to.
- Approved for outdoor use extension cord(s) for hanging outdoor Christmas lights
- Plastic bucket - big enough to hold clips and other supplies, small enough to hang from the ladder.
If this is a new home to you, walk around the area to find any outdoor outlets, which will avoid having to drag cords through windows to supply power.
Determine the Area, For Goodness' Sake
Measuring distance for hanging outdoor Christmas lights is more fun with help. If no one else is available to hold the end of the tape measure and jot down the measurements, measure in segments and carry a recorder or cell phone to record your notes and measurements.
Sketch a frame for each portion you are considering for hanging outdoor lights and record the measurements on the paper as you can, noting edges, corners and turns. Measure anything else you are considering putting lights around, like door and window frames.
Use the ladder to measure the higher areas. Reaching up is hard on the back, can throw you off balance and is tiring, so do it the safe way.
Things to Know for Creating the Perfect Christmas Look
Nothing stops a project faster than the wrong equipment. Even if you just intend to put lights along the line of the roof, you might have to deal with various styles of shingles and gutters. Once people pounded nails in the wood to drape the lights over, often damaging the house.
Now various clips are available for hanging outdoor Christmas lights, so make notes about the style of your shingles, how they fit on the roof, and the size of the gutter lip. You will find guides online to help decide which type(s) you need.
Measure how far it is from the outlet to the roofline so you get the proper length of extension cord.
Don't Go Out in a Blaze of Glory
A vital thing to remember when hanging outdoor lights is approval for outdoor use, closely followed by avoiding over-extension of the draw on power.
Icicle lights hanging from the roof and windows are very popular. Space colored lights 12 to 15 inches apart so the lights do not bleed each other out.
As you work through the steps involved in hanging outdoor Christmas lights, remember it only needs done once. Record the information on your computer on a document, spreadsheet or even using colorful shapes for each area. With hangers and clips already in place, next year will be so much easier.
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