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Pomai
November 19th, 2006, 12:17 PM
Here's a thread to share your knowledge and creativity in the craft of creating and/or installing Christmas lights and decorations. Some approach it casually, simply draping a few light strands over the railing or the hedges out front. Then you have those hardcore folks who make plywood cutouts of cartoon characters, have an animated Santa and Sleigh zooming above the roof, line every facia board, window and door opening with chasing mini lights and become HECO's best customer during the holiday season. lol

So my task yesterday was to put our lights up. I thought I had everything needed to do the job efficiently: T-50 Heavy-Duty Staple Gun, Electrical Tape, Wire Ties, hammer and nails. Everything went up smoothly, but one thing I ran out of and forgot to buy were Zip Ties. Damned. I really could have used those to quickly and neatly coil the surplus extension cord lengths. Zip ties would have also made it easier to fasten lighting wires to nails under the eves in certain spots.

So I'll start a hardware store shopping list for you folks planning to put your lights up soon. You won't necessarily need all this, but it's good to have, just in case. Please add if you have more or alternative methods of putting your lights up.


Christmas Lights & Extension Cords
T-50 Heavy-Duty Staple Gun and 3/8" staples
Electrical Tape
Galvanized light gauge all-purpose wire
Zip Ties
Wire Cutter
Hammer & small common galvanized nails
Pliers
Tape Measure (if your a stickler about symmetry)


I'm not so hardcore that I make those plywood cutouts or animated stuff, but if you are, please share any thoughts or ideas on this type of decorations here.

tutusue
November 19th, 2006, 01:21 PM
Do you make house calls, Pomai? :D

GeckoGeek
November 19th, 2006, 02:44 PM
This topic reminds me of Bob River's "Decorations" (http://www.bobrivers.com/audiovault/tunes/tunes.asp?Var=D)

(Sung to the tune of "Good Vibrations")
"I'm stringing up decorations
It's straining the power stations
fake icicle light formations
imported from third world nations..."

I love a good display as much as anyone, but it's a fun song to the excesses. :)

blueyecicle
November 19th, 2006, 07:00 PM
We use the light clips. Almost no nails or staples.
We also use zippy ties! LOVE those!
We decorate the entire outside of the house and put a few penguins and smowman up. I guess we are in between the hardcore and lightweights.

I cannot put my lights up without those cheap timers!

tikiyaki
November 19th, 2006, 08:11 PM
Even tho' I hate the crappy little town I currently live in, it has one distinction.
Candy Cane Lane...A small cul de sac with about 10 houses, all of which are completely over the top with X Mas decorations....People come from all over town to see it. Every house is completely covered in lights, moving decorations, Santa, fake snow...you name it.
It's nice to walk thru it on Christmas night.

Me ? I don't even out up a tree:o

tutusue
November 19th, 2006, 09:19 PM
[...]Me ? I don't even out up a tree:o
Me either...no nah-ting! Makes me wonder why over 50% of the tunes on my iPod are Christmas songs! :confused:

Kungpao
November 20th, 2006, 04:15 AM
I can't WAIT till black friday to put up the lights. My wife and I have lived in apartments and we just bought our first house this past april. Look out House! Here comes Clark Grizwald!! LOL OK.. Maybe not that bad but I'm definitely looking forward to it. Not planning on using any staples but I'm probably going to use those plastic clips that Blue was talking about or brass cup hooks. Definitely going to get an outdoor timer.

craigwatanabe
November 20th, 2006, 12:09 PM
I'll just take my kids to see all the christmas lighting in Hilo. At my home we just put up the big red bows and bells on our front doors. My neighbor across the street is an athiest so she likes to sing non-sectarian holiday songs.

I just wish she wouldn't change the words to traditional christmas songs with non-religious ones, the rhythm just doesn't jive with the melody.

Plummy
November 23rd, 2006, 10:09 AM
I'll just take my kids to see all the christmas lighting in Hilo. At my home we just put up the big red bows and bells on our front doors. My neighbor across the street is an athiest so she likes to sing non-sectarian holiday songs.

I just wish she wouldn't change the words to traditional christmas songs with non-religious ones, the rhythm just doesn't jive with the melody.

Ugh, you're kidding me!! People like that give athiests a bad name. Seriously. I wish people would just respect other people's beliefs and leave it at that. I do. It's not that difficult.

Pongs
November 27th, 2006, 12:38 PM
Just wondering what yall use to put up the indoor mini lights? I used to use scotch tape but it leaves sticky marks on the windows :mad:

Any smarter tips out there?

blueyecicle
November 27th, 2006, 01:01 PM
I use tacks for mini lights. I use tacks for Garland...I use tacks for everything!
My husband like the mini nails. I don't like hammer so tacks are my friend.
It doesn't take many and it is just pin holes.

So we used C-7 lights for the first time this year and clips!! LOOVVVEEE it! Neighbors said we are trying to land planes on the house! Woohooo...the competition begins!

Every light is straight thanks to these clips...I love them. I am NEVER putting mini lights up again! Griswald Christmas here I come! in 5 years I will be head to head with them!

craigwatanabe
November 27th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Ugh, you're kidding me!! People like that give athiests a bad name. Seriously. I wish people would just respect other people's beliefs and leave it at that. I do. It's not that difficult.


Oh Holiday tree oh holiday tree...

Plummy
November 27th, 2006, 09:17 PM
Oh Holiday tree oh holiday tree...

That stuff is beyond retarded.

What I meant was more like, if someone says "Merry Christmas" on Dec. 24, just say "you too" instead of "I don't celebrate Christmas." It's the people who try to argue like that and makes things an awkward situation. I'm not religious by any means and if someone were to walk up to me and say "Happy Hanakuah" I would most definately say "you do the same" or something.

Maybe that's just the way I was raised. We use to have "Christmas Break" and I remember the switch over to "Holiday Break" in school and no one understood why. It's gotten to the point back in my home town that kids aren't allowed to dress up for Halloween anymore in elementary school or they'll get sent home to put regular clothes on.

WindwardOahuRN
November 27th, 2006, 10:18 PM
That stuff is beyond retarded.

What I meant was more like, if someone says "Merry Christmas" on Dec. 24, just say "you too" instead of "I don't celebrate Christmas." It's the people who try to argue like that and makes things an awkward situation. I'm not religious by any means and if someone were to walk up to me and say "Happy Hanakuah" I would most definately say "you do the same" or something.

Maybe that's just the way I was raised. We use to have "Christmas Break" and I remember the switch over to "Holiday Break" in school and no one understood why. It's gotten to the point back in my home town that kids aren't allowed to dress up for Halloween anymore in elementary school or they'll get sent home to put regular clothes on.

"Christmas Concerts" became "Holiday Concerts," which was actually okay, in my book. Christmas trees, Hanukkah bushes. Made latkes and Christmas cookies. What the heck.

I learned to dance the hora better than I could dance a slip jig, which was not well at all. :p

We heard about what Ira got for the first day of Hanukkah and what Bridget got for Christmas.

I think we were the better for it, really.

blueyecicle
November 27th, 2006, 10:23 PM
Seriously. I wish people would just respect other people's beliefs and leave it at that. I do. It's not that difficult.


If they weren't judging and looking down on ya how would they feel better than ya?! :p

blueyecicle
November 29th, 2006, 09:19 PM
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n199/blueyecicle/christmaslights3.jpg

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n199/blueyecicle/Christmaslights2.jpg

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n199/blueyecicle/Christmaslights1.jpg

Well we got them up! and by WE I mean HIM. hehe

blueyecicle
November 29th, 2006, 09:19 PM
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n199/blueyecicle/penguinlights4.jpg

EastCoastTropics
November 30th, 2006, 12:36 AM
Blue....love your decorations!!

We're planning to put Christmas lights up next Christmas. Don't know if we'll do it like my FIL does.....he leaves them up all year round and only turns them on during the holidays. Doesn't stop using them until the New Year's. I believe he uses a staple gun and nails to put them up as they have to stay up during snow blizzards in addition to all the other types of weather year round....

GeckoGeek
November 30th, 2006, 07:13 AM
Nice. Now you need to sync them to music like this one (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8290192083117426204). :D

blueyecicle
November 30th, 2006, 07:32 AM
Nice. Now you need to sync them to music like this one (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8290192083117426204). :D

I am SOO not that talented! I saw that on the news last year!! That's SOME big project! They ave many more lights!


Blue....love your decorations!!

We're planning to put Christmas lights up next Christmas. Don't know if we'll do it like my FIL does.....he leaves them up all year round and only turns them on during the holidays. Doesn't stop using them until the New Year's. I believe he uses a staple gun and nails to put them up as they have to stay up during snow blizzards in addition to all the other types of weather year round....
Today 12:19 AM
blueyecicle

Thanks I am excited! Last year they stayed up until July...then I nagged the man enough to get em down! But they are on clips this year! :D

EastCoastTropics
November 30th, 2006, 07:51 AM
Nice. Now you need to sync them to music like this one (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8290192083117426204). :D

I saw this last Christmas too and this ROCKS!!! I heard that the sound is all through radio.....just drive up and tune your radio in so that the music doesn't bother the neighbors.

blueyecicle
November 30th, 2006, 07:58 AM
I saw this last Christmas too and this ROCKS!!! I heard that the sound is all through radio.....just drive up and tune your radio in so that the music doesn't bother the neighbors.

Did you see the computers he had to use for it?? He had a big sign that said "Tune into" ....

craigwatanabe
December 1st, 2006, 10:19 AM
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n199/blueyecicle/penguinlights4.jpg

Happy Linux Feet!!!:)

blueyecicle
December 1st, 2006, 10:38 AM
what does that mean...Happy Linux feet? I don't get it...please let me know. I am unfamiliar with the reference. I know what linux is but apparently not enough. PLease?? :D

EastCoastTropics
December 2nd, 2006, 03:49 AM
Did you see the computers he had to use for it?? He had a big sign that said "Tune into" ....

No, I must have missed this.....got a photo of this? I also heard that this guy starts setup in October! Hot dang, I would love just to watch him setting this up too! :D

Glen Miyashiro
December 2nd, 2006, 06:14 AM
what does that mean...Happy Linux feet? I don't get it...please let me know. I am unfamiliar with the reference. I know what linux is but apparently not enough. PLease?? :DBlue, Linux's mascot is Tux the penguin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_penguin).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/35/Tux.svg/250px-Tux.svg.png

blueyecicle
December 2nd, 2006, 06:45 AM
No, I must have missed this.....got a photo of this? I also heard that this guy starts setup in October! Hot dang, I would love just to watch him setting this up too! :D

I tried to find the pictures of it but since it is all on youtube now it's too grainy. On the news shoot it was clear. he just had a lit sign that showed what station for the cars to tune into when they were sitting there.

blueyecicle
December 2nd, 2006, 06:45 AM
Blue, Linux's mascot is Tux the penguin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_penguin).

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/35/Tux.svg/250px-Tux.svg.png

Thanks I had no idear!