How to hang outdoor Christmas lights is a big ordeal for a lot of people. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and laughter, but the whole process of putting up outdoor Christmas lights kills a lot of the fun. You should have some basic idea about how to put hang outdoor Christmas lights, so you can enjoy this as much as other yuletide activities.
Hanging outdoor Christmas lights is not necessarily a difficult task. Take a look at our tips to simplify the job and make it a fun filled activity.
Tip # 1
Plan early. Before Christmas is knocking on the door, you should know what exactly you want to do with your outdoor Christmas lights. If it snows and gets really cold where you live, start thinking about it right from the end of August, when the weather is still comfortable. A good idea is to hang icicle lights around the top of your house. For this, you have to screw in hooks under the roof. If you do that, you can put up the lights in a few minutes and there’s no way you can make a mess of things. This is also applicable if you want lights around your porch or deck.
Tip # 2
You would do well to put up the lights as early as October or November when it’s not that cold. When the holiday season is around the corner, you can fit in a timer and turn them on.
Tip # 3
You can teach your kids how to hang outdoor Christmas lights. They can do all the untangling while you do the actual job of putting the lights up. If the hooks are in place, putting up the outdoor Christmas lights is a piece of cake. Put the wires over the hook and they will stay in position; there will be no risk of damaging the lights.
Tip # 4
From time to time, you will need to change the hooks (they are prone to rusting). But you surely don’t have to do that every year. Let the hooks be after the holiday season too. You can use them again the year coming.
Tip # 5
Measurements are important. You need to have at least a rough idea about the measurements of your home so you have enough lights to decorate the space.
Make sure to test your lights before hanging them.
Tip # 7
Get all the tools you need. These include a tape measure, pliers, a hammer and a ladder to complete the job.
Tip # 8
Your ladder needs to be planted on flat ground. It is better and safer to have someone hold it when you are up on it.
Tip # 9
Hang the lights along eaves. Take your time and be careful not to damage your home walls. If you want lights attached to your gutter, use plastic clips. These will stick with the gutter and hold the lights and extension cord.
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