about hanging Christmas lights but don’t know where to start? There are a few
things to consider before climbing up that ladder and having a go at it. We've put together these seven tips to help make your holiday
light hanging as safe and hassle-free as it can be!
Always have a plan! Before
busting out the ladder, figure
out where you want your string lights. Then measure out the
length that you'll need. Important: Don't forget to account for extra length if
you're planning to have the lights dipping down between the hangers. Total up
all the lengths to ensure you have all the lights you need before you start.
You'll need electricity to
make those glass bulbs shine, so locate the nearest outdoor convenience
outlets. If a switched outlet is
available, you'll have manual control over the lights with an
indoor switch. For "set it and forget it" automation, pick up an
outdoor timer. These are available in both digital and mechanical models.
Between the outlet and the first string of lights, you'll need an extension cord. That's cord, not cords! You should never plug two extension cords together - get one that is the right length. Make sure you're using one that's rated for outdoor use. The size of the wire inside an extension cord determines its gauge, and that's a very important number. If it's 25 feet or shorter, use a 16-gauge cord. Longer than that, go with the heavier-duty 14-gauge.
Before getting started, you'll probably have to untangle the mess you left behind last year. While doing this, it's a good time to check the entire length of the cord for worn or cut wiring. Then test the lights and replace any burnt-out or broken bulbs. Note: Never mix LED bulbs with incandescent ones. Having a repair kit handy will help a bunch!
Plan to hang your Christmas lights before the weather turns bad. Hanging lights when it's wet or cold outside isn't just uncomfortable - it's also dangerous. Try to plan for a dry day when the weather is warmer. Also, soliciting help from a friend or family member can make this task a lot safer and easier!
Bring holiday magic to your home - not the hospital! Properly inspect your ladder for defects before climbing on it. Ensure that you're not exceeding the ladder's specified weight limit. Check that each foot of the ladder has a slip-resistant pad and is securely on the ground. Avoid leaning out or stretching to reach something and never stack ladders on top of each other. To avoid ladder injuries this holiday season, check out our ladder safety guide.
Now that you’ve got a plan
of action, the right equipment, and working lights, it’s time to start hanging 'em up. Never use nails or staples to
hang up lights, since they can pierce or damage their protective insulation and create an
electrical hazard. Use lighting clips. These are specially made for gutters, shingles, and flat
surfaces. Since there are usually
several options, choose the right size and type of for your bulbs and surface.
When hanging them, space the clips about 8-10 inches apart.
Knowing how to safely hang Christmas lights can bring magic to your home while preventing a fire or trip to the hospital. To bring some of the visual festivity to your neighborhood with new holiday lights and hanging accessories, visit your local, independent Do it Best retailer or doitbest.com for holiday lights and accessories.
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