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How to for icicle lights

How to do it yourself Christmas lighting
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/3/2011 9:19:02 PM
Do you want straight icicle lights? Tired of trying to figure out how to store icicle lights?

Look no further.

Make an icicle light hanger.
1x6 8' long.
Package of coffee cup hooks
various pulleys, eye bolts, and ropes.

Draw a series of lines down the length of it about a half inch apart.
Attach the cup hooks to the board along the line every couple of feet.
attach two eye bolts to the opposite side. About 2 feet in from each end.
Secure to hook to the rafters even with the eye bolts.
Run the rope from the first eyebolt on the board, to a pulley on first rafter, down to pulley on second eyebolt, up to pulley on rafter, down to hook near bench.
Now you can raise and lower the board to access the icicle lights.
Lower the lights and you can put several paper clips with washer attached to the bottom of the lights.


Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/4/2011 4:06:45 AM
can we see a photo of them on the house?.. I like the idea but not sure if we could store something like that.. We fight to store the window wonders now
:)
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/4/2011 7:43:16 PM
I don't currently have a good photo of them on the house. I didn't use the icicle lights this last season. I just attached them with gutter hooks. I also, like everyone in this hobby, have storage problems. That is why I went with this. It went up between the rafters of the garage. We are all working on getting stuff crammed into every nook and cranny.
Allison Alerine
Allison Alerine
Posts: 128
8/4/2011 7:57:52 PM
wow how big were the gutter hooks.. was wondering how you attached it.. I do like the idea.. been years I have been trying to convince him to put extra sets up there.. no luck though.. guess he is a purest.. LOL.. just C-9's and one set if icicles .. and he puts gutter clips and zip ties them to the clips.. takes forever.. the wind gets wicked here and we have had some come off ... last year we were worried the real ice was going to rip everything down.. we couldn't do anything about it.. the real ice over them was so thick .. and you know the led's don't get hot to melt it.. guess it is a down side.. if this is easier I would find a spot to store them.. even if it's at my mom's.. LOL
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/5/2011 1:51:01 PM
Kent Vosburg wrote:
I don't currently have a good photo of them on the house. I didn't use the icicle lights this last season. I just attached them with gutter hooks. I also, like everyone in this hobby, have storage problems. That is why I went with this. It went up between the rafters of the garage. We are all working on getting stuff crammed into every nook and cranny.

I agree with you. I attached shelves to the wall in my garage they are all full. Bought LOR, more lights, more stuff. Now i have shelves hanging from the ceiling in my garage. Now they are all full. I don't know what i am going to do next yr. I hope i buy a new house soon.LOL running out of room.
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/5/2011 1:52:15 PM
Kent Vosburg wrote:
Do you want straight icicle lights? Tired of trying to figure out how to store icicle lights?

Look no further.

Make an icicle light hanger.
1x6 8' long.
Package of coffee cup hooks
various pulleys, eye bolts, and ropes.

Draw a series of lines down the length of it about a half inch apart.
Attach the cup hooks to the board along the line every couple of feet.
attach two eye bolts to the opposite side. About 2 feet in from each end.
Secure to hook to the rafters even with the eye bolts.
Run the rope from the first eyebolt on the board, to a pulley on first rafter, down to pulley on second eyebolt, up to pulley on rafter, down to hook near bench.
Now you can raise and lower the board to access the icicle lights.
Lower the lights and you can put several paper clips with washer attached to the bottom of the lights.



Great Idea
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/5/2011 9:26:44 PM
Allison Alerine wrote:
wow how big were the gutter hooks.. was wondering how you attached it.. I do like the idea.. been years I have been trying to convince him to put extra sets up there.


I use the "S" type gutter hooks. I used to use the "G" type, but gave up as they would become brittle after about 1-2 seasons. The S Hooks have lasted several seasons, and haven't shown any sign of going down. They hold, the icicle lights, and several of the roof lights. I had a nasty wind storm 2 years ago with gusts over 50 mph and didn't lose a single light strand. I had to replace a hand full of bulbs that broke due to slapping against the gutters, but the strand was good.
Gage
Gage
Posts: 12
9/11/2011 5:08:09 AM
that looks like a good idea wont it take up more space thoe i usally do big house desplays

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