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#1 CanYouHearUmNow

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:54 AM

I'd like to see if anybody's puts up the lights using Hot Melt Glue, yes one bulb at a time, Times 3 or 4000 lights........I'v been doing it this way for 19 years now. When you just got to have every light perfectly in line, straight and in the right place.
Each bulb gets a pea size dab of glue and quickly set into place, hold for 5 seconds, then go to the next. Note, the colder it is, the quicker you have to work......Works great on stucco, or when decorating that rental house, no nail holes here. As if LOR is not extreme enough, This must be the ultimate. And yes, Even on the palm fronds, each must be lined up in a row, going the same way.....

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

How long does it take you to get the job done? ;)

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:36 AM

I'm surprised you have time to post anything here... :P

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

I'm surprised you have time to post anything here... :P

he has time b/c that picture looks like it was taken in the 80's.
Use old picture....save time to post later. :lol:

I use hot glue only on the arch way where i have brick. frames are built everywhere else.
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#5 Orville

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:05 PM

I'll live with my small screws and plastic 1/4" cable clamps for hanging my lights. If they don't all hang the same direction, I don't find that a big display breaker. But dat's me! :P

I'm really surprised the OP uses hot glue IN Florida! I tried that once and it got so hot the glue dissolved and made a bigger mess than a small screw hole that could be covered with plastic wood and painted over to hide it.

Not to mention the items fell down when the glue melted in the HOT Florida sun! Won't ever try that one again.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:34 AM

I'll play along. How about clips every 4 inches all over the entire house?

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#7 Ken Benedict

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:56 AM

Take your RGB LED strips, stuff them into PEX (aka Sharkbite) tubing and put them into broom clips already mounted on your fascia board.

This was a long topic of discussion a few months back and several members had their display outlines up in a few hours.

No glue, tho.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:45 AM

If you are doing C7 OR C9...Big fan of the light clip strip, used it on everything with the house this year, hope to actuall post a video this year, the level of straightness can not be overlooked when framing a house, window, ridge, etc...i didnt use thme on the roof and gutters last year, just windows and garage, and that was one of the big things that people complimented on...and not that expensive
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:55 AM

My lights C7 green and blue strings and the icicles blue and white strings and zip tie to 3/4 pvc tubng (made to lenght for soffits). Just go out and hang in minutes using eye hook and S hooks and I'm done.

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#10 CanYouHearUmNow

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:39 PM

How long does it take you to get the job done? ;)

this house would take me about 50-60 hours,

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

How do you do that! I would go nuts within about 4 bulbs. As well how does it hold up your in Florida, its hot, then cold, the stormy, then hot!

All of my lights are on PVC frames, those frames hold the lights straight, easy to mount on the house with minimal work. Zip tied to some 3m sticky pads.

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#12 CanYouHearUmNow

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

he has time b/c that picture looks like it was taken in the 80's.
Use old picture....save time to post later. :lol:

I use hot glue only on the arch way where i have brick. frames are built everywhere else.

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just posted pic and video of current house, took about a week - 8 hours a day

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:02 PM

Ummm. OCD? I would have a mental breakdown after 2 or 3 strings.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:46 PM

How do you do that! I would go nuts within about 4 bulbs. As well how does it hold up your in Florida, its hot, then cold, the stormy, then hot!

All of my lights are on PVC frames, those frames hold the lights straight, easy to mount on the house with minimal work. Zip tied to some 3m sticky pads.


I'm thinking of doing that next year so that I can spend less time on the ladder. What 3m sticky pads are you referring too? Do you have pictures? I ran into issues this year with the weight of my C9 styled icicle lights and abandoned them.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:26 AM

It's a great idea. But 8 hours a day for a week seems like an eternity. Of course it's warm down there. Don't know if this idea would work up here in Michigan. Does the glue break loose from the bulbs when you take them down?
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:50 AM

I use these on the flat areas that are steel or smooth painted wood.
http://www.lowes.com...p+tie=
They have all held up very well this year and last. I do use the center screw on the big windows but the small shutters that are 15 inchesx40 inches with lights and cable on them they hold fine.

For the rest that have stucco or not perfect mating surfaces I used these
http://www.lowes.com...+hook=
I will use 1 every 4-5 inches. They dont have thick tape so they cant really get a full grip, but they do not let loose. Again the area is prepped for the tape by cleaning and drying the area first. They have done great this year as well.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:56 AM

I don't think I have ever gotten a glue gun to successfully stick one thing to any other thing. Let along 4000+ times.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

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~1,400 roof clips and loads of staples and zip ties.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

my brother used to rake his shag carpet so the pile was the same all over i think the doctor called it conic compulsive

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#20 CanYouHearUmNow

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

The glue will break off the lights or the house, then you remove from the other, this year or when putting up next year...
Removal works best in cold, kind of hard to do here in Florida, mornings are the best here cause warm/soft glue likes to stick to them house.
When you put up just use as little as needed, small dot will work, also good for sealing the ends of the plugs......