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I'm doing this with my dumb RGB strips.. slipping the strips inside 3/4" PEX (Lowes Vanguard, $5/10'; HD Sharkbite, also $5/10') cold-water drinking pipe.. the color shining thru the pipe is amazing!! For CCRs, you could zip-tie them to the outside of 1/2" or 3/4" PE (thin wall) or Sched40 (thick wall) pvc pipe.. Once thats done, get a BUNCH of spring broom clips, the kind that separate when you push the handle into them.. slide them off the long bar, screw them to the front of your eaves/rafters. Then push the 10' (or 16' ttl length) pvc pipe with the CCR/RGB Strip zipped to it, into the clips on the front of your eaves. Goes up in like 5 minutes. Would work for any type of strings, mini's C5, 7, 9's. Snap your whole length of lights into place in minutes., No hammering/nail bending, stapling, or hook screwing needed.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202305506/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=broom+clips&storeId=10051&relatedSearch=broom%20clips#.UDL8L91lREN

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My RGB strips are on 1/2 inch strapping tape with clear heat shrink holding them in place, with D-rings on both ends for attaching them.

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I'm doing this with my dumb RGB strips.. slipping the strips inside 3/4" PEX (Lowes Vanguard, $5/10'; HD Sharkbite, also $5/10') cold-water drinking pipe.. the color shining thru the pipe is amazing!! For CCRs, you could zip-tie them to the outside of 1/2" or 3/4" PE (thin wall) or Sched40 (thick wall) pvc pipe.. Once thats done, get a BUNCH of spring broom clips, the kind that separate when you push the handle into them.. slide them off the long bar, screw them to the front of your eaves/rafters. Then push the 10' (or 16' ttl length) pvc pipe with the CCR/RGB Strip zipped to it, into the clips on the front of your eaves. Goes up in like 5 minutes. Would work for any type of strings, mini's C5, 7, 9's. Snap your whole length of lights into place in minutes., No hammering/nail bending, stapling, or hook screwing needed.

http://www.homedepot...ps#.UDL8L91lREN

TJ, you come up with some very simple but amazing tips. Brother, we appreciate it. now I know how to do that when I get to it. Thanks.

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would you happen to have any photos of this?

I don't right now, but I will take some. Or are you talking about the first post?

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I don't right now, but I will take some. Or are you talking about the first post?

I would like to see pics of all the scenerios talked about here.

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I use these from ACE Hardware.

I zip tie my C9 (red, green, white) to 3/4 sch40 PVC. I used a clip approx every 3'.

I mounted the clip on the underside of my eves. Lights face down. It's different than most ppl. but I like it. It hides the clips so you don't see them when looking at the house straight on.

I can put up the outline of my house in less than a hour.

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I don't right now, but I will take some. Or are you talking about the first post?

I would like to see how you hang your up. ill be doing rgbs for my roof line and have thought of tie raping them to pvc or even angle iron.

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I would like to see how you hang your up. ill be doing rgbs for my roof line and have thought of tie raping them to pvc or even angle iron.

I think I would do the PVC before the angle iron.

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I made a star out of standard RGB ribbon last year, and also put it in the "cloudy" water tube to help with the color distribution. I had a heck of a time getting it inside the tube so I ended up just slitting the tube down the entire length and putting it inside (the ribbon was already outdoor-rated. The results looked great, like a neon tube, even from the bottom.

Here's a pic of what it looked like during setup:

megastar1.jpg

I don't have a great "showtime" pic of it working but this gives you an idea of the light spread. Without the tube, the portions of the tube pointing up would be nearly invisible:

imgp6045.jpg

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Very nice Tim.

thanks for sharing the idea and pics.

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Thanks Ron.. trust me, it isnt talent, its just repetition =) I saw this on YT a couple yrs ago.. one guy put his lights up in abt 4 minutes using this method. He used the bigger "broom" vclips tho.. I think the smaller ones (first link) would be a bit easier to hide/blend in..

I'm going to look for several sources for small spring clips this weekend, either the type from HD (larger fingers) or some smaller ones.. I posted a couple pix and links in the CCR section about these clips.. I'll post what I find..

this is one I think would be perfect.. small, low profile, stainless..

http://www.elitespri...pring Clips.JPG

http://transconn.com/img/gutekunst-spring-clips.png

http://www.gibsongoodtools.com/

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Looks great Tim, where did you get the water tube from.

Lowes. HD has it too, and I'm assuming any hardware store would.

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Tim, where did you get the star frame from? Did the water tube bend without heating?

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Thanks 'mate, I've got a bunch of commercial ropelight but it isnt cutable (or at least, no marking where to cut it). 'think I'd have to go with mini's, but that'd prob work if I can find/use the water tubing..

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I think I would do the PVC before the angle iron.

Just wondering if you got the photo of how you hang your RGBs from the roof?

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The past two years I have outlined my roof with PVC that has 1/4" steel rod mounted to it with my Super Bundles (R,G,W) lights zip-tied to the 1/4" rod. Here is a link to my "How To" on this. Hope this helps.

http://www.brownchri...ine-lights.html

Here is one of the photos in the "How To":

post-4284-0-06616300-1346773563_thumb.jp

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A good write-up, but Super Bundles? Do you mean SuperStrings? Separate red, green, blue, white mini incand strings, zipped together, are known as SuperStrings. Bundles are TV, Phone and Internet deals :P

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A good write-up, but Super Bundles? Do you mean SuperStrings? Separate red, green, blue, white mini incand strings, zipped together, are known as SuperStrings. Bundles are TV, Phone and Internet deals :P

True! Super Strings is what I meant, however I guess when you think about it is a Bundle, Damn now its getting confusing :blink: !

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SuperBundle - definition - What you spend on this hobby!!!

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I'm doing this with my dumb RGB strips.. slipping the strips inside 3/4" PEX (Lowes Vanguard, $5/10'; HD Sharkbite, also $5/10') cold-water drinking pipe.. the color shining thru the pipe is amazing!! For CCRs, you could zip-tie them to the outside of 1/2" or 3/4" PE (thin wall) or Sched40 (thick wall) pvc pipe.. Once thats done, get a BUNCH of spring broom clips, the kind that separate when you push the handle into them.. slide them off the long bar, screw them to the front of your eaves/rafters. Then push the 10' (or 16' ttl length) pvc pipe with the CCR/RGB Strip zipped to it, into the clips on the front of your eaves. Goes up in like 5 minutes. Would work for any type of strings, mini's C5, 7, 9's. Snap your whole length of lights into place in minutes., No hammering/nail bending, stapling, or hook screwing needed.

http://www.homedepot...ps#.UDL8L91lREN

WOW Thats how I am planning to do mine!

I got a deal on a bunch and it is a last minute addition but glad to hear someone tried it and it works!

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Paul, it isnt normal sched40 or even Type 200 (psi) pipe.. it has to be PEX, thinwall, low pressure cold drinking water pipe.. everything else is too thick, color wont come thru.

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