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Jakeleg1969
05-30-2010, 09:11 PM
As this is my first year at blinky, flashy, it is getting to be about time I figured a few things out. One simple thing that I have to master is hanging lights (3-4 colors of minis) outlining the windows of my two story house. The house has vinyl siding and I know that a lot of DIYers build frames to fit around windows. Any suggestions here would be appreciated along with pictures if you have them. Its not the height that bothers me as I will have the same problem on the ground level. What I am looking for is some easy technique.

Jerry in LA

cgarwood
05-31-2010, 03:57 PM
Seconding this. We are planning on residing our house this summer. Our house currently has some weird gray siding that's gritty and falling apart with wooden window frames. New windows may or may not be included, budget permitting.

The big hold up with the project is trying to figure out the best way to hang lights on it. Currently we just put screws or nails in the siding or window frame and hang them on, but I don't want to just drive screws and nails through new vinyl siding.

yvaliente
05-31-2010, 04:12 PM
I have come across this same issue and i am tired that the strings eventually start sagging.

This was solution was suggested by someone else:

What i am going to do is use 1/2 PVC pipe.
Steps:
> Frame out the windows with the PVC.
> Paint the PVC same color of the window frame.
> Add string of lights.
> two screws to keep the frame intacts. ( less staples/nail/screw holes in your window frame)

I personal like this solution because you can take time adding the lights to the frame, make them looks streight and another thing it will be easy to put up and bring them down.

I might take it one more step and use PVC to frame the roof also.

Yvaliente

dmcole
05-31-2010, 04:22 PM
Here are some threads on this site that address the issue:

http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9256

http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4639

http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2888

And here are some from other sites:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4815342_window-mounts-outdoor-christmas-lights.html

http://www.instructables.com/id/Christmas-window-lighting-frames/

Lastly, starting at the eighth paragraph of this page, I discuss my methods:

http://www.pacificalights.info/index.php/tech/21-Lynx-MR16.html

Best o' luck.

\dmc

olingerjccj
06-04-2010, 10:02 AM
This may not be the greatest plan but I used a hot glue gun to hold around my windows. Just a bit in each corner and good to go. I did not get any weight on the strands from snow ect but it held all season...

John

ErnieHorning
06-04-2010, 02:57 PM
This is how I do mine. It's just 1/2" outside diameter PVC pipe. These slip over vinyl shutters and I hold them on with modified clips that I made out of 1/2" inside diameter PVC pipe. It takes about a minute to slip them on and snap the clips in place.

dirknerkle
06-04-2010, 04:07 PM
I do a similar thing that Ernie does -- although I preferred a more "random" look to the lights instead. Here's a link if you're interested...

http://www.dirknerkle.clubdata.com/howto-window_frames.html

olingerjccj
06-04-2010, 05:08 PM
This is how I do mine. It's just 1/2" outside diameter PVC pipe. These slip over vinyl shutters and I hold them on with modified clips that I made out of 1/2" inside diameter PVC pipe. It takes about a minute to slip them on and snap the clips in place.


That does look nice and clean. I like it. I may try that.

Thanks
John

budude
06-04-2010, 05:18 PM
I've really got to look into buying some stock from these zip-tie makers... :rolleyes:

ErnieHorning
06-05-2010, 01:15 AM
After the Minnesota Mini, I would suggest trying every other so that they are stretched out flatter to get rid of the loop of wire. Joel (JRock64) show a snowflake where he pulled the wire tighter by laying down every other light and then coming back filling in the ones in between. It made the daytime look more clean looking.

plasmata
06-06-2010, 11:58 AM
I don't quite understand what you're saying. Do you mean that rather than leaving slack to keep them close together he stretches them straight out but wraps around a second time and puts them mid way between the first run?.

ErnieHorning
06-06-2010, 05:11 PM
I don't quite understand what you're saying. Do you mean that rather than leaving slack to keep them close together he stretches them straight out but wraps around a second time and puts them mid way between the first run?.Yes, exactly.

sginut
07-08-2010, 11:02 AM
Or you can take the OCD sufferer's approach. :)

Skunberg
07-09-2010, 12:32 PM
OMG 5 strings (colors) on a window frame. Lots to choice from for sequencing but too much for me. I like the mounting. BTW whats "OCD"?

plasmata
07-09-2010, 02:11 PM
Obsessive Compulsive Disease. Looks like a pretty severe case. ;)

brew95
07-09-2010, 09:10 PM
Last year I got some window screen frames from home depot and used hot glue and zip ties to attach the minis.

ron d
07-09-2010, 10:15 PM
Here is how I did mine. 2"x3" wooden frame and 5 colors all crown stapled. Every stinking light!I have 2 ssr 4's mounted to the frame and just plug in 1 power cord and the cat 5 and its good to go. The power and channels also cover the channels for the wreaths.


window frames
http://www.duszakfamilylights.com./window_frames.html

mega tree
http://www.duszakfamilylights.com./mega_tree.html

arches
http://www.duszakfamilylights.com./leaping_arches.html

jrock64
07-09-2010, 10:34 PM
Here is my method that Ernie was referring to
You have to leapfrog to get to the end and then back.

The lights were stripped down to a single strand.
The ground was run straight up the center and was rejoined at the top.

Joel

Jakeleg1969
07-10-2010, 10:48 AM
Ron d,
You apparently went "the extra mile" in your design. The frames you made look quite durable. Could you please tell me how they are attached to the house?

Jerry in LA

ron d
07-10-2010, 11:29 AM
Thanks jerry,
Very simple actually to attach then.Each window frame has two pieces of flat nylon rope and i open the window and tie the 2 ends off together.
The door frame has 3 screws holding it in place and the lower level (piano key shaped) windows are floating and just shimmed into the brick. 2 seasons in and still planning on them getting used again. I can get all the window and door frames in and wired in about 3 hours. May not seem like much but thats the first 57 channels that get set up.
Then i do the 123 channels on the mega tree then the 45 arch channels and so on.
This year I add wireless to 8 houses after my house is set up so good planning and organization is a must.