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ArmyMarine
10-07-2010, 04:06 PM
What is the best method to get icicle lights to hang straight? I find the "Z" to be highly annoying and tacky!!!

ErnieHorning
10-07-2010, 04:15 PM
Here's how I do mine.

http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=105474&postcount=23

mkess
10-07-2010, 04:16 PM
Lots of light clips. I bought a few hundred light clips from wally's after the holidays for this reason. You can attach each light to the clip or just the wire.

dirknerkle
10-07-2010, 04:17 PM
If you're talking about the wire itself, it takes a while for them to hang out. You might put them in a place that's really warm -- lay them in the sun, for example. Don't put them in the oven. They're a pain to straighten...

chilloutdocdoc
10-07-2010, 04:29 PM
What is the best method to get icicle lights to hang straight? I find the "Z" to be highly annoying and tacky!!!

A lot of work, when I get ready to hang them up, I give a stiff tug on each line. It helps the fact that it's in the 80's in Florida when I usually do it, so there's a good sun warming factor, but the northern climates might not have that benefit.... It's going to be a lot of work regardless, they have the natural bend in them now. My suggestion hang them on something very early, maybe even weight the bottoms down.

ErnieHorning
10-07-2010, 04:41 PM
To straighten them vertically after I attached them to PVC pipe, I initially pulled on them and heated them up with a 1500 watt hair drier. I kept pulling on them while they cooled. Eventually my arm got tired and I just lightly clamped a Vice-Grip to the bottom socket and this actually worked better.

ArmyMarine
10-08-2010, 10:11 AM
I'm thinking about get a sheet of 1/4" plexiglass and cutting it into strips, then zip-tying the vertical light strips to the plexiglass. I have enough clips to ensure they hang straight vertically.

D56VillageNut
10-11-2010, 02:18 AM
I've had this same thought and I was looking at using something like lead fishing weights or anything similar. I believe this is what some of the commercial Light Curtain type decorations you see at malls etc use. I had found a place with them already painted white but I can't find the link anymore. Just throwing out another idea.

Alan T

dmcole
10-11-2010, 11:45 AM
I've had this same thought and I was looking at using something like lead fishing weights or anything similar. I believe this is what some of the commercial Light Curtain type decorations you see at malls etc use. I had found a place with them already painted white but I can't find the link anymore. Just throwing out another idea.


Fishing weights. That had been my idea. Then I realized how many it would take and how far behind I am already.

Then I began thinking the "Z" wasn't too bad ...

\dmc

dirknerkle
10-11-2010, 12:17 PM
Fishing weights. That had been my idea. Then I realized how many it would take and how far behind I am already.

Then I began thinking the "Z" wasn't too bad ...

\dmc

Lead weights can get pretty expensive in the weight and quantity you'll need. You might consider using a sandwich-size ziplock bag filled with water instead.

dmoore
10-11-2010, 02:03 PM
I'm thinking about get a sheet of 1/4" plexiglass and cutting it into strips, then zip-tying the vertical light strips to the plexiglass. I have enough clips to ensure they hang straight vertically.

Actually there is a much cheaper and better looking solution using coro. It was discussed here: http://www.lone-star-holidays.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2843

Here was an early sample version of the design that used fixed distance:
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That was deemed to repetitive, so what I came up with in the end was a top "border" that attached to the gutter, with little coro icicles that hung at more random intravals that was then attached to the border top with little moveable fasteners. It's a pretty slick little system that also allows for:

* Allows you to put up icicles in entire "chucks" of 4 to 6 feet with just binder clips
* The coro spaces out the lights perfectly but still allows you to place them in a somewhat random order to look more like real icicles
* Allows for adjustment when the icicles are not horizonal, such as going up a gable
* The lights in the white coro make the icicle "glow" which makes it look more like real icicles, just lit up instead
* It makes sure that all the lights are facing outward and toward the audience so that you get the maximum value out of your lights

I never developed this as a product at holidaycoro.com because I didn't get much feedback that others were looking for such a product - most people seemed happy enough with random "Z" shaped icicles.

Hope that helps.

Lnewberry8
11-17-2014, 03:57 AM
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Is anyone devise a method for better securing these type of icicles with PVC pipe or some other product for easier installation? We and a strong storm last year and a lot of them came off the wire. I was just wondering if someone had already problem solved this issue. I was searching around the forums but haven't found information on mounting them.

BillW
11-17-2014, 08:53 PM
It seems that the best way to straighten icicle lights is to let time, heat and gravity to work for you. To hang the lights (icicle, C7 LED's, etc...) PVC ids the way to go. Here is a link I found while I was looking for a KISS method. Also here is another link for a clip if you want to purchase some clamps(sizes depend on your PVC.

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/for...-windows/page6
http://www.lowes.com/pd_75308-15527-49110_0__?productId=1100127&Ntt=conduit+clamps&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dconduit%2Bclamps&facetInfo=

BillW

dmoore
11-17-2014, 10:27 PM
I'm not sure but maybe this helps if they can be clipped place:

http://www.holidaycoro.com/Half-Inch-PVC-Pipe-Mounting-Clip-p/768.htm

http://www.holidaycoro.com/v/vspfiles/photos/768-2T.jpg

TomL8345
11-17-2014, 11:35 PM
I'm not sure but maybe this helps if they can be clipped place:

http://www.holidaycoro.com/Half-Inch-PVC-Pipe-Mounting-Clip-p/768.htm

http://www.holidaycoro.com/v/vspfiles/photos/768-2T.jpg

I'm using these clips on the PVC frames around my windows, they are AWESOME. Easy to install, and hold 1/2" PVC very securely. I also expect to be able to take the frames down from the ground using just and extension pole with a hook on the end.!