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deplanche
09-28-2009, 12:41 PM
I want to hang some lights from my vinyl siding without putting any holes in it or taping anything to it (don't want the mess to removed and don't trust it will hold in the winter). I have a variety of shingle and gutter clips, but none seem to work. Anyone have any suggestions on what to use?

ErnieHorning
09-28-2009, 01:03 PM
Hereís how I do it and (staying with my motto) itís very cheap.:D

Aurbo99
09-28-2009, 01:40 PM
Beauty in its simplicity Ernie..

Love it.

Thanks for sharing that.

ppohlman
09-28-2009, 02:00 PM
That's an excellent idea, Ernie. Great paper on how to make and use them too.
I may have to try it this year.

Thanks.

Capt'n Jack
09-28-2009, 07:17 PM
Excellent idea! I'll give these a try.

Macrosill
09-29-2009, 07:39 AM
I use a clip similar to These (http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/Siding-Hook-20-Pack--16988.htm)

grump010
09-30-2009, 10:54 PM
The Cable and Telco industry use these in huge quantities. They also have a great selection of enclosures
http://www.primex.ca/wiremanagement.htm

deplanche
10-01-2009, 11:27 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I like the DIY ones, but I have lots of projects and little time, like most of us.

Based on the suggestions posted, I found these (http://www.yourbroadbandstore.com/product.php?pid=022553) and these (http://www.yourbroadbandstore.com/product.php?pid=022554). Do they look like the same thing you guys are talking about? If not, think they would work?

The cost seems pretty reasonable, and since I was thinking of putting together an order for some cases anyway, i might even be able to get free shipping.

blurp
10-11-2009, 02:16 PM
I've been using these for 3 years now. I just jam them in the seams. They're dirt cheap after Christmas. I've bought thousands of them.

http://www.bradleyjacobs.com/Lights_2007/000_0149-40p.JPG
http://www.bradleyjacobs.com/Lights_2008/JoeyClips.JPG

dirknerkle
10-11-2009, 04:21 PM
How easy are they to remove afterward???

budude
10-11-2009, 04:25 PM
Well - he just climbs down from the ladder?? Pretty easy I would think even for a kid!?

oh - - you meant the clips... ;)

lbro
10-11-2009, 04:29 PM
Does the kid come with the clips? That would make REALLY easy for me.

blurp
10-11-2009, 08:13 PM
How easy are they to remove afterward???

Very easy. I just pull the lights, and the clips come too. Actually, at the end of the house, I have the different strands clipped together, even though they aren't plugged together, and they all come down at once. The weight of the falling strands keeps them coming.


Does the kid come with the clips? That would make REALLY easy for me.

The clips are cheap. He isn't. :D

blurp
10-11-2009, 08:15 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention that I bought those at Lowes. But I think you can find ones just like them in many stores. It's the 2-piece multi-pupose clips. They work great on the gutters, and even under shingles too.

DennyMo
10-13-2009, 04:26 PM
I'm more interested in how they hold up to wind and the weight of the light strings. I'd be afraid they'd slide out too easily.

ErnieHorning
10-13-2009, 06:03 PM
Very easy. I just pull the lights, and the clips come too.Doesnít happen with the ones that I made. I think youíd ruin the lights if you tried to yank them down. It takes 2 pounds of straight down pull force to even open them half way. I made mine an inch wide but they could have been narrower. If you needed to hold more weight, either add more of them or make them wider.

If you need to remove more than a few, you need to ware gloves. These have enough force that you could cut your skin if youíre not careful about it. Itís always around 0 degrees when Iím taking the display down so Iím wearing gloves anyway.

klanger
10-14-2009, 05:42 AM
Itís always around 0 degrees when Iím taking the display down so Iím wearing gloves anyway.

Gee, it's usually 30c+ when i take mine down, shorts, tee shirt and hat.:)

dirknerkle
10-14-2009, 10:13 AM
gee, it's usually 30c+ when i take mine down, shorts, tee shirt and hat.:)

arghhhhhh!!!!

blurp
10-14-2009, 11:05 AM
I'm more interested in how they hold up to wind and the weight of the light strings. I'd be afraid they'd slide out too easily.

I hang 4 strings on them, and we had 60+ mph winds last year that actually broke a string on my mega tree, and I think I had to put 4 of them back in the siding. That's out of 800. Not bad numbers.

They hey is to use enough so that the weight on each one is not that much. you can see in the pictures how far apart I have them. I also double up where the plugs are.

blurp
10-14-2009, 11:08 AM
Doesnít happen with the ones that I made. I think youíd ruin the lights if you tried to yank them down. It takes 2 pounds of straight down pull force to even open them half way. I made mine an inch wide but they could have been narrower. If you needed to hold more weight, either add more of them or make them wider.

If you need to remove more than a few, you need to ware gloves. These have enough force that you could cut your skin if youíre not careful about it. Itís always around 0 degrees when Iím taking the display down so Iím wearing gloves anyway.

I ruined a couple of strands, but I consider them acceptable losses to not have to get back on the ladder. I like the ones you made, and If I didn't already have thousands of these that I paid almost nothing for, I might put in the effort to make some. I always keep lots of PVC around in different sizes, just for quick projects.

ErnieHorning
10-14-2009, 11:18 AM
Almost nothing is my kind of price too.:)