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    Are the trees assembled/round? I populated mine flat and then built them afterward.

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    I did not assemble them. They are flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mildog View Post
    I ordered a set of pixel pliers. I will give anything a try, but I dont have much confidence it will be any easier. Did use various backing items, socket, PVC fitting. Still sucks. The strips are much easier.
    I was a little skeptical, too, but I was pleasantly surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ezellner View Post
    I was a little skeptical, too, but I was pleasantly surprised.
    I received the pliers today. I was surprised at the difference it made. I was able to get one tree done vs only one row of 10 pixels before I reached my limit.

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    Another thing you can do is spray a rag with a silicone lubricant, and wipe each pixel down as you go. I've heard guys do that and say it helps.

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    What about using the correct size drill bit to slightly open up the holes, instead of a stepped bit so you can't mess up? There are more drill bit sizes than just fractional ones, they also make numbered bits and letter bits. Download a drill bit chart and see what bit you need that's just a tad larger.

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    I had to do several hundred and found as others did that my fingers would not hold up to this kind of abuse. I took a socket (can't remember what size) and a pair of Channel locks to push them in. I put the socket on the bottom and then placed the bullet node into the hole and then pressed the light into the hole. One jaw on the pliers went on the edge of the socket and the other on the edge of the pixel. This worked pretty well for me. The Channel Locks saved the day. I have since bought pixel pliers but haven't tried them out yet.

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