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    Hello people!

    Im seeing a ton of shows, which has outlined the windows on the house, and it looks awsome... but but but..

    Is it possible to make some kind of frame, which can bet set up in a regular house, without screwing anything into the brick wall? :o

    I would surely like to copy it, but dont really want to mess with the walls, or frames of the window?


    Thanks in advance!

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    I went through this last year trying to figure out a way to hang the lights around the windows. I finally made my frames for my C9 Leds out of 1/2 pvc. I then made some brackets out of some metal brackets that I attach to the little grove that I had over the siding of the house.

    I was worried that the weight of the frames would put to much weight on the brackets resulting in the lip that I used to hang them from to start to give out. They never did since I had multiple brackets per frame to even out the pressure any given bracket had on it. Worked very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev7274 View Post
    I went through this last year trying to figure out a way to hang the lights around the windows. I finally made my frames for my C9 Leds out of 1/2 pvc. I then made some brackets out of some metal brackets that I attach to the little grove that I had over the siding of the house.

    I was worried that the weight of the frames would put to much weight on the brackets resulting in the lip that I used to hang them from to start to give out. They never did since I had multiple brackets per frame to even out the pressure any given bracket had on it. Worked very nice.
    Will you at some time might post a picture of the brackets?

    Thanks in advance ;)

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    I used something like this https://www.lowes.com/pd/USP-6-in-12...l-Tie/50325309
    It was sturdy enough to hold the PVC and thin enough as to where I could bend it into a double J shape.
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    I've seen frames that just fit inside the window opening, held in place using spring/tension rods. It appeared to work well, with the added benefit that it didn't do any damage to the house.
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    About 25 years ago I fashioned some PVC frames for our windows, and as a testament to durability, they're still working well. I've had to restring lights 4 times over the years but the current strings of LEDs are still going strong after 6 years. (They're from CDI, absolutely top-quality lights!). Here's some information about them....

    https://www.diychristmas.org/wiki/in..._Window_Frames

    While they may not match your vision of using pixels, as Al mentioned, strings of lights or pixels, or pixel strips can be attached to frames that are pressure-fit into the spaces for your windows and that can work very well. To protect bare PVC from UV sunlight, you'd want to paint them the same color as the brick -- or even white paint can protect the white PVC very well, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algerdes View Post
    I've seen frames that just fit inside the window opening, held in place using spring/tension rods. It appeared to work well, with the added benefit that it didn't do any damage to the house.
    Ye, think I have to give this a try to see if some tension is enough, thanks! :D
    Last edited by thomzendk; 04-11-2019 at 02:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev7274 View Post
    I used something like this https://www.lowes.com/pd/USP-6-in-12...l-Tie/50325309
    It was sturdy enough to hold the PVC and thin enough as to where I could bend it into a double J shape.
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    ...But it seems like you cant use these without drilling something into the wall? :o




    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    About 25 years ago I fashioned some PVC frames for our windows, and as a testament to durability, they're still working well. I've had to restring lights 4 times over the years but the current strings of LEDs are still going strong after 6 years. (They're from CDI, absolutely top-quality lights!). Here's some information about them....

    https://www.diychristmas.org/wiki/in..._Window_Frames

    While they may not match your vision of using pixels, as Al mentioned, strings of lights or pixels, or pixel strips can be attached to frames that are pressure-fit into the spaces for your windows and that can work very well. To protect bare PVC from UV sunlight, you'd want to paint them the same color as the brick -- or even white paint can protect the white PVC very well, too.

    Glad to hear with the strings, 6 years is quite nice (especially think thing wont last this long in denmark, christmas light usually dies after 2-3 years) :D

    Nah, you are right, im glaad to se the inspiration, but my house is brick walls, and really dont fancy having mounts/holes in the wall all year around, im not (yet) that eager to go all in ;)
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    You might also consider using two-sided, all-weather tapes such as 3M VHB or Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape. These stick to most any clean, hard surface and would do well on brick -- they're "rubberized" so they stick to uneven surfaces quite well and also can be removed later. They have tremendous holding power and long strips of them on the side of a PVC pipe that is toward the house would hold many, many pounds of weight.

    You might also consider industrial-strength Velcro products. Lots of ways to get the job done without drilling holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomzendk View Post
    ...But it seems like you cant use these without drilling something into the wall? :o







    Glad to hear with the strings, 6 years is quite nice (especially think thing wont last this long in denmark, christmas light usually dies after 2-3 years) :D

    Nah, you are right, im glaad to se the inspiration, but my house is brick walls, and really dont fancy having mounts/holes in the wall all year around, im not (yet) that eager to go all in ;)
    Yes, mine just hang, no drilling.

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