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Old 08-30-2008, 03:15 PM
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How to get those perfect lengths

OK, So... looking at pictures of different houses with lights... you never see any left over strands. Even where it is a small length like on roofs. So how do you do it? Make your own length to fit? Cut and splice type deal? I am sure you just shorten as needed.

Just wanted a definite answer...
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Old 08-30-2008, 03:59 PM
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You buy a spool of C9 wire. they come in both 1000ft and 500 ft. Then you cut off what you need to fit the roof. You buy your C9 bulbs separate and screw in what the customer wants. Then you use zip plugs on the ends. Presto, custom Christmas lights!
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Old 08-30-2008, 04:05 PM
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that is what I figured...

thanks for the clarification
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:04 PM
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we only put a zip plug on the male end , and "pull" and tape the insulation over the female end. If we need a female to plug into then we'll add it.
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Old 09-04-2008, 05:23 PM
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We do the same thing. No use in spending $0.50 on a plug you don't use!
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:26 PM
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we only put a zip plug on the male end , and "pull" and tape the insulation over the female end. If we need a female to plug into then we'll add it.
sorry to raise the dead but do you mean you do not put a female plug on the "new" end if it is not needed. This does make sense, but how do you insulate the bare wire?
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:13 PM
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We use heat shrink tubing on the bare ends.
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Electrical tape.
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Use standard store bought lights and string them up. When you get to the end of a run and have left over, double back with the "extra" ligths and tie or tape it off. Then tape the extra lights that you don't need with black electricians tape.
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:29 PM
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For a professional light side of the site, I can count several things wrong with the above post. Store bought lights come with 600 hour bulbs. Please do not sell these to customers. You will be replacing bulbs like crazy on all your houses. Do not use 20 guage store bought wire. you are limited to 2, 25 foot lengths. Cap off emply sockets with caps or plugs designed to do such. electrical tape is an emergency cap only.
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