Christmas Install training

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by seolatlanta, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. seolatlanta

    seolatlanta LawnSite Member
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    Hey Guys,

    What a great forum! I look at the lighting forum a lot and had no idea this was here on Lawnsite , I never scroll down that far haha.

    With the economy the way it is and the unbelievable drought here in North Georgia , I am seeing a lot of companies want to branch out into Christmas lighting. as much as I advise against it because it is such hard work and requires a ton of prep work .

    Is there any company that offers training for new companies that want to offer this service? I have seen a few that offer a large one time fee for some marketing supplies and stuff but I havent found any hands on training.

    Any advice will be appreciated.
     
  2. hillbilly_lawnboy

    hillbilly_lawnboy LawnSite Member
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    um not that i have found but why would you need training to hang lights
     
  3. seolatlanta

    seolatlanta LawnSite Member
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    I suppose that the first answer would be so that they get done right , power is separated properly , the amounts you quote for the trees and roofline are the right amount , etc, etc.


    A good way to really tick people off is to mess up their Christmas lights.
     
  4. hillbilly_lawnboy

    hillbilly_lawnboy LawnSite Member
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    all true. you really don't want to get into it if you don't have one tool. and thats a bucket truck. If you have acess to one get it. when it comes to trees and roof lines your life will be a whole lot easier trust me
     
  5. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, cause everyone likes having a bucket truck driven on thier lawn....
     
  6. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hillbilly lawnboy, welcome to the seasonal forum. Thanks for your first 2 posts ! You will find newbies and professionals here.

    Some installers have bucket trucks for some work, but we have never used them. I have rented a lift in the past, but Like Hotrod stated, we had to run plywood across the lawn for tire tracks, and even an 85 foot boom is not enough on some homes, and most are unreachable from the drive way.

    Out of 140 properties, we could only use a bucket to speed things along on a couple at best.The rest are done far more efficiently with ladders and working from the roof.

    Holiday Bright Lights offers free training classes now, although you will have to travel to Omaha. Brite Ideas and Christmas decor offer classes If you buy in. I belive Village lighting has some DVD's out there, and there is another company in Omaha ( Brad?) that has some manuals and DVD's.
     
  7. seolatlanta

    seolatlanta LawnSite Member
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    Hey David

    Thanks for the response , do you think that if I call HBL they can hook a few of us up w/ some training. I will call them tomorrow.

    thanks!
     
  8. worx

    worx LawnSite Senior Member
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    David how would you rate the Village lighting dvd's?
     
  9. hillbilly_lawnboy

    hillbilly_lawnboy LawnSite Member
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    has anybody ever delt with those dancing lights before? i have a customer who is interested in them. I have to admit i have only seen them on tv or you tube. I have never actually seen them in person to see how they work. Is it a complicated procedure to get them syncronized? Thanks Jasen
     
  10. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 582

    Yep, I deal a little in that stuff. It can be easy or it can be real hard. Really depends on how you plan it all out.
    either way, it is expensive!
     

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