Does anyone else like doing take downs more then installs? I would say our average $150 take down has been done in about 1.5 man hours. To me every house is a race from the second I pull up to see how long it will take to get back on the road.
Rain is killing us. After today we'll have about 18 left to go. Soooo close. Scattered rain today, a front moving in tomorrow that will bring colder weather and storms. Supposed to be chilly and rain most of next week. Of course by chilly I mean lows of 40s and highs in the 50s LOL.
It's going to be the 60's today...then I think winter is going to settle in this week...my guys hustled it in the warm weather and everything is down..now we just have to take everything out of the shop and and organize the mess...
ooh, 40's and 50's. wear your parka and long johns. we started at 14 today and topped out at 29, tomorrow will start at 19 and go to 37. have not checked in with the guys yet but hoping they got a bit done. I was looking forward to Wednesday with a high above 40. 5 guys today. I have noticed that takedowns really seems to encourage folks to stay home for some reason. I think since takedowns started we have had at least one guy out each day on average. but we still should finish up this week. really looking forward to closing the door on Christmas 2012 and turning off my head for 4 weeks.
We are 99% finished!!!! One house that requested takedown after the 18th, and a house with lights on several VERY tall palm trees on the water that we had to wait for good, dry weather to take down. After that -- finished!!! Sun is actually out today -- still cold -- but warming up!!! Yesterday the high was 40 - and I was freezing all day . I know -- I'm a wimp -- but we Texans need sunshine and humidity!!
I thought I would throw this out since a bunch of us are subscribed here. For the mixed wreaths it's probably a given that the HD units are hard to beat. The only unknown is how the LED longevity would be. It sure would be nice if HD would have enough faith in their lights to put a three season warranty on it. Three season is only about 750 hours.
Jason with Christmas Designers has faith and does the three year warranty but their Oregon style wreaths could use some steroids. Their garland and wreaths both need more density. I've been talking to Jason on this issue and they are working on some more premium material. I purchased most of my material from Jason this season.
My 60" 2011 HBL Oregon style wreath totally blows away my 60" CDI wreath. It would take about two CDI wreaths to equal my HBL wreath. CDI's Sherman, TX location where Jason works from is only 250 miles away so they have great shipping rates. My HBL wreath with G20 lights was about $100 more so I need to say this is not an apples to apples match on the price.
I have not purchased the GKI Bethlehem wreaths or garland that Dara (ccbydara.com) sells but their Oregon style material appears to be dense and full. I wanted to hear what you guys had to say on this topic as things wind down. I can also say that Jason's bows held up great and had no fading issues.