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Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by tiedeman, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    What is the liability and licensing required to do Christmas lighting? Are you worried that you may cause a fire, overload the curcuit, do damage, etc.? Do you need a license? What is the insurance like when dealing with lights?
  2. n2h20

    n2h20 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    i too have wondered this..
  3. MV Property Care

    MV Property Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    I can see where it would be common for the homeowner not to know what other circuits are connected to his outdoor receptacles. Strings of christmas lights have a fuse in the plug so you should be fine. On the back of box I have I can connect 4 strings of 100 of those little lights. I really don't worry about the christmas lights. I do have about 4 or 5 floodlights on the same extension cord. The main thing is to use at least 16AWG extension cord. I have seen 18 AWG extension cords (higher the # smaller the wire) that are as thick as the 16 AWG extension cords so you have to read the very very small print on the extension cord. It's there, you just have to get your magnifying glasses to read it. Oh remember just because the homeowner trips a breaker after you put up the lights and gone for a few days doesn't mean you did anything wrong. He could have plugged something in (sweeper, microwave) at the same time the motor in his refrigerator he has in the basement kicks in. I would not worry about causing any damage or starting a fire as long as the wiring in the house is up to date. example : some wiring in the 1950's , 60's had an outside covering that would rot away and there lies the possibilty for a short and may cause a fire. And who else to blame except the guy that put up the christmas lights even though it was not the reason or your fault. But the house burnt down and they can't tell where it started so they blame you. Uh oh. I guess that's where the liabiltiy and insurance comes in. Don't know about the insurance, licensing.

    Hope this helps some Tiedman. Good luck

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