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putting up and taking down.

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by TPnTX, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    I wanted to ask and compare methods people use. Most of this may seem obvious.

    On a new install do you put the lights in the sockets first?

    When taking lights down do you leave the bulbs in and then store and put the stringers back up with the bulbs in?

    I lost a lot of bulbs this year. It still seems worth it to eat the cost of replacing them.
  2. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    You mean like the c-9 bulbs? I just leave them on and plug them in right off the bat, fix them as I come up on one, as for the take down, I just start pulling the cords and might end up with a couple of broken, but that's it....
  3. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    install bulbs and clips on the ground plugged in. takedown I leave all bulbs and clips on the strand. 2 guys with 2 poles with hooks- one takes one end of a strand and one takes another, and they pull it out and down carefully, so as not to create the domino effect. we also do one guy on roof and one guy with pole on takedown. all in one clips on gutters must be taken down by hand.
  4. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 587

    You need to be careful installing lights that are plugged in. Here it is an MI-OSHA violation, unless you are on a fiberglass ladder.

    It doesn't take much to fray a wire and electrify the gutter and "zap".
  5. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    well at least you find it :)
  6. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    How do you guys do dormer tops? Those of you that outline tops.
    Do you run up the gable then cut at the top and put in a triple tap then run off that? Or is there an easier way?
    Or on any T-shaped connections?
    Triple taps are big and bulky so I dont like doing them.
  7. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 587

    inline plug.

  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    The inline plug is a good idea! I never thought of that for C-9/C-7 lights. lol. Of course, to expand on that idea. What he means is a Vampire plug that you cut or snap the notch out of so that it can be clipped onto the wire anywhere, not making the wire terminate. ( I can post an example if need be)

    Of course you will have to watch your loads. The inline plug, or a 3 way only works on smaller houses or if you can do the ridge from both ends. Otherwise another run of SPT1 or 2 18 or 16 ga. is needed.

    I think most do the install as david said. Once you get the bulbs and clips installed the first year, the next years is a lot easier. Assuming you store them right. It's very easy to end up with a huge knot if you don't do the storage carefully. I've always installed and taken down with the bulbs in, just once in a while will break one. NEVER mess with the C-7's or C-9's when lit. You take a much higher chance of knocking the hot fillament loose (burning out the bulbs).
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2009
  9. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Jason could you show an example of what your talking about?
    Hotrod, could you do the same or a link?
  10. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 587

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