what about attaching the ridges

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by TPnTX, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When attaching lights to the ridge and use clips you have to attach to an edge and so you cant see them from both directions.

    a solution suggested to me was to use a silocone attach to top center of the ridge.

    any suggestions
  2. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    I know this is an age old question. I was hoping more people are on this forum now and there may be useful input since the last in depth thread back in 07
  3. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    Those clips should slide into the shingle(ridge) at top center so that the light is visible from both sides. Use a putty knife to break the seal if the heat/sun has the shingles stuck together.

    PS Most guys are out installing. I happened to have just finished my house and sent the crew to lunch before the next stop.
  4. brianpsmith

    brianpsmith LawnSite Member
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    A staple gun with 9/16 staples works great. One staple an inch from the socket keeps the bulbs upright. If they do sag it is not noticeable at night. Do not staple directly next to the socket or you will have a few sockets lose their back plating from the impact.

    Brian P. Smith
  5. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
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    Staples? We don't even put them on the truck, way old school.
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  6. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    Guys, Christmas Decor was sued over this very item several years back, and lost in court. They are not the only Christmas light company who have been sued and lost in court over damages resulting from roof leaks. Lifting up the shingle and breaking the seal on ridges causes leaks. HBL, Brite Ideas, and Christmas Decor specifically state in training NOT to put c-9's on ridges or valleys, DO PERIMETER ONLY. They do so to protect themselves from liability. I protect myself from roof leak liability by not doing it. For legal reasons as well I am on record saying others should not do it, ever, period.

    9/16 staples? again, a few hundred small holes is a wrong, bad idea, especially when you pull them up in January.
  7. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
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    so a couple of years ago you were only doing it with a signed release of liabilty now notta.

    thanks for the heads up.

    This is the 3rd year I've done the house. It is actually the first house I ever did and it's still the only one that I put the light on the ridge.

    That 1st year I knew better than to try and pry the shingle loose with a putty knife. To me and at risk of insulting someone, one look and you should know better than to separate the shingle. Its a bad idea and most likey you'll tear it. There is enough flex at the botton edge of the shingle to easly slide in a tab. It's no different that doing it on and edge.

    So I guess no one has tried the silicon idea? My first guess is that it limits your time of day as wells day where you can install. You cant expect the silicon to stick if the shingle is wet.

    Thats pretty much what I came here to ask. Not how to pry the shingle loose, or LOL staple to a shingle. Brian, man... if youre doing that you really need to stop. I know its a tiny staple. Its not the staple you have to worry about. Its the hole it leaves.

    this pic shows how I put them on this house.

  8. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
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    No offense taken. But you can name me as the guy that said to slide them in or use a putty knife. You asked a question, I apologize if the answer I gave you was not to your liking. It is how we have been doing it since day one. No problems.

    You method works fine on a hi-ranch peak, but what of a more intricate roof that you need to see the lights from two sides?

    We use shingle tabs, yours are pointing straight up which I would imagine may cause issues in rain and snow?

    I will get a pic of ours shortly, I just have to go back to one of the houses we did yesterday.

  9. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    One way you could put them on the ridge is use those clear square bases that c-7's slide into. Like you said though the silicone needs time to dry so it takes a little longer thefirst year. Then we just leave the bases up on the roof when we take the lights down.
  10. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    If the bases stay up there, then that is a method I can finally approve of. I really just don't want you guys put in situations that cost you money down the road. I did used to do a few of them with a waiver, and yes, I still have one left, full discosure here, with a waiver. when it is gone I am done, but I have to admit, if the bases can match the roof shingle color, I am fine with that one. This is the first time I have heard of it. good idea.

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