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Hines57
11-25-2012, 22:24
The untangling of the Christmas lights.

http://pic40.picturetrail.com:80/VOL369/9440780/17240887/404773904.jpg

Only took about 2 hours this year.

Of course I tested them and changed out the burnt out bulbs, no problems. Took a couple hours of climbing around on the roof to get them on. Came down and plugged them in, about a third of them wouldn't light up. Guess I will be climbing back up tomorrow.

I suppose I could have put up the lights last week when it was 68*, but I thought that doing it in 32* weather would put me more in the spirit of things.

Anybody else got their lights up? Post up some pictures.


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m2hmghb
11-26-2012, 01:40
A suggestion? Wrap them on paper towel tubes. It actually works fairly well.

NeverMore1701
11-26-2012, 02:00
I actually got the christmas lights out today too. Took about 30 seconds to untangle 'em, 10 minutes to put the clips up, and five to put the colored strands on the arch and column of the entryway. I didn't string the lights on the eaves, I'll do that tomorrow, should only take a few minutes with the clips already up.

We also stopped off at Lowes and picked up a nice 6' douglas fir, lights for it, and a natural wreath for the front door. Made it out for under a hundred bucks, which wasn't bad at all. Took maybe 10 minutes to get the tree trimmed, in the stand, and the lights on it. Tomorrow we're going to put some lights on my wife's deer head just because, and maybe some on her elk antlers.

I love christmas lights!

LoadToadBoss
11-26-2012, 05:58
I stopped hanging outdoor lights years ago. My tree is pre-lit and goes together in under a minute.

costanza187
11-26-2012, 06:07
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/c146.0.403.403/p403x403/643967_383626725050315_160343073_n.jpg

GreenDrake
11-26-2012, 06:08
Wish I had the patience to work with em. Now all I decorate is my Meat Manger out back where I do all my bbq and smoking.

certifiedfunds
11-26-2012, 06:53
When you take them down just feed them into a rubbermaid bin in a circular pattern. Takes just a little longer but the come out very neatly.

Dennis in MA
11-26-2012, 09:55
Lights are up. No pix.

I spent 3 trips to Lowe's to get color-changing LED's this year for the house. I started with 25-bulb strands of GE. Completely random, no way to connect them - RETURN. I then went back on recon. Finally went back a 3rd time, after striking out online (but realizing the gray market of customized lights using GE sets - waaaaaay above my pay grade) and got a set of Lowe's brand 48bulbs with remote. These would JUST ABOUT fit across the front of the house.

Friday AM, pulling the X-mas stuff down I discovered I bot 2 sets of GE 36 bulb after Christmas last year. Whoops!

So we have double lites up. And a Snowman doing a MJ Fox impression.

certifiedfunds
11-26-2012, 10:06
Wish I had the patience to work with em. Now all I decorate is my Meat Manger out back where I do all my bbq and smoking.

Meat Manger - we could have a little fun with that

Tvov
11-26-2012, 10:18
The cost of basic Christmas lights has dropped so dramatically the last few years that if any string is questionable, I just get new ones. 50 light sets for $1.99 - $3.99. Even the LED sets are relatively cheap... when they first came out, it was like $50 for a string, now it is less than $20. We don't put up a ton -- just the tree, some on the deck, and a couple bushes outside.

kirgi08
11-26-2012, 10:31
When you take them down just feed them into a rubbermaid bin in a circular pattern. Takes just a little longer but the come out very neatly.

You know I'd not miss this dontcha.Tell the tale of the attic march.'08. :whistling:


Bins are for little debbie stores. n00bs. :tongueout:

captainstormy
11-26-2012, 10:34
Why oh earth would you put up with that? Coil them like a rope when you put them away and you won't have to deal with that mess.

Hines57
11-26-2012, 11:01
Wow, you guys just don't understand the meaning of tradition, do you? My dad did. I do it, if I have kids they will learn to do it also. Just because it is a dumb, easily resolved issue, doesn't mean you should stop doing it.

It sets the whole tone for the season.

gwalchmai
11-26-2012, 11:06
Bah!!

Tvov
11-26-2012, 11:08
Wow, you guys just don't understand the meaning of tradition, do you? My dad did. I do it, if I have kids they will learn to do it also. Just because it is a dumb, easily resolved issue, doesn't mean you should stop doing it.

It sets the whole tone for the season.

lol, okay, I'll agree with that!

captainstormy
11-26-2012, 13:35
It sets the whole tone for the season.

Anger and frustration?

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harlenm
11-26-2012, 13:37
Less than $5 at Walmart for a box of lights. I just buy new ones each year.

gwalchmai
11-26-2012, 13:38
What would Algore say?

2@low8
11-26-2012, 13:53
Doncha just love the shouting when the lights come out of the attic. I put up the tree, hang the lights and then watch football. I 'aint touchin' no ornaments.

I put each string of lights into a separate grocery bag. they go in real neat, sometime during the summer months they crawl around the attic and get all tangled up. Takes about 11 months for those suckers to get that way but they always manage to do it. Must be the rotation of the earth.

NeverMore1701
11-26-2012, 15:01
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/32412_4151231388388_1140390437_n.jpg

Hines57
11-26-2012, 15:47
Anger and frustration?

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Now you're getting it. I started off with Thanksgiving Dinner @ Golden Corral with all of the people getting ready to go to Walmart for Black Friday, then I went to Westland Mall to watch the westsiders trample each other, then I wrestle with the Christmas lights. What more could you ask of a Christmas tradition?

What would Algore say?
I don't actually turn the lights on, I just hang them up.

Diesel_Bomber
11-26-2012, 18:36
Two HOURS? Good lord man, lights are cheap, just buy new ones.

Two hours exceeds the time I will be spending on Christmas in entirety this year by about 2400 percent. Most of that time will be taken up by switching radio stations in the truck to whichever one isn't playing this year's artist of the year singing Jingle Bells.

Tvov
11-26-2012, 18:46
Just because it is a dumb, easily resolved issue, doesn't mean you should stop doing it.


I think I will use that as a sig line!

certifiedfunds
11-26-2012, 20:11
Including the dreaded day of hauling everything down, I now have 3.5 days into putting up Christmas lights. and I'm not done

It is real easy to figure out which lights I put away last year and which one's Mrs. C put away. Mine come right out with a gentle shake at the most. For hers I go ahead and pull up a chair.

Hines57
11-28-2012, 19:00
They all work now

http://pic40.picturetrail.com:80/VOL369/9440780/17240887/404810092.jpg

MoCop
11-28-2012, 19:09
Looks good. I put the big C9 colored lights up every year. The wife loves them. They've grown on me.

vart
11-28-2012, 19:24
Last night I came home from work and discovered that my 19yr old son and his friends decided to put up the Christmas lights...

They went all out and used every string I had and every decoration I had; including the infamous pedo-bear from last year...

It looks like Christmas threw up on my house...

NeverMore1701
11-28-2012, 19:50
I discovered that half of one string of icicles isn't lighting up, one more trip to Lowes is in order for tomorrow.

Hines57
11-28-2012, 20:58
It looks like Christmas threw up on my house...

:rofl: Awesome

I discovered that half of one string of icicles isn't lighting up, one more trip to Lowes is in order for tomorrow.
Couldn't figure out why mine did the same thing. 1/2 the string wouldn't light up. It's missing a bulb. It will still work with a burnt out bulb, but not if the bulb is gone.

certifiedfunds
11-28-2012, 22:14
Couldn't figure out why mine did the same thing. 1/2 the string wouldn't light up. It's missing a bulb. It will still work with a burnt out bulb, but not if the bulb is gone.

Ohm's Law for Christmas Lights: V=IR-B

NeverMore1701
11-28-2012, 22:37
:rofl: Awesome


Couldn't figure out why mine did the same thing. 1/2 the string wouldn't light up. It's missing a bulb. It will still work with a burnt out bulb, but not if the bulb is gone.

First thing I thought of, no missing bulbs though. Oh well, won't cost me anything but a bit of time, I save my christmas light receipts :supergrin:

NeverMore1701
11-29-2012, 20:42
Finally got the bad strands swapped out.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/559025_4163140126099_2069395778_n.jpg