The Christmas season is a time for family, celebration, and beautiful decorations. Hanging Christmas lights is often a dreaded task, causing some people to leave their lights up all year long. You don't have to be an acrobat to hang Christmas lights with ease, these steps will show you how to simplify one of your biggest Christmas traditions.
- The first thing you should do when planning to hang Christmas lights is make sure you have all the right materials. You will need a hammer, needle nose pliers, a ladder, a heavy duty extension cord, gutter clips, and of course your Christmas lights. The shorter strings of lights are easier to hang, so opt for the 50 light strings if they're available.
- Before getting on your ladder, check your Christmas lights to ensure that they are working properly. Replace any bulbs that are out to avoid frustration later. When you're ready, bring your ladder to the starting point of where you want to hang Christmas lights. Make sure that you have someone to hold the ladder while you're on it to avoid accidents. Position the ladder on a flat, firm surface so it won't be wobbling around, causing an uneven string of lights.
- Now you're ready to hang Christmas lights! Grab a gutter clip and your needle nose pliers and use them to fasten the end of the Christmas light string. Work your way down the string of lights, using one gutter clip at a time. Plug the second string of lights into the first one and continue down the line, hanging the Christmas lights with one gutter clip at a time. Repeat this until you have all of your Christmas lights up and ready to shine.
Remember to always keep safety in mind when you hang Christmas lights. When you plug in your lights, use more than one outlet to avoid blowing breakers and overloading circuits. Also, use the gutter clips I mentioned instead of staples or nails. Using staples and nails puts you at risk for an electrical short.
In conclusion, by following some simple steps and safety precautions, you can have a bright, beautiful home that is envied by the entire neighborhood. You don't have to dread Christmastime and the chores that come with it. It is very easy to hang Christmas lights and you can even involve the whole family, making it a cherished Christmas tradition.