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Three Tips for Hanging your Holiday Lights

The winter holidays are just around the corner, and we know you want to be the first of your neighbors in Tacoma, Gig Harbor or Bremerton to get your holiday display just right. When thinking of holiday light displays, it’s easy to think about Clark Griswold and his over-the-top approach, and while this was hilarious, nearly everything he did was wrong, From staples in his shingles, to ladder debacles, we recommend you use the following as your guide to ensure you and your roof stay in good shape,

Safety First

Let’s face it, hanging lights from your home during the winter months is a bit of a chore. It’s cold and wet outside, and that’s not the most ideal situation.

Make sure you have a sturdy ladder, and if you can get a friend to help.

Test and Prep

Even if they are new, test out your lights while you’re on the ground. You don’t want to get all the way up the ladder only to realize you have a faulty string of lights.

This is also a good time to attach your light clips. Be sure to attach them so they are pointing in the same direction – it will make it much easier to attach them quickly.

You will also want to gather any extension cords you will need.

Get to Work

If you need it, grab your ladder and get to work. It’s best to attach lights to your gutters with all-purpose clips. If you don’t have gutters you can clip these to your shingles.

Work your way around your house, and when you’re done hook your lights up to a timer. It’s a great way to avoid having to turn your lights off at 2 a.m. Especially when it’s cold outside.

Admire Your Handy Work

Now, flip the switch and admire all your hard work.

If all of this is too much, give us a call. While we don’t install holiday lights, we can direct you to reputable companies who can help.

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