How to Hang Christmas Lights from Gutters
It’s almost that time of the year when you hear “jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock” all over the radio and in shopping malls. This is the best time to get cozy and comfortable around a fireplace while you drink some hot cocoa and watch “A Christmas Story.”
We’re talking about Christmas if you haven’t figured that one out yet. Christmas festivities bring families and communities together for the joyous season. It’s also the only time of the year that you can show off your bright Christmas decorations and give your neighbors something to look at as they drive down your street.
In this guide, we’ll teach you how to hang Christmas lights from gutters. Consider all the times you have tried to hang your bright lights from gutters and you failed miserably. You won’t have to worry about that anymore because we compiled a helpful guide to keep your lights attached to the gutters.
Create a Plan
Make the plan and execute the plan into perfection. Take the time to draw a diagram of your home and sketch lights around your gutters. Your finished master diagram will help you visualize how your house will look when it’s decorated with lights. Find out what kind of clips and lights are appropriate for your home.
You’ll want to measure around the base of your house in order to get an estimated length for your Christman lights. Get started with a ladder and a tape measure. Climb up the ladder and start measuring the length of your gutters. On top of that, you want to check your gutter for deterioration and clean off any leaves and debris that are clogging up your gutter.
Make sure to get an outlet extension cord that will have enough length to connect your lights to the outlet plug outside. Precise measurements will make your life easier when you go shopping for Christmas lights, outlet extension cords, and clips. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that your measurements are accurate so you won’t be short on Christmas lights, clips and extension cords.
Time To Go Shopping
Shopping for Christmas lights can be daunting if you don’t know what you want. You can find lights on sale at your local hardware store or you can easily find Christmas lights on Amazon for half the price. You can choose from LED, C7 or C9 Christmas lights, and Icicle lights.
Depending on what you get, you’re always looking for something that can be reused and you’ll want to buy energy saving lights that will save you on your energy bill. LED Christmas lights are the lights for you if you want to save on energy costs. LED are long-lasting lights that are approximately 50 times longer than traditional incandescent.
These lights have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. More homes are showing off LED string lights with a multicolor mode that twinkle multiple colors. If you don’t want to use your electricity then you can go with LED battery powered lights that are just as effective as incandescent lights.
Next thing on the list, you’ll want to find an extension cord that has the distance to your outlet. You can find affordable holiday extension cords anywhere in the city. Lastly, you’ll want to find the proper clips to use on your holiday lights. There are two types that you can choose from.
Horizontal holiday clips are used to staple the holiday lights in a horizontal orientation while vertical clips are used to staple the holiday lights in a vertical orientation. However, you can also find affordable all-in-one clips that can staple your holiday lights vertically or horizontally. All-in-one gutter guard clips are a popular option among homeowners and they are easy to take off.
Hang Up The Lights
After long hours of planning and shopping for supplies, you’re now ready to hang up your lights across the gutter. Before you get started, you’ll want to check the sidewalk and the surface for any slippery ice. You’ll want to make sure to remove the ice with rock salt so your ladder won’t slip as you’re putting up the holiday lights on your gutter.
Attach a clip to the base of each light. Remember to attach each light to the direction you plan for your lights to hang. Get a friend to help you out with the holiday decorations. Take the strand of lights and plug them into the outside outlet. This is where your long extension cord comes useful. Your extension cord will have to be long enough to vertically reach from the outlet to the edge of the gutter.
Now that you have your lights plugged into your outlet, the next thing to do is hang your lights across the gutter. Have a friend hold the ladder as you put up the holiday lights. You can use electrical tape or the light clip to tape the extension cord close to the base of the house.
This takes time and patience to clip each light across your gutter. You will have to reposition the ladder as you slowly clip the strand of lights. You don’t want to reach because that can shift the balance from your ladder and cause you to fall. Always remember to get off the ladder if you’re not able to reach.
There’s nothing better than finishing off your gutter with the remaining lights that you have left. You can run the remainder of your lights upward to the peak or you can run the lights down the base of your house. Electrical tape can also be used to cover up the unused lights and sockets.
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