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Best way to hang lights on this fence

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Year after year I try to figure out the best way to hang strings of mini-lights on this fence, so I end up just throwing them up whichever way they'll stay and hope they don't fall. Any thoughts on how I can improve upon this aspect of my display this year?

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If it were me, I might use icicle lights and zip ties (a decorators best friend). If you don't have enough icicle lights, I would make them hang in a swag like pattern, maybe two or three swags between the posts, three levels deep. Again, I would zip tie the lights. I'll go throught 500 to 1000 zip ties a year (maybe more, I reallly don't count 'em).

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Yep, Zip ties! Just make sure you get long enough ones otherwise you will have to be attaching 2 together to make it around. However, the longer ones are usually considerably more expensive per 100 so if you are watching your pennies double check to see which way is cheaper. I agree that a "swag" of the lights would be the easiest way to go. It would take a LOT of ties to get mini lights to be even somewhat straight. Vinal fence isn't much fun, I know, I had nearly 1,000 feet I had to put C-7 lights on one time! We ended up using scotch tape! Yes it actually stuck and stayed! Unfortunately it also didn't want to come back OFF of the vinal. However the lights were left on the fence many months past Christmas... Just wasn't any time in the schedule to be messing with them at the time.

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How about wrapping pvc poles like leaping arches and attache with wire running through and hooked onto the fence posts. that would make it easy to store and you'd only have to wrap them once. You could even use multiple colors and use a controller to have the lights change colors. this design has been discussed in the roof lights discussions.

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Yeah, there is zip ties or you could use electrical tape? I've done that as well

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I just did my split-rail fence today, same way I've been doing split rail fences for 14 seasons now (at 2 different houses :) )

I just put small nails in, one per rail on each post, then 2 on the rails themselves (splitting the rail into 3rds). Then I just string minis in a straight line by twisting them around the nails. I have it wired so that LOR can control the upper and lower rails individually (I have only 2 rails on mine). During the rest of the year the tiny galvanized nails blend right into the gray weathered cedar. And all I have to do is untwist the lights from the nails and roll them up onto spools. I do about 200' of fence this way each year.

Here's a pic:

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I just did my split-rail fence today, same way I've been doing split rail fences for 14 seasons now (at 2 different houses :) )

I just put small nails in, one per rail on each post, then 2 on the rails themselves (splitting the rail into 3rds). Then I just string minis in a straight line by twisting them around the nails. I have it wired so that LOR can control the upper and lower rails individually (I have only 2 rails on mine). During the rest of the year the tiny galvanized nails blend right into the gray weathered cedar. And all I have to do is untwist the lights from the nails and roll them up onto spools. I do about 200' of fence this way each year.

Here's a pic:

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How many stings to you plug into each other? I thought it was only safe to plug 4 into each other safely?

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How many stings to you plug into each other? I thought it was only safe to plug 4 into each other safely?

The power feed is in the middle of the run, so the fence is basically split in half. I think it's 3 strings one direction and 4 the other (per rail). Bending the rules a little but not too bad ;)

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I saw something to do with vinyl siding and a string of mini lights could fit right in with no problem. However this was in Canada & I forgot where I saw this stufff & what it is called.

I use F-channel for my C7 lights and that made putting up the lights real easy. I installed my C6 LEDs on the house using the J-Channel on the house, and everything is straight for the most part and looks very even, and was quick.

So perhaps you should look at your local hardware store at the vinyl siding and see if you can find something that would hold the mini lights. The lights would be straight up unless you lay the vinyl on its side and then the lights would shine straight out.

Just a thought.

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Is that really a vinyl fence? I don't think I've ever seen one of those before. For standard wood fences I use a T50 staple gun with 14mm (9/16) staples. They fit the minilight sockets perfectly and hold them all straight and in the same orientation.

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Is that really a vinyl fence? I don't think I've ever seen one of those before. For standard wood fences I use a T50 staple gun with 14mm (9/16) staples. They fit the minilight sockets perfectly and hold them all straight and in the same orientation.

It's PVC, but it's the same issue.

Thanks for the responses everyone. I can definitely do zip ties, and I'll look into icicle lights this year.

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I use 12 gauge drop ceiling hanger wire for all kinds of hanging jobs for lights. It's cheap and easy to work with. I would make hooks out of this wire that fit nicely over the fence and provide a secure hook for the lights to hang from. You can take them down when you are done and pack them with the lights. The hook would basically look like a squared off s hook with a large side to go over the rail and a small side to hold the lights. You could probably make 100 of them in an hour with a Leatherman or a pair of pliers with a built in cutter. Home Depot sells the stuff in bundles of 50 6' sticks for $15

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why not wrap the lights around it?

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