Posted on: 20 January 2015
Putting Christmas lights up on your home every year is a challenge, especially when you live in the northern half of the United States. Here, where the temperatures are below forty degrees Fahrenheit half the year, it means that you have to take the warmest day you can get in late November or early December to put up your lights. The weather is almost never conducive to this task, so you do the next best thing: put the lights up on your house when it is not raining or snowing. Once Christmas is over, you have to take them back down again. Here is how you can do that without killing yourself.
Hire a Roofer
Now you are thinking, "That is crazy. A roofer will not put up lights." Actually, they will, especially if you are elderly or infirm and need help decorating for the holiday season. Roofers know how to work their way around many a roof, and almost never get hurt or fall off a ladder. In some communities, roofing contractors will even offer their services as a public service for those who want to put up holiday lights but do not own a ladder or the means to put lights up. If this sounds like a service you could really use, contact some of your local roofers like Lucas Roofing & Sheet Metal to see if they participate in this type of program.
Use Gutter Clips
These little plastic clips snap on to your gutters and catch hold of the cord ropes of your holiday lights. If you have an extended reach pole, you can stand on the ground and loop the lights through each of these clips. After the holiday season, you can unloop the light strings from these clips simply by lifting up the electrical strings through the tops of the clips. The clips themselves stay put for next year's display.
Leave Them Up Indefinitely
This is definitely not everyone's favorite solution, but it is one that will allow you to never worry about taking lights down or putting them back up again. The only thing you need to remember to do is to unplug the lights and store the plug in a plastic bag as it dangles outside in all weather, all year. Unless a powerful windstorm pulls part of the light string down, you never have to worry about climbing up and taking the lights off of your house. Your neighbors will only notice the light strings if they are standing right in your driveway or next to your house.Share