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Old 11-19-2006, 10:12 PM
trupa trupa is offline
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How to string Christmas lights in tall pine tree?

Weíll be putting up lights for the first time at this house this year. We have a big spruce/pine tree in front thatís as tall as the house, but not very wide; maybe 8 feet at the base. I donít think it could really support a ladder. I have seen lovely lights in similarly tall this trees in my city, but for the life of me, I havenít got a clue how they got up there.

Should I use a weight & string to pull up the upper end & then drape them around? Is there usually a long pole involved? Anything at the business end of said pole? Is there a special tool I donít know exists? Google and the forum search havenít helped, and I donít feel up to high-jacking a power company cherry-picker truck to do the job.

Please share your live outdoor Christmas tree lighting tips, tricks, and techniques.
Old 11-20-2006, 02:09 AM
Walloon Walloon is offline
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The Do It Yourself Network has some tips on how to anchor the leading end of the light string:
Some of Benton's trees are 35 to 40 feet tall, and his secret to light them is to use an extension pole (such as the kind used to change lights in a warehouse). You'll need to modify the pole by putting a hook on the end of it, which you can make out of a wire coat hanger. Cut the end off a plastic coat hanger, leaving the hook part (figure G). Tape the lights onto the plastic hanger with electrical tape and hook it to the wire hanger at the end of the pole. Find a good sturdy branch, and you're ready to go (figure H).
More tips from Planet Christmas.
Old 11-20-2006, 10:07 AM
trupa trupa is offline
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Many Thanks, Walloon, that's very useful.
Old 11-20-2006, 10:11 AM
CalMeacham CalMeacham is online now
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In part of the town where I live, some people seem to go insane with lights. Really insane. I can't imagine their electric bills. One guy puts lights on his tall pine tree. He uses what is essentially a crossbow to shoot strings over the top and into the upper branches.

The last company I worked at still had the remnenants of what I estimate to be 20 year old Christmas lights lingering in its pine trees.


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