How to Hang Christmas Lights Alone

1.  Don’t.

Seriously, it’s dangerous.  I’m lucky to be alive!

I have no outdoor outlets in the front of my house so I bought a string of solar powered lights from Amazon.  They came today and as soon as I got home I set out to putting them up.

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First I planted the sensor.

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And then I ran the lights up to the trim I have running around the house.  As you can see, the ground was too far away and I had to start the lights off the house.  I knew this would bother me but I continued anyways.

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It’s hard to see but I put in an eye hook and then attached the lights with a zip tie.  I figure that I can just leave the hooks each year and just reattach the lights each winter.

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Then I just pulled the lights tight and put in a hook at each corner

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and then wrapped it around, keeping it pulled tight.  If you like the scalloped look, obviously you don’t have to pull tightly but I knew I wanted them in a straight line.

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The white trim isn’t at the same level across the front of the house.  It dips down where the front door is and then goes back up.  I couldn’t reach the higher level of the trim so I just kept the lights going around at the same height.  As you can see in the picture above, I didn’t have enough.  By a foot.

I called my mom and she suggested that I attach the sensor to the fence.  So I started over.

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I attached it to the fence with a zip tie

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and started the lights on the trim instead of dangling down.  I probably should have started the lights and the corner but there wasn’t room for my ladder and I was just too nervous leaning over that far while standing on the top rung.  You’re welcome mom and dad.

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I continued around using the hooks I put in the first time around.  As soon as I got to the window I knew I was going to have plenty of lights.

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Yeah, plenty.  I wrapped the extra around the other corner of the house and I’m living with it.

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As soon as I got done hanging my lights (twice) I noticed this beautiful sunset.  I took some pictures and waited for it to get dark.

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I think they’ll be brighter tomorrow.  The sensor only had about an hour to charge and I don’t think it had enough juice to really light them up.

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I’m so proud of me!  Ladies, even if you don’t live alone, take charge and go hang your Christmas lights (with a spotter.  Seriously, ladders are dangerous!)  Or mow the lawn.  Or fix something.  Or carry something heavy.  Or shovel your sidewalk.  Seriously, you’ll feel unstoppable.  And you will be!

-A

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