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    Default Hanging icicle lights

    I mentioned in the session yesterday that I use metal hooks in my soffits to hold my icicles. Here are a couple pictures I just ran across for how I have them installed.
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    From this one, you can see that I have the power runs behind my regular icicles.

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    This is a close up of the hooks. As mentioned in the session yesterday, They've been here a while and have been painted over a couple times.

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    I hope this info helps!!!
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    Cool Re: Hanging icicle lights

    Nice setup Scott.

    We did it another way this year, I don't currently have pics. Like Denny we zip-tied our icicle lights to PVC pipe, then I mounted clips to the fascia board just under the gutter that the pipe snaps into. I used 3 clips per section. Our icicle lights are about 10 feet long which matches perfectly with 10 foot pipe sections. I also used couplings between the sections to help keep everything aligned.
    Theses are the clips: 1/2" PVC Pipe Mounting Clip

    I think Dariusz @Bartek does something a little differently as well.
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    Default Re: Hanging icicle lights

    Where do people buy good quality zip ties that are cheap?

    Denny how do you mount your lights to the furring strips that you binder clip to the shingles, staples or zipties? Do you paint the wood black or dark color?
    This year is all about increasing the speed I can assemble and take down my lights. Any extra advice is always useful.

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    Default Re: Hanging icicle lights

    here are a couple pics I just took of the clips mounted to the fascia, they are fairly discreet. They are about a inch from the soffit and stick. Try not to pay attention to the spider webs and bug remnants...




    I got a zip ties from Amazon...
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    Default Re: Hanging icicle lights

    Quote Originally Posted by EricR View Post
    Where do people buy good quality zip ties that are cheap?

    Denny how do you mount your lights to the furring strips that you binder clip to the shingles, staples or zipties? Do you paint the wood black or dark color?
    This year is all about increasing the speed I can assemble and take down my lights. Any extra advice is always useful.
    Monoprice is the best place for releasablezip ties and they also offer lower prices as you buy more. Currently I think you can also get $10 off on an order ..

    Releasable cable tie 12 inch 50LBS, 100pcs/Pack - Black - Monoprice.com
    Releasable cable tie 10 inch 50LBS, 100pcs/Pack - Black - Monoprice.com
    Releasable Cable Tie 8" for Cable Management - Monoprice
    Releasable cable tie 6 inch 50LBS, 100pcs/Pack - Black - Monoprice.com
    Releasable cable tie 6 inch 50LBS, 100pcs/Pack - White - Monoprice.com


    I like the clear ones but wish they offered them longer. I still use a couple hundred clear ones each year. And a bunch of black ones.

    My icicle lights are zip tied to PVC pipe. I use white wire and clear releasable zip ties. For my new house, I am going to make up my own icicles from pixel strings (this year), and those will also be zip tied to PVC pipe. We learned from Petr how to do this a couple years ago. Someone should write this up for others ..

    For roof edges and window frames, I mostly use Cedar strips. I also prime them and paint them good, so they will last. For those I usually Staple on the strings. I ALWAYS use Stainless Steel Staples. Otherwise they will rust out in a couple years. I am working with Sam Wu in China to have him make some oversized pixel bulbs to be used as path lights, funky window lights and exaggerated roof edge lights. Those will have square bases that will screw onto the strips. Each pixel will have three LEDs in the base and the large bulb covers will screw on. I'll be using them around my roof.
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    Default Re: Hanging icicle lights

    If you don't care about the reusable zip ties the cheapest place is Home Depot 1000 ties for right under $20 they are good quality also.

    8 in. UV Cable Tie - Black (1000-Pack), GT-200STB at The Home Depot - Mobile

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    Default Re: Hanging icicle lights

    Quote Originally Posted by EricR View Post
    Where do people buy good quality zip ties that are cheap?
    I went in with Denny last year on releasable black zip ties. they were long and UV resistant. I've used them for two 3 month seasons so far and they still look brand new. Definitely a good deal. As mentioned I also have some short white ones from HD that are disposable.

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