Hang up Exterior Christmas Lights with a Taskmaster
Hanging up exterior Christmas lights with an extension ladder can be a festive and enjoyable activity, but always remain safe whilst working at height, and make sure to use the correct equipment to help you to get the task done.
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We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you hang your Christmas lights safely and effectively – Enjoy!
Materials and Tools Needed:
- Extension ladder (make sure it’s in good condition)
- Outdoor Christmas lights
- Outdoor extension cords (if necessary)
- Light clips or gutter clips
- Electric timer switch (optional)
- Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet (if available)
- Make sure your ladder is on stable ground and fully extended, with the top of the ladder extending about 3 feet above the point where you plan to hang the lights.
- Use appropriate safety gear, including non-slip shoes and work gloves.
- Avoid overreaching; always keep your body cantered between the ladder’s stiles (side rails).
- Have a helper on hand, if possible, to foot the ladder.
In this blog post, we’ll explore essential tips for using extension ladders safely during Christmas so you can enjoy your festive decorations without any mishaps.
Remember to prioritize safety when working with ladders and electrical equipment, and if you’re uncomfortable or unsure about using a ladder safely, please contact us today, and we will be happy to assist you.
Plan Your Layout:
Decide where you want to hang the lights and measure the length needed. Plan how you want to arrange the lights on the exterior of your house. Consider power sources and the type of lights you’re using (LED, incandescent, etc.).
Turn Off the Power:
Ensure that any electrical outlets you’ll be using are switched off to prevent electric shock. If you have a GFCI outlet, make sure it’s in good working order.
Attach Light Clips:
Use light clips or gutter clips to securely fasten the lights to the gutters, eaves, or other surfaces. These clips are designed to hold lights in place without damaging your home’s exterior.
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Test the Lights:
Before you start hanging the lights, plug them in to make sure they are working correctly. It’s easier to replace any non-functioning bulbs while they’re still on the ground.
Hang the Lights:
Carefully climb the ladder with the lights and begin attaching them to the clips. Start at the end closest to the power source and work your way along the desired path. Make sure the lights are evenly spaced and hang straight. Avoid twisting or tangling the cords.
Secure Extension Cords:
If you’re using extension cords to reach power sources, secure them along the same path as the lights using additional clips or fasteners. Ensure that they are not a tripping hazard.
Use a Timer (Optional)
To conserve energy and avoid running the lights 24/7, consider using an outdoor timer switch to set a schedule for when the lights should be on and off.
Check for Safety:
Double-check the stability of the ladder and your surroundings throughout the process to prevent accidents. Avoid working in inclement weather conditions.
Test the Lights Again:
Once all the lights are hung, turn on the power and test the lights to ensure they are working as expected.
Enjoy Your Christmas Lights:
Sit back and admire your beautifully lit home and be sure to turn off the lights when you go to bed or when you don’t need them to save energy.
Take Down Safely:
After the holiday season, carefully remove the lights and store them properly for the next year.
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