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I put each string of mini’s in a one gallon zip lock bag. I do not close the top to allow some air circulation. Then I put the zip locks in 18 gallon rubber maid containers. I have been doing this for over 10 years and never have a tangle. I put C9’s and C7’s into plastic grocery bags and store them in 35 gallon trash containers.

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I've been saving the plastic grocery bags for the past month or two. I usually store 3 strings in a single bag.

Anything you can do to rubber-band or tie-wrap the lights in a ball seems to keep them from getting tangled together.

Also, somewhere, someone had a method for wrapping lights into a ball... but I can't seem to find the link right now...

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The "ball of lights" is the same method I have been using for several years, but don't tell my wife. We were taking lights down one year, and she was helping.I have been doing this for a very long time, so I figured I knew everything about storing lights, and she was using the "ball of lights" method, and I was using wire caddy's and the around the arm method. I told her that was the wrong way to do it, but she just ignored me. lol :? Anyway, the next year we started getting all the lights out, and all of mine were tangling, and none of hers did at all. Well guess what, I have been using the "ball of lights" method ever since, but I never have told her. lol :]

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Thanks for reminding me of the ball thing! After reading that post I had a dream that I had this humongus BALL of lights! Not sure where I put it but sure hope I dont have that dream again tonight now that it is bedtime.

I still use the method wrapping them around the arm than plug the end together. I get very few tangles.

Peggy

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Hi Peggy,

After you wrap the lights do you place them in anything to prevent multiple sets from mingling?

What do you store your sets in?

David

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I could never abuse the lights in the fashion of the ball of lights method.:laughing: I fold each strand just the same as it was when I pulled it out of the box. This does take a lot of time, but I dont have any lights that tangle and I can get more strands in a storage tote. I may have to get an easier method as the my display grows.

The ball of lights method is funny. Heres and idea Better Days - "the world largest ball of christmas lights". A year around tourist attraction - except for december when they are used in the display:laughing:!!!

christian

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I wrap the lights around my hand ... making a donut of lights ... then pull the long tail through, to make a loop and pull tight.

The resulting donut will not unravel, and can be easily stacked or stored in the rubbermaid containers I have.

On the C7s and C9s, and loop those around my arm like a do the extension cords, then ziptie around them. Again no problems with the storage or tangling.

For cords: I zip tie them together, and mark their length so I can pull them out as needed next year.

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dlaird wrote:

Hi Peggy,

After you wrap the lights do you place them in anything to prevent multiple sets from mingling?

What do you store your sets in?

David

David, after wrapping them I neatly put them in totes. In the past I use to put 2 twist ties on them but realized I was wasting my time. After wrapping them on my arm I take one end wrap it through the loop a few times than plug it together. I have never had 2 sets get tangled together. The end that gets wrapped around is the end that will unravel the set.

Peggy

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I usually just wrap them in a little electrical tape after I have wound them up and mark where they came from in the yard. Seems to work pretty good.

-Evan

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christian_duncan wrote:

I could never abuse the lights in the fashion of the ball of lights method.:laughing: I fold each strand just the same as it was when I pulled it out of the box. This does take a lot of time, but I dont have any lights that tangle and I can get more strands in a storage tote. I may have to get an easier method as the my display grows.

The ball of lights method is funny. Heres and idea Better Days - "the world largest ball of christmas lights". A year around tourist attraction - except for december when they are used in the display:laughing:!!!

christia

I've been doing the ball of lights method for years with no problems. I used to put the balls in the grocery bags but found that just isn't needed. My supply of lights sits close to a quarter of a million lights and all lights that aren't brand new are in balls.

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coil them up in lg loops, normaly about 6-7 for 100 mini's, than one zip tie.

Than I constructed lg pegs in my shed and able to hang 20-30 sets per peg.

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I re-wrap them the same way some come out of boxes, one light under my thumb, the next light under my pinky. When I get to about 50, I use some of that bread wire that you can buy in a spool and wrap them. I've been doing this for years, and it works great!

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The Idea thatI came up witha few years ago was to wrap the lights around an old wire spool. My dad has quite a few of the spools and as soon a he uses up all the cable on the spool I take it and wrap my lights on it.

It is really easy to wrap because all that you have to do is spin the spool and the lights wrap around it. I think I can get about 15 set or more of 100 mini lightsontoone spool.

It is also very easy to hang the lights allyou have to do is pull the string and it just spins off the spool. I hang the spool in between my stepladder every year so that it can spin freely as I take the lights off.

This is the spool that I would use.

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I think thebest advice on wrapping (lights and cords included), is to ALWAYS do it the SAME way, from the SAME END.

ALWAYS start from one end - NO EXCEPTIONS. I ALWAYS start from the female end and work toward the male end. When I next pick up ANY cord/string/whatever, I know that I unplug it from itself, and the MALE end is the start.

I uses the 'over the elbow' wrap, andnever have a tangle. Unplug the ends, unwrap the first 5 or 6 'coils', pull.

http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=2371&forum_id=13&highlight=elbow

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