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christopher_k

what takes longer putting the lights up or taking them down?

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is it just me or does it seem to take less time to get all the lights down that to put them up, it takes me almost three weeks to put them up and a day and half to take them down, and i even store them neatly in containers. but does it seem to be the same way for the rest of you

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It definitely takes longer to put up. It took about 3 weeks on and off to put my display up, and I spent only 7 hours today taking it down. With the exceptions of packing the inflatables away, and the lights in the tree which will remain lite through the new year. It was about 50 degrees today so that helped speed the process up, and even had a few minutes to clean part of the garage up again.

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Absolutely it takes 3 times as long to put them up, then to take them down. I think it's because I want it to look just right when it goes up, but when it comes down, organize it all but really don't care what it looks like in the box (just happy its done).

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It always takes me much longer to put it all up because I want everything to be perfect. Also, I always stop to admire my work and check it out from different angles to make sure it looks perfect! I haven't started taking it down yet, but I estimate it will probably take me 2 or 3 days. I think it took me about a month to put it all up!

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I agree with previous responses. I also fold each strand the same as when it was in the box - but set up still takes longer. It is my belief that those of us that are on this site are very concerned about the curb appeal of our display - so we are very meticulous when it comes to putting things up - which takes time.

For those of us in cold weather states, I guess that is good since it is usually colder when taking down the display.

christian

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christian_duncan wrote:

I agree with previous responses. I also fold each strand the same as when it was in the box - but set up still takes longer. It is my belief that those of us that are on this site are very concerned about the curb appeal of our display - so we are very meticulous when it comes to putting things up - which takes time.

For those of us in cold weather states, I guess that is good since it is usually colder when taking down the display.

christian

7 weeks putting up. Last show is new years eve... by the 2nd there wont be a trace of Christmas left on the property. I take mine down fast even if it takes 20 hours a day. Lawn hasnt been mowed since mid November.

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We spent 2-1/2 weeks for set up of 25,000 bulbs and 80 LightORama channels.

Take down with all 5 of our children home, takes 6-7 hours.

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christian_duncan wrote:

We are in Florida, we have only 3 seasons, its autumn with leaves changing colors and dropping until January 30, spring occurs about February 15 with all the trees growing new leaves. 45 degrees is about the coldest one night temperature we have had yet and today it will be 80 degrees. The grass is green and growing but more then anything else, mowing is a good way to chop up the leaves that are accumulating on the ground. Believe me we need a good mow over right now.

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