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We have a two story house with a very steep pitched roof. We would like to run lights horizontally across the peak of the roof. Our roof is composite shingles. We already have the idea to use either pvc pipe or the vinyl lattice track to house the light strips. Our dilemma is how do we attach the track of lights to the roof peak? We live in a high wind area so it will need to be secured in some way.

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I use 1 X 2 wooden strips with rafter metal strips attached at each end. Just bend the ends of the strip into an inverted v. Or if you don't need it on the peak you can cut the tops off some shingle tabs and screw them to the wood and slide them under the shingles just under the roofcap.

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Do you have a picture of your house and roof line? That will probably help with any suggestions. I used to live in Gardnerville and I know what you mean about the high winds. If you do use the lattice, remember that it will rattle around on the roof when those afternoon winds kick up.

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Thanks so much for your responses. We never considered rattling on the roof! That's huge! We are considering my husband tying himself off and clipping the light strand to the shingle caps with binder clips. He was trying to devise a way where he wouldn't have to be up there very long because it's sooo steep! I'm attaching a photo of the house as well as a photo of last years lights. Since I'm new to this forum stuff hopefully I can get the attachments to work.

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I would think the safest thing to do would be renting a boom lift, climbing up there just isn't worth the risk of falling. As far as attaching the lights, I would make a frame that sits on the ridge that fits your roof angle, maybe hold it down with a sandbag or two. I might not have explained that as good as I am imagining it. I will put together an example of what I am thinking of and post a picture of it tomorrow.

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So far using 1 X 2's haven't rattled on 50 mph winds or like I said earlier you can put them 1 layer below the ridgecap if you don't need them to be seen from the other side. In the dark no one can tell they aren't at the top of the ridgecap.

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The roof pitch is steep so a boom may be needed, but we have had success year after year using C-7"s with individual light clips. They attach to the shingle stay put and we have had no issues.

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I use 1 X 2 wooden strips with rafter metal strips attached at each end. Just bend the ends of the strip into an inverted v. Or if you don't need it on the peak you can cut the tops off some shingle tabs and screw them to the wood and slide them under the shingles just under the roofcap.

What are the metal strips you talk of. Do you have pictures? I am not going to do it this year, but possibly next.

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They go on rafters. There are many shapes. You can get them at Lowes or Home Depot. The ones I used are like long flat rectanges with multiple holes in them. THey were somewhere around 8-10 inches long and about 2 inches wide. They are thin enough you can bend them pretty easily. I would screw in the center to the 1 X 2 and then bend down either end at the edge of the wood. If I get time I will try to get a picture this weekend.

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I'd suggest the individual light clip method to avoid having to carry anything heavy and/or awkward onto the roof. If you have a long enough ladder to get directly to the top you can straddle the ridge while installing, minimizing any risk of slipping and falling.

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Thank you everyone for your tips. I think my husband has it figured out. He is using a combination of several of your ideas. We still have more lights coming Monday and he is planning on doing the roofline then. I'll post pictures and let you know how he did it if it works.

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I would think the safest thing to do would be renting a boom lift.

Renting heavy machinery just to hang lights.

THIS is why I'm scared as $%# that I got into this hobby.

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