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Teardown Progress

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I'm on break from tearing down all day. There's only about an hour left of daylight and this is the absolute worst progress I've ever had. Nothing is stored, there are piles of cords, decorations, etc. everywhere... The mini-trees won't come up -- we spent about 1 1/2 hours pulling up 8 of the 24 of them before giving up... The mega-tree still stands...

This is horrid...

-Tim

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I cannot say I miss the northern snow ad ice, especially when it comes to tearing down the display. We started tearing down today as well. Of course no snow and ice. It was a little colder than normal and windy but nothing compared t what you have to deal with.

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I haven't even started. With the look of the weather I probably should. I don't have much to remove, but my problem now is where to store the existing along with all the stuff I picked up on clearance the last two days.

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Yeah it would be rough going up there Tim, sorry to hear your progress is not so good. I got 85% of mine down today. Nice weather today and tomorrow so I'll take the rest down tomorrow afternoon and be done. Not all put away, but for the most part it will be. Leaving some stuff out that needs fixing or redoing, everything else will be away. But remember I don't have NEAR as much stuff as you do! :-O

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Tim,

Sorry to hear about that lack of progress...We are still up Thru Saturday nite...But I spent the day today taking inventory and finding out what I had hidden up in the rafters of the garage. I'm taking the time to toss stuff we were saving for a garage sale also...I've got a

Trailblazer full of stuff for the Salvation Army and Goodwill on Saturday morning.

We also found a way to hang blowmolds for more storage with twine and nails...I need the space as I hit 19 molds earlier this week, with more on the way...

Hopefully the time I spent outdoors, pulling cords & wires during the thaw, will help me on Sunday...Time will tell...

Lee

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The cords is only the tip of the iceberg -- most have come right up. It's just the fact that everything is frozen into the ground... Many years in the past, I could just pull the mini-trees right out of the ground (I use landscape staples to hold them down). This year we can barely pull out the staples with a vice-grips...

The mega-tree is about halfway down. I'm breaking for dinner, then going back out with the worklight.. Nothing is organized yet, and much of it is just piled in the driveway... I'm going to finish the mega-tree than start the horrible process of storing stuff/getting ready to go through mini-lights...

-Tim

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Ours are still on through Saturday, but I've been seriously sick all week (and this was my vacation week!) and haven't gone out and cleared our drive way from the last batch of snow much less think about teardown. :(

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I got all of the molds in today, but there's extension cords out there that won't be free from the ice until about April. There's still some trees out there I'll attempt to bring in this weekend. Our house faces north so we never get sun in the front yard, so it takes forever for our snow to melt. Luckily we have tolerant neighbors (at least I think so). Last year we weren't able to get a couple of the trees put away until after Easter because of the ice :( I'm hoping that won't happen again this year.

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We got out display down on Dec 27, Everything in the garage except for a sign, the gingbread house and what was on the house, tree's and bushes. All cords and lights probably will stay out there until spring as well. No rush to get them in.

Chuck

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We got out display down on Dec 27, Everything in the garage except for a sign, the gingbread house and what was on the house, tree's and bushes. All cords and lights probably will stay out there until spring as well. No rush to get them in.

Chuck

Chuck,

Since you're so close you can come take my stuff down as I lay on my deathbed ;)

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Tim,

Do you have a lot of snow on the ground as well? I have roughly 2' with even higher drifts in spots. I'm not even sure how I am going to get the lights off my roof without slipping.

Shaun

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THis may be a dumb question, but could you throw some salt down where the cords are frozen and give it time to melt the ice back, or is it mainly the staples that are frozen into the ground?

I am not sure if the salt would damage the insulation on the cords, but it was just a thought.

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THis may be a dumb question, but could you throw some salt down where the cords are frozen and give it time to melt the ice back, or is it mainly the staples that are frozen into the ground?

I am not sure if the salt would damage the insulation on the cords, but it was just a thought.

Hey, I'm open to any suggestions! :)

In the case of the mega-trees, it's that the staples are frozen in the ground. There are some other cords actually frozen in ice (where snow melted, then re-froze) where that might work, but salt's bad for the grass...

-Tim

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