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dingleberry

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i have been putting up christmas light since i was 9, no joke. but i recently move to a house that is made of brick and has metal around the windows. i would like to put lights around them but i cant get them to stay up without putting holes in the metal ( im renting the house bad idea). i have tried hot glue, gutter hangers, and duct tape, which only works for like 3 or 4 days. if you have any help it would be greatly appreciated

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Magnets! Seriously!

I live in a house with an almost flat rock roof. No shingles to attach lights to, and on part of the house, no gutters (sloping roof). Since hubby says "no holes", I'm using horseshoe magnets to hold the lights up on the drip edge. I ran out of horseshoes, so I ordered some magnet clips from allmagnetics.com, and they're holding everything up just fine. Good luck!

Lucy

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Check out this post:

http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=36&forum_id=13&highlight=3m+clips

Here's my excerpt from the post:

I'll admit that minis are not perfect but they work well for me. I use a string of 50 per window. There is some overlap but it is not significantly noticeable from the street. See included pic from last year.

I use the 3M Command Adhesive decorating clips:

http://www.3m.com/us/home_leisure/command/products/decoratingclips.jhtml

The first year I used the adhesive strips but the following year 5 to 10 clips were missing per window because the adhesive strip could not stand up to the summer heat. I started attaching the clips using clear silicone. This has worked out great. Now I only lose around 5 total. The sun does wear on the plastic a little but nothing that stops me from not wanting to continue to use them.

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The adhesvie strip has a tab on it that you pull and it pops off. If you live in a cold climate you will need to heat the metal first with a hair dryer so the adhesive strip will stick to the metal. I use clear silicone. If I break a clip, then I just use a razor blade to scrape the dried silicone off the metal.

Hope this helps!!!:cool:

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Guest Bob_Moody

Our house is brick and has metal frame windows as well (ours our aluminum frames.. magnets wont work) I made a PVC frame that fits between the brick from left to right and sits between the brick ledge and the top brick.

I painted my PVC to match (for the most part) the color of the window frame which is a bronze color. I used rope light and the clips that came with them, but you could use mini's and tie-wraps. I cut the PVC so that with the elbow connectors it was just shy of a press fit.

The frame sits nice and flush and the lights look great.. AND .. No Holes ..

-- Bob

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I too created frames for mywindows out of PVC. I takes a long time to zip tie each light, (100 per window x 4 windows) but the result looks great. I also didn't glue the corners of the PVC so I could take it apart and store it with the lights still attached to the PVC. Takes a while to setup for the first time, but once you have it, they setup in a matter of minutes.

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Bob & jrez: Any chance either of you could snap a few pictures of your PVC window frames?I'd be very interested in seeing them. I'm a total PVC addict, since getting turned on to itforHalloween props this year, and have already created my Christmas fence out of it. I still have a bunch of 1/2" pipe and connectors sitting here and window frames sound like a nice project.

Thanks!

Jennifer

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Jennifer,

I'd be happy to snap a pic.. I'll try to get out there this evening after we come in ... I'm hoping to light the megatree tonight .. !! YEAH !!! :happytree::happytree:

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I didn't want to put holes in my vinyl siding, so I built window frames out of 1/2" x 1 1/2" wood and stapled the lights to it. Most of them actually stay up without attaching them at all. To make sure they stay, I bent strips of thin aluminum into a 'J' shape that slides behind the siding and around the frame. Kinda hard to explain, but it works great.

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Dido on the 1/2" x1 1/2" wood frames, if you build them with low tolerances they will stay in by themselves. If they do not fit tight, use a wood shim that is used to plum doors.

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we have aluminum windows also, and brick, there is a little crevice in between the windows where there is some wood and if you put the nail there it works great or you could just put the nail in without hammering it, next year i have no idea thought, we are getting new windows all made out of plastic with no gap, and exposed building materials are not allowed in your yard or on your house at any time in our neighborhood. maybe i will suggest a seasonal suggestion like a 90 day rule. or just get my mom to get us omitted from the neighborhood community since we are the first house it's not like there is a gate or anything lol.

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I too think the PVC works great around window frames. In addition I think the cost is significantly cheaper than the other mechanisms mentioned. I think I paid about $.88/10' sections. I am going to use PVC next year to line my drive with c-9 bulbs. In addition as one other person mentioned, they are easy to store and year after year you can easily decorate the same window with the same pvc frame.

By the way dingleberry, I have been decorating my house since I was 9 also. We always wanted to have the house decorated, by my stepfather never had the inclination to do it, so I did it myself. As my display is growing, it is time for help - guess what - my son will be 9 next year!!!

Christian

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