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Ok, I tried searching, but anything with lights in the search will turn up a bunch!

I have seen where people say they "ball" up their lights to store them. How exactly are you doing this, so that it is not a huge mess the next year?

Thanks, Zach

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I keep all the plastic bags I get at stores from the beginning of October until the display comes down. I put each strand in its own bag and store them in plastic storage totes. It works very well.

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Ok, I tried searching, but anything with lights in the search will turn up a bunch!

I have seen where people say they "ball" up their lights to store them. How exactly are you doing this, so that it is not a huge mess the next year?

Thanks, Zach

My light stringers actually look like this all rolled up:

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I have not had a tangle yet...

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yes i agree - have over 7,000 balls & it works great!! start with the female end first.

Well, not always. I have a few trees where the power comes in from overhead so I have to wrap them the other way. (I start at the bottom of these trees with the female end and work up to the power supply.)

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Here's what they mean by "ball them up":

1. Start with a string of lights.

2. Beginning with the appropriate end, wrap them around your hand a few times to get it started.

3. Now, remove them from your hand and wrap the rest around the "core" until you are done.

4. Presto! Ready to go next year and there's NO WAY they will get tangled.

FYASN

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Here's what they mean by "ball them up":

1. Start with a string of lights.

2. Beginning with the appropriate end, wrap them around your hand a few times to get it started.

3. Now, remove them from your hand and wrap the rest around the "core" until you are done.

4. Presto! Ready to go next year and there's NO WAY they will get tangled.

FYASN

Photos in order of steps:

Are those girl hands?

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You could wind up the lights this way too:)

This is how I do mine. It's way easier!

I actually I ball about 5k of my lights, even though I have a great tool like this. It makes it much easier to wrap the trees!

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I went with a slightly different method, I ran around to every Lowes and Home Depot and went through the rope, chain, and wire sections and asked the employees for the empty spools and in no time I had a lot of spools that hold 20-50 lines on each spool.

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Thanks everyone! My wife always complains that the spacing between sockets seem to get shorter on each years purchase of lights. Last year, I "balled" the lights up from our indoor tree. It worked great. Not one tangle and all lights worked right out of the box. But I like the plastic bag idea too.

I work in the metalworking industry (manufacturing tooling). We always have these spools from wire that we use. We've been throwing them away (recycling)! I may have to start collecting a few for winding up lights and give that a try.

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I use the spools that electrical wire comes on. Not the small spools but the bigger, wooden ones. Each spool is just one color and the mega tree has its own spool. Just plus all the ends together and roll them up. Works perfect. Call any local electrical supplier to get them for free.

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I went with a slightly different method, I ran around to every Lowes and Home Depot and went through the rope, chain, and wire sections and asked the employees for the empty spools and in no time I had a lot of spools that hold 20-50 lines on each spool.

Haha...I just came back from Lowes and did the same thing...I thought I was a genius for thinking of this idea, but you beat me to it :D

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This was my first year doing a huge display... all brand new LEDs, and Ive been going around to all the box stores asking for the empty spools for about a month now as I pass by them... Ive got about 30 spools of various sizes and woods/plastics piled in my garage right now ready for me to throw everything on... I'm not sure if i'm going to use a spool for my icicle lights though... sounds like it might be a little hard to wind on/off the spool. There have been other posts about storing icicle lights that I am going to have to track down again.

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