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Spiral Tree Restring

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Hello all, just wondering what the best way to restring leds on a sprial tree is. The previous lights have the clips mounted on them already, and I can get the leds to go on the spiral itself, but what coulod I use to hold them since the sockets ont he incan string had the clips mounted and the other normal replacement clips wont work. Is there any thin gauge wire or ornamant hook wire I could use? Thanks for any ideas.

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i was thinking that but i have ALOT and i mean ALOT of trees to do and my dad can get them from his work but still they are so long compared to what i need, i only need like 2 inches thats y I was thinking like a light weight wire and then turn them like you do rebar to hold them on

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Facing the same thing 4 years ago, I used zip ties. After the first 10 I decided to only zip tie every other light. Well after all was said and done, the tree look "good", not like new. I realized then that this was going to be a very long project if I wanted to restore to "new" condition. I opted to purchase more on the 75% off sales. Restoration = time + lights + zip tie/wire tie... At $2-3 on sale, it is well worth the money than it is the time it takes to fix them.

Now, when my wire frame reindeer started going out, I used zip ties and warped them tightly. I even used green wire. You couldn't tell a difference at night during the show. I have received a few wire frames that needed complete overhauls (free). It took about an hour to remove and re-wrap with lights (left overs) and secure with zip ties. If I were to put a $ figure to the labor, I'd say it was a $10 job. A 75% off special would make that reindeer around $5. The trade off is IF they are available @ 75% off. So, to me, it is more of a trade-off of time or money.

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i agree it is worth the time, of course these are night projects or rainy day projects where tomorrow is going to be rainy, today im out doing roof trim just taking a quick lunch break.

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Whether you use wire ties or twist ties, you still have to go through the process at every "tie" point. Personally, using a wire tie gun, I think I can tie off a point faster than using a twist. Plus, I think that they will hold better and last longer than a wire will. Just my two cents...

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Velcro, what a great idea. Found some in the "home" section of Walmart for my electrical cords. Never though to use those for outside! Only like $6 for a roll of 20 8" strips.

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Just to let everyone know, I have since moved on and used white duck tape on the lights,i can get 3 strips out of 1 piece of tape across the width of the tape so i am not using much tape at all and only about 4 inches. seems to be working well and i know how duck tape works in my climate in eastern PA.

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