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We use 100 ct. mini lights on our mega tree. Per the box, that only allows us 3 strands connected together. The we end up with a ton of extension cords, after getting the whole tree build. Can we piggy back the stands together? This year our tree will have 30/ 100 light strings...any advice?

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You can only connect 3 strands end to end due to the size of the wire and risk of shorting. As for stacking the plugs, there is theoretically no limit to how many you can plug like that. However I keep mine to 3 or 4. Stacking is simply plugging the male end into the back side of the other stands male end. So as you add more and more strands it creates a stacking effect.

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When I was first planning my mega tree, I was asking questions about where to buy 120 extension cords cheaply. Then someone here said Whoa! Why do you need so many? I now "piggy back" 5 strings of 100 mini lights together and have had no problems. I don't think I'd want to go much beyond that. For a different tree, I once was plugging 6 cube taps (or "triple taps) together. The lights and extension cord were fine with that, but the cube taps themselves started to fry. So now I have a self imposed limit of 3 cube taps plugged together and have had no problems.

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When I was first planning my mega tree, I was asking questions about where to buy 120 extension cords cheaply. Then someone here said Whoa! Why do you need so many? I now "piggy back" 5 strings of 100 mini lights together and have had no problems. I don't think I'd want to go much beyond that.

The idea of sticking male plugs into the backs of other male plugs isn't something natural for all of us. :P

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Wow Johnson, ya had to go THERE! Didn't you? :huh:

Now that I think about it, might want to delete that one for pushing the rules a bit. For a while I thought like bald eagle myself, then finally learned that stacking bypasses those fuses. It does save a ton of multi-taps.

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Now that I think about it, might want to delete that one for pushing the rules a bit. For a while I thought like bald eagle myself, then finally learned that stacking bypasses those fuses. It does save a ton of multi-taps.

honey badger...

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