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Storing Icicle Lights

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I use these for icicles. I can put over 1000 lights on one. All my other strands I ball up like everyone else.

Just let the drops dangle below and wrap the main strand around the reel.

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I use those plastic storage bins. I wrap each strand in a single sheet of newspaper so they look like big burritos. I stack them like logs and they are good to go.

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I just lay them into plastic bins, no coiling, wrapping or spools. They come out neatly each year and it's easy to move the bins across the ground as I'm installing them. Just be sure to take them down in the opposite order that you want to put them up.

I label both ends so I know which string is which.

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I had some new icicles last year, so I hung them from the rafters in my attic to allow them to straighten out over the year. It was kind of a pain, but I put them away today and I went ahead and did it again this year too.

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We zip tied ours to 1/2 inch PVC, to put them up we rest the PVC on 7 inch gutter nails that remain up all the time. For storage I hang them on a 12 foot rack that also holds 24/12 foot polls and roll them to the back of storage building.

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