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Coro On The House

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OK, so I'm bored with my display. I can try to grow this year; add elements and more LEDs or I can try something new. Here's what I'm contemplating:

I would like to convert my house into a Whoville house by building white coro panels on 2 x 2 frames and creating the appearance of the improbable and whimsical architecture of Dr. Seuss. I would illuminate the panels from the front with rgb spots. I would

mount c-9s along the edges and could use twinkling lights poked through the coro to make the whole house sparkle. Most of my yard elements would stay the same But I would

modify them to make them more Whoville like. The coro also would provide a great background for projections should I choose to use that.

Here's my question for the forum: Has anyone used coro for this type of application? I seem to remember someone who used coro panels to convert their house to a gingerbread house but that was pre forum software conversion. I would like to discuss house mounting techniques and the pitfalls of using such panels with someone with experience. If you know of someone who is using house panels please let me know. Thanks!

Here's my question. Has anyone

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Brick or a type of wood siding would be pretty easy attachment wise. As Darlene mentioned, brick clips are popular. With wood it would be just as easy to just screw it to the house and refill the holes if need be. I have vinal siding and have been trying to figure out how to attach something to the house without poking a hole in the siding.

If you have vinal and figure something out please let me know how you did it because Im stumped on that one.

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Here's what I have come up with so far: I am going to build a 2' x 2' framework out of 1 x 2 material. I will build it in sections that can be broken down and stored. Where the gutters attach to the house, there is a strip of wood I can attach eye screws to and then hang the panels with hooks and anchor the bottom to the ground. Essentially I will have moved the front of my house out about 16 inches. There will be work room behind the panels. My house faces east and the winter winds come from the west so wind should not be too big of a problem. I have two large peaks and plan to install a pulley at the top to pull the panels up and then hook them to the house. I will mount gutter panels by lashing them to the spikes connecting the gutters to the house. That's the plan so far. What I want is pre-decorated panels I can put up and take down in a day. That will leave more time for the yard decorations.

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I can't find the link right now and will keep looking, but I have seen one similar in size and shape to the brick clip that slid up under the top piece of vinyl siding and hooked somehow underneath. Something like a S hook made of flat metal.

Would also like to see what you come up with.


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Coro on the house to mimic Dr. Seuss architecture? I love it.

Go big or go home!

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