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Hot Glue Is Amazing!

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I just renewed my love for hot glue. This weekend, I used it on sheet metal, I used it on brick I used on plastic. It worked amazingly.

I was able to glue my lights to the brick on my house. Since it was cold, it god hard very quickly. Just amazing!!!!!

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Be careful with Hot Glue. We used it last year and once it got really cold the lights pulled it off. It may not for you since yours went on cold, but just wanted to let you know what we ran into.

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I used it for the first time to attach my mini's to the wireframe shooting stars and tree topper, so far so good. It almost never gets to freezing here.

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If you hot glue lights on to the brick of your house. How do you get it off in the off season? I am not familiar with hot glue uses. Sounds cool.

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I just renewed my love for hot glue. This weekend, I used it on sheet metal, I used it on brick I used on plastic. It worked amazingly.

I was able to glue my lights to the brick on my house. Since it was cold, it god hard very quickly. Just amazing!!!!!

I have a large supply of hot glue sticks at all times.  I use it mainly, as you did, to attach my lights to the house (brick).  I used Hot Glue and Twist Ties (they're free in the produce section).  I put a glob on the wall, center the twist tie in the glob, 5 mins later, lights secured.  My twist ties are brown, so they blend in with the house and I don't have to rip them off at the end of the show.

 

HOWEVER, I was very disappointed with hot glue last season.  I purchased several Holiday Coro Elements and assembled them according to David's instruction videos.  Everything is secured with hot glue.  After about 3 weeks, the hot glue began to let go of the coro and disaster....  I ended up removing ALL the hot glue from all the elements (with rubbing alcohol) and going with clear gorilla glue and zip ties.  It actually works better, if I need to get into one of the elements, cut a zip tie or two and viola, versus 1/2 the day removing hot glue.

 

Still, I use hot glue on a LOT of projects.

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Well the hot Glue on the brick lasted me the whole season.

Did you use the Hot Glue on every light?

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