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Ground Lights- Staked Or Just On The Ground?

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I have used ground lights (strands running in rows on the ground).  They have always created the ooh and aah factor but they have also created the oh and ouch factor for my knees and back.  We have used 100's of ground stakes to keep the lines off of the ground.  Am I being a safety nut?  Does anyone else do this or is everyone else just laying them on the ground?

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I never lay anything that can short on the ground. If a plug is close to the ground, I zip tie it to a plastic stake so no chance of it shorting or me dying.. That being said, There is no problem with using a short stake so it looks like it is almost on the ground. You just need enough distance if you are expecting snow.. -Daryl

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I never lay anything that can short on the ground. If a plug is close to the ground, I zip tie it to a plastic stake so no chance of it shorting or me dying.. That being said, There is no problem with using a short stake so it looks like it is almost on the ground. You just need enough distance if you are expecting snow.. -Daryl

Hopefully no chance of snow... we're in Florida...

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I do my entire yard in two colors green mini's with red C9's and clear mini's with blue C9's (54,000 lights total) If I had to go to the effort of staking that many lights I'd go insane. I just lay them on the ground. 

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I don't use ground lights because I'm in Minnesota.  I do have some C-7s strung about 1.5' off the ground between rebar candy cane stakes.  No matter what I do they always look droopy to me by the end of the season.  It seems like it would be a lot easier and neater to just put ground lights on the ground.

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I do around 1500 perimeter ground lights and I took extra time to zip tie my lights to PVC pipe, using ells and tees every 5' the lights stand off the ground approx 3" but the best part for me is we can install all of them in less than 1/2 hr. We just use a 3' metal rod to poke holes where the standoffs are and drop them in the holes and they stand straight and tall and look cool all in a row, when it comes time to remove them just lift out of the holes and fold over like an accordion......"AND NO BACK ACHES" from bending.....Did that when I was younger "NOT NOW" and a free ariation on my yard (LOL)

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