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I am new to the massive light and decoration displays and I have some ideas but not sure how to make them come to life. I would really like to do letter cut outs and put lights in them but not sure how I could secure the lights. I also would like to out them on the ridge line of the roof but can't think of a good way to secure them. All help would be appreciated!! 

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Welcome to the madness!

You should fit right in with the rest of us on here. As for as what you have in mind, depending on the size of the letters depends on how beefy of a secure system you need. Plywood coated with exterior latex paint will work for covering them.

To secure them on the peak you can build an upside down v frame to the pitch of the roof and secure them with sandbags. Lights you can use flood lights if the letters are painted colors, or outline with rope light or regular m5 mini lights. hot glue can work staples work for regular light strand and rope light have clips you can buy.

 

Good luck! Imo if you are wanting to get a lot done this year it's kind of late but more power to you!

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I'm a huge fan of icicle lights as the roofline border. U could do some snowflakes on the side of the house. And if u really wanted to make it bright put lights on the roof. Here's a pic of my house for example.

 

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You should use either c7 (since your fairly close to the street) or C9s. That would definitely highlight the roof. Led retrofit would be the best for this. They are bright, easily replaceable, fairly hard to break. Icicle lights in conjunction is also a great option. 

 

Any plywood you use, I recommend Glidden"gripper" as a base/primer before any actual painting. 

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Years ago I helped a friend make letter cutouts for his house. They letters were around 2 feet high and spelled out "Merry Christmas Labrador" in Capitol letters. They were made in three sections, one for each word, using mostly recycled 3/4" plywood from shipping crates for the letters. If you have access to an overhead projector, it is easy to use a program like microsoft word to do up your message in large size in your favorite font and then print it to a transparency to use as a pattern for tracing out your letters on the plywood. Once the letters were cut out of the plywood with a jigsaw, we marked out, and using a forstner drill bit, drilled evenly spaced holes in them just large enough to fit C9 light sockets through. The forstner bit makes nice clean holes, and if you really want perfection, you can drill 1/8" pilot holes right through the plywood first, and then drill about half way down with the forstner on either side of the plywood so the holes meet in the middle. If you are on a budget you can use 5/8" plywood, but with the 3/4" plywood the open end of the C-9 Socket is almost flush with the face of the plywood giving better illumination. We painted all the letters with several coats of gloss white marine paint and then installed the C9 light strings from the back using an Arrow T-25 Staple Gun, stapling the wire on each side of each socket plus stapling the loops between sockets to keep them out of sight. The T25 staples are designed to staple small cables and the staple gun tip has an arched notch that helps keep the staples centered. Take your time and be careful not to drive staples into the wire itself, and if you accidentally do, make sure that you remove it before energizing the string. Once we had the letters wired we attached them to two strips of 1"x3" wooden "strapping" (you could paint these boards flat black to render them less visible) and attached eye hooks fitted with small carabiners along the top of the assembly. We used long screw in type eye hooks under the eve screwed in to the ends of the rafters to hang the letters. We alternated the color of the C9 bulbs making each of the letters a different color. The result was bold, beautiful and unique. Hope this helps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well clearance happened and I ended up buying another inflatable and I need to figure out hot to get it to stay on the peek of the roof. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Accents-Holiday-16-ft-W-Inflatable-Santa-in-Sleigh-with-Reindeers-36675/205919712 this is the one that I bought and want to put on the roof. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated!!

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