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How do you keep you lights from slipping and maintain constant intervals on tree trunks? I had several slip last year and it looks uneven and sloppy.

 

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yank 'em tight.  If that doesn't work I guess you could cheat it with a staple gun.  I can see it being a bigger problem in Florida with the sun and warmth, the wires may expand and slip.  In the cold, dead north you can wrap them on a warm day in November, and the cold temps later keep them tight.

 

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The two trees I've wrapped just the main trunk I just yank tight then generally tie off the end the keep it from slipping. Each year I find something the width I want the spacing and use it as a guide for uniformity. Generally I just cut a piece of wood to width. Never had any slippage issues

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I'm curious if anyone else has noticed the unevenness, or just you?  We're all perfectionists when it comes to our displays, but I've discovered sometimes people don't even notice things that are driving us crazy.  That said, I know the feeling of wanting it done just right, even if it's just to please myself.  I'm worried that stapling every layer or every other layer may end up doing more damage to the lights than good.  How tall are the trees?  I know on my smaller 10 foot redbuds I really make sure to keep the spacing even, but on my taller 30 to 40 foot trees, no one notices if the spacing is off an inch or two here or there.  

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I cheat and use the tree trunk net lights from Walmart. They're perfect for my trees and look great!

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I'm curious if anyone else has noticed the unevenness, or just you?  We're all perfectionists when it comes to our displays, but I've discovered sometimes people don't even notice things that are driving us crazy.  That said, I know the feeling of wanting it done just right, even if it's just to please myself.  I'm worried that stapling every layer or every other layer may end up doing more damage to the lights than good.  How tall are the trees?  I know on my smaller 10 foot redbuds I really make sure to keep the spacing even, but on my taller 30 to 40 foot trees, no one notices if the spacing is off an inch or two here or there.  
I 100% agree with you. I will tweek the lights all season knowing know one will notice except me. Even climbing on the roof after a wind storm for that one row that's just barely out of line.

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I'm curious if anyone else has noticed the unevenness, or just you?  We're all perfectionists when it comes to our displays, but I've discovered sometimes people don't even notice things that are driving us crazy.  That said, I know the feeling of wanting it done just right, even if it's just to please myself.  I'm worried that stapling every layer or every other layer may end up doing more damage to the lights than good.  How tall are the trees?  I know on my smaller 10 foot redbuds I really make sure to keep the spacing even, but on my taller 30 to 40 foot trees, no one notices if the spacing is off an inch or two here or there.  


Probably just me!

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I cheat and use the tree trunk net lights from Walmart. They're perfect for my trees and look great!

Actually not a bad idea!

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Last year used the large 6 X 8 net lights and ran them vertically up the large tree trunks and used zip ties to make them snug on the back side of the tree, where it isn't seen.  My wife is the perfectionist and tells me if it is off or if it looks good.

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I use to use net lights but now I am useing regular led lights in sequence red and white and I wrap them and they stay put, even here in south florida

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ive never been able to get trees to look right i see all these displays with trees and limbs wrapped they look amazing mine look like i just threw lights at them lol.

 

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5 hours ago, PCguy said:

ive never been able to get trees to look right i see all these displays with trees and limbs wrapped they look amazing mine look like i just threw lights at them lol.

 

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On 11/6/2017 at 10:46 AM, vette-kid said:

How do you keep you lights from slipping and maintain constant intervals on tree trunks? I had several slip last year and it looks uneven and sloppy.

A few strategically placed nails might help.  :D  There has to be an easier way to wrap trees.  I haven't quite figured it out yet though.

On 11/6/2017 at 6:07 PM, slankard said:

I know on my smaller 10 foot redbuds I really make sure to keep the spacing even, but on my taller 30 to 40 foot trees, no one notices if the spacing is off an inch or two here or there.  

Um, spacing?  Now I know why it took me so long when I tried to wrap some small trees.  I didn't leave any space!.

TED

19 hours ago, Digger61 said:

Last year used the large 6 X 8 net lights and ran them vertically up the large tree trunks and used zip ties to make them snug on the back side of the tree, where it isn't seen.  My wife is the perfectionist and tells me if it is off or if it looks good.

The problem with net lights is that the spacing of the bulbs is so "perfect" that sometimes it doesn't look right (or good).  Wrapping bushes or similar objects has some randomness that is missing with nets.  I do recall one person saying that what he did was to put the net lights on and then go back and wrap a couple strings of lights over the nets.  He said that it helped prevent the "too perfect" look.  I haven't ever tried it but it sounds like it might work.

TED

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I actually have one tree I don't mind pouring nails in, I plan top remove it in January anyway! Just don't want the mess and hassle of pulling a tree right now. But don't want to do that on any tree you want to keep.

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Staple gun is awesome at helping with this.  I just use really shallow staples and have a guide/guard on my gun to avoid damage to lights

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As good as I can get it for now. A few strategically placed wire guides keep each stand tight. Slippage is so a bit of an issue unless you have perfectly straight, even trees. I need about 10 more rolls for it (this is 7 at 40ft, 200 lights each). That will have to wait until next year so I can get some at after Christmas sales!
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Started mine while the little man was napping. Woke up screaming half way through a strand so it's currently a partial job. Hope to finish this one tonight or tomorrow if I need the daylight that high on my ladder.....while in the bed of my truckb2aa7ff0dc82dc3b7d6d1c9a22850c56.jpg

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40 minutes ago, dchackert said:

Started mine while the little man was napping. Woke up screaming half way through a strand so it's currently a partial job. Hope to finish this one tonight or tomorrow if I need the daylight that high on my ladder.....while in the bed of my truckb2aa7ff0dc82dc3b7d6d1c9a22850c56.jpg

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I think you forgot the folding table in the bed of the truck for the ladder to sit on............. LOL

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Started mine while the little man was napping. Woke up screaming half way through a strand so it's currently a partial job. Hope to finish this one tonight or tomorrow if I need the daylight that high on my ladder.....while in the bed of my truckb2aa7ff0dc82dc3b7d6d1c9a22850c56.jpg

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Good start! I got another one done today too. Need to get a night pic, they are almost too bright though. I made a dimmer I can use on each tree so they don't outshine everything else!

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