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I use clothesline with a loop at either end just big enough to fit around your hand, and small carabiners to connect the ends to the top hooks and bottom hooks on my megatree as my hooks are closed loops. With open loop hooks you can omit the carabiners. I just stretch out the line and wrap the light strings around it securing the plugs by passing them through the loops in either end. I am using 70 count C6 led strings. the clothesline needs to be sized for whatever length your strings are.  The clothesline takes all the strain of ice and snow and saves on the lights which are just wrapped around it. I generally will only use one cable tie at each end if the cluster of plugs gets unruly, so it is very easy to unwrap a dead string to replace it with a new one.

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On 9/24/2018 at 4:17 PM, Shawn M. said:

zip ties every couple of feet.  

 

2nd this one. I only use 3-4 depending on the length to make it easier if you have to do anything to the string. 

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Thanks for the replies...these are for the roof, not a megatree.

About the zip ties...do you make them tight? I am thinking if they are too tight I won't be able to manipulate the lights, and  tangles would become a nightmare. It gets a little sketchy up there, so I would like to get as much taken care of on the ground as possible.

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Not sure what you will need to manipulate once the string gets created. I use 2 types of SS, LED 50 or 100Ct M5s for 4 color tress, and then 150ct LED icicles for what I call my Icicle Tree. Not a great picture below, but there is more on my website. The zip ties holding those together are tight, they don't get manipulated once bundled. 
If for some reason (and I do this all the time) a string needs to come out, I just clip the ties, and yes, the strings get wrapped around each other, but it is not hard to pull a string out. All this is done on the ground. 

I am not sure what you would be manipulating on your roof. 

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Zman, I have to "turn" the lights/wires toward the street. If the lights are flipped backward (kind of how they are all wound up when they come out of the package), the viewer sees dark spots on the roof. I'm thinking if there are too many zip ties and the wires are too tight, I won't be able to flip them around as necessary. We use duct tape to secure the wires to our barrel tile roof.

 

Time to untangle these strands and give a few test runs. Thank you everyone for the thoughts and replies.

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