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Vinyl Siding Corner Trim Mounting (Vertical)

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Hi everyone, newbie to posting, but a long time lurker of the PC forums.

Looking for advice to running LED string lights up the side of my home on the vinyl siding corner trim (vertical) without ruining the vinyl siding?  What are the tricks or attachments you have used in the past that's been successful?  I want to avoid drilling holes or screwing anything into the siding.

 

Thanks for your help in advance.

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A few of my friends use binder clips, available in stationary and dollar stores to attach their lights to vinyl siding trim and around windows. The clips come in various colors and sizes and you could even spray paint them white to make them less visible if you wish.

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I too have fought with this for 4 years- I Have tried various clips /binder clips/ nothing seems to work for c9 strings accept the actual clip on the socket. Someone should invent a clip for this and be rich...

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Oh yeah and don't ask me how many of those flimsy socket clips I broke on my vertical strings! Standing 20-30ft on a ladder trying to clip it into the fascia trim....SNAP...  I have launched a few strings of c9s out of anger for sure! I've tried it all nothing works there that will hold them pointing out.

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Have you thought of using vinyl siding "J" channel,mounting the lights on them, and sliding the channel ,over the lip?  I can relate to launching somthing....German, Irish and Polish= explosive reaction, when somthing doent go right lololol...you know, short story...this past spring, I did find one of the light sets, i launched,in the yard after the snow melt..and I never found the other....wonder if one of the neighbors found it.

 

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12 minutes ago, Big J Illinois said:

Have you thought of using vinyl siding "J" channel,mounting the lights on them, and sliding the channel ,over the lip?

Yeah-It would be awkward for my application as the far left corner of my house is really hard to get a ladder safely as it is, I can't imagine trying to hold the J chan and trying to clip it. I will try pvc this spring. 

 

12 minutes ago, Big J Illinois said:

i launched,in the yard after the snow melt..and I never found the other..

LMAO-- I just threw a snowflake tonight as I cursed the world of cheap manufacturing. Lost 2 already...Which reminds me I need to do a PSA on anyone using the ropelight led versions to inspect those connections to the actual ropelight.

I opened up 3 of the connectors and they were literally charred and fused together. I know some members put them on their roofs... one of mine tonight was actually bubbling the moisture  inside the tube!  It appears that when they inserted the pins to the tube they were in on angles and tapped both lines. Dangerous stuff.

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Canadian Tire has been heavily promoting these noma "quick clips" for the past couple of years and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with them, and are they good or junk? Looks like they won't fit the old school incandescent style C9 light sockets but they are supposed to fit the C9 LED strings. Here's a photo and a link...

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https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/noma-replacement-c9-led-christmas-light-quick-clips-green-50-pk-1513437p.html#srp

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7 hours ago, Mikeymatic said:

 

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Some of the reviews are bad but that is definitely a clip style that is a great starting point... found this video clips look good to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-JNiQtSwY0

 

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I ‘candycane’ the sides of my house and I attached a few pics of how I attach my lights. I use binder clips at the top and at the bottom I have icicle shingle clips that I got at Walmart years ago. The part that would slip under the shingle is skinny enough to slip up into the crack where the siding pieces join up. I can take better pics in daylight if you want. 

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Binder clips for sure work and i have done it for the c9 strings but requires 2 per bulb to keep the lights pointed outward and inline with the others. 

It's crazy that we don't have a clip for this specific vertical application with the millions of houses being decorated. The clips on the sockets are perfect but they just break way to easily.

This is another option I am going to try. Will see how they hold up.

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On 11/26/2018 at 5:54 PM, diamondkilo said:

Yeah-It would be awkward for my application as the far left corner of my house is really hard to get a ladder safely as it is, I can't imagine trying to hold the J chan and trying to clip it. I will try pvc this spring. 

 

LMAO-- I just threw a snowflake tonight as I cursed the world of cheap manufacturing. Lost 2 already...Which reminds me I need to do a PSA on anyone using the ropelight led versions to inspect those connections to the actual ropelight.

I opened up 3 of the connectors and they were literally charred and fused together. I know some members put them on their roofs... one of mine tonight was actually bubbling the moisture  inside the tube!  It appears that when they inserted the pins to the tube they were in on angles and tapped both lines. Dangerous stuff.

Are you referring to the ones from lowes by chance?

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1 hour ago, drkness said:

Are you referring to the ones from lowes by chance?

The ones from lowes are the same style I believe- I bought them last year if they are the cool white versions. Yes. just check where they make the connection to the rope light tube- Look for signs of heat/stress/or other concern. I will make a post in a little bit under A new PSA with some images.

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19 hours ago, hair2831 said:

I ‘candycane’ the sides of my house and I attached a few pics of how I attach my lights. I use binder clips at the top and at the bottom I have icicle shingle clips that I got at Walmart years ago. The part that would slip under the shingle is skinny enough to slip up into the crack where the siding pieces join up. I can take better pics in daylight if you want. 

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Ah, thanks for the visual, very helpful!  Binder clips seem to be a winning contender.  I may have to try them!

9 hours ago, diamondkilo said:

Binder clips for sure work and i have done it for the c9 strings but requires 2 per bulb to keep the lights pointed outward and inline with the others. 

It's crazy that we don't have a clip for this specific vertical application with the millions of houses being decorated. The clips on the sockets are perfect but they just break way to easily.

This is another option I am going to try. Will see how they hold up.

Yes!  I've used those so many times and for different purposes.  I suppose if you are only using a few up the side of the corner trim, they won't be that noticeable.


Really super appreciate all the feedback here and thus far.  Thank you all!

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15 minutes ago, parteedad said:

Ah, thanks for the visual, very helpful!  Binder clips seem to be a winning contender.  I may have to try them!

Yes!  I've used those so many times and for different purposes.  I suppose if you are only using a few up the side of the corner trim, they won't be that noticeable.


Really super appreciate all the feedback here and thus far.  Thank you all!

Glad we can help. There are more permanent solutions like broom clips/pvc pipe or lexan clips/pvc where you make the vertical string and just zip tie it to the pvc- then just pop them up into the clips. That works really well for fast setup/takedown etc. Broom clips you can paint them white and you will forget they are there. You could always silicone the broom clips up if you don't want to screw them in...then just scrape it off if you needed to remove it.

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