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I am putting three different colors on each tree in my yard and was wondering what is the best way to do this. For those that have already done this, do you find it easier to just put each color on or to combine the lights first and then put them on?

I tried twisting them together buy gettin a 12" piece of wood and twisting it with a drill.

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The twisting goes real fast but when I put it on a tree, it was a pain since it was trying to unravel and would get twisted up.

Any other ideas?

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Ok, why the heck didnt I think of using a drill. I just spent over 3 hours today twisting together groups of 4 strands for my mega tree. I did zip tie them thou about every 3' so that they wont come undone. Its been a long day, I think I will try the drill tomarrow. At least I got 8 of the 16 strand groups done now. But I need to do another 20 for my bushes when I am done with the mega tree.

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I layer close to 20,000 lights in four different colors for my Live Oak tree in my front yard. I do not twist together or create mega strands. I wrap each color seperately which has always worked fine for me. I do the same for my Texas Mini Trees (2 eight foot trees and one 13 foot tree).

Jeff

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Put a heavy weight at the end of the room, carpet on the floor helps. Place your female sockets under the weight and pull the strings out, holding them apart. Once stretched, still in your hands, bring the strings together and relax the pressure. They will twist around each other. Zip tie both ends. Use the ball wrap method to wind up the lights. I found that light balls are easiest to handle when wrapping trees. I used this method to wind/twist 63k lights this year. I feel your pain JRV!

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Hmm, the "pull & relax" method. Come 5 o clock (gotta wait till the employee is done of course)here I will give that way a try. It makes perfect since. Can you actually get 4 strands to twist together like that or only 2?

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I have pulled mostly 3 strings at a time. I have a couple of RGBW runs where I pulled 4 strings. Wrapping the string bundle, ball method, extension cord carrier etc for storage, tightens the bundle further.

I use a zip tie on each end. My mega tree bundles get a cable inserted on the pulland a zip tie every 2 or 3 feet to prevent light string sag on the mega trees. I connect the cable at the top and bottom of the mega tree so the strain is not on the light strings.

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  • 6 years later...

Hello:

 

This an old thread, but I have the exact same question.  Just curious if folks have addtional experience to share on the topic.  Looks like there are two options:

  • Twist all the wires together, with cordless drill, and use zip ties to hold them together
  • Wrap each color seperately

Cheers,

 

Mike

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I also combine my strings but don't use twisting, the drill method, or wire ties.  What has worked really well for me, without them unraveling or having to relax them is simple.  I braid them. 

 

Secure the ends of the strings (I do a string each of red, green, and clear) by holding all strings together and tying a loose knot.  Then I hold the knot in place by placing it over a nail I drove partially into a 4 x 6.  Then I stand at the far end and loosely braid them.  Holding all three strings in your hand, take the one on the right and loop it over the one in the middle, then do the same with the one on the left.  You can acutally get this braid way down the strings by simple swinging the string high while braiding.

 

Dennis

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When this tread started, years ago, twisting was the norm. What many found out, even when using LED's was the absolute  nightmare involved with trying to replace a failed string when it occurred.  I still use multiple strings ( mega Strings) to wrap my trees but found the easiest thing to do is to just stretch them out and zip tie them every three or four feet. Works great.

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I'm with Bill on this one.  My entire display revolves around mega strings.  RGBW incan lights for the whole show. Last year I had 17 mega strings for the roof, gutters, windows and a few accent strings.  This year I'm adding another 16 mega strings for a mega tree and they will be built the same way, being zip tied every 4 ft.  I found that when making them I set one string over a nail in a board and string them out and stretch them a bit and continue on to the second string stretching it out and so forth then I go back and stretch them out again before getting to the zip ties.  As for storage on them I've gone with Rubbermaid tubs that hold aprox 10 mega strings.  Best part is once they are made your setup goes much quicker the next year.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Don't twist! Zip tie...I probably over do it but I put one every foot...I have 48 rgbc for my mega tree and 60 for my bushes and other trees. It savea sooo much time over wrapping each color. Bill is rite if you twist them its almost impossible to replace a dead strand. If you think it takes time to build them...wait till you want to take it apart 3 x longer

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