hanging holiday lights around your garage door, stay
safe and protect your home by using hooks and clips
designed for the task. Follow basic safety tips for a
staple or nail to the trim
you plan to attach lights directly to the trim, avoid
using metal fasteners like staples or nails. They can
damage insulation around the wiring, which can cause
lights to fail and pose a fire and electrocution hazard.
of attaching lights to the trim, use hooks and clips
where the lights will hang. Gutter and roof clips that
are either pressed or nailed to the exterior of the
home, not the trim, have a hook at the bottom that holds
for vertical lights
lights hung vertically ó along the sides of garage
doors, for instance ó look for trim clips that wrap
around the cord and hold it in place. You can nail them
in or attach them with an adhesive. Nailed clips are
usually more secure.
the clips about one foot apart. If you have an elaborate
design above the garage, consider hanging lights from
the top down. Otherwise, begin on one side of the garage
and work your way around.
ideas for Christmas lights
a helper to hold the string of lights and keep it
untangled. Place the cord in the hook or clip securely,
making sure thereís no potential for damaging the
insulation or bulbs. Experts recommend connecting no
more than three strings of lights end-to-end.
the lights are hung, plug them in and enjoy your hard
work. If a string does not work, check the bulbs again
and make sure strings are connected securely.
use nail-in hooks on garage door
try to attach nail-in hooks to the garage door panels.
This will damage the panel and wonít hold the lights
very well. If you do damage a panel while hanging
lights, look for a company that repairs single panels.
a professional or handyman
much work? Consider hiring a professional holiday
decorator to make you garage door, entryway and other
areas of your home more festive. Or look into having a
handyman put up your decorations.