Hanging Holiday Lights with Aluminum or Vinyl Siding
To make your home more beautiful or to celebrate different holidays or seasons, you may want to hang decorations on the side of your house or around your windows. This can be tricky with a vinyl-sided house or windows wrapped with aluminum because it usually requires drilling or nailing hangers. Holes can cause water to seep into a protect space, potentially creating problems for your home. Fortunately, there are several methods that you can use to hang decorations on the side of your house that do not create any holes.
OPTION 1 – Siding Hook
Hang a vinyl siding hook on your house. This is the most efficient method. Slip the top of the hook underneath a piece of siding and wiggle it until it “snaps” into place. This hooks it onto the bottom of the siding. Then hang your decorations on the bottom of the hook.
OPTION 2 – Suction Cup
Attach a cup hook to the side of your house. Clean the area where you want to attach the hook thoroughly with soap and water, then dry it. Dirt interferes with adhesion. Wipe down the area with some rubbing alcohol and dry it. Wet the suction cup, then press it firmly to the siding. For best results, leave the hook for a day before adding decorations.
OPTION 3 – Wire Hook
Hang a wire hook from the vinyl soffit trim. This is the trim that connects between your vinyl siding and the soffit. Make a hook by cutting a short length of wire with a wire cutter and bending it into an S-shape with a pliers. Be sure to choose a metal that won’t rust. You can either hang items from the hooks directly or attach pieces of fishing line to the hooks. Fishing line enables you to hang decorations lower on the walls, as the hooks themselves will be close to the roof. This is a good method if you have a lot of small items to hang or if you want to hang something like a string of lights.
When installing holiday lights, homeowners must heed the manufacturer’s directions for the number of strands that he joins. Most light sets have fuses, and overloading causes the fuses to blow. However, if he joins too many light sets and the fuse does not blow, the circuit overload creates a fire hazard.
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