How to Hang Lights on a House Roof for Christmas

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How to Hang Lights on a House Roof for Christmas
Outdoor Christmas lights can transform a building. (Andy Reynolds/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Christmas lights offer a feeling of warmth, excitement and comfort to many people. The tradition of hanging lights as decorations for Christmas grew in the United States after World War II. Outdoor Christmas lights can transform a house from something ordinary into a spectacular sight. If you want to celebrate Christmas by using outdoor decorations, you can string lights along the roof of your house for a festive look.

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Things you need

  • Cleaning brush
  • Tape measure
  • Clips or hooks
  • Twist ties
  • Construction adhesive
  • Caulk gun
  • Ladder
  • Extension cords

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  1. 1

    Measure your roof's edges with a tape measure to determine how many feet of lights you will need.

  2. 2

    Check a chart to see the number of lights that you can safely run on your outdoor circuits (see Resources).

  3. 3

    Plug in all of your strands of lights to make sure that they are working properly.

  4. 4

    Brush off the edges of the roof to which the lights will be attached with a stiff-bristled brush.

  5. 5

    Squirt a dab of construction strength adhesive along the roof's edge at approximately 12 to 18 inches apart. If you are using small lights, the exact spacing won't be that critical. However, if you are using larger bulbs and want to attach each bulb to a holder, you need to space the dabs of adhesive the same amount of distance between the bulbs.

  6. 6

    Press plastic clips or hooks to the adhesive. Some clips are made for specific sized lights. Other clips and hooks are generically sized and can be used for most sizes of lights.

  7. 7

    Attach the lights to the clips. If the lights fit directly into the clips, then you will simply press each light into a clip as you extend the strands of lights. If you don't have the type of clips that fit the lights exactly, you can just string the strand over the clips and secure it with twist ties if necessary.

  8. 8

    Plug in your lights to extension cords and into the appropriate sockets. Enjoy your decorations.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice ladder safety by using ladders according to their instructions and having someone hold the ladder for you to steady it.
  • Avoid climbing on snowy or icy roof lines, as you are more likely to slip and possibly injure yourself.

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