how do you make Christmas lights straighten out of the box?

rob333 (zone 7a)

This time is particularly, umm, challenging. They're supposed to be "icicle lights" that dangle. It's the only thing my son asked for, and they're purchased, so let's stick to suggestions that don't require buying anything else. I also would prefer not to live with it, if there's a way to get them straighter. If I have to live with it, I will, but let's try to give the kiddo what he wants. Yay! And thanks!!!

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amylou321

Do mean mean how to get the icicle part of the icicle lights to hang straight? I pull them individually to relax them when they are brand new out of the box. They will relax and straighten more on their own as they hang. But they will not be stick straight. They are not really supposed to be.

I find the ones bought on a huge roll hang straighter than ones from a box. I suppose because they are not packaged all bunched up.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

Cool. I'm not after stick straight. It's all like a perm I just unrolled. How's that from an eighties reference?


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sheilajoyce_gw

Try warming the plastic wire with a little heat from the hair dryer, and then pull them as straight as you want them, holding them in position till the plastic wire coating cools and they stay put.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

I had that thought sheilajoyce. I may....

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Michael

The hair dryer will relax them. If you hang them as is in cold weather they won't ever hang straight.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

I also agree, Michael. I'm willing to do what it takes, so I will try if needed.

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Olychick

Be sure too wear gloves when handling Christmas lights from china. They have lead in the wires.

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joyfulguy

If electrical wires are uncovered/unprotected enough that they touch our hands ... if that happens when they're plugged in to a live circuit, we'll have more to worry about than lead poisoning!

Which means that they have need to be covered when not plugged in, as well, if they're to be of any use.

ole joyful

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arcy_gw

yep, heat will relax them. Second the deal about exposed wires/lead. Throw anything that has you toughing exposed wires shock and fire hazard!!

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Olychick

joyful, it's the plastic coating that has the lead.

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littlebug zone 5 Missouri

If it’s sunshiny out, that’s a good time to hang them. They will relax in the warmth.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

I tried untwisting them some and today was in the sixties, kinda sunny. I still think they look like snowballs instead of anything drippy. Maybe it'll get better over time?I've added hooks to the top wire so that it looks neater, but you get the idea.

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Michael

The lead is minimal and not harmful if you wash your hands after handling any wired lights. According to OSHA, lead is harmful only if ingested or inhaled. It's not absorbed through the skin. So, keep hands out of mouth, wash them when done, or wear gloves.

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skibby (zone 4 Vermont)

Looks nice Rob!

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rob333 (zone 7a)

I think I'm happy enough with it. Thanks y'all!


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