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Old 11-19-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Outdoor decorating GAH!

I put up the Christmas lights this morning outside. We have three bushes right in front of the house and they are the only things we decorate outside for Christmas.

So I'm very carefully connecting all the strings (that I tested before I put them out ), getting them all arranged nice in the bushes and I get to the last string and get ready to plug it into the timer (which will be plugged in on Thanksgiving morning before we leave).

And I find out I have 2 female ends together.

Due to the way the strings have plugs attached, I have to change all six strings. Oh well, my own stupid fault for not starting with the string closest to the porch/plug-in.

Next year, that bush is being covered first!!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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Been there, done that. I learned the lesson years ago under similar circumstances, so now everything gets laid out on the lawn in front of the bushes, then just flipped into place.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #3
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Been there, done that. I learned the lesson years ago under similar circumstances, so now everything gets laid out on the lawn in front of the bushes, then just flipped into place.
It's quite maddening.

I'm going back and forth between being irritated and laughing at myself.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:09 PM   #4
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Exact same thing happened to me this year when I was putting out our lights for Halloween.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:53 PM   #5
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I've done that too
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
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I put up the Christmas lights this morning outside. We have three bushes right in front of the house and they are the only things we decorate outside for Christmas.

So I'm very carefully connecting all the strings (that I tested before I put them out ), getting them all arranged nice in the bushes and I get to the last string and get ready to plug it into the timer (which will be plugged in on Thanksgiving morning before we leave).

And I find out I have 2 female ends together.

Due to the way the strings have plugs attached, I have to change all six strings. Oh well, my own stupid fault for not starting with the string closest to the porch/plug-in.

Next year, that bush is being covered first!!
Once you get them up correctly, just leave them on the bushes all year. Then you can turn them on every night, year round. DISers like that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:42 PM   #7
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:38 PM   #8
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Once you get them up correctly, just leave them on the bushes all year. Then you can turn them on every night, year round. DISers like that.
Some of our neighbors seem to feel that way

I did the exact same thing last year too, OP. And I'm sure, knowing me, I'll repeat the same mistake this year as well, lol.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:45 PM   #9
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Once you get them up correctly, just leave them on the bushes all year. Then you can turn them on every night, year round. DISers like that.
GAH! Not this Diser!! Those babies come off the bushes the weekend after New Years.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:54 PM   #10
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Can you imagine what putting up lights at Disney is like? It's mind boggling!
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:57 PM   #11
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Been there, done that. I learned the lesson years ago under similar circumstances, so now everything gets laid out on the lawn in front of the bushes, then just flipped into place.
That makes too much sense and takes all of the uncertainty out of the process. I will have to try that this year because I have done the same plug matching madness and our bushes are a pain to decorate.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:19 AM   #12
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My GAH has just become double GAH!!!!!

I went out to fix the lights this morning and even though I checked the lights yesterday, today, only half the lights on each string work.

I am about ready to say screw outside decorating this year. Those suckers are going back to Target ~ today.
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