December Home Maintenance To-Do List

Man on a ladder hanging Christmas string lights
Be careful when hanging Christmas lights. (DepositPhotos)

To-Do #7: Repair and Hang Christmas Decorations

Last but not least, it’s time to hang up those holiday decorations! Pull out your boxes, untangle the strands of lights, and give everything a thorough inspection.

Throw out any strands of lights that are worn or frayed. If your lights are the older incandescent style, consider replacing them with safer, more energy-efficient LED lights. LED lights not only use less power, but they last longer, stay much cooler, and are less of a fire hazard.

If you put the same decorations up each year, consider installing permanent hangers so you don’t have to reinstall them every year, which can damage the exterior of your home. You can hammer in small light hangers or cable hooks, or install self-adhesive bases and cable ties to hold strings of lights.

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  1. Thanks for this info. I had no idea filters had different “sides.” Your site (and TV series) has helped this senior citizen more than you’ll ever know. Please keep up the good work. Merry Christmas!

  2. I have a 1950’s Ranch home with detached garage. There only 3 joists (~20′ – 2×4) in the garage running side to side. Each of them are cracking at knot holes. What is the best way to strengthen/fix (sister another 2×4, or bolt 3″x2″ steel angle and bolt together)??


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