Attaching string lights to brick

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  1. kahlialeigh

    kahlialeigh New Elf

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    Hello :) I'm new here so I hope I'm posting this in the right section!

    We've recently moved house so now we have a new house to design our Christmas lights display for and we've come across a bit of trouble.

    We have a 60m string that we outline the house with. Our old house was wood and we were allowed to install small hooks so that we could attach the lights. Our new house is brick and we can't drill any holes etc

    So just wondering what you guys do to attach string lights to your brick houses without damaging it. I've done a bit of searching and I've found 2 common solutions, use a hot glue gun and stick it to the house (apparently it pops right off when you take them down) but I do not want to chance ruining the lights. The other solution was this contraption here... however we would need quite a few so it would get a bit pricey.

    Does anyone have any thoughts?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Beacy

    Beacy It's so much better on the dark side

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    IMO - Gaffer tape... it fixes everything
     
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    Really? It won't melt with the heat? We do have some pretty hot days coming up (39, 40) so I guess if it holds through that, it'll survive anything lol
     
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    Last year I was lazy and also didn't want to put anything permanent on my roof (zincalume) so I used electrical tape to hold my bigw strings up on the roof. It went through 40C days, rain, the works and about 50% of the tape held on. Luckily for me my roof is flat enough the lights didn't slide down or even move. So don't use electrical tape, but maybe gaffer tape might work.

    My limited experience with the tape indicated that it either comes off pretty quick in the first couple of days or it will hold on for the season.

    Isn't there some type of plastic cable holders with a small nail that you can drive into the mortar between the bricks. You wouldn't even see the nail hole after you removed them.
     
  5. David_AVD

    David_AVD Good news, everyone!

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    I've used these clips in a few places. They fit into the mortar gap and are secured with a screw and plastic anchor plug. I got them on eBay as a pack of 100.
     

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    Habbosrus New house (again) 2017

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    I rent a house too and have used hot glue (mainly between the bricks where mortar is) and stuck cheap cable tie mounts to the hot glue. You can get the cable tie mounts from bunnings, ebay, etc. I got mine here Mounts from ebay. It worked fine last year. This year the owner told he had no problems with me drilling into brick as long as it's tidy.
     
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    Steve22537 Full Time Elf

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    Hot melt some plant wire to the brick then you can twist the plant wire to hold the lights.

    Steve
     
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    similar to what david posted I am planning on 3d printing clips that fit into the space between the bricks.
     
  9. Jamie

    Jamie Lighting up the night.

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    Just used some of these the other day and are excellent. Will fit most bricks. Can be modified a little if your mortor gap is a little different to standard as they mention on their site..
     
  10. David_AVD

    David_AVD Good news, everyone!

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    I finally got some of these brick grips to try out and they seem quite good.

    There's a short review with photos on my da-share site.
     
  11. Benschristmaslights

    Benschristmaslights Dedicated Elf Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    thanks David they are great value from the looks of it
     
  12. DavidJ247

    DavidJ247 Full Time Elf

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    I know this is an old thread but I thought I would share my solution as someone may find it useful.
    I was also looking at the 'brick clip' product but found they were very pricey and not easy to source locally, so a bit of searching lead me to this product at Masters


    https://www.masters.com.au/product/900037208/hillman-brick-hangers-steel-antique-brass-finish-2-piece


    They work well for my purpose, very neat/small and at $4 for a pack of 2 the price is reasonable. Once you're done they just lift off the brick without leaving a mark.
     

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    I'm copying this :)
     
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    DavidJ247 Full Time Elf

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    Hey Graham. These Masters clips work great for our kmart stars, I just used the bracket on the back of the star that held the battery box (it is not quite deep enough, so I just looped through a cable tie). All the fixings are hidden behind the star and the whole thing sits flush against the wall, really neat.
     

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