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Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by Bullswool, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Bullswool

    Bullswool New Elf

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    Hi,

    I was hoping somebody to post the definitive method for attaching standard rope lights (arlec from bunnings) to a normal Australian colorbond roof. It's a 13 month old house.

    • I have read to loosen screws and attach to the screw with home made wire clip/loop. Anyone had leeky roof? Plus I'm not sure about doing this on my brand new house.
    • Also, I was recommended hot glue gun or sealent to glue the rope down. Anyone had trouble removing and then re-using the ropes the next year?
    • I have looked for clips online but they just don't seem adequate for a clorbond roof
    I'd really love to here from first hand user. Thanks heaps! :)


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  2. i13

    i13 Senior Elf

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    No ropelights here but I use string to tie the lights to the screws without loosening them. They fall off easily if bumped but it all stays in place once I'm down off the roof. Pictures are here https://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php/topic,7954.0.html

    I'd expect that hot glue would melt up there.
     
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    heathwithnoteeth Full Time Elf Generous Elf

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    dont do hot glue... my arches fell apart last year, cos i thought it would be a good idea to hot glue the feet for them.
     
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    Bullswool New Elf

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    Thanks Gents. I'll look into the string on screw setup.
    From memory the roof screws have a rubber grommet or seal under the head of the screw. I should be able to wedge the string under the rubber.
     
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    bjpc2716 need more lights to light up the world

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    cable tie mount work well
     
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    JPB Full Time Elf

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    Magnets and cable ties.
    If you can find some old hard drives you can get very strong magnets out of them.

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    One of the generic light clips has a round hole that pushes over the top of roof screws. Not exactly solid, put possibly "good enough".

    She'll be right mate! :)
     
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    maybe a small dab of some clear silicone, else the cable tie stick on mounts might be best and easiest to remove from the roof after.
     
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    I used the cable tie mount but not with the double sided tape , I silicone it , the rope light has been up there for nearly 3 years with atrocious weather and no problems
     
  10. Jamie

    Jamie Lighting up the night.

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    Ive found a secure and easy method to be 1/2 conduit saddles (size dependant on your rope light) from electrical supplies stores. Unscrew roofing screw and place on the saddle. You can paint them the same as your roof colour. Then come lights time, loosen slightly , slide in rope ligt and tighten down. Very secure, straight as a die and easy as.
     
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    Bennycoop New Elf

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    I use 3M picture frame hooks from bunnings and cable tie rope light to the hooks. I found the tape that comes with the hooks gets brittle in the heat so I use a 3M double sided tape works great for colorbond roof, fences and window frames.
     
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    I was thinking of using an Eye Terminal connector under the screw and can then stay up all year, then another connector to plug in which is connected to the lights so it can easily be removed and added, yet will not come out from wind etc.

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  13. fasteddy

    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    This what I do as well, works great for ceramic tiles as well as long as you clean the built up gunk so you get a clean surface to mount on.
     
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    Not a metal roof, I have a brick wall that I simple hot glue glitter clips to the top of the wall and than attach my lights to the clips. They only last one season due to the UV but by Nov next year I can easily scrape them off the top of the wall and put new clips up with the hot glue
     

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