How to Fix a Torn Christmas Lights Garland
Generally speaking, technology is constantly improving. And yet, holiday lights garlands – whether in the home tree or outside the home – never get better. Of course, there are different varieties, but the same problems seem to arise from year to year.
While it can be tempting to just grab a new string of lights every time something goes wrong, it creates a lot of unnecessary waste. Also, there is no guarantee that the next line will be better.
So, if decorating with lamps on a rope is important to you, it is better to know several ways to repair them. Tom Scalisi walks us through some of them in an article for BobVila.com . Here are a few to try.
Find a bad light bulb
According Skalisi, if you connect to your network and the lamp does not ignite , it could be caused by one – yes one – a light bulb. He suggests using a multimeter (a digital testing tool used to measure two or more electrical quantities) to figure out where the current is interrupted and then replace the faulty light bulb. You can get a replacement lamp kit from any hardware store or similar store.
Most new boxes of Christmas lights come with a replacement fuse, which should give you an idea of how common fuse problems are with these things. A blown fuse will also cause the entire string to stop working. If you’ve already checked for faulty bulbs and don’t have a spare fuse for your flashlights, you can find them at your hardware store or regular online stores.
Scalisi explains how to replace the fuse:
The fuses are hidden in the plug from the outside behind a small sliding door. Unplug the garland completely first. Then simply open the small door on the plug, carefully remove the old fuse with a small screwdriver, and then insert the new one.
Get a splitter
Another reason the Christmas lights are off is because you’ve tied so many strings together that they are overloading your electrical outlet, Scalisi said. If you don’t have the ability to split the light between two or more sockets, Scalisi suggests using a splitter: an accessory that distributes electrical current evenly, allowing you to add more strings to your festive light display and safely plug them into a single outlet. …