I have nearly 20' eaves. Each year, I struggle with whether to rent a ladder and risk my neck climbing that high. This year, I tried this product. It's the first year I went "to the top" without risking my life. I broke about 10 clips before I figured out I needed to "pre-stress" the plastic tines by flexing them a dozen times first, but once I did that, I never broke another. The pole is a little flimsy, and the sections don't lock very positively, but I was able to make it work for my situation. I will never hang Christmas lights without it!
This is a great tool for hanging and retrieving lights on gutters, high up in trees, and many other yard fixtures. The pole is not that strong when fully extended especially for trying to force the clips under shingles which is hard to do with any clip. It also takes care not to over tighten when extended. It will wear out, but for the value and vertatility I am replacing my kit with a new one this year.
Great design and what a useful tool! I did have to put the plastic clips in hot water to soak as I went along my gable roof though. Figured this our after snapping a few in a row. It just made them more pliable that way. I did have to return the pole because I think it was over tightened at first, but overall a good product!
this is a great product for hanging up lights. the eve must be around 2-3" wide for the clips to work. i could find anywhere on the package the size it was ment for, so i hope this helps. this make hanging up the light very fast. getting them down takes a minute to get the handle into the clip to pull it down, but without a ladder it works well.
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Review 5 for 11 ft. Eaves Hanging Kit
from Portland, ME
PostedDecember 4, 2010
No, I do not recommend this product.
I wish I could give this piece of junk no stars. Pole bent and broke with very little pressure. Clips are terrible for shingles. PIECE OF JUNK!!!! DO NOT BUY!!!!!!! I was ready to have a Clarke Griswold freak out!!
I don't have this product from home depot but I do have these clips designed to be put in place on the end of a broomstick. I just hung my lights and am happy with the results. First it's important to put each clip on the pole and then bend the clips outwards a dozen or so times to loosen them up but don't do it so much that it compromises their grip on the eave. You just want it loose enough that it'll bend around the eave without snapping which happened to me the first couple times. Next i'll say they are capable of holding quite a bit of weight. I hung icicle lights but not the typical type, thse ones actually have an icicle reflector around the dangling mini-lights so they're heavy and these clips held up a 15 foot strand dangling. Now i will say i'm not really sure how much time these save over hammering in nails or what not and hanging lights the traditional way. However these do add a safety factor, i was using a 4 foot pole, but the telescopic 11 footer in this home depot package would have really come in handy. Anyway, great products, we'll see how they last through the season, if they slip and they come crashing down, the reflectors weill break so I doubled up to try and make them ore resistant to the weight of rain and the wind we get here. Hopefully they'll stay up there all season.