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In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of hanging holiday lights on your home, whether it’s for commercial or residential purposes. We will provide you with expert tips and tricks to ensure that your lights are hung safely and effectively. One of the key tools we will be using is the “goat,” which is an essential tool for any holiday light installer. Let’s get started!

Using the Goat

The goat is a versatile tool that will assist you in reaching the peak of your roof. Before using the goat, it’s important to measure your roof and estimate the length you will need to reach the peak. The goat comes with clips that can be easily attached to the roof sections. When purchasing the goat, it usually comes in sections of four or five in a bag.

The goat has a wheel on one side that allows it to roll up to the peak of the roof. Once it reaches the peak, you can lock it in place. While the goat is temporary and not meant to be used as a working platform for extended periods, it provides a secure way to reach the top of the roof. Before climbing onto the roof, it’s recommended to test the stability of the goat by pulling on it firmly to ensure it’s locked in place.

Using the Goat

Now, let’s go through the step-by-step process of using the goat to reach the peak of your roof:

  1. Set up your ladder securely against the side of your home.
  2. Climb up the ladder and position yourself near the peak of the roof.
  3. Attach the goat to the roof sections using the clips provided.
  4. Roll the goat up to the peak of the roof using the wheel.
  5. Once the goat reaches the peak, lock it in place.
  6. Test the stability of the goat by pulling on it firmly.
  7. If the goat is secure, you can pull yourself up to the peak of the roof.

The goat is designed to be strong and reliable, allowing you to safely reach the peak of your roof. It’s important to note that the goat is not meant to support excessive weight or be used as a permanent fixture on your roof. Always exercise caution and use the goat as intended.

Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights

Now that you know how to use the goat to reach the peak of your roof, let’s explore some additional tips for hanging holiday lights like a pro:

1. Plan Your Design

Before starting the installation process, take some time to plan your design. Consider the areas of your home where you want to hang lights and decide on the color scheme or theme you want to achieve. This will help you determine the quantity of lights you will need and create a cohesive look.

2. Use Hooks or Clips

Instead of relying on tape or staples, use hooks or clips specifically designed for hanging lights. These will provide a secure attachment and prevent damage to your home’s exterior. Hooks and clips can be easily found at hardware or home improvement stores.

3. Test the Lights

Before hanging the lights, test them to ensure they are all working properly. This will save you time and frustration later on. Replace any burnt-out bulbs or malfunctioning lights before proceeding with the installation.

4. Start from the Top

When hanging lights along the roofline, it’s best to start from the top and work your way down. This will prevent the lights from getting tangled or twisted as you move along. Secure the lights to the hooks or clips, ensuring they are evenly spaced and straight.

5. Use Extension Cords Safely

If you need to use extension cords to reach certain areas, make sure to use outdoor-rated cords that are suitable for the weather conditions. Avoid overloading the extension cords and keep them away from water sources to prevent any electrical hazards.

6. Consider Timer or Remote Control

To make turning the lights on and off more convenient, consider using a timer or remote control. This will allow you to automate the lighting schedule and save energy. Set the timer to turn the lights on at dusk and off at a designated time.


Q: Can I leave the holiday lights up all year?

A: It’s generally recommended to remove holiday lights after the season is over. Leaving them up for an extended period can cause damage to the lights and the exterior of your home. Additionally, it may not comply with local regulations or homeowners’ association guidelines.

Q: How do I store holiday lights?

A: Properly storing holiday lights will ensure their longevity. Remove the lights from the hooks or clips, and gently coil them to avoid tangling. Place the lights in a storage container or wrap them around a spool to keep them organized. Store the lights in a cool, dry place to prevent any damage.

Q: Can I hang holiday lights by myself?

A: While it’s possible to hang holiday lights by yourself, it’s always recommended to have a helper for safety reasons. A second person can assist with stabilizing the ladder, passing tools or materials, and providing an extra set of eyes to ensure everything is secure.


Hanging holiday lights can be a fun and festive way to decorate your home during the holiday season. By using the goat and following the tips provided, you can safely and effectively hang your lights like a pro. Remember to plan your design, use hooks or clips, test the lights, start from the top, use extension cords safely, and consider using a timer or remote control for added convenience. Enjoy the process and create a beautiful display that will bring joy to your family and neighbors. Happy decorating!

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