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Posted:  06 Jun 2012 00:01  
Does anyone have an estimate man hours they would expect to re-light an 18' tree? It has a cone shaped base so all the branches are the same size.

Also, how long do you think you can re-use a tree before it becomes too gnarly and should be replaced?

As always thanks for sharing your experience!
Posted:  06 Jun 2012 00:50  
Depends on how you do it.  If you can wire each branch individually using a short (35 or 50 lights) set of lights, you can do it once and then leave the lights on the branches when you store them.  If you do the complete tree every year, it's going to take you about an hour or so with two people, one on the ladder and one on the floor feeding that person the strings of lights.

Clem
Posted:  06 Jun 2012 01:18  
It's an old tree, so we would light each branch individually. Hopefully with LED's so they last a little longer.

Does it seem reasonable that each branch may take 10 minutes?
Posted:  07 Jun 2012 02:01  
You mentioned earlier that each branch is identical in size due to the conical shape of the tree form, so how big is that?  If the branches are about 24" long or so, I'd figure five minutes for each branch, unless you're doing something out of the ordinary with the light strings, like wiring them to the branches.

Clem
Posted:  07 Jun 2012 22:37  
If all the branches are the same why don't you just do a sample branch and multiply it times the number of branches. That way you know how long it takes to strip the old lights and relight with new. Don't forget the time it takes to unbox lights and remove tags if necessary. Also are you fluffing the branches now or later. How are you going to store the branches? Not always just a matter of stringing lights.

David
Posted:  08 Jun 2012 04:48  
As for the useful life expectancy of an artificial tree, that depends on how it's stored and where it's set up...we've had trees that had to be placed under heat ducts, causing the "needles" on the branches to literally curl up, almost melting.  It all depends on the quality of the foliage on the tree...I like the poly trees that are molded to look like real spruce or fir needles, not flat, ribbon-like tufts of thin plastic that become misshapen in time from boxing and unboxing.

Clem

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