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How to Hang String Lights on Aluminum Patio Cover

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String lights can help you achieve the perfect lighting you need for enjoyable outdoor relaxing and dining. They cast a beautiful, soft glow that provides the perfect amount of light while still being subtle and gentle on the eyes.

The process for hanging string lights on an aluminum patio cover is much the same as the process for hanging them on any other kind of patio. In this article, we’re going to explain the process in full.

What You Will Need

Here are the items that you will need to hang your string lights on your patio:

  • String lights & bulbs
  • A ladder
  • A drill
  • A pencil
  • Screw eyes
  • A wood-bearing drill, one that’s a little smaller than the screw eyes
  • An outdoor extension cord
  • Miniature metal carabiners
  • An outlet timer (optional)
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How to Hang String Lights on Aluminum Patio Cover

Once you have gathered the above items, here are the quick and easy steps to hanging your string lights to create an amazing patio area.

Step 1: Choosing Your Anchor Points

Before you begin hanging your string lights on your aluminum patio cover, you will want to choose your anchor points.

To do this, you should start by laying string lights around the deck’s perimeter. Think about where you want all of the strands to hang. Then, adjust the lights until you get them in a position that suits you.

You will want to make sure that the plug is placed close to a power outlet or grab an extension cord to extend the reach. Using a pencil and ladder, mark the general area where you will place each light on the overhang of your deck.

Step 2: Installing Screw Eyes

Drill into the wooden supports in the locations that you marked in the previous step, then twist a screw eye into each hole. The way that you want the lights to hang will determine the number of holes that you will need to drill and screw eyes to install.

Step 3: Attaching String Lights With Carabiners

Use the miniature carabiners to attach the lights to the screw eyes. Just thread the carabiner through the hole found on each of the lights, then weave it through the screw eyes. This method of installation allows you to take down or readjust the lights with ease as you see fit.

Step 4: Installing the Lights

Next, you will want to insert one bulb into the socket of each light and twist each bulb until they are secure.

Step 5: Connecting the String Lights to Power

For the fifth and final step, you will want to connect the outlet on the string lights to your extension cable. String the cord down to the source of power you are using, plug it in, and fasten the cord to a post or a wall with cord clips of your choice. If you want, you can also use an outlet timer so that your lights will turn off and on automatically.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! It is as simple as that! We hope that you will enjoy your newly lit patio area for many evenings to come!

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