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Forum topic by Eric posted 04-16-2016 01:34 AM 615 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2016 01:34 AM

I want to partially drive some exterior coated deck screws in the vinyl fascia on my house for easy hanging of Christmas lights mounted to 1×2 8ft strips. I plan to just hang the 1×2s via oversized holes in the 1×2 for easy up and easy down. The 3” deck screw would be left year-round.

Is that a stupid idea to penetrate the fascia? What if I drove the deck screw through a dollop of silicon?

(Its a 2-story colonial with front gables. I don’t always have safe access to the fascia but right now I have a set of scaffolding. I will be able to hang the strips on the screws from a ladder next winter.)


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#1 posted 09-05-2016 03:58 PM

Well baked [by the sun] vinyl or PVC may be brittle. If so, even drilling it can be a challenge. Pick an out of site spot to test drive your plan.

Too, if you install screws on a vertical surface over which water will run, you have just added points for water penetration.

These are obvious points, but I just thought I’d share the reminders.

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 09:14 PM

Can you get stainless screw for that outdoor application.You would not want the coating borkn and have rust running down the siding/facia.


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#3 posted 09-05-2016 09:45 PM

Id take Kellys advice. I painted a house once where the home owner had placed hooks on the gutters for that purpose, if that’s n option for you. No holes and its permeant until you don’t want it anymore, take them down no harm no foul.

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#4 posted 09-13-2016 04:21 PM

I think you will make quite a statement – - I am picturing 8 foot 1X2s with christmas lights hanging on the front of the house…. and not thinking the impression will be very positive.

But what I picture in my mind, and what you actually make are not necessarily the same.

Our neighbor always did the icicle type lights. So on the back lip of the fascia board, they had screwed in cup-hooks, then they just ran the string of lights hooking then every 2 feet each year.
Had their lights up in an hour and no water penetration into the front of the facia boards.

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