Every year, I get excited about putting up the Christmas decorations... until I remember the annual battle of the twinkle lights. On this string, the middle third doesn't work. Another string doesn't work at all. What's the deal? They were working when I put them away in the box after Christmas last year. They haven't moved all year, yet when I take them out of the box and plug them in, they don't work! It's so frustrating that I filled an entire carton with strings of lights that don't work, hoping that I could fix them one day.
I was talking to my daughter about this last week, and she told me about a tool she had seen advertised that fixes strings of the small "twinkle" lights (as opposed to those large bulbs or LED lights). I admit I was doubtful. Who among us hasn't thrown down a string of lights in sheer exasperation because we've tried every trick and spent hours trying to get them to work--and they still don't.
I went looking and found the Light Keeper Pro in Home Depot (WalMart also carries it). Of course, the very first string I tried it on, it didn't work. And after a number of attempts on that string, it still doesn't work. After all, if there's a broken wire inside somewhere, nothing in the world will fix that. Then I picked up another string in which only one section worked. I popped out a light bulb, stuck the socket in the fixer, and... it's magic! The lights came on! And on the next section as well!
I must lead a very dull life, because I got very excited about fixing all of my "broken" strings of lights. When I realized I could really jazz up my yard this year with more strings of lights that I already have, I went looking in my storage building. I found a huge storage tub full of strings of lights. Obviously, the last owners did the same thing I did--threw the non-working strings in a tub.
This is a tool geek's dream. For $19.98, I have a tool that fixes strings, checks fuses, checks bulbs, checks current, and even has a bulb puller device so I don't rip my fingernails out pulling those little light bulbs out of the sockets.
I'm down to just three strings of lights that I absolutely can't get to work after having gone through every possible step of testing. I'll just pull all the light bulbs out and put them in a bag to use for replacements and call it done.
Now that I have a whole bunch of light strings that work, I'll be putting those up tomorrow. Drive by our place and take a look at the veritable winter fairyland of twinkle lights!