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    Wiring across the sidewalk...

    Some folks burrow under, some go on top, I go in the junctions between sidewalk panels. I wedge some good SPT-1 wire down into the groove and seal it with some clear silicone glue. Works perfectly, holds all winter long and doesn't affect the snow removal people. In the spring, removing it is easy: just pull it up and then strip the silicone glue from the wire. No, it's not to code, but as Christmas lights are regarded as "temporary lights," so is my solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    Some folks burrow under, some go on top, I go in the junctions between sidewalk panels. I wedge some good SPT-1 wire down into the groove and seal it with some clear silicone glue. Works perfectly, holds all winter long and doesn't affect the snow removal people. In the spring, removing it is easy: just pull it up and then strip the silicone glue from the wire. No, it's not to code, but as Christmas lights are regarded as "temporary lights," so is my solution.

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    Just curious, doesn't the silicone residue stick to the concrete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstehle View Post
    Just curious, doesn't the silicone residue stick to the concrete?
    No, it comes right up. There's no silicone beneath the wire since the wire is wedged in, and it seems to stick to the wire better than the concrete so it peels right up.
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    Now that's a nifty idea. I like it.

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    Thumbs up!!

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    Good idea.

    Iíve also seen people put arches over the sidewalk. That may draw trouble though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    No, it comes right up. There's no silicone beneath the wire since the wire is wedged in, and it seems to stick to the wire better than the concrete so it peels right up.
    Hmm, that may be me this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstehle View Post
    Hmm, that may be me this year!
    I think the secret is that there's only silicone glue on the top side of the wire, and it's not forced down into the gap. Then when you pull it up, the thickest portion of the glue is lifted by the wire. And you know how difficult it is to break a silicon bead, so it just pulls the rest away from the concrete. I've been doing this for 3 years now and I have yet to see any silicone glue stuck to the concrete afterward.
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    I took two pieces of PVC Pipe and glued them together lengthwise too keep them from rolling, put an elbow on each end of 1 pipe to keep it from moving side to side, and at the back of my front step where the tread meets the riser. No muss No fuss for my setup
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    +1 on the sidewalk gap use. Been doing that for 20+ years and works great!

    Thank you to Mr. Nerkle for sharing!
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