Help putting up a hook for lights


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Old 04-13-22, 06:12 AM
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Help putting up a hook for lights

I'd like to put a hook into the exterior of my house, about 10 feet up so I can hang some string lights. They're currently on a 6' 2x2 pressure treatedfurring stripin a pot, and bending the pole to be honest.

The string lights are pretty heavy duty, so I'd like to try to make sure I hit a stud around that red square. The house is aluminum siding. What's the best way to approach this? (And best type of hook?)

 
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Old 04-13-22, 07:01 AM
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A stainless steel hook or eye bolt securely mounted into the corner stud would work, I have my lights mounted under the overhang into the rafter tail.

Only concern with the vertical mounting is that water will flow down behind the siding so your possibly introducing a leak path, maybe a siding block similar to what is used for a light.


 
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Thank you for that. So if I move the hook closer to the edge (to the right), I should hit a stud. I'll look into some caulk or something to seal the screw
 
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Alternatively, you can locate a stud on your drywall on the inside, then measure over to the point at which your door glass starts. Then go outside and transfer that mark onto the siding, and plumb up to your preferred spot.

Just keep in mind that the framing layout can change once you get above your ceiling. Above the ceiling you "should" have a solid band of wood (your double top plate and rim joist) assuming this is not an old balloon frame home.
 
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Built in the 1990s. So if I understand right, long as I'm above my ceiling start point, but below the floor of the next floor, I should hit solid wood, right?
 
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You should, yes.
 
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Thank you. Any suggestions for preventing rain getting into the eye bolt? Also, drill bit? I think I have just a set of wooden drill bits, but that obviously wouldn't be good.
 
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Drill your pilot hole, (smaller than the threads, obviously) fill it with caulk, then install the eyebolt. Clean off anything that gets on the siding.
 
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Vinyl siding?

Would not be impossible to take a seam apart to have a peak at what is underneath!
 
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I'm gonna take a look to see if i can get a peak under
 
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He said it's aluminum siding in post #1. You will bend it if you try to take it apart.
 
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