October 30, 2023
One year, my father purchased a new set of string lights for an outside decoration. Inside the box, along with the coiled lights was a pamphlet that had 33 points of either basic instructions or warnings on how not to use the product. For instance, don't bend the coil too tightly or you risk breaking the lights. (Apparently, the tight coil shoved into a small box wasn't what they meant.) While this is an amusing anecdote of the dos and don'ts of maintenance (and yes, stringing lights around a porch is Christmas maintenance), let's look at more traditional maintenance.