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Free Shipping on all orders within the Contiguous US. Christmas trees are the central focus of Yuletide celebrations. They represent life, hope, and family traditions. Whether you have an old or brand new tree, a towering spruce, or a petite pine, you will want to have the most inspiring and beautiful tree possible.
Learn how to properly assemble your tree and turn it into the ultimate Christmas showpiece. Unless a Christmas tree is fitted with a rolling stand, it's always advisable to assemble a tree at the exact spot where it will be displayed. Consider these factors when choosing a location. For maximum visibility, place the Christmas tree in the room where the family gathers most often, such as the living room, dining room, or den. Find a spot where the tree can be seen from multiple vantage points and not just from one position.
Consider the possibility of rearranging furniture to accommodate the tree. It may also be practical to set the tree near electrical outlets to avoid unsightly extension cords. Avoid placing the tree near light controls as decorations may be accidentally knocked down when people reach for the light switch. Never place the tree near heat sources, such as heating vents, exhausts, or the fireplace.
Avoid setting it up near the staircase, behind a door, areas with busy foot traffic, or locations exposed to harsh elements. Before purchasing a new Christmas tree, measure the selected space to ensure the tree will fit properly. A tree that is too large looks cramped, and may block natural pathways and entryways. For detailed instructions on how to measure an area for a tree, please refer to our article on Christmas tree measurements. For pre-lit trees, examine the tree sections to ensure that there is no cut or frayed wire insulation, exposed wiring, loose connections, or cracks in the light bases.
If there are cracked or missing bulbs, replace them by following the tree manufacturer's instructions for that particular make and model. The stand is the foundation of a straight and stable Christmas tree.
Here are some points to remember:. Most artificial Christmas tree stands are X-shaped and are usually constructed out of plastic or metal. If a stand becomes wobbly or damaged from normal use, check the tree's warranty to see if the stand can be replaced.
Some plastic bases may be prone to bending or breaking, so avoid these as much as possible. Balsam Hill trees come with a one-piece steel stand, which is deed to remain sturdy and stable for many years. Rolling stands, such as the Balsam Hill Tree Stand with Wheels , are equipped with wheels that allow the tree to be moved easily.
The wheels can be locked in place to keep it from sliding. A spinning tree stand has an electric motor that rotates the tree at varying speeds. Rotating stands show off the entire assortment of decorations as it spins. For one-piece tree stands, such as Balsam Hill's, pull apart the legs until they are X-shaped. Next, align the holes in the base and the flange, then screw the eye bolt through the flange. The flange is the circular piece of metal that goes between the eye bolt and the hole of the base.
For two-piece stands, slide the pieces together and press the center hubs until theyclicks into place. For directions on mounting a tree on this type of stand, please refer to section 1. Before making a purchase, check whether the specialized stand can accommodate the diameter of the Christmas tree. Most stands of these types come fully assembled.
If not, refer to the instruction manual for proper assembly and mounting. Most artificial Christmas trees have labels to aid you in the correct assembly sequence. Always follow the tree manufacturer's manual for proper assembly instructions. These are the general steps to take:. With the hinged branches folded up and tied with a ribbon, take the bottom section of the tree and place the pole into the tree stand. If you have a pre-lit tree, plug in the lights to make sure all the bulbs are working and evenly spaced.
See "How to Light a Christmas Tree" section for a detailed guide. Fluff and shape the branches, making sure to lift and separate the inner branches to hide the trunk and make the tree look full. Check the branches from different angles to see if you missed any spots. See "How to Shape a Christmas Tree" for a detailed guide. When you're satisfied with how the branches and lights look, repeat steps 1 to 5 for the next section. Do the same for the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check how the tree looks from a distance. The bulbs will automatically light up as the poles connect to each other.
Like the standard tree, it's recommended to fluff and shape the branches first before placing the next section. Plug the light cord into a wall outlet and check the bulbs. See the "How to Light a Christmas Tree" section for a detailed guide. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check the tree from a distance. These trees are received in a collapsed form. To assemble, insert the center pole into the bottom section, pull up the foliage-covered frame to its full height, and then insert the top section. For pre-lit models, connect the light plugs into their corresponding sockets according to the supplied lighting diagram.
This type of tree has color-coded branches that need to be individually hooked to the center pole. Each branch can be shaped and fluffed before adding the next one. This process usually takes longer than setting up a tree with a hinged construction. This tree type is not available in pre-lit models. Begin with the bottom section and work on the lowest layer first. If the section has three layers, fold up the two layers and tie a ribbon around them.
To make sure that there are no gaps, start from the inner branches that are closest to the trunk. Separate the individual tips from the main branch and spread them out and away from the center of the tree. When properly fluffed, these inner tips should resemble a peacock's fanned tail and will hide the trunk. For most tree styles, the tips closest to the center pole should be angled upwards to give the tree a full appearance.
The tips farthest from the center poles should be angled diagonally away from the branch. Step back and survey the tree from a distance. Check for any gaps that need more shaping. For lighted trees, make sure that the lights are evenly distributed. When you're done with the first layer of branches, untie the next one and repeat steps 1 to 4. Do the same for the last layer. Repeat all the steps for all the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check the tree from a distance.
Take note that the first time you assemble the tree requires the most shaping, so take your time and you'll be rewarded with a fantastic-looking tree. With lighted trees, you only need to connect the plugs into their respective sockets. Plugs and sockets are usually identified with a color-coded or ed sticker. Use the lighting diagram supplied with the tree for proper instructions. If a certain section of the tree does not light up, take these recommended steps:. Locate the fuse compartment for the light string.
Remove and check the fuses to ensure they have not blown. Replace blown fuses with the type recommended by the tree's manufacturer. Gently nudge each bulb very slightly to identify if a bulb wire is slightly misaligned in the socket. Each bulb must be properly in its socket to ensure a good connection. Locate the master bulb and make sure it works. A broken master bulb can cause half or the whole light strand to go out. In older trees, the master bulb cannot be replaced, making it necessary to replace the entire strand. However, Balsam Hill's trees from and on feature replaceable master bulbs, identified with a gray base.
Now, if a master bulb goes out, it can be simply replaced with a new masterbulb. With this technology, all the lighting wires are built directly into the center pole or "tree trunk", which eliminates the need for multiple sockets.Hook up pre lit christmas tree
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