Christmas season was upon us once again and I had the job of putting the exterior lights on the house. Every year I had to replace the existing clips because of their poor design, that’s when an idea came to mind.. So I sat in the living room and began to build a better light hanger.
I asked my mother for a bobby pin. I then rolled the end and found it was very strong and would hold the weight of the decorative lights. The only drawback was rust from any moisture accumulation. This was indeed the first Soffit Clip.
Soon I was thinking it would be much better in a plastic compound, lighter and rust free. I began to draw and It would be years from the bobby pin to the new clip. Undaunted, I continued toward my goal to create the Soffit Clip.
The mold was built, the patent procured and I had this first batch of Soffit Clips. Problem, the clips were brittle and kept breaking at the loop. A design flaw that was in need of correction. I wanted the best quality Soffit Clip possible.
Back to the mold maker to add a flat loop engineered for increased strength and flexibility. Now the Soffit Clip was ready to be manufactured. This time from a UV Resistant White Plastic and flatter loop. Success, the New Brunswick firm Bouctouche Bay Industries Ltd (BBI PLastics), who poured the new Soffit Clips had great results with my re-engineered mold.
This plastic allows for year round protection from all weather conditions. Once the soffit clips are fastened under the eave there is no need for removal, the string of lights are protected and the clips are durable. At the end of the season, the string of lights can be slipped off with ease, or remain in place until the next year, making the workload lighter so Christmas can be brighter.
Now, years later we can see how the whole story has evolved to where the Soffit Clip is available on the worldwide web and has satisfied customers from Alberta to Newfoundland, so far.
Once you install these you too will be hooked.