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to expect the ruddy Christmas tree to stay up in its holder without falling over?????

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CocktailQueen Sun 09-Dec-12 19:13:28

Bought a 7-foot Nordman fir Xmas tree today, got it home, chopped a bit off the bottom and put it in our Xmas tree holder (one of those that you tighten 4 screws on each side). It stayed up for 5 mins then fell over. And repeat, and repeat. Grrrr. The tree holder worked fine last year! It is one of those that has a screw that you screw into the base of the tree then put it in the pot but we can't find the screw this year bloody DH - should that make any difference??? Thanks. hmm

Renatica Sun 09-Dec-12 19:25:51

YANBU. Tis not Christmas until you've cursed the damn thing to hell and back.

TheWalkingDead Sun 09-Dec-12 19:33:35

What you need is one of these. Pricey but well worth it imo. It takes us two minutes to put the tree up and we've never had an problems. Watering is easy too.

Although I understand that doesn't help you now, so I recommend wine grin

mrskeithrichards Sun 09-Dec-12 19:34:40

One year my dh filled a bucket with concrete and put an empty silicon tube in it to stand the tree into. Weighed a ton but worked!

cozietoesie Sun 09-Dec-12 19:35:03

You need gin to put up the Xmas tree, CocktailQueen. Then, if it's squint, you won't notice!

grin

Flossiechops Sun 09-Dec-12 19:47:00

We have this most years. I have visions of us all laughing merrily sipping mulled wine and listening to cheery Christmas tunes whilst putting up our tree in a vision of perfection. Instead dh ends up effing and jeffing for what feels like hours whilst me and the dc end up feeling completely stressed, the effing tree won't stand up straight and dh looks as though he may have a coronary! It's just part of the Christmas magic I'm afraid! wink

NulliusInBlurba Sun 09-Dec-12 20:00:32

Walking Dead - we have precisely that model and it still takes us up to an hour on occasions to get the fecking thing straight. We've worked out now that one of us has to actually lie down under the tree, and guide the trunk onto precisely the middle of the spike, so all four side spikes are the same distance apart. The the person holding the tree - wearing thick gloves of course - gently lowers the tree onto the spike and does the foot operating thing. Then person lying under tree locks it into place by moving the metal bit down (this will be incomprehensible if you actually have a slightly different model).

Then we let go and discover the accursed object has a 2 degree tilt again, but this time in a different direction to the previous tilt.

Then we start all over again grin

TheWalkingDead Mon 10-Dec-12 08:28:36

Ah, I see! Well, I hope you managed to get it staying uprightish overnight grin

CocktailQueen Mon 10-Dec-12 18:41:20

Yay. Tree is now up. DH popped in to Homebase and got a spare screwy bit for it. Seems to have worked <crosses fingers> Thanks all smile

cardibach Mon 10-Dec-12 19:48:06

THe screw is the bit that holds the tree tight and stops it going sideways. It is the going sideways which is causing it to topple, so, yes it does make a difference!
YABU to expect the tree to stay up with nothing holding it!

CocktailQueen Tue 11-Dec-12 00:19:32

Hmm. I will take control of the screw when we unscrew it from the tree this year then!!!!

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