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Sean Kenney

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Can Dimmer Switches Save Energy?

Q: We know that compact fluorescents deliver energy savings, but how about dimmer switches? The assumption is that homeowners will use them to turn down lights to save money — but do they actually save energy? Read more

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Q&A: Tips for Snaking Wires Q&A: Tips for Snaking Wires

Q. I have to rewire an old home that has well-maintained plaster walls throughout. I'd like to do this without gutting the interior. Any tips for wire-snaking? Read more

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Q&A: GFCI Protection for Shower Lighting

Q: In a bathroom remodel, we plan to install a light fixture in a shower stall, with a switch near the shower door. Do the fixture and switch need to be GFCI-protected? Read more

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Q&A: Installing Wiring Between Ceiling Strapping Q&A: Installing Wiring Between Ceiling Strapping

Q: Here in New England, we usually attach 1x3 strapping to the ceiling joists before installing drywall. At most jobs, I see the electricians stapling the Romex cable to the bottom of the joists, parallel to the 1x3 strapping, so the wiring is about 1/2 i Read more

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Q&A: Advantages to 240-Volt Lighting

Q: I am planning to install new lighting in a warehouse. Are there any advantages, either in installation costs or in operating costs, to installing 240-volt lighting fixtures instead of 120-volt? Read more

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