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#6995 - 01/17/02 08:51 PM hanging can lights
Elzappr Offline
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Registered: 12/20/01
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Loc: Oregon
Anyone got a trick way to hang can lights in new construction? Any labor saving method? like pre-wiring at floor level and wasting a bit of romex to save time?

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#6996 - 01/21/02 04:50 AM Re: hanging can lights
Electricmanscott Offline
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Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
I always leave extra rx and sit the can on top of my ladder. This is sooooo much easier than hanging them first. I also avoid lightolier at all costs! There is no question that they have never actually installed their products.

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#6997 - 01/21/02 07:18 AM Re: hanging can lights
frodo Offline
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Registered: 05/16/01
Posts: 129
Loc: louisville, ky usa
hi,
the best two tricks i know of as follows:

1.) if possible make the connections at each light before installtion..this can be difficult with a daisy chain setup...but it may save you a little time...

2.)the most important time saving trick i can give you is to TEST the lights PRIOR to them being enclosed...unless you enjoy climbing around in attics full of insulation then TEST TEST TEST!

there have been a few times where i found that the the feed through the light was connected but not the light!...
-regards

frodo

[This message has been edited by frodo (edited 01-21-2002).]

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#6998 - 01/24/02 04:18 PM Re: hanging can lights
waymag Offline
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Registered: 01/13/02
Posts: 68
Loc: dallas, texas, USA
I always leave extra rx and sit the can on top of my ladder. This is sooooo much easier than hanging them first. I also avoid lightolier at all costs! There is no question that they have never actually installed their products.

I agree 100 percent. I think the employees at Lightoleer have their kids design the fixtures.

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#6999 - 01/24/02 05:10 PM Re: hanging can lights
Sandro Offline
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Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
Frodo....

I don't see the purpose of testing the lites before drywall and insulation. By code (Canada only?) the junction boxes of these things must be and are accessible, even AFTER the drywall and insulation is installed. There is no need to climb in an attic and disturb the insulation (building inspectors don't like the insulation disturbed). I've taken apart numerous pot lites (low voltage type in this instance) by removing the trim and bulb and then removing the screws holding the 'can' in place long after they were installed to change the XFMR, and never had a problem.

[This message has been edited by Sandro (edited 01-24-2002).]

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#7000 - 01/27/02 08:22 PM Re: hanging can lights
The Watt Doctor Offline
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Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
Sandro,
I'm with you, but I will also say that I like to test my circuits before cover up as well. The problem with working a can light through the hole in the sheet rock is getting your "booger hooks" up through that small opening.

[This message has been edited by The Watt Doctor (edited 01-27-2002).]
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#7001 - 01/27/02 08:27 PM Re: hanging can lights
The Watt Doctor Offline
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Registered: 12/23/01
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Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
Do people in Canada have "booger hooks"?
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#7002 - 01/28/02 06:23 AM Re: hanging can lights
wolfdog Offline
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Registered: 10/24/01
Posts: 135
Loc: Dallas,TX
We do in Dallas. Maybe it's a southern thing.

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#7003 - 01/28/02 04:57 PM Re: hanging can lights
waymag Offline
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Registered: 01/13/02
Posts: 68
Loc: dallas, texas, USA
HA HA HA wolfdog you are something else.

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#7004 - 01/28/02 05:05 PM Re: hanging can lights
The Watt Doctor Offline
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Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 443
Loc: Mont Belvieu, TX
It may be a "southern thang" wolf, and I would also add that there is nothing worse than using your "booger hooks" once they have sheet rock dust on them. You might as well leave that booger in place because we all know that sheet rock dust breeds boogers.
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