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AC and DC Power: What You Need to Know

DC power, which stands for direct current, involves the flowing of an electrical current in a singular direction. This was developed by Thomas Edison and became the standard for America’s earliest foray into electricity. Unfortunately, the inability of DC power to be simply converted into higher or lower voltages sparked the need for alternative solutions. Nikola Tesla as a result created AC power, which means alternating current. AC can be changed to different voltages more effortlessly with the use of a transformer. This is because the current alternates and reverses direction sixty times each second.

A battle of currents erupted from the creators of these rivaling electrical sources. The conflict was due to the fact that both inventors wanted to be credited for assisting in the future electrical infrastructure in America and receive any royalties that may involve. The war reached a turning point when a renowned industrialist from Pittsburgh, George Westinghouse, purchased Tesla’s patents for AC transmissions and motors. Westinghouse went on to perfect the distribution system for AC power, which lead to the prominence it has in American homes. However, AC and DC currents both have uses in the modern world. In recent years, DC power has incurred a rebirth and gained more prominence.

Offices and households almost always rely on alternating current sources because of how easy it is to generate and transport AC through long distances. Less energy is lost in electrical power transmission when AC is operating at high voltages. The higher voltage produces a lower current. The lower current has the effect of creating less heat in the power line due to resistance.  AC has the capability of fueling electric motors, as well. Generators and motors are almost identical devices; however, motors convert the energy from electrical to mechanical. This is useful for refrigerators, dishwashers, and other large appliances, which is why they run on AC.

The number of applications that DC is used for has risen in the 21st century. Every product that receives power from a battery, or uses an AC adapter to plug in the wall, is dependent on DC. This is also true for devices that need a USB cable for power. DC electronics include cell phones and flashlights. Flat-screen televisions have AC going into the TV but it is ultimately converted to DC. Electric and hybrid vehicles also run on DC. Laptops, as well as some vehicles, run on a combination of AC and DC currents

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are committed to the needs of our customers, which is why we are available 24 hours a day in case of emergency situations. We offer an expansive variety of services from small residential repairs all the way to large electrical construction projects. The foundation of our business is the dedication we have to remaining honest and ethical. We prioritize solving the true source of the problem, rather than performing a temporary fix. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Contact us today!

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Get an Electrical Safety Inspection in the New Year

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It may be the holiday season, but it is always the season to practice safety and to be prepared for unforeseen events. With all of the shopping and decorating, it would not be hard to miss out on something that could cause potential harm to your family in the far or near future. Busy schedules can definitely get in the way of inspecting your home, which is why you should always let the professionals do the work for you. Our electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction would love to be the ones to get your home ready for the holidays with an electrical safety inspection! They are highly trained and certified in residential, commercial, and industrial electric, and our company has been serving Northern KY, and Cincinnati for over four decades. We can handle anything from smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector installation to circuit breaker replacement or underground cabling. With the new year right around the corner, think about making your New Year’s resolution to be keeping you and your family safe year-round by getting an electrical safety inspection.

Everyone knows that when you are in the process of buying or selling a home, at some point, you will have to get a professional electrician to conduct an inspection. Did you know that you should also inspect your home throughout the years for safety purposes? One of the main reasons for house fires is faulty wiring. We do not expect you to be able to solve this problem on your own, but there are some clues to help you figure out if you should get an electrical safety inspection. Have you ever plugged in an iron, toaster, or vacuum cleaner and notice that the lights in the rest of the room flickered or got dim? If so, that could be a big sign that your home has some faulty wiring. It would be smart to get an electrical inspection before something accidentally catches on fire, which could happen easily during the month of December.

Decorating for Christmas is always exciting, but with a large display of lights outside and a light-covered tree comes an over loaded electrical outlet. Power strips can help reduce your risk, but you will never be 100% safe using every port without inspecting your home. A lot of furnaces produce carbon monoxide, so it is crucial to get an inspection due to the extensive use of heat during the winter and holiday season. This could be dangerous because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, making it impossible for you to know if you are breathing it in until it is too late. You and your family’s health, safety, and well-being are nothing to take chances on. Give Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and Construction a call today! We are ready to put your family out of harm’s way.

With over 41 years of experience, you can be confident that our friendly experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric will give your home a thorough inspection. We are located in Walton, KY and would be glad to assist you in making your home safer for the holiday season. Give us a call today!

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Electrical Wiring For New Laundry Room

 

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Unlike other rooms in your home, the laundry room has special requirements for the electrical wiring because the laundry room must supply the washer, the dryer, and the lighting. Due to the complexity of supplying all of the necessary electrical hookups to your laundry room, it is advised to seek help from a professional electrician. The qualified team of electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you install new electrical hookups to meet all of the electrical needs in your new laundry room.

In most laundry rooms, there are typically three different electrical circuits to supply all of the necessary electrical power to the laundry room.

  • The washing machine requires a 20-amp electrical circuit to supply the required 120-volt power supply. The washing machine plug consists of a hot wire with 120 volts, a neutral wire and a ground wire.
  • An electric dryer requires a 30-amp dedicated electrical circuit to run both the 240-volt and 120-volt power supplies. The dryer requires 240 volts to run the heating element and 120 volts to run the timer, clock, buzzer and other electrical features. The dryer has a four-prong plug with two hot wires for the 240 volts and 120 volts, a neutral wire and a ground wire.
  • The lighting requires a standard 15-amp circuit to supply power to the light fixtures in the room. The lighting circuit can be on the same circuit as an adjacent room or hallway.

Electrical Wiring

Adding electrical hookups to your new laundry room is not a difficult task for professionals, but there are specific requirements that must be met. Before beginning, the electrician will need to confirm that your electrical panel has an adequate load capacity and space for all of the required circuits and breakers for the new laundry room.   Next, the electrical hookups will be installed within six feet of each unit approximately 34-36 inches off of the ground.   All outlets in the laundry room are required to be ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets to protect against electrocution.  As previously mentioned, the washer and dryer will also each require specific electrical circuits in order to provide the required amount of power. Then, the lighting and any other outlets will need to be electrically powered through a standard 15-amp circuit. Finally, if there is no outdoor window, an exhaust fan is required to provide a minimum of five air exchanges per hour and will need to be connected to the electric circuit.

For an experienced and qualified electrician, adding electrical wiring for a new laundry room is not a challenging task. The electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have years of experience offering electrical services in Northern Kentucky, southern Indiana, and the Greater Cincinnati area. We specialize in residential service changes, including installing primary services and electrical hookups in new laundry rooms. Stop by our office in Florence, Kentucky or call us today to learn how we can help you add electrical hookups for you new laundry room in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

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Electrical Safety and The Winter Holidays

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As the holidays come into full swing, it is traditionally a festive and great time of the year with visits from friends and family. Unfortunately, statistics have shown that house fires and electrical accidents increase during this time. Don’t fret though! These electrical safety steps can be taken to reduce the chance of these accidents occurring in your home this season!

Electrical Safety Tips:

  • Space Heater Safety– As the temperature continues to drop during the winter season, space heaters may become a convenient source of heat in your home. However, if not used properly, they have a risk of fire and electrical shock. When buying your space heater, it is important to first read the instructions and warning labels carefully before using. Make sure to inspect your heater for any defects such as broken plugs or loose connections also. Only use your space heater when you are actually in the room in which it is in use. A critical element of space heaters is their placement; be sure to keep yours at least three feet away from anything that can burn and on a flat surface. Also, plug space heater directly into a wall outlet, not using an extension cord or power strip.
  • Holiday Cooking Safety– During this time of year, many families bond over food which means that the kitchen is used a lot during this season. Sadly, the kitchen is home to many accidents during this time as well. It is important to never leave your cooking equipment unattended when it is on. You can also prevent fires by ensuring that your stove is clean. It can also be helpful to relieve your cooking area of any towels, napkins, or anything that could catch fire.

 

  • Holiday Decorating  Electrical Safety– During this time of year, many decorate their homes for the holidays. While these decorations enhance this season, sadly, they also increase the change of fires and electrical accidents if not properly used. Before decorating, it can be helpful to be aware of where available electrical outlets are located and decorate accordingly. Do not overload outlets with too many decorations as it can overheat and cause a fire. It is also important to never connect more than three strands of lights together when decorating. Do not damage the cord’s insulation by leaving it in a location where it might be pinched. Always turn off your indoor and/or outdoor decorations before leaving or going to sleep.

 

Hopefully these tips help lower your risk of fire or electrical accidents this holiday season. However, if you have more questions, you can always reach out to Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. We have been serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas for over 45 years. If you find yourself in a risky situation, please do not hesitate to contact us for an emergency electrical repair!

 

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What Should I Do When The Power Goes Out?

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There are a multitude of reasons as to why you might lose power in your home; Weather conditions, service accidents, and storms of varying levels of severity just to name a few. Because you can never be sure if your power outage is going to be for an extended period of time or for just a few minutes, it is important to be fully prepared for both scenarios. Keep your home and family safe with these power outage tips from Rose Brothers & Sons Electric where our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

When The Power Goes Out Short Term

Stay calm. Check outside your windows and see if you can tell if your neighbors have also lost power. If you discover that you are the only house on the block that is missing power, the problem is probably based within your home. Check circuit breakers, replace blown fuses, and check all of your outlets if you still don’t discover the problem and then call an electrician.

If you noticed that your neighbors have also lost power, call your electric company. While electrical suppliers usually know when areas on their grid lose power, it is always helpful for your own peace of mind to call and find an estimated time for repairs. While you are waiting for the repair, unplug all of your appliances with electrical components, like television sets, computers, and microwaves. By unplugging these items, you can avoid damage from the power surge once the power has been repaired.

Long Term Power Outage

The best thing you can do for long term power outages is to be prepared beforehand. Keep spare batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, and a basic first aid kit in a spot that you can locate easily. Consider buying a flashlight that stays plugged into an outlet at all times and is then ready and charged when your power goes out. If you have a generator, make sure you have the supplies you need like gas and that everything has been installed properly. Don’t wait for an emergency to check these things!

Just like with a short term power outage, check to see if you are the only house that has lost power and then check your breakers and fuses. If you are the only home that has lost power and you are unable to restore it, it is time to call an electrician. If your electrician comes and explains to you that the problem may take a while to resolve, unplug all of your belongings to avoid damage from power surges once power has been restored. In addition to this, turn off all of your breakers except for one, so you know when power is restored. Empty all your food from your refrigerators and freezers and leave the doors wide open. If someone you know has electricity, see if you can store food there. Utilize your windows to control the temperature of your home, open south facing curtains and blinds in the winter to let sun and heat into your home and always keep your blinds closed at night.

Electrical Repairs When The Power Goes Out

If you have a power outage or are in need of an electrical repair, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here for you. We are proud members of the BBB, Angie’s List, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and other reputable organizations so you know our service is among the best. Call our team of experts today for all of your electrical needs.

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The 411 on Backup Generator Safety

 generator safetyBefore you consider buying or renting a portable backup generator, it is important that you consider a few backup generator safety tips to ensure you choose the best option for your home and need.  Every year people purchase backup generators for times when the power is out.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

Choosing a Portable Backup Generator

There are a few good models when it comes to purchasing or renting a generator.  Make sure you look at the size of your generator and make sure it can handle the wattage you will need to turn on all the lights and appliances you have to use.  You can get the amount of power you need by looking at labels on the appliances you plan to operate.  If you are operating lights, the wattage is the number.  Your generator should be rated for amount larger than your overall need.  You also need to accommodate a surge of power when the generator kicks on.  An electrician can help you determine the size generator you need.  If you are using a generator for more than just emergency needs, your electrician may recommend a more permanent set up to power your house.

Portable Generator Hazards

A gas powered generator is a safety hazard if you don’t use caution when operating it.  The toxic exhaust can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or death.  There is a hazard of electrocution or electric shock and because many portable generators are gas or diesel fueled, there is always a fire hazard.  You should read over the generator safety tips carefully before using a backup generator.

Backup Generator Safety tips

  • Never operate a generator in a closed in area.  Opening windows and doors will not make it safe for indoor use.  Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and can quickly overcome you.  Never operate a generator in a garage, basement, crawlspace or other area that is enclosed.  If you have it near an open door or window CO can come inside.  The only way to detect CO in the air is to have a carbon monoxide detector that will sound an alarm when levels are too high.  If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, you should get fresh air immediately.
  • Keep the generator on dry, even ground.  Don’t operate next to water or in the rain.  Make sure your hands are dry when you touch the generator.
  • Cool the generator down 2 minutes before adding fuel.  This will make sure it doesn’t ignite.
  • Never use the generator around combustible items.
  • If you use extension cords make sure they are properly rated for outdoor use and are in good condition.  A three prong plug is important.
  • Never attempt to power your entire house by plugging directly into an outlet.  This “backfeeding” can cause electrocution miles away.  If you need to power your entire house, your electrician can install a power transfer switch which will do the job safely.

If you have questions about using a backup generator or generator safety, your electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help.  We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the Southern Indiana area.

 

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New Construction Electricians in Cincinnati

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Building a new home is a huge undertaking. That is why it is important to have knowledgeable experts whom you can trust walking you through the new construction electrical process. The professionals at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will provide you with that expertise along with ensuring that your personal needs for your home are met. Our expert new construction electricians will be with you every step of the way making sure that your project is completed the way that you had envisioned. We know that you have a lot invested in your home and want to make sure that your vision comes to fruition.

Call the experienced professionals at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric for all of your New Construction Electrical needs in the Cincinnati area. You can rely on their expertise and customer service to guide you through the process.

Services  New Construction Electricians Provide:

  • Electrical Construction
  • New Building Electrical
  • New Construction Wiring
  • New Construction Electricians
  • New Construction Electrical Repairs
  • New Construction Electrical Estimates
  • Commercial Electrical Build-outs

New Construction Services Provided in the Following Areas:

All of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, Williamstown

New Construction Electricians – Why Choose Us?

Whether you need a New Construction Electricians in Cincinnati, an Electrical Contractor or have other electrical needs Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We look forward to partnering with you on your new construction project and becoming your preferred electrician.

Our first priority at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is to treat you and your home with the utmost respect. You can trust that we will enter and leave your home as if it were our own. We take pride in our New Construction work and want your experience throughout the process to be a positive one. Our trained experts will deliver not only a service to you and your family but an enjoyable New Construction experience.

All of our Cincinnati electricians have many years of experience in New Construction. Their on the job experience and professionalism results in high quality work that is completed on time. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and Construction today and find out why numerous other Cincinnati area homeowners choose us for all of their electrical needs.

From beginning to end, the experts at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric work with YOU the customer. We are with you through all parts of the process. We want you to be happy with your home when the project is complete and will make that our goal. We will provide you with quality, on-time, affordable service on all of your electrical projects.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Electrical Contractor for Your New Home

electriciansChoosing the correct electrical contractor is incredibly important if you want your plans to run smoothly. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, electrical contracting serving Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, we understand how important it is to find the right team for the job. Here are 5 helpful tips for choosing the best electrical contractor for your new home.

1. Know What You Need

Make sure you have clearly defined the electrical project that you are preparing to have completed. Is it a minor repair? A complete renovation? Decide when you need the project to be completed by because this can be a factor towards rather or not an electrical contractor will work for your schedule. Give your contractor all the details possible on what you need done to make sure that they can give you proper estimates and time frames.

2 License and Insurance

After you have figured out exactly what you need the first thing you should look for is an electrical contractor who is licensed and insured. A licensed electrical contractor has completed all the necessary courses and training to perform their job safely and properly. Always ask to see a contractor’s license and make sure it is up to date.

3. Credibility and Experience

Don’t be afraid to ask a potential contractor for references from previous jobs and about their special qualifications. Many contractors will have special qualifications, accreditations, or might be Master Electricians like those at Rose Brothers & Sons. All of these extra factors about your contractor could make them the perfect fit for the job you need done, or the wrong fit. An easy way to check the standard of your contractor is to see if your contractor has a Better Business Bureau business review and accreditation. You can also browse the contractor’s website or review sites to look for reviews about experiences other people have had with that contractor.

4. Rates and Quotes

It is always a good decision to get at least three different quotes for your project, more would be better, but definitely get three. Make sure your electrician gives you quotes with precise breakdowns of all the prices so you can compare them to the other quotes you receive. Because of the quote process it is incredibly important to know exactly what you need done or else unforeseen expenses may arise.  You also don’t want to compare one quote to another without having similar breakdowns.

5. Go with Your Gut

Lastly, the best thing you can do is go with your gut. Pick the contractor that you feel the most comfortable with after talking to them. Ask your electrical contractor as many questions as you need to feel secure in your choice. You need to be confident that your contractor will understand what you need and have a good attitude about communication in the future.

Electrical Contractor In Northern Kentucky and The Surrounding Area

If you are looking for a contractor for your new construction, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here to meet all your needs. We are a locally, family owned, and trusted electrical contractor that can handle anything from small repairs to industrial and commercial electric. We pride ourselves on our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and our excellent record on Angie’s List. Call us today with any questions you may have so we can help you get started on your next electrical project.

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New Construction: 5 Electric Service Must Haves

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If you are planning to be involved with the design and construction of your new home, there are lots of decisions to think about as you build. Because you have the ability to go over every detail and design choice, you can make sure things are exactly as you would like them and that specific components of your new home, like your electrical service must haves, are included. While many people overlook the electrical aspects of the home for the flashier home décor choices, like window treatments and countertop choices, it is very important that you think about and discuss your electrical service must haves for your new home. Here are 5 helpful electric service must haves from the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., that you should consider for your newly constructed home.

Electric Service Must Haves

  1. Outlets, Outlets, Outlets

The most important and convenient thing any home can have is an excess of outlets for you to use. Outlets are critical to a home running smoothly and functioning properly and thus, outlet placement really needs to be thought out. As a rule of thumb, place two outlets on any large wall for all your future needs and place an outlet under every window in your home. If you have a mantle, keep in mind that mantels are hard to run extensions cord to without being obvious, so don’t even leave yourself room to fret and place an outlet on that as well. In the kitchen put outlets on both ends of your kitchen island and under your kitchen cabinets for lighting and utility purposes. In the bathroom, place outlets inside your vanity drawers, underneath your vanity mirror, and at least one to two others in the bathroom for plugging in grooming tools. Other places that are often looked over but will also need outlets are the roof soffits and you will need multiple outdoor outlets. You can never have enough outlets, so make sure to incorporate that in your house plans.

 

  1. Well Planned Wiring for Lighting

It is crucial to have well-planned wiring in your home. Make sure all of the wiring in your home is compatible with energy saving products and the latest CFL and LED lightbulbs so you can make sure to save yourself money. Also make sure you have extra wiring and a larger than necessary breaker box for any additions in lighting you have in the future.

 

  1. Pre-Wired Speakers

Running wiring for any and all appliances and electronics in your home to keep wires hidden is best done while the house is being constructed. By doing this while the house is being built you will save money and time in the future while also keeping your house from looking cluttered or messy.

  1. Smart Home System

Smart home systems are money saving and make your home much safer for you and your family. Have your smart home system wired into your home while it is being built so everything in your home can be connected. With a smart home automation system, you can control your home security, your windows, the sound system, even the temperature of your home, all with one simplistic system.

  1. Hard Wired Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector

Installing a hard wired smoke and carbon monoxide detector is one of the safest things you can do for your home. By installing this device with your electrical wiring in your new construction, you ensure that you will never need to change the batteries on your detector ensuring that your device will continue to work and be prepared when you need it most.

Electric Service Must Haves Done Right!

If you have any more questions about electrical service must haves for a new home Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., trusted Electricians of Northern Kentucky, can help you with all your needs. As electrical contractors we can guide you on the best path to a well wired and well planned home. Contact us today for more information!

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Hiring An Electrician For Home Automation

home automationHome automation has never been easier. Have you ever wanted to live in one of those smart houses from the movies but thought they only existed in science fiction? Well, now anyone can get their home automated and live like they’re in the future. Think of all the little things you will not have to do anymore, and how much free time and peace of mind you will have knowing you never have to deal with them on a daily basis. This article is going to break down the reasons why you should get your home automated and take a step into the future.

Home Safety

If there is one thing that every parent worries about it is keeping his or her family safe. Automating your home is one of the best ways that you can secure the safety of your family, even if you are not around to protect them all the time. With an automated home, you will be able to control lights and appliances at the push of a button. Now you can make sure you turned off the stove or the curling iron while you are out without sprinting back home. Also, with automated locks, worrying that you forgot to lock your doors would be a thing of the past. Simply press a button on your phone and lock your front door if you are afraid it is still open. And with an automated home you can install cameras to keep track of your property that you can check on your phone. This way if something is going wrong you can immediately put an end to it instead of stumbling upon the issue when you get home.

Home Automation: Convenience

Most weekday mornings are hectic, with people rushing every which way getting ready for school and work. Take some of the trouble out of it with home automation. This way instead of worrying about which lights are on or off and what the programmable thermostat is set at every morning before you leave, simply just check your phone and turn off lights and adjust your home temperature. Nothing is forgotten when you have a good home automation system. Now, when you are out of town on family vacations, you can keep track of your home and switch lights on and off to make it look like you are home. No more worrying about asking a neighbor to come over and flip around the lights. But perhaps the greatest convenience of all is how convenient it is on your wallet. An automated home system will cut down your energy bill drastically. No more paying for lights and appliances left on. No more covering the cost of having your thermostat running all the time. Now you can turn off anything you are not using at the push of a button and save quite a bit of money in the process.

Now that you know all of the great benefits of having an automated home, get your home automation system installed by your expert electricians in Northern Kentucky,  Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

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