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bio website infosecfrog.blogspot.com
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 43
visits member for 3 years, 10 months
seen Oct 2 at 19:02

In my dim and distant past I did get a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and I do love to build and modify any house I get my hands on to make it more suitable for a family's needs:-)

I worked as a builder a couple of times as well, once doing houses/apartments and once doing aluminium furnaces


Mar
21
comment How do I install laminate counter tops? What are some tips/tricks to it?
Tried to make it readable - the lack of punctuation was confusing so if I have muddled up some steps, I apologise.
Mar
3
comment Where should carbon monoxide detector be located?
Hmmm - the page I was reading said avoid the ceiling and floor, as the CO was only slightly different so it would move with airflow. I'm guessing I misread lighter/heavier - either way, it is very similar, so ceiling is not good, unlike heat detectors etc.
Mar
3
comment Where should carbon monoxide detector be located?
Too many false positives if you place them too close to the furnace. And the ceiling may not pick up CO, as it is slightly heavier than air.
Feb
19
comment How can I keep neighbor's cats from using my yard as their litter box?
Will try and find one - it does basic location finding using IR and points the jet the right direction. Looks awesome. I was tempted to buy one last year :-)
Feb
19
comment How can I keep neighbor's cats from using my yard as their litter box?
There is a version of this which actually aims the water jet at any moving animal in the garden, which is much more fun!
Feb
15
comment What's a reasonable expectation for efficiency in modern solar panels?
Interestingly, here in Scotland, we would have "Generate as much power as possible in the Winter" as most important, as that is when our electricity usage is highest.
Feb
12
comment Does turning the air conditioning on and skipping its “fan” setting damage the air conditioner?
Of course - quite often you just want to move air. Even in a tropical environment it can help evaporative cooling.
Feb
3
comment Is it code compliant to vent my bathroom exhaust through the turbine vent in our attic?
What is a whirly bird?
Jan
31
comment How to clean a calcified bathtub outlet that I can't dismantle?
Hadn't heard of CLR - but that looks like good stuff!
Jan
18
comment What type of glue sticks to tiles?
Even new, they will have whatever coating came from the manufacturer. If you are wanting to hang heavy items you could look into abrading them slightly with a wire brush - but be aware this could break through the coating and cause them to discolour over time.
Dec
22
comment How do I set the clock on a Thermador CT227N or CT227NW oven?
This isn't really a home improvement question. It is very localised to one product that is an electrical appliance, and it is easily found by a simple google search or by reading the manual.
Dec
19
comment Is cork an effective solution to reverberation problems?
Of course, a good thick coat of polyurethane removes some of the sound-deadening qualities...
Dec
9
comment What's the best way to get rid of ants?
+1 (I would love pet anteater to be the best answer!)
Dec
7
comment What could I have done wrong while changing to LED bulbs in my recessed lighting?
a photograph of the fixture would probably help.
Dec
6
comment How do I keep my Christmas tree from falling over?
+1 for packing wedges. We have a plastic, water filled stand, and the 3 screws weren't enough. With wedges it works perfectly.
Dec
5
comment Can you crimp a tubular lug without a crimper plier?
+1 Thanks Shirlock.
Dec
3
comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
Definitely a +1 for the last two paragraphs alone. Overkill is good where power supplies are concerned.
Oct
22
comment What could cause clothes to come out of the dryer with tiny burn or scorch marks?
This sounds exactly right. Having just had a peer in through a slightly lifted panel I can see a small amount of lint lying, so have vacuumed up what I can. I will probably pop the case front off to get at the awkward corners as well.
Oct
22
comment What could cause clothes to come out of the dryer with tiny burn or scorch marks?
yup - electric. Updated.
Oct
22
comment What could cause clothes to come out of the dryer with tiny burn or scorch marks?
I will try and get a picture of one of the burns later today, and yes - the lint trap is cleared before every load and the exhaust vent is clear (well, I can't see through the full length of the pipe, but there is significant flow of air - will try and remove it for a check later)