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I am a software programmer using C#, C+, and (less often) PHP. I frequently work with SQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, and XML.

I own a business for technical consulting, programming, general IT work, and designing custom electronics (usually for costumes and theater/movie prop use).

I enjoy computers, music composition, photography, writing, sci-fi/fantasy, birding, and occasional cooking. (Many of which are topics of SE sites!)

A note on capitalization, spelling, and grammar: I care about the quality and readability of the questions and answers on StackExchange sites. I frequently edit for these reasons. I understand that not everyone knows English as their first language. If I leave a comment for you asking you to observe some language-usage convention, it's meant as a helpful hint, not as an attack.


May
29
comment Live wire touching ground, sends power back through TV cable
Unfortunately this question isn't really on-topic, as it's not about electronics design. I think you just need to find a reputable, qualified electrician to come and sort out the issues. There's no way to provide a reasonable answer in the context of this site, as nobody here has access to your household wiring to perform some basic measurements and inspection.
Feb
21
comment Why are homes wired using solid wire rather than stranded?
You have this backwards; see the skin effect.
Feb
14
comment How can I raise my bed frame cheaply?
Cinder blocks, no matter the orientation, would raise a bed more than a "few inches."
Dec
20
comment Does amalgamating tape adhere to wet surfaces
Also cross-posted at EE.
Dec
13
comment What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?
@Brad 1. Research if the manufacturer still exists and if so, if the company is wealthy. 2. Ensure you have purchase receipts, warranty registration card filled out, etc. 3. Operate some machinery using the adapter, perhaps something that doesn't have safe wiring (wink, wink). 4. Sue for damages and profit.
Dec
13
comment What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?
One of the great things about SE sites is that you can ask a question (even if you know the answer) because you want to either a) answer it yourself as a reference for others, b) get additional answers to elaborate and expand on something, or c) you just want to get more internet points!
Oct
10
comment What are the pros/cons of different wire connectors on a switch/outlet? OR How can push-in wire connections fail?
@BlueRaja I was making a joke about the underlying reason. I agree with you, the "screw wrap" is the most proven and reliable.
Oct
10
comment What are the pros/cons of different wire connectors on a switch/outlet? OR How can push-in wire connections fail?
Electricians prefer the "screw wrap" method because it gives them a reason to use those little holes on the sides of wire strippers. :)
Sep
12
comment How safe is having my boiler in my daughter's bedroom?
The note is priceless. :)
Jan
15
comment Is it cost effective to close some heating vents?
The single thermostat is in the hallway, between the rooms with vents. I'll add this detail to the question.
Dec
30
comment How can I avoid cold rooms due to combustion air intake?
Water heater is gas, and right next to furnace, so those could be enclosed together. Clothes dryer is electric. Gas range (upstairs) I wouldn't think relies on a combustion air that's so far away?
Dec
13
comment What to look for in a new/replacement toilet?
If the cheaper ones do a good job, but are flimsy, then I'm ok spending another 50 or 100% to get one that's sturdy also.
Dec
13
comment Is it cost effective to close some heating vents?
No, there's a return in two other bedrooms. (Basically 3 bedrooms upstairs, each with a return as well as a vent.)
Oct
8
comment Should I cover my air conditioner for winter?
*Overheats! Doh.
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
I'm surprised anyone would consider doing the work of relocating light switches (electrical, drywall, paint) before employing discipline and responsible parenting. Wow.
Jul
3
comment What is the typical water pressure for a sprinkler system in a home?
Residential sprinkler systems are on-topic for DIY; wanting to know "typical" pressure might be too ambiguous, but rephrased slightly, this question is on-topic in my opinion.
Dec
13
comment How do you plan capacity for electrical circuits?
The lighting calculations of VA/ft² is very interesting, it could be in its own Q&A thread...
Dec
12
comment How to finish room with protruding concrete ledge/foundation?
A good suggestion, a lot of other sites show building a shelf or bench of some kind. However I wanted to maximize space. This room is intended to be a workshop/office, but it may regarded as a bedroom if I were to sell the home.
Dec
12
comment How do you plan capacity for electrical circuits?
My curiosity is whether you count, for example, a standard "Edison" light bulb socket as using the wattage you intend to use (25 watt compact fluorescent bulb) or the maximum wattage that could be installed, i.e. 120W incandescent bulb?
Dec
12
comment How to finish room with protruding concrete ledge/foundation?
@DA01 Yes, it's not technically a basement. It's the ground floor, with another above it. Sorry for the ambiguity.