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Embedded engineer, hardware and software on custom and mobile hardware.

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Mar
10
comment Are CFL bulbs safe for enclosed fixtures?
+1 for "[the] type of fixtures they can safely be used in ... should be information that is listed prominently on every light bulb pack..."
Mar
10
answered How do I change lights bulbs that are 20 feet off the ground and pointing up (in a vanity fixture)?
Feb
18
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
20
comment Subfloors and stairs
@User58220 Your method is a linear change in riser height, which may be better simply from the standpoint of maintaining an even riser height top to bottom with no variation. My method will cause the bottom few treads to be a different height, but still within code, and require fewer modifications overall. If you're going to go to the trouble of adding height to every tread, it'd probably be easier simply to recut the stringers anyway. Still, 1.5" height adjustment for such a short stairway would suggest replacement of the stairs.
Jan
20
revised Subfloors and stairs
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Jan
20
comment Subfloors and stairs
@2LeftThumbs Cutting new stringers is an obvious fix which I didn't mention, so I'll add that in.
Jan
19
answered Subfloors and stairs
Jan
18
comment Can I make PVC pipe into a decent indoor column?
Wow, thanks for the mockup! You've convinced me that the PVC is a poor choice. The hardware stores locally only seem to have patio posts, so we might just use a simple colonial post, but I"m going to keep looking around for a nicer turned 4x4. Thanks again!
Jan
18
accepted Can I make PVC pipe into a decent indoor column?
Jan
18
comment Can I make PVC pipe into a decent indoor column?
"I could buy a lathe and make my own for the cost of commercially built" And I'm not going to spend that much. If we can't do it cheaply with round, we'll go square.
Jan
18
asked Can I make PVC pipe into a decent indoor column?
Jan
14
comment Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced?
"I have even seen some of it on MASH 4077 where wires are run in pairs and held by cleats." Are you suggesting that a TV show produced 40 years ago depicting a war zone 60 years ago should be used to help one determine if their house is wired safely?
Jan
14
revised What size extension cord should I use for multiple computers?
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Jan
14
comment What size extension cord should I use for multiple computers?
I found it, but no longer recall the source. It's easily calculated, though. The table primarily concerns itself with cord heating and safety issues related to that. Equipment with universal AC power supplies will often have a voltage rating, such as 90-260VAC. However you'll also need to account for voltage drop in the building. However you should be fine with 8-10% drop in the cord assuming the building has less than 5%, and if it's wired to US standards it probably will be. If you use the runs and gauges according to this table it will be a rare piece of computer equipment that will suffer.
Dec
20
answered Does amalgamating tape adhere to wet surfaces
Dec
15
accepted How to add door trim where there isn't enough room?
Dec
14
comment How to add door trim where there isn't enough room?
I'm not thrilled at losing a few inches in the opening, but I suspect that's the best/correct answer and I may just have to bite the bullet...
Dec
13
asked How to add door trim where there isn't enough room?
Oct
28
awarded  Constituent
Oct
22
awarded  Caucus