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

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Oct
22
answered How can I totally smooth a wall surface without replastering?
Oct
21
revised How do I run a 3 Phase/1hp TEFC motor off of a regular household outlet?
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Oct
21
revised How do I run a 3 Phase/1hp TEFC motor off of a regular household outlet?
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Oct
21
answered How do I run a 3 Phase/1hp TEFC motor off of a regular household outlet?
Sep
12
answered How often do septic tanks typically need to be pumped?
Aug
11
answered Should I put down underlayment when putting a layer of tile on top of another?
Aug
2
comment Is there ever a reason for reversing hot and neutral on a receptacle?
Old polarized two prong equipment bonded the neutral to the chassis. If the hot and neutral are switched, you've made the chassis hot. Further, if the equipment connected to other equipment, say through a coaxial cable, you'd be putting hot on the coaxial shield wire, blowing up one or the other piece of equipment, if the other one was similarly neutral chassis bond, and plugged into a correct outlet.
Aug
1
comment Is there ever a reason for reversing hot and neutral on a receptacle?
If you want to blow up old equipment connected to A/V house/building cabling, then this is the easiest method. But it's also a fire and shock hazard, so it's strongly discouraged.
Jul
23
awarded  Yearling
Jul
22
comment Why does this toilet clog so often?
My sister had this issue. We did a typical consumer snake, and didn't find anything. Eventually she used a plunger very vigorously for a lengthy period of time and out popped a toilet paper hanger spring. I suspect that if you've tried all the normal things, you'd going to have to have a professional come in with a pipe camera to understand what's causing your clogging.
Jul
22
asked How long will stored powder charges last?
Jul
22
comment How to cut thick felt carpet pad?
I don't have it at hand, but it is pretty thick - maybe 7/16".
Jul
22
asked How to cut thick felt carpet pad?
Jul
17
answered How much cooling can I expect from a central air conditioner?
Jul
12
answered Deal with stripped washing machine inlet
Jul
12
asked Deal with stripped washing machine inlet
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
9
comment How do I hook up a washing machine drain line to this box?
Pretty installation behind wallboard.
May
30
comment What is the right way to clear the drilled plug out of a hole saw?
Make sure to clear each one out, don't drill two, then try to clear both out at the same time. If you still find them hard to remove, use two screwdrivers simultaneously, one in each side, and lever the plug out from both sides. This should be fairly quick since you won't be rocking it back and forth and having it bind on the pilot bit. This requires a bit of coordination, though, and you'll need to make sure you don't accidentally hit the trigger while doing this.
May
22
comment How can I remove stubborn nails from baseboard?
Channel lock pliers work well in the same way - one side is curved, and you don't have to worry so much about cutting the nail.