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bio website gregmaclellan.com
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Professional software developer, with several years working on industrial control and monitoring systems. Slowly remodeling parts of my house.


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comment Securing 1X12s to plywood for tabletop?
You could also use clamps rather than heavy weights. I'd also stick to the stuff labelled as "construction adhesive" rather than say, wood glue. Generally stronger and bonds faster.
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revised Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
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comment Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
You might be able to melt the wire off but the fumes are dangerous to breath and it's actually hard to do without making a mess. A heat gun is probably the best way, but a small butane torch can work (or your soldering iron if you don't care about it getting covered in burnt, melted plastic).
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answered Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
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comment Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
With a pair of good strippers, you can hold them on a bit of an angle to cut thinner wire -- but they need to be very sharp. Takes some practice to get good at it.
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answered Replacing leaking Scalemaster scale inhibitor
Dec
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comment Should be concerned with water in water table?
Are you talking about a sump pit? Do you have a sump pump? When you say "water table" it does not generally refer to a thing in someone's house..
Dec
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comment Motion sensor Installation
Is there a reason you're not just screwing it into the wall?
Dec
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revised Why won't my ceiling light turn off?
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Dec
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comment Garage Door Openers With Timers
I have a timer on my opener (Chamberlin). It beeps and flashes the light for several seconds before it actually shuts the door, plus won't close if there is any motion in the garage or the safety beam is interrupted, and it goes back up if there's any resistance when closing. That said, I disabled the timer after the first time it tried to shut while I was working outside in the driveway. Instead of the timer, I have an indicator light in my house that tells me if I've left it open.
Dec
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comment Sheet metal fire rating
Very strange question. Why wouldn't you use an off-the-shelf UL/CSA-listed enclosure? Is there something you're doing that is particularly dangerous (prone to fire) or is this just a general inquiry? In general, most people building some type of custom circuit to be installed somewhere use listed enclosures and have some level of separation between high and low voltage circuitry, as well as fuses and/or thermal safety switches as appropriate. Keep in mind that metal is a very good heat conductor, and will probably set the wall it's mounted to on fire before the enclosure itself "fails".
Dec
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comment A bass tone is coming out of the toilet
Ah. Sorry, I read "when we are away" as meaning "not at home".
Dec
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comment 3 way circuit options to indicate if circuit is active
Yep, not cheap. But you don't need a hub, nor do you need to connect other lights/switches.
Dec
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comment water running but wont run hot through the kitchen only
Has it always been this way, or is this new? If new, what changed recently (outside temperature, perhaps)? Is the plumbing visible from the basement or anywhere else? Is there a chance the plumbing lines to the kitchen sink are not insulated or directly exposed to outside (freezing) temperatures?
Dec
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comment A bass tone is coming out of the toilet
How do you know your toilet makes sounds while you're not there? Is this a modern indoor-plumbing version of "if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it.." ?
Dec
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answered 3 way circuit options to indicate if circuit is active
Dec
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revised Saddle Valve turn on for humidifier
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Dec
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answered How can I remove 1/2“ PVC pipe that has broken off inside a 1/2” elbow?
Dec
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answered Saddle Valve turn on for humidifier
Dec
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comment Upgrade from outlet/switch combo to GFCI + outlet
I did this, and ran a new circuit and new outlet box, rather than trying to work with what was there (not to mention old house wiring = many shared circuits..). My blog details how I did the new outlet box: gregmaclellan.com/blog/renovation/2009/02/new-bathroom-plugs