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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 If flame sensor will affect Motor assembly's functionality of furnace? How does that work?
You should also have at least one CO detector in your house, which will alert you to any CO. In many places, this is required by law if you have a fuel-burning appliance and/or an attached garage. Usually this should be adjacent to any bedrooms.
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comment Well pump stops working after 30 minutes
@Zhentar: That's a potential fix, but definitely not an 'ultimate' one. You may have the same yield, especially if the new well is in the same aquifer. You can of course go deeper, but then you also have the risk of running into salt or other conditions that require additional treatment ($$) where it would have been cheaper to just install the cistern, or still not even finding any more water -- you still have to pay the driller for how deep they go, regardless if there's (good) water there or not.
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revised How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?
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comment Adding a “C” wire for a wireless theromstat
Browse thermostat-c-wire to see several variations of answers to how to accomplish this.
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comment How can I use a 16A appliance in a UK 13A socket?
It sounds like the 16A on the plug is just indicating that the plug/cord is rated for 16A, while the actual appliance is drawing 1425 watts. It's good to know because it's potentially dangerous to plug a cord that handles 16A into a 20A circuit: if the appliance malfunctioned in some way that it drew say, 19A, the cord could potentially melt. This is highly unlikely anyway, and the appliance should have a built-in fuse that would blow. When plugged into a ciruit rated less than 16A, the circuit breaker/fuse will trip before the cord gets overloaded.
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Oct
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answered How do you find underground pipe and wires to a private well and how deep would they be?
Oct
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comment Is it possible that a room ambient noise generator could reduce traffic sounds from outside?
You can always try (without actually buying a dedicated device); there are many free 'white noise generator' websites/apps you can play from your computer/phone/tablet. Just make sure you have some half decent speakers hooked up.
Sep
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Sep
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answered Well pump stops working after 30 minutes
Sep
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comment How can I safely splice wires inside a lamp?
Gut reaction is that a crimp connector would be better than a wire nut. Best to keep all connections in an accessible place, like the base, so you can easily fix/verify they are still connected should you have troubles down the road. All metal parts should also be grounded as well, ensuring that if a wire does come loose, it blows the breaker.
Sep
27
comment B&D Roller door control motor 433MHz is able to be activated with other electronic devices, how can this be stopped
How old is the opener? Pretty much in the last couple decades, all openers are using technology that makes it very difficult to accidentally (or maliciously) open the door without a programmed/recognized remote. What 'other electronic devices' can open the door?
Sep
27
comment choosing a programmable thermostat: wiring and power
See the questions tagged thermostat-c-wire
Sep
27
answered How do I reinstall round 6" duct pipe in my basement?
Sep
23
comment How can I prevent hanging sliding doors from coming off track?
In that case, maybe you could shim it out. Either install some type of stopper (such as an an actual door stopper) on the wall, or a block (made of scrap wood) on the back of the door, so that the top of the door hits the stopper at the same time the bottom hits the wall.
Sep
23
answered Can I build a 3 stage whole house water filter myself?
Sep
23
comment How can I prevent hanging sliding doors from coming off track?
Sounds like a crappy door design. Assuming you don't want to [spend the money] to replace the doors entirely, maybe there is a way to screw a piece of wood next to the wheels as a guide to prevent them from coming off? Or perhaps replace the wheels with better designed ones (eg: maybe buying replacement hardware for a different set of doors and adapting them). You'd have to post a couple pictures of the wheels and track for me to suggest anything more specific.
Sep
23
comment Should I replace bathroom OSB subfloor with plywood?
OSB has a higher tendency to resist moisture, but this also means it holds onto more moisture leading to rot. Plywood underneath a neglected leaking toilet will rot as well. The issue is not OSB vs Plywood; the issue is improperly installing the toilet and not addressing the leak. Keep in mind also that thinset and grout are permeable which is why it's not a great idea to install tile on wood (and why it's a terrible idea for a shower or location that regularly gets very wet), and again, given time, OSB vs plywood is irrelevant.
Sep
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revised How do I replace a non-standard (oversize) closet doors?
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