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


Feb
26
comment Want to purchase electric range unassembled
Can you take the closer and/or chains off the storm door, so it opens all the way? I've had to do this when moving before, and I've also had to take the main door off the hinges entirely; neither is very hard to do. If the opening of the doorway itself is large enough to get the appliance through, this is significantly easier than disassembly of an appliance (or rather, every major appliance in your house, since 30~32" widths are quite common).
Feb
25
revised Wifi Thermostat wiring
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Feb
25
comment Will cutting PVC pipe with a miter saw dull the blade?
Also watch out for flying pieces, especially when making small cuts (eg <2" off the end) as the blade can send the offcut a pretty good distance. I've also had central vac tube -- which is 2" thin-walled PVC -- actually shatter into several flying pieces from bringing the blade down too fast. Just a reminder to always wear eye protection!
Feb
22
comment Proper method to send wiring through the roof?
@Casey do you mean shingles? Post a picture showing where you want the camera and where you have access to from the inside, maybe I or someone else can suggest something.
Feb
20
revised Proper method to send wiring through the roof?
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Feb
20
answered Proper method to send wiring through the roof?
Feb
14
comment Why does my furnace make sounds like a tuba when kicking on?
Your question seems offensive to tuba players.
Feb
14
comment Are solar panels cost-effective?
The plug-in energy usage monitoring devices (eg, Kill-a-watt) are also quite useful if you're looking at replacing appliances, because they can help you determine how much you're actually spending. While replacing an old appliance will almost unarguably save you money on your monthly energy bill, in my experience (measuring my own old appliances) the actual payback may actually be longer than the expected lifespan of the new appliance (not mention disposal costs -- both out-of-pocket and environmental). Now, if you're replacing it anyway, then by all means get the low-energy ones.
Feb
12
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Feb
6
revised duplex outlet relay
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Feb
6
comment duplex outlet relay
You should consider a whole-house humidifier that mounts to and is hardwired to the furnace. These can turn on using the power from the furnace, signal from a thermostat with humidifier output (not all have this) or an air flow-activated switch.
Feb
6
answered duplex outlet relay
Feb
6
answered kitchen sink plumbing hook up
Feb
6
answered How to prepare for a home service call from my DSL provider?
Feb
5
comment Hot water running out, already replaced both heating elements and both thermostats
The tank being plumbed backwards (cold/hot reversed) will also cause this.
Feb
5
revised How to fix over-tightened metal drywall anchor?
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Feb
3
revised Why doesn't the “fan on” mode work after I installed a new thermostat?
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Feb
1
revised Why doesn't the “fan on” mode work after I installed a new thermostat?
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Feb
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revised Why doesn't the “fan on” mode work after I installed a new thermostat?
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Feb
1
answered Why doesn't the “fan on” mode work after I installed a new thermostat?