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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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awarded  Nice Question
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comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
You can check with a non-contact voltage detector. Better investment than a broken bulb remover, IMHO.
Aug
17
revised How do I remove an underground paper hornets nest?
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Aug
17
revised Just moved into a new house, what is this tube in the ground outside my wall?
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Aug
13
comment How can I protect a hardwood floor from a rolling office chair?
Wait, to protect floors from damage, hammer tacks into the floor?!?
Aug
13
answered How can I protect a hardwood floor from a rolling office chair?
Aug
13
comment Running Coax cable to the upper floor
Tip: If you add conduit, then run any cables OUTSIDE of the conduit, leaving the conduit empty. Rationale: If you are adding additional cables, it's easier to run through empty conduit. If you are replacing, then it means the current wires are obsolete anyway so there's no need to take them out.
Aug
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comment Running Coax cable to the upper floor
Totally worthwhile to also run a couple Cat5e or Cat6 cables as well, particularly to your office. Whether you put modem/router up there or elsewhere, you can get wired connections to other areas of the house, plus those cables/jacks can be used as telephone lines as well.
Aug
13
comment How do I wire a gazebo
The GFI outlet box is part of the gazebo, but not pre-wired to the switch? And the switch IS pre-wired to a (ceiling?) fan? It would help very much if you took a picture of what you have in the gazebo (showing wires/boxes) and what, if anything, you have coming from the house.
Aug
12
revised Do I attach kitchen cabinets when installed overtop of a hardwood floor?
reword to be generalized question instead of apparently directed at some (?) other user on the site
Aug
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awarded  Notable Question
Aug
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comment Minimizing wall thickness for basement drywall?
The thickness is entirely an artifact of how the wall is built, which is largely based on the insulation amount and type used, which is based on the climate conditions. If you have an existing wall, and want to know how it was built, you'll have to look somehow (eg, cut a hole). If you are building new, you must start with the insulation required and type of insulation you'll be using and work backwards from there.
Aug
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comment My kitchen lights won't turn on, what could be the problem?
I've found that often it's cheaper for an entire new fixture vs just the ballast (particularly if you find something on sale). YMMV, and of course, you may want to pay extra to keep the existing fixtures because you really like them, or because they're installed in a way that is difficult to change.
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awarded  Revival
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Jul
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revised Can I install a Honeywell WIFI Thermostat?
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Jul
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awarded  Good Answer
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comment Can you put a small breaker panel after a 30 amp breaker from main panel in the house?
To summarize the last 8 comments: There is nothing wrong with having 4 15amp circuits in a sub-panel that has a 30 amp main breaker. You can use max 15 amp on any one circuit, and max 30 amp all combined. You can't draw 15amp on all circuits at the same time.