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Professional software developer since 2000. Have worked on many open-source projects, and am currently employed as a senior web application developer.


Dec
3
revised How do I connect a pull cord switch to a fluorescent light?
title, readability, chord -> cord
Dec
3
comment Possible to make a bathroom floor veneer with A4 Paper?
..Or maybe go find a store that prints large signs or outdoor banners to print a large-format image for you, rather than trying to use tiny A4 pages. No matter what you do, please come back and post a photo of the finished project.. I'm sure it would help others contemplating a project like this.
Dec
2
comment how do i improve the temperature of my sons room?
Rooms over the garage? There's a red flag. Builders (even in current houses) sadly, often get this wrong. They (poorly) insulate the garage ceiling, then leave a space between that and the floor. This space often gets heated, in order to make the floor slightly warmer (and as you can imagine, this is horribly inefficient). Sometimes there is an air return (which means any leaks from the garage circulate car exhaust around the house), sometimes not (which means the heating is doing basically nothing). I really hope the attic insulation helps, but you may have bigger troubles, sadly.
Dec
2
comment how do i improve the temperature of my sons room?
Although poor attic insulation can definitely be a major contributor to heat loss, it seems less obvious to me that this is the source of the problems if other upstairs rooms are significantly different temperatures. You should check for other obvious drafts (electrical outlets, windows) and other places where heat can be lost (outside walls, or especially windows). It might be worth buying an infrared thermometer (can be found online for as little as ~$20) which will make it easier to find cold spots around the room, as well as compare different rooms to each other.
Dec
1
revised How do I insulate a bathroom in a mobile home?
edited title
Dec
1
comment How can I rewire a three-wire ceiling fan installation where there is a two-wire set up?
...assuming there is a conduit there, which the OP didn't specify. I've never seen conduit used like this in residential situations, personally -- normally it's 14/2 NMD stapled to the framing.
Dec
1
comment Can I use #10 wire instead of #12 when wiring a new house?
At my current local pricing, #10 is about double the cost of #12. You'd probably be better off selling (or returning) the #10 you have, buying new #12, and using the leftover money to buy beer (or something else less exciting).
Dec
1
comment Ceiling Fan and separate ceiling light fixtures
There are too many variations in wiring for this to just draw them all out. If you can post a (partial) diagram, showing which wires are in each location and how it's currently wired up, that would be a good start.
Nov
28
comment Soundproofing a room from outside traffic noise and vibrations
Care to provide any details? Do you mean 'soundproof' as in "I am building a recording studio and there needs to be zero noise" or "I live next to a loud highway and want it to be a bit quieter"? Is this room interior or exterior walls? What is the existing construction? Are you willing to knock-down and rebuild walls, replace or remove windows, etc, or is this a rented apartment that you can't make any permanent modifications to?
Nov
28
comment What different types of remotely controlled light switches exist?
That's definitely a concern, and something that should be considered when buying any of these types of devices. Good questions I would ask are: Does it rely on a 'cloud' service? What happens if your internet connection is down? What happens if the company shuts down their servers? Is there any type of SDK or API that can be used to interact with it? Is there an active user community? Is there an ecosystem of plugins/companies around this that add value?
Nov
27
answered How do I wire a switch and light so I can add a fan later?
Nov
27
revised How do I wire a switch and light so I can add a fan later?
edited title
Nov
26
comment How to Convert an Undersink Filter System to an Above Sink System
Tough situation. I'm definitely not aware of any type of off-the-shelf adapter ring as you described. Because of the pull-out faucet, it's going to be even more of a tough fit with the hose looping down through the countertop as well. I'd probably look at coming out the side of the cabinets or something. If there's no backsplash, and it's not an outside wall, put a hole in the drywall to route around the counter top maybe? It's really difficult to suggest viable alternatives without knowing the full layout. You could also try negotiating with the landlord to just permanently install correctly.
Nov
26
comment How to Convert an Undersink Filter System to an Above Sink System
Is this an RO system or something else..? Is the dispenser faucet currently mounted inside your cabinet right now? An "undersink filter system" to me means that the filter is under the sink with a dispensing faucet right next to the kitchen tap, mounted in the countertop. This is in contrast to having the actual filters mounted in the basement somewhere (still, with the dispensing faucet somewhere accessible), or a whole-house filter (where the kitchen tap itself is filtered water). Picture maybe?
Nov
26
revised How do you connect one generator to two seperate boxes?
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Nov
26
revised What size power supply do I need to connect two 5 meter LED strips?
edited title
Nov
26
comment What different types of remotely controlled light switches exist?
Also, possibly dupes: What are the pros and cons of different types of smart switches (that are on the US market) ?, What is the most common home automation technology?, What are some scalable, affordable home automation options?
Nov
26
comment What different types of remotely controlled light switches exist?
Tip: Don't do X10. It's cheap, but that's literally the only thing going for it. X10 is really, really awful (as in, random noise is mistaken for the "All on" command on a monthly basis, signals get lost, multiple commands noticeably take several seconds to send). Insteon is decent (so long as you use dual-band), reasonably cheap, and the gear looks nice. Z-Wave has more manufacturers supporting it, the gear is starting to look nicer than it used to, and apparently it works quite well. UPB looks nice (programming flexibility puts all others to shame) but is a bit more niche.
Nov
26
comment What different types of remotely controlled light switches exist?
How is an Arduino not a "hub" in the way you described? Single centralized device, bridges gap between protocols, and relays control signals...
Nov
25
comment Christmas lights haunting me
@Tester101 Updated. Feel free to edit in specific NEC citations if you like :)