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


Nov
11
comment In a multi-gang box, are neutral wires paired with specific hot wires?
@drs From your picture, it looks like a single circuit switching multiple outlets/lights. The wire at the bottom of the schematic is the feed from the panel, the other four wires are going to lights/outlets. Can you just confirm there is there a single breaker that will switch off power to this entire box, and that the existing four switches control four separate sets of lights and/or outlets?
Nov
10
comment Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?
I don't, sorry. I have a Roku 2 box somewhere but it only has HDMI. Maybe you can use your Receiver to downscale to 480i/composite, and output that to the projector? At least you'd only have to change inputs on your reciever, not both receiver and projector (I hate having a system that requires multiple inputs on different devices to be changed).
Nov
10
answered What gauge wire do I need to supply 15A to small building 440 ft from the main house?
Nov
10
answered Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?
Nov
9
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Nov
8
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
7
comment Will enclosing my porch keep my house warmer?
While cellulose for walls and foam boards for basement are examples of ways of insulating those spaces, note they are not the only way. The full explanation of different ways to insulate is beyond the scope of this question (and asked already on this site) but I just wanted to point this out as this answer's wording implies there is only the one correct method. (I agree with answer in principle, just don't like the wording).
Nov
7
comment How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?
Also occurs to me that perhaps the plumbing is incorrect (either changed by your tenant, or was always wrong but just happened to never cause a problem until now). Normally there is a P-trap that holds water, which prevents smells from coming back up. Can you post a picture that shows how all the drains are connected? We can at least spot if there is something obviously wrong (eg, garbage disposal hooked up incorrectly or missing trap, etc), to rule that out if nothing else.
Nov
7
comment How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?
Have you tried a liquid drain cleaner (just be sure to get one that says it can be used with a garbage disposal)? Next step would probably be to put a snake down and see if there is something clogging it. You could also try a plumber who will snake/inspect the drain with a camera.
Nov
7
comment What type of room divider should I use to convert a dining room into a bed room?
When I was in university, we used a few panels of ~2.5" XPS foam to make a partition wall so a dining room could be a bedroom. Ugly as hell, but easy, functional, cheap, and actually made a good sound insulator. True story, but I don't recommend doing this unless you're under 21 and can justify it with the fact most of your money goes to tuition and beer.
Nov
6
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Nov
5
comment Extra low voltage over mains voltage circuit
Aside, forgetting any potential regulatory issues, my gut feeling as I read this is whatever you're trying to do is somewhere between "won't work" and "there is a much better way". I'll reserve final judgement until you can clarify the question..
Nov
5
comment Extra low voltage over mains voltage circuit
Can you clarify please? You have a regular mains (120/240V) outlet (or a circuit of outlets) and you'd like to run it at 12V? But you also want it switchable, so it can be either 12V or mains, controlled by some type of transfer switch? (What exactly are you plugging in that is okay with both 12V and mains voltage?) Is this a circuit in a residential/commercial/industrial setting (eg, a regular outlet in the wall) or something else?
Nov
4
comment Can a lower cabinet be used over a floor vent?
The builder of my (suburban subdivision) house did this in my master bathroom: there is a 6" hole in the floor below the cabinets, and there is a 6x2" hole with a metal vent cover over it in the toe kick. The furnace blasts air into the space below and most of it comes out the vent. This is on my to-do list of things to fix, because in the winter: 1) we can't adjust the flow of this vent and with the bathroom door closed it quickly gets to sauna-like temperatures, and: 2) it heats up the contents of that part of the cabinet enough that my wife can't store any makeup/mouthwash/soap/etc there.
Nov
4
answered Where should I connect the C wire in a Janitrol furnace?
Nov
2
answered Where to get the semi gloss black paper that is used to cover particle board furniture
Oct
29
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.
Oct
29
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.
Oct
27
revised How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?
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Oct
27
comment Adding a “C” wire for a wireless theromstat
Browse thermostat-c-wire to see several variations of answers to how to accomplish this.