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


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?
correct typo in terminals
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?
Jan
30
comment How much space do I need between rafter ties?
Consult an engineer! The potential cost of not doing so is your house (or a substantial part of it, anyway) collapsing. Pretty sure insurance won't cover any claim that begins with "Well, I removed some joists from my ceiling..."
Jan
30
answered Led lighting. Extended lengths
Jan
30
revised Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?
re-iterate code compliance running wire to the j-box
Jan
29
revised Doorbell for a rectangular switch box
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Jan
29
answered Doorbell for a rectangular switch box
Jan
28
answered Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?
Jan
27
comment Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?
You absolutely can not do it the way you're describing. NEC 400.8 Uses Not Permitted (ref. Extension Cord) Flexible cords and cables shall not be used for the following: (1) As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure (2) Where run through holes in walls, structural ceilings, suspended ceilings, dropped ceilings, or floors (5) Where concealed by walls, floors, or ceilings or located above suspended or dropped ceilings
Jan
27
answered How can I replace a long double vanity with two single vanities?
Jan
19
comment Wiring to split one circuit for ceiling lights in multiple rooms?
To meet code (NEC 2011 404.2(C)) you'll also need to have a neutral at each switch, which means either running power to the switch first, or using a /3 wire between the switch and light. If you're not touching the wiring between the switch and light, you may get away without this, but it would be best to ask your local inspector. For more info, see this question.
Jan
19
revised How do I fix the shelf support holes in my cabinets?
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Jan
17
comment Do I have to cover the entire floor while painting a ceiling, or can I simply cover the floor in the area I'm working?
If your floor is something you could easily clean paint from, then you could probably just get away with piling any furniture in the room in the middle and covering it, so long as you clean any drips fairly quickly (so you don't step in them and track them around). If it's something like carpet, or you're a very messy painter, the time and cost to put down some poly film or builder's paper will easily be worth it.
Jan
16
revised Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
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Jan
14
comment Is beeswax ok to use to keep a screw tight?
The legs are held with screws, or with nuts and bolts? The couple tables I can remember assembling (including the one in my kitchen right now) has a bolt sticking out of the table that goes through a hole in the leg, which is then held on with a wingnut. If you don't know what I mean, perhaps you can take a picture of the connection under the table.
Jan
14
comment How to get both sides of 1/2 inch water pipe into a new coupling
I'd also add to this: Step 1 - try to avoid this situation. Beyond the technical aspect of physically connecting pipes, plumbing has a bit of an art to it in terms of figuring out how to assemble everything, which you can really only learn through experience. Things like which sections to assemble on the floor before putting into place; being able to use an elbow as a hinge to connect a piece in place; leaving extra space between a wall, or not attaching pipes to walls until everything is in place.