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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.


Nov
25
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Nov
25
comment How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?
@Steven: There actually is such a thing as a DC extension cord, though I doubt you'd find one at a store like Home Depot.
Nov
25
comment How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?
@tester if run along the top of cabinets and used to plug in a standard plug, wouldn't this be considered "temporary"? I have a lamp in my living room plugged in via extension cord that had been that way since I moved in, but it is still "temporary". Not clear to me that this situation is any different..
Nov
24
comment Mounting a 32" LED TV to Dry Wall without Stud Support
Are you saying that chunk of drywall is on studs 32" (80cm) apart? That is very suspicious as 1) that is too big a span for drywall, and 2) standard spacing is 16" (and the only other common spacing is 24")... I would bet there is another stud exactly between the two you found, which of course you could use for your mount. Try a bit harder with your stud finder, or try putting an exploratory finishing nail in. (Note: with only one stud in the center, I'd rely on the bulk of the weight being supported by the stud but still use drywall anchors of some type mostly for stability)
Nov
24
comment How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?
Is this literally just sitting on top of the cabinets? Why not run an extension cord over to the new location? As long as you're not building this in (eg, routing through the cabinets, or behind walls), from what you described it would be okay to do this way. Similarly, you could extend the low-voltage wire that goes to the LED lights -- either with a purpose-built DC extension cord (if it'll work), or by splicing in your own extension (you can ask another question for details on how to do that safely).
Nov
24
comment Fire proofing walls with Aluminum Foil Tape
I think you're on the path to spend a lot of money and effort to achieve little result (eg, 30-60 minutes extra of rated fire time). Also, do you have an exterior fire-rated door on the room? Is the ventilation system separated? The first thing that comes to mind is that you should make sure you have arc fault breakers on the circuit(s) in the room, as well as a smoke detector and nearby fire extinguisher. Far less money, and even if you have all the type X drywall in the world it's still not good to have a fire in your house.
Nov
22
revised Is there anything special needed to cut out a section of carpet?
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Nov
22
accepted How do I install a receptacle in the soffit?
Nov
22
accepted How is pre-wiring done for motion sensors / alarm system in new construction?
Nov
21
accepted Is there anything special needed to cut out a section of carpet?
Nov
21
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Nov
21
comment Plumbing: Dual volume control valve WITHOUT mixing
I've certainly never heard of a valve that has two separate in/outs like you're describing. However, I am thinking about this being possible using solenoids.. but safety is an issue.
Nov
21
comment Plumbing: Dual volume control valve WITHOUT mixing
Clearly this is related to your other question
Nov
20
comment Very old furnace- I need a technician to inspect it-What would be a good check up list?
I can't imagine anyone would be willing to provide that type of guarantee. If there does end up being a problem, how could you possibly prove whether the inspector missed it or if it was a problem that developed afterwards?
Nov
20
comment Why is my shower not draining, even though there is no physical blockage?
5' is 2m, so even if there is a vent, it's still too far away (assuming the drain pipe is 2" .. you didn't say). This unfortunately means whoever did your plumbing didn't know what they were doing, so this may just be the start of problems. What to do next depends on the bathroom layout, and if you can find and access a vent stack. Your local codes may also allow use of an AAV (air admittance valve, aka 'cheater vent'), but layout will also dictate if that's even possible. Post some pictures and/or drawings of the layout (with dimensions relevant to plumbing) and someone might be able to help.
Nov
20
revised How do I insulate my garage ceiling?
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Nov
20
revised After moving stove and rewiring, why don't I get any heat from my stove?
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Nov
19
comment Inconsistent Garage Door Open Remotes
Definitely sounds like a radio interference issue. Has this always worked this way? Did you install the opener? How old is it? Make/Model #? Most openers have an antenna which is just a short piece of wire hanging down -- is it maybe inside or stuck up against some metal, or does re-positioning it help? Is the keypad wireless or wired? Have you tried changing/resetting the codes on the remotes?