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bio website gregmaclellan.com
location Canada
age 33
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Started working for my dad's water treatment company in my teens, installing and repairing pumps and water treatment systems. Later worked on automated monitoring and control systems for small water treatment systems, including PLC programming, panel design, systems integration, and designing and building our own SCADA software package. Currently employed as a senior software architect at a print software company.

Renovations around my houses have included installing complete bathrooms (both reno and adding new), complete basement gut and reno, and all types of electrical, plumbing, and ethernet/video/audio cabling. Also have a particular interest in home automation -- my current house has several rooms controlled using Insteon gear.


Jan
6
revised Can I connect all of my LED strips to a single power supply?
modified to deal with addressable LEDs
Jan
6
comment How to stop cold drafts caused by a warped door sill?
Using a door sweep (which attaches to the door itself) certainly would not hurt, but if the sill/threshold is actually warped, @bobfandango's answer also definitely applies. Personally I would probably go towards a metal door sweep that screws on rather than the adhesive/plastic one you linked, but that's just me.
Jan
6
comment concrete and slate roof has started to leak
This site works best with a specific question. If you're simply looking for alternatives (and especially if you are not doing the work yourself) it's best to get some other companies in your area to come give you quotes/options. If you want to ask how you can fix this roof yourself, we'd need many more details (and pictures) -- though considering you've already said it's leaking in multiple places, and you've already been quoted on doing a complete replacement, most likely replacing it is the best option. As with any project, be sure to get quotes from more than one contractor.
Jan
6
answered Can I connect all of my LED strips to a single power supply?
Jan
4
comment Is my water contaminated?
Is this a city or private water supply? Where are you located?
Dec
24
revised How do I wire three 3-way switches in one gang box to three switches in another box?
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Dec
24
answered Can I shut off the water supply by unplugging the water softener?
Dec
16
comment Securing 1X12s to plywood for tabletop?
You could also use clamps rather than heavy weights. I'd also stick to the stuff labelled as "construction adhesive" rather than say, wood glue. Generally stronger and bonds faster.
Dec
16
revised Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
new pics
Dec
16
comment Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
You might be able to melt the wire off but the fumes are dangerous to breath and it's actually hard to do without making a mess. A heat gun is probably the best way, but a small butane torch can work (or your soldering iron if you don't care about it getting covered in burnt, melted plastic).
Dec
16
answered Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
Dec
16
comment Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
With a pair of good strippers, you can hold them on a bit of an angle to cut thinner wire -- but they need to be very sharp. Takes some practice to get good at it.
Dec
16
answered Replacing leaking Scalemaster scale inhibitor
Dec
15
comment Should be concerned with water in water table?
Are you talking about a sump pit? Do you have a sump pump? When you say "water table" it does not generally refer to a thing in someone's house..
Dec
13
comment Motion sensor Installation
Is there a reason you're not just screwing it into the wall?
Dec
10
revised Why won't my ceiling light turn off?
edited title
Dec
8
comment Sheet metal fire rating
Very strange question. Why wouldn't you use an off-the-shelf UL/CSA-listed enclosure? Is there something you're doing that is particularly dangerous (prone to fire) or is this just a general inquiry? In general, most people building some type of custom circuit to be installed somewhere use listed enclosures and have some level of separation between high and low voltage circuitry, as well as fuses and/or thermal safety switches as appropriate. Keep in mind that metal is a very good heat conductor, and will probably set the wall it's mounted to on fire before the enclosure itself "fails".
Dec
8
comment A bass tone is coming out of the toilet
Ah. Sorry, I read "when we are away" as meaning "not at home".
Dec
8
comment 3 way circuit options to indicate if circuit is active
Yep, not cheap. But you don't need a hub, nor do you need to connect other lights/switches.
Dec
8
comment water running but wont run hot through the kitchen only
Has it always been this way, or is this new? If new, what changed recently (outside temperature, perhaps)? Is the plumbing visible from the basement or anywhere else? Is there a chance the plumbing lines to the kitchen sink are not insulated or directly exposed to outside (freezing) temperatures?