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bio website gregmaclellan.com
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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
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revised How do I connect my whole house humidifier to my furnace?
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Jan
23
comment Fan speed control with timer?
Are you trying to control speed because of noise? You can get fans that are low noise (less than 1 sone is pretty quiet) for in the $100 range (vs $30 for crappy, loud builder grade). Note that the vent size and run is a factor: you sometimes will have to use 4 or 5" vents to get that rating, and that long runs or many turns will also increase noise.
Jan
23
comment Acceptable “3-way” switch wiring solution?
Have you considered off the shelf home automation products (insteon or z wave)? Achieves the same capabilities (actually it gets you true three way) without major permanent modifications. One of the problems with a modification like this is resale later. At best if you do a really good job it's some strange wiring; at worst it's a complete mess of the electrical system that could affect the sale when found during inspection.
Jan
23
revised Is there a minimum distance required from the bottom of the sink to the outlet?
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Jan
22
comment Can I add a three way switch to a light circuit when I only have access to light switch and it just cuts the power to the switch?
Interesting code point: is it necessary to bring this whole thing up to code in this case (as it would require pulling a new wire between light and switch and/or new power feed to switch), or is that a judgement call the AHJ makes?
Jan
22
revised How do I connect my whole house humidifier to my furnace?
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Jan
22
revised How do I connect my whole house humidifier to my furnace?
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Jan
22
revised How do I connect my whole house humidifier to my furnace?
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Jan
22
answered How do I connect my whole house humidifier to my furnace?
Jan
22
comment Replacing dumb wall switch with smart one (wiring)
To figure out which one is hot, turn off the power, disconnect all the blacks, then cap them individually with wire nuts (for safety). Turn on the power, then use a non-contact voltage detector to figure out which one is live -- and that is the one you connect 'line' on your switch to.
Jan
22
comment Replacing dumb wall switch with smart one (wiring)
Where did the labels (TL, TR, BR) come from, and do they mean something? Without knowing where the wires go (and which is incoming power) it's impossible to answer. If there are two lights and BR and TR both go to each light, then yes, your drawing is correct. If TL is the light, BR is a receptacle (constant power) and BR is the incoming power, then your switch is backwards (and same goes if BR is a receptacle and TR is incoming power).
Jan
21
comment What is the purpose of a “framed” switch?
Specifically saying it has no purpose would be fine. I downvoted only because this was accepted but I didn't feel it actually answered the question, and I was genuinely curious myself as I'd never thought about it. (Eg: you can get spec-grade framed toggles, so simply saying framed = residential, non-framed = spec grade is misleading).
Jan
20
answered How can I convert this hard wired fixture to a plug in?
Jan
20
comment What is the purpose of a “framed” switch?
This answer would be alright if the question was about cheap vs spec-grade... but the question is "what is the purpose of a framed switch?" which this doesn't answer at all.
Jan
20
revised Why won't my Levitron Z-Wave dimmer switch turn the lights off?
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Jan
20
revised Is there a benefit to cutting a 2x4 in two passes of a mitre saw?
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Jan
19
answered Is there a minimum distance required from the bottom of the sink to the outlet?
Jan
19
revised Why isn't my garage door opener opening the door?
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Jan
19
comment Why isn't my garage door opener opening the door?
Does the door move freely by hand? Is this a newly installed opener, and was there one there before? If you allow the opener to "open" then attach the (opened) door, does the opener shut it? Does it work in the other direction, or if you attach it mid-way open?
Jan
19
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