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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.


Oct
15
revised Should I tie into the ERV or just vent outside to increase bathroom ventilation?
fix typo
Oct
11
comment Can a bathroom fan be vented just outside the bathroom?
Definitely good call on the timer/occupancy switch.
Oct
11
answered Will grid-lines in textured ceilings show through paint?
Oct
11
comment How did I mess up this wiring?
Perhaps you were following instructions from this guy? youtube.com/watch?v=RkTvDjhImwo
Oct
9
comment How to connect Nest in Europe
What wires wires do you have now (colors and/or labels)? What terminals do they go into on your existing thermostat? I just happened to read an article recently that covers how to get NEST set up in Europe and also how to hack NEST to show correct location. Note that this is NOT a supported config, and the guy is using network hacks to trick the NEST to act how he wants. Help with the network/software part is beyond scope of this site.
Oct
9
comment What is the best way to seal caulk tube?
I usually use black electrical tape (unlike elastic bands, I always have some in my main tool box), and I've had caulk that's lasted for a year that way. If you relieve the pressure and cover it, naturally there will be no air in it and so it stays ready to use.
Oct
5
comment What are the disadvantages of having electrical conduit penetrate my foundation below-grade?
Is it practical to run the conduit out of the ground and into the house in a different spot?
Oct
3
answered Can I install a hot water recirculation pump if I have a reverse osmosis filter?
Oct
3
answered Is there a window or portable AC system I can use with an awning window?
Oct
3
comment Why does my ceiling fan light turn off by itself?
It would be useful to test with the fan on as well, knowing if that turns off at the same time or not will help isolate the problem to the light part (or not).
Oct
3
comment What are the standard sizes/clearances for bathroom elements?
@Scivitri I think 5x5 with a shower is definitely pushing it; you're going to have a hard time getting a layout that works. Unless you either build a wet room, or you don't mind having to sit on the toilet to use the sink, anyway. :)
Oct
3
comment What are the standard sizes/clearances for bathroom elements?
Using a pedestal sink or a "eurostyle" vanity (~14" deep cabinet, with the sink basin extending off the top) makes the room more spacious. I had a 5x5 bathroom with just a sink and a toilet and it felt fairly spacious (sorry hard to get a good picture of a small room). Of course you lose some counter space, but you can compensate for that with shelves and/or wall/medicine cabinets.
Oct
1
comment Will a 15A receptacle on a 20A circuit fail if I draw over 15A combined from each outlet?
Why risk it for a $2 part?
Oct
1
comment When should I change / replace my water pipe?
Where are you located? What type of pipes? What is the water source? What filtration do you have now, if any, and When was the last time it was serviced?
Oct
1
answered How often should I repaint the inside of my house?
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
I think your answer is good, but you should include that comment you just made :) Effectively, the short answer, is this is WAY too much work to justify for preventing a kid from turning on/off lights for maybe a year of their life. By raising it a few inches but not teaching them it's bad, what are you going to do when they grow a few more inches and/or learn how to jump or use a stool? Raise the switch even more?
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
You're also missing all the steps about how to deal with the wiring afterwards. Sometimes there is one wire coming to a switch, sometimes two (in from the panel, and then out to the light), sometimes more if other outlets/switches are branched off. Sometimes the wire comes from above, sometimes below, sometimes both. There's a good chance the wires won't reach the new box location. In all likely hood, you're going to have to add a junction, and leave the old box there and cover it with a blank faceplate -- hidden junctions are not just against code, they're a fire hazard.
Sep
24
comment Light flashes on then turns off. What do I look for?
+1 for taking the time to draw a diagram, not to mention actually pulling the switches out of the wall before taking the picture.
Sep
24
comment How do I obtain a smooth, white floor?
That floor looks nice...until the first time someone walks on it with bare feet or it's been >1 hour since you last swept... :)
Sep
24
comment How do I correctly measure this basement window for a replacement?
Sawzalls and chisels and prybars can do wonders. If you're willing to protect and live with the rough opening for a couple weeks, the best way will be to remove the window and get the rough opening ready, and then measure and order exactly what you need. Without that, you have to guess what's under the flange, and if you'll be able to cut through any metal/concrete/rebar that may be in your way.