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


Nov
7
revised Can a garbage disposal handle waste from both a sink and a dishwasher?
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Nov
6
answered Can a garbage disposal handle waste from both a sink and a dishwasher?
Nov
6
answered How do I increase the capacity of a small humidifier?
Nov
5
answered How should I use heat tape?
Nov
5
comment How should I use heat tape?
It would help to know where you're considering using it (inside, outside above or outside below ground and how deep)? What is the pipe material? What is the water supply? Have you had freezing problems in the past?
Nov
4
comment What hardware do I need to have a wireless light switch in UK/Ireland?
Unfortunate that What are the pros and cons of different types of smart switches (That are on the UK maket)? was never answered, as it is one way that would work.
Nov
3
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Nov
2
comment Is the carpet in my condo one solid continuous piece?
Good installers will also try and minimize seams, avoid narrow strips (eg, less than a couple feet wide), and avoid putting seams in high-traffic areas
Nov
1
comment Where can I find a Time Restricted Keypad Lock?
Most of these use electric strikes, which can be either fail-safe (unlocked) or fail-secure (locked) -- most are fail-secure. Magnetic locks are by definition fail-safe (unlocked), although some do have batteries that will allow them to continue operating in case of power failure.
Oct
28
answered Where can I find a Time Restricted Keypad Lock?
Oct
26
comment What's the normal duty cycle of a refrigerator compressor?
@BMitch: Didn't know that. Worth checking before you buy then. The one I have (which is not an actual "Kill-a-watt") works, and in fact I had my fridge plugged in for a week.
Oct
26
comment Why do the radiators in my home heating system get extremely hot?
Do you know for sure that the system worked properly last year? Any chance that it was doing the same thing, but you didn't notice? Has there been any work done on the system since then? A picture or more details about this "electronic device" that lets you switch CH/HW may help. My suspicions are something is wrong with that control (it's not set correctly, broken, misconfigured, or miswired).
Oct
26
comment What's the normal duty cycle of a refrigerator compressor?
You could try plugging in a kill-a-watt (or similar product), to see how much energy is actually being used. You should be able to compare this to the EnergyGuide rating to see if it's running excessively. (Hint: search for GSH25JSX*)
Oct
24
revised How can I override a motion detector light?
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Oct
24
answered How can I override a motion detector light?
Oct
24
comment Why would a sprinkler Air Valve leak after winterization?
A labelled picture would help especially to figure out what the "something connected above the air valve" that is leaking. It's definitely possible though that the valve(s) have just started leaking now that they've been operated, even if they haven't leaked before. Could be that a gasket is damaged or there is sediment, rust, or something similar keeping it from fully closing.
Oct
24
comment What are some alternatives to a square ceiling air diffuser?
If you look inside, how big is the pipe that is supplying this vent? Typically, most rooms get somewhere between a 4 and 6" round duct, depending on the size of the room and distance (and probably some other factors -- I'm not an HVAC expert). If this is in fact just a 6" (or smaller) pipe, then you can definitely get away with putting in a 6" round diffuser, and patching up the drywall to make the hole smaller.
Oct
23
comment Are there advantages / uses to having disk and belt sander surfaces?
Also saves space and money by being incorporated in one machine compared to two.
Oct
23
revised Are there advantages / uses to having disk and belt sander surfaces?
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Oct
22
answered Is there a special low temperature thermostat?