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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.


Aug
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accepted What is the best kind of weatherstripping (door set) to use?
Aug
22
accepted How do I size this wall to make tiles look right?
Aug
22
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Aug
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comment How do I reattach this light fixture?
There is no red wire. This has to be grounded as well. There is no picture of the socket, but judging by the ground terminal that was ripped out, the leads were probably also ripped out of the socket and there is no safe way to fix it short of replacing the socket itself, at which point an entire new fixture probably makes sense.
Aug
9
comment Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?
I would also add: Check that there is a trap at all. It's possible renos were done by someone who didn't know better and didn't have a permit/inspection.
Aug
9
comment What are disadvantages of wood floor covering in shower?
You would definitely not use wood as the actual base of the shower. If anything, the wood would simply sit on top of a tile or vinyl floor which is a standard shower floor. The wood used would have to be something that can stand up to a lot of moisture (eg, a tropical wood or composite). You also need it to drain appropriately, eg, lots of spacers between pieces of wood, as standing water will rot and grow mould.
Aug
6
comment Can I replace an old exhaust fan and connect it to an existing light switch?
How is the exhaust fan controlled right now? You can pull out the switches and open/remove light fixtures to see what wires are behind each and how they're connected, and that will help figure out how things are wired now. Post a diagram here showing location, colors, and current connections and someone may be able to give you a hint or at least tell you what to check next.
Aug
6
revised How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?
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revised How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?
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Aug
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answered How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?
Aug
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comment What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs?
While it's a great idea to add conduit, I actually prefer to keep the conduit empty (or just have a pull string inside). Run the wires along-side, and then use the conduit for potential new stuff. There's not really much point in ripping out existing cables, and in practice, if you're trying to add eg, an HDMI cable to a conduit that already has a half-dozen Cat6 and coax cables, you're going to have a tough time.
Aug
3
comment Can I put a sanding drum in a routing table and use it like a spindle sander?
Looking quickly at some specs for variable speed routers, the slowest one I saw had a minimum 7,000 RPM.
Aug
2
comment What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs?
Zip tying to a regular wire staple works well too. I often use the screw-down zip ties as pictured and in corners or anywhere there will be more strain and I have a big bundle, hammer in a wire staple and then zip-tie to that.
Aug
1
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Jul
31
comment How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?
If you are going to go through this effort just to comply with code, you should double-check that it is in fact code by calling your local building department. Most of the time as they change requirements, you're grandfathered in so long as you met whatever the code was at time of installation, and it's only when you do alterations (eg, putting in a new heater) that you'd need to comply with new code. Again, check with a local inspector, I'm just some guy on the internet.
Jul
31
comment How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?
What is the reason you want a drip pan? Eg, do you have a leak, condensation, or is this a pre-emptive thing? (In other words, is there another problem that can be solved that negates the need for this?). Are you willing to dig a trench in your basement floor? Depending on what you're trying to protect from, perhaps a self-contained pan and a water-sensing alarm (flood alarm) would suffice -- it would certainly be a lot cheaper and easier.
Jul
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Jul
30
comment How can I remove a switch and terminate a circuit in its place?
If the other end of this wire is disconnected from the panel and other circuits, it's actually not a bad idea to wire the hot+neutral together. If anyone tries to use this wire, it will blow the breaker and make them go find out why, rather than just working and leaving what should be an unused wire energized.
Jul
30
revised What are the key differences between a step drill bit and a knockout punch?
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