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


Mar
26
comment Surveillance System and Home Automation in Europe
In addition, many stand-alone security systems have interfaces to insteon/UPB/etc just to signal armed/disarmed/alarmed, so if that's all you need it may give you some more options in choosing a security system. You need to define what it is you'd like the automation to do, and then you can figure out what products to use and how much it will cost to achieve those features.
Mar
26
comment Surveillance System and Home Automation in Europe
Are you tied to X10 specifically? X10 is widely regarded to have many problems (eg, see diy.stackexchange.com/questions/333/…). It is very susceptible to noise and interference, including false signals that trigger lights on/off (or with a security system: false alarms), and missing legitimate signals due to interference. There are many newer systems that work much better.
Mar
26
answered What could cause tap water to become smelly after a while?
Mar
26
revised How can I remote control a switch for a pool pump?
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Mar
26
answered How can I remote control a switch for a pool pump?
Mar
25
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Mar
25
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Mar
23
comment How can I tell if these pipes are gas lines or water lines?
What material are the pipes? A picture would be helpful for sure. Can you see them and where they go from underneath in the basement/crawlspace?
Mar
21
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Mar
20
comment What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?
@Steven ENT (non-metallic) is probably more practical/common for home and DIY use. I've also used utility pipe as conduit many times (it's black poly, rated at 75psi), and comes in rolls so you can do one continuous piece. Compared to ENT it's slightly easier to kink while installing, but otherwise works fine as conduit.
Mar
19
comment How can I add a closet to an existing room?
If you show some more of the surrounding floor plan, we may be able to suggest some other alternatives as well. For example, it is sometimes possible to split an existing closet in an adjoining room into to. You say the one door can be removed -- where does it go? Can the inside of that room be turned into a closet?
Mar
19
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Mar
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revised What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?
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Mar
19
comment What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?
Really what I tell everyone is this: install only the cables you need today or in the immediate future. If you want to try to be future-proof, run an empty conduit.
Mar
19
comment What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?
If it's not a great expense, sure, but personally I don't advise people to try to beat technology. Too many times, it rapidly shifts: for example, a few years ago HDMI didn't exist, now it's the only thing to use for video. Yes, 10 gigabit will trickle down, but let me put it this way: an uncompressed 1080p movie can be streamed using around 25 megabits. That means you can stream roughly 40 1080p movies over a single gigabit cable at the same time. It's a time/money/technology trade-off: Will 10 gigabit over Cat7/whatever become necessary/useful before Cat7 is replaced and becomes obsolete?
Mar
19
comment What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?
..or you can buy a 24-port patch panel on monoprice for $18.. no affiliation, but I have bought a TON of stuff over the years..
Mar
19
comment What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?
@Mario was actually an old cabinet that was left there, just happened to be a perfect size.
Mar
19
answered What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?
Mar
15
comment Why does my sink supply shutoff valve spray water when I close it?
+1 for using a ball valve. They are so much more reliable than any other valves.
Mar
13
comment How to deliver hot water from bathroom to kitchen
Are they running entirely inside, or do they go outside at all? What is the temperature range of the ambient air? Are you trying to conceal the pipes in walls? Typically 3/4" copper or pex would be used, are either of those a problem?