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


Mar
13
answered How to connect a faucet to a buried water line?
Mar
13
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
12
comment How do I troubleshoot power receptacles?
Why would you unwire to test this? I would start with a multimeter just checking between hot/neutral, hot/ground, and neutral/ground without even taking the face plate off. If that works, whatever you're plugging in is probably broken. If not, check for obvious broken or bad connection, and THEN disconnect the receptacle to test.
Mar
12
comment How should I install a signal cable duct from new home office to a wiring closet?
Tip: run conduit, but run your current wires outside of the conduit while you can. If you ever want to add wires, the conduit is there (and empty). The more wires in the conduit, the more of pain it is to run new wires. A lot of the wiring (eg, Cat5e/Cat6) is likely to remain useful for a long time anyway, and you're probably not likely to have a reason to want to remove some particular wire if it's not in the way.
Mar
11
comment How to best insulate an exposed waterpipe during the cold season
Why do you have this pipe? What is it for? Picture? Where do you live? Very strange that anyone would install a pipe outside in a way that it would freeze. Usually exterior pipes have a shut-off somewhere so during the winter they can be drained, and they simply aren't used.
Mar
9
comment Do any ultra quiet ceiling fans that have no motor hum exist?
I'd also recommend a fan with a timer on it. Some of the models with remotes have timers, and if you're hardwiring you can use an in-wall countdown timer. Personally I like the fan on while falling asleep, but hate it in the morning when it's colder (or the cold fan wakes me up too early), so the timer that shuts it off sometime after I fall asleep is perfect.
Mar
8
comment Can I use a transfer panel with something other than a generator?
Since you're using dimmers as opposed to newer LED stuff (which many times has its own DMX control built-in), it means you're using stage lighting fixtures are likely 500 to 1000 watts each. I personally would not trust running lighting through old 40's wiring. I used to work on this stuff when I was in high school, and even though the stage was pre-wired (MANY years prior) we just ran our own cords and/or truss-mounted dimmers because the built-in wiring was unreliable: on one occasion a circuit actually shorted out putting on a very nice display of sparks, and we never touched it again.
Mar
8
comment Can I use a transfer panel with something other than a generator?
I would recommend against doing things this way for a whole ton of reasons. Usually your plugs are up high because that's where your lights are, otherwise you have cords running all over the place. Depending on the situation, there are also small DMX dimmer packs that can be installed on trusses right beside the lighting (so you run constant power + DMX signal). I would not want to introduce even the possibility of someone plugging some (broken?) piece of electronics in and damaging the dimmer. The regular mains outlets and dimmer-controlled lighting circuits should all be totally separate.
Mar
8
comment How to secure a doggy door from intruders?
@Steven: No. Motion sensors have two sets of "beams" they send out that are alternating (like this), and basically the alarm goes off only if both beams are tripped: they're spaced so that a dog or cat will never cross both zones, while a human will. Pet immune detectors are rated by the size of animal, and this dictates the beam spacing (higher the weight rating, the farther apart the beams are, and the more movement it takes to set it off).
Mar
8
answered Increasing water pressure with pump
Mar
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
6
comment Is temporarily reducing the water supply line an option when installing a water softener?
The softener will work ok, but when it regenerates and backwashes, it likely won't have enough water to be (as) effective. Over time you'll reduce the effectiveness of the softener itself, and probably have to prematurely rebed the softener (change all the media inside -- normally this is done every 10 years). You can use the smaller hose, but definitely fix it properly ASAP.
Mar
6
comment Is temporarily reducing the water supply line an option when installing a water softener?
Did you not have it connected to the softener while gluing it together, so that it was not possible for it to not be perfect?
Mar
5
reviewed Approve smoke-detectors tag wiki excerpt
Mar
5
reviewed Approve smoke-detectors tag wiki
Mar
2
revised Should I insulate a finished basement if there is only 3 degrees difference?
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Mar
2
comment Should I insulate a finished basement if there is only 3 degrees difference?
I am assuming you are talking about insulating the exterior walls of the basement? Some of the answers seem to assume you're asking about insulating between the basement and upper floors, can you just clarify that?
Mar
2
answered Should I insulate a finished basement if there is only 3 degrees difference?
Mar
2
comment Should I insulate a finished basement if there is only 3 degrees difference?
Your answer sounds like you are talking about insulation between the basement and floor above, while the OP seems to imply the basement is not insulated at all.
Mar
2
revised How do I run wires for a wall-mount flatscreen TV?
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