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


Nov
17
comment Where should I install a wall heater?
Why are you installing a new heater? Why a wall heater? What existing heat sources are there?
Nov
16
comment How reliable are connector strips with plug-in terminals and how do I select and use them properly?
You should be using anti-oxidant (eg, NOLOX) on ALL aluminium wire terminations (including wire nuts). There is really no reason not to.
Nov
15
answered How can I add a single pole switch next to a 3-way switch?
Nov
15
comment How does a water-heater know when to turn on?
Insulating the pipes is going to be the biggest gain here. Even turning up the temperature won't help completely -- the water in the pipes is going to be the temperature of the basement, and you have to use all of that up before you can get any hot water at all. Even after that, the pipes will still be quite cold and because copper is an excellent heat conductor, they will absorb a lot of the heat from the water.
Nov
14
comment Drilling Holes in Cinderblock Garage?
Note on using a regular drill: It may take a up to a couple minutes (and lots of effort) to make a hole with a regular drill, while a decent hammer drill will do it with very little effort in under 10 seconds (times are examples only - they're of course vary with depth, hole diameter, and density of material). If you're making a lot of holes, this makes a huge difference. If you're using a cordless drill, you may not even be able to finish the job on a single charge. Just wanted to point out that in a pinch a regular drill CAN work, but using the right tool makes a big difference here.
Nov
14
accepted How do you determine the slope of a floor?
Nov
14
accepted How was this subfloor cleaned?
Nov
14
answered How was this subfloor cleaned?
Nov
11
comment How to build a quick-and-easy wood ladder?
I wonder if were one were to be injured using a home-made ladder like this, if there would be implications for getting health insurance? Most ladders have UL certification.
Nov
11
answered How do I build a firewall around my furnace/water heater?
Nov
11
answered Is a lip necessary on an HVAC ceiling register boot for use with flexible ducting?
Nov
11
comment Can I move my bathroom sink's drain pipe about 6 inches to the right?
To that end, anything CAN be done.. it's a matter of time/money, and which is directly related to how much you're tearing down and rebuilding. Often the time/money makes the project not worthwhile, such as if you have to reframe an entire exterior wall and move a window, just to move a drain line 6" to the right.. but if you REALLY want to move that line...
Nov
11
comment How can I get my Self-Destruct switches to do something?
Where do the wires for the switches go? If you don't know, you'll have to trace them somehow. Checking plugs (all outlets) is a good place to start, to see if they are controlling outlets. Next step is to find any blank faceplates or exposed wires hanging around (in basement/attic, if possible) - use a non-contact voltage detector‌​, and flip the switches to see if they control something.
Nov
10
comment How do you choose when to use oil vs latex paint?
This answer says latex won't bond to metal, and that's why you'd use oil. Worth discussing/amending answer? (Note, I don't know enough to weight in on the topic, just pointing out the conflict)
Nov
10
answered How do I lower a cold air return from the ceiling for a basement rental?
Nov
10
comment What do I need to know before selecting and installing a cat/pet door in a door?
Do you actually have rain and wind driving right against this door? What are your winter temperatures like?
Nov
10
answered How can I install heat tape on a hard to reach PVC drain pipe?
Nov
9
comment Is there a way to make reasonably accurate visual measurements?
Is there an easy way to measure the height of a tree? has some ways of estimating height from the ground that will help
Nov
9
answered What can I do to solve the moisture problem in my bathroom?
Nov
9
comment What can I do to solve the moisture problem in my bathroom?
Are you sure the walls are concrete and not plaster or some other coating? Are they exterior walls? Are they insulated?