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


Jan
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Jan
24
comment What is the best way to improve counter tops without completely replacing them?
Sorry to be negative, but my immediate reaction is that for the time/energy you'd put in (certainly for the amount you'd pay a pro), you'd be farther ahead and almost certainly end up with a better result if you just buy new counter tops. You're going to have to pull out the sink etc anyway. The particle board is not a suitable base for stone/tile.
Jan
24
comment How do I cap the wires in this electric smoke alarm?
Why not keep a mains-powered detector? The biggest benefit is the fact you have a 3-wire detector: that red wire is (well, should be) connected to all other detectors in your house: if one goes off, they'll all go off. Pretty much all mains-powered detectors have battery backups, and the battery will last much longer since it's not constantly being used. It's also a bit easier to find units that have both ionizing and photo detectors in the same unit, or also have carbon monoxide (CO) detection (important if you have a fireplace or any gas appliances/heaters).
Jan
24
comment What size breaker and wire do I need for a 220 volt circuit to an electric fireplace and an electric heater?
There's no startup spike with resistive loads like heaters.
Jan
24
answered Do I need to insulate exposed foundation in my garage?
Jan
24
revised How efficient is a drop ceiling?
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Jan
23
answered How efficient is a drop ceiling?
Jan
23
comment What size breaker and wire do I need for a 220 volt circuit to an electric fireplace and an electric heater?
By the sounds of it, you want one breaker/wire for both. To provide the best answer: What is the distance between the panel and the fireplace? Panel and heater? What's the total distance if you did one run from the panel to fireplace to heater (or whatever way makes most sense)? It may or may not be cheaper to run two separate (smaller) wires (eg #12 or #14) rather than a single circuit on eg. #10, the distances will help us provide answers for both scenarios and you can decide depending on local pricing.
Jan
18
comment Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables?
Also, this is not a very good answer to the actual question, and would have been better as a comment.
Jan
18
comment Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables?
Plenum (CMP) is only required if the cable is installed in a plenum space. Riser (CMR) is required for between floors so long as the space is not used for environmental air. The only differences really are plenum is self-extinguishing and low-smoke.
Jan
16
comment Any methods to cover yourself when dealing with smell during repair
What type of smoke?
Jan
13
answered How to secure a doggy door from intruders?
Jan
13
comment Is there a special name for a 3 foot long drill bit, and where can I buy them?
@Kellenjb as far as I can tell, it's just called a "wire mesh cable pull" or "cable grip". A search for that finds a bunch of places where you can buy different sizes with different types of attachments. The one I have came with the installer bit.
Jan
12
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Jan
11
revised How should I run wiring for my above-fireplace mounted TV?
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Jan
11
answered Is there a special name for a 3 foot long drill bit, and where can I buy them?
Jan
11
comment What's involved in upgrading a circuit?
Not sure how much stuff you have -- but do you actually need it all in that room? If you can relocate some things to a basement/crawlspace and just run the wires you need, you not only avoid the heat, but also lower the noise and free up space. Gigabit network is a start, but you can also get KVM extenders, long video/audio/usb/HDMI/etc cables (possible to do very long runs over Cat5), etc. Not much you can't do remotely these days.
Jan
11
answered How should I run wiring for my above-fireplace mounted TV?
Jan
11
comment How should I run wiring for my above-fireplace mounted TV?
Don't forget patching up the vapour barrier as well.
Jan
11
comment How can I mount speakers that don't have mount adapters?
How heavy are the speakers, and what dimensions? Do you want to mount them flat to the wall, or be able to aim them? Pictures of them or a similar model may help