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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.


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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.
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revised What are the key differences between a step drill bit and a knockout punch?
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comment How can I determine what is in my water?
Are you on municipal water or your own supply?
Jul
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revised Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
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Jul
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comment Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
Yeah, a few do, but it's generally a composite output. To capture, you need something like a laptop + USB tuner card and a bunch of cables connecting everything, which seems pretty awkward. I am thinking it would actually be simpler (and probably about the same quality) to just use a regular camera and take a picture of the screen. :)
Jul
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asked Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
Jul
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comment Is this fluorescent light fixture a major electrical problem / fire hazard?
A lot of times you'll find a complete fixture for the same price or even cheaper than just the ballast (one of those quirks of supply and demand), just to add to @lqlarry's point that it's often easier/faster to replace the whole fixture.
Jul
24
comment How do I lubricate plastic rollers for sliding closet doors?
It's been well over a year, no problems at all. A few days ago actually I gave them a quick spray but only because I had a squeak in a door (not these ones) and so went around and lubricated all the hinges and such.
Jul
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Jul
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revised What are the pros and cons of different types of smart switches (that are on the US market) ?
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Jul
19
answered Should I install vapor barrier in a seasonal cottage?
Jul
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answered Options for replacing an at-grade hose bibb
Jul
19
answered How can I soundproof an interior door?