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


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?
Nov
9
comment How is pre-wiring done for motion sensors / alarm system in new construction?
Wired alarms simply work better (no interference, no batteries to change), and are cheaper. The idea of pre-wiring is to avoid the only option being a wireless alarm. For example, a wireless door contact is ~$50 (and requires periodic battery replacement), and a wired one is <$5 (for sensor + cable). May still make sense to use SOME wireless sensors later, but it's not that difficult or expensive to pre-install recessed door contacts, and wires for motion sensors. I'm considering this as a DIY pre-wire -- the economics may change if you have your contractor or a pro alarm company do it.
Nov
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
8
answered What should I keep in mind when building my house myself?
Nov
8
comment How is pre-wiring done for motion sensors / alarm system in new construction?
Sorry, I meant to add in my question that the alarm may not be installed right away, so it would be better not to have wires sticking out of the wall. Adding an alarm in an existing house can be difficult, especially running wires on exterior walls, and for <$100 of cabling it seems like a logical thing to do before drywall is up.
Nov
8
revised How is pre-wiring done for motion sensors / alarm system in new construction?
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