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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.


Jul
19
answered Should I install vapor barrier in a seasonal cottage?
Jul
19
answered Options for replacing an at-grade hose bibb
Jul
19
answered How can I soundproof an interior door?
Jul
17
comment Where can I find unusual L-shaped brackets?
I have to say I have no clue what you are trying to do from reading your question. What type of windows (casement, double-hung, sliding, etc)? Pretty much all windows have an interior and an exterior side, and whether the screen is on the inside or outside depends on the style of window -- are you saying the window is installed backwards (eg, the exterior side is facing inside)? A picture would go a long way here.
Jul
17
comment What can I do to prevent injuries from the corners of a wooden deck?
Is it feasible to round or cut off the corners again? A picture (preferably with measurements as well) will help someone answer, as it's not clear how much room you have to work with.
Jul
12
comment Is there any way I can reclaim this space and still safely support the front steps?
In addition to the overview pic, a floor plan/diagram that shows the joists, support structures (at least that you know about) and dimensions would be useful.
Jul
11
comment How can I move a non load bearing wood frame wall?
You don't need PT wood. Put a foam sill gasket underneath or wrap the bottom plate in 6-mil plastic. Untreated wood will rot from the water whereas PT won't but I've gotta think that preventing moisture from touching the wood at all is even better.
Jul
8
comment What are my options for multi-room audio?
There are many ways to do this, including several commercial systems that have many of the features you're asking for. Do you have a budget in mind? Sonos is actually fairly cheap per-room compared to some of the systems out there..
Jul
6
revised How do I size this wall to make tiles look right?
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Jul
6
comment How do I size this wall to make tiles look right?
I found the same, and I'm guessing the 12" tiles are just under because then you have 1/4" grout lines adding up to the full 12" spacing (center-to-center).
Jul
6
revised How do I dig a 3 foot deep narrow trench in soft clay
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Jul
6
comment What information do I need to size a sawn or hewn beam?
One of the challenges of real timber is that it's not uniform, and so one particular beam may have weak spots, whereas an engineered beam is designed to be uniform. I am not sure of the cost comparison, but you can get faux coverings (example) that will allow you to install an engineered beam and then clad it so it looks like it's hand hewn or whatever.
Jul
6
answered How do I dig a 3 foot deep narrow trench in soft clay
Jul
6
revised Is there a name for PVC pipe that's approx 1/2“ ID and 5/8” OD?
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Jun
29
comment How to keep two water tanks have maintain the same water level?
Are these are tanks fed by a well or some other source, or hot water tanks? What material are the tanks made from? How do you get water out of the tanks now?
Jun
28
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Jun
28
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Jun
27
comment How can I build a wall mounted adjustable height desk?
Any limitations? Can the desk be adjusted electrically/hydraulically, or does it have to be manual? How easy does it need to be to adjust? Does it need to stay flat and/or have stuff on it while being adjusted? How much weight does it need to hold? What are the dimensions? Does it need to be made of some particular material? Can you give more clarity on the height adjustment needed? Are you saying you want to be able to use a treadmill underneath the desk, so the desk needs to raise up so the bottom is 7' from the ground??
Jun
27
comment Why are some submersible well pumps wired with solid and others stranded?
Water holding tank?? This sounds like a dug well, or a drilled well in a well pit. You don't want surface water to infiltrate drilled wells, which is why we no longer use well pits. The WellAware site has a lot of good info on this stuff -- unrelated to the original question, but you may want to check it out. Floats in dug wells are rare, in my experience, and if it's not a dug well it's a warning flag something was done wrong.
Jun
26
comment Can I level floorboards with metal or rubber washers?
What's underneath now -- just the joists, or is there some other subfloor or slab?