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


Oct
24
comment What are some alternatives to a square ceiling air diffuser?
If you look inside, how big is the pipe that is supplying this vent? Typically, most rooms get somewhere between a 4 and 6" round duct, depending on the size of the room and distance (and probably some other factors -- I'm not an HVAC expert). If this is in fact just a 6" (or smaller) pipe, then you can definitely get away with putting in a 6" round diffuser, and patching up the drywall to make the hole smaller.
Oct
23
comment Are there advantages / uses to having disk and belt sander surfaces?
Also saves space and money by being incorporated in one machine compared to two.
Oct
23
revised Are there advantages / uses to having disk and belt sander surfaces?
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Oct
22
answered Is there a special low temperature thermostat?
Oct
22
comment Is there a PVC piping primer/cement alternative for a non-plumbing project?
I have definitely seen smaller cans available for ~$6, if that helps your decision any. Another option is to use ABS instead of PVC, and you can just glue it without using primer.
Oct
22
comment Should I run two gas water heaters if I don't need to?
Note too that the only one you can shut off is the first. If you shut off the second one, you'll basically never got hot water because you'll have to run the tap to use the entire contents of the second (cold) tank, and due to mixing, at best, you'll get lukewarm water after 20-60 minutes.
Oct
22
comment What is the best removable insulation material?
What sort of wall (material, interior/exterior)? Why are you trying to stuff it with insulation instead of repairing the crack? How big is the crack? Are you trying to insulate for heat, sound or visual? A picture of the crack may help
Oct
21
comment How do I use precision screwdrivers?
I agree. It's better to have the right tools (bigger handles), but in a pinch pilers will work. You do absolutely have to be careful though, as you do no matter what tools you're using to work on anything you don't want to break.
Oct
21
answered How do I use precision screwdrivers?
Oct
19
comment How can I locate the 2x8 boards beneath subfloor, backer board, mortar, and ceramic tile?
Depending on construction, it could be the cross-braces. I put in a new bathroom floor not long ago, and must have put in at least a couple hundred screws all about 8" apart. It helped, but there are still a couple squeaks which I'm fairly certain are the cross braces between the joists. Just a heads up -- would hate for you to destroy all your grout and not even fix the problem.
Oct
18
comment Why am I getting condensation on the first floor joists of my new build?
If that's the case, that the first floor subfloor is actually directly exposed, then I agree - that's the wrong approach altogether. For a few days, it will probably be fine, but more than that and there will be more problems than it's worth. House wrap or tarp will protect it somewhat from rain/dew, but then you'll have to deal with water pooling, which will cause rot and basically require replacing at least all the plywood and possibly the entire structure. I agree with BMitch (and Holmes).. once you start building structure, you have to build all the structure, and make it water-tight.
Oct
18
comment Would running a new subpanel in parallel meet NEC requirements? If not, what should I do?
If you have a smart meter, your utility may also have a website you can log into that shows your mean and peak loads.
Oct
18
comment Would running a new subpanel in parallel meet NEC requirements? If not, what should I do?
I would second shirlock's suggestion of checking the existing load using a clamp-on ammeter (most are decent multimeters and are <$100, and for the work you're doing a good multimeter is an essential tool anyway), just to see exactly what your baseline is now anyway (check a few times, while different things are running). Keep in mind future buyers, too: If I was buying the house, having 3 sub-panels and only 125A service would be a warning flag for me.
Oct
18
answered Why am I getting condensation on the first floor joists of my new build?
Oct
17
comment What are the most important things to check/do after buying a home?
Most/all of these things should be done BEFORE buying
Oct
17
answered What is the difference between GU-4 and G-4 bulbs?
Oct
17
comment What is the difference between GU-4 and G-4 bulbs?
Wattage will not cause this. If the bulb is lower wattage than the fixture, it's fine (a lower wattage bulb of the same technology is just not as bright -- keep in mind a CFL will be lower than the equivalent incandescent but just as bright). If the bulb is higher wattage, it's dangerous because it's hotter than the fixture is designed for, so may blow a fuse in the fixture.
Oct
17
revised How do you determine the slope of a floor?
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Oct
13
comment Where can I get electrical plans for my new house?
It's also possible that the plans were not followed exactly - for example, a light circuit to be attached to the nearest outlet because the run was shorter/easier.
Oct
13
comment Should I test the water in my house for contamination?
Are you on a city supply, or well/intake? Is there anything you're particularly concerned about? Do you have a lead service pipe, or lead pipes in your house? Do you have a cistern that's connected to your water supply?