16,601 reputation
13881
bio website gregmaclellan.com
location Canada
age 32
visits member for 3 years, 9 months
seen 17 mins ago

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


Jan
5
answered Do I need to remove existing drywall before framing an interior wall?
Jan
5
comment How does one fire short staples into hard wood?
What's the application?
Jan
4
comment How do I fish a wire into an existing electrical box?
"2-pole" specifically means two separate switched conductors - as in, both hot and neutral are being switched. That is extremely uncommon and thus unlikely. Since there are two switches, there is likely more than one wire now, correct? Can you explain everything coming in and going out? In most cases of having 2 switches, there will be a neutral at the switch location, which will allow you to wire your new switch. A picture (labelled, if possible) would probably help a lot.
Jan
2
reviewed Approve suggested edit on led tag wiki
Jan
2
reviewed Approve suggested edit on led tag wiki excerpt
Dec
30
awarded  Famous Question
Dec
26
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
19
comment Exhaust fan leaking from elbow joint connected to the ceiling
In addtion to @Ecnerwal's answer, it's also possible, if it's installed badly and the outside vent is bad/broken, that driving rain could be making its way in. Likewise, water leaking down from an eavestrough or something else could be flowing inside. These of course are all other major issues that we'd need more information to solve. Is it only happening during rain, or after you use the vent after a shower/etc? Can you take any pictures of the outside vent or the pipe from within the attic?
Dec
19
answered Should I suspend a shelf from the ceiling?
Dec
19
comment How do I replace this switch with a timer?
Where is the other switch that controls the fan, and what would you like it to do? I actually just did this exact conversion in my house. The other switch is downstairs near the thermostat, and the fan is in an upstairs bathroom in the middle of the house (so I presume it's meant to act as a "whole-house air exchange"). I wired the switch in parallel so the timer works normally, but the switch downstairs overrides it and it stays on as long as the switch is on. Some timers do have the ability to be put in 3-way configurations with other timer switches, however.
Dec
17
comment how to remove a tiny screw that won't spin?
There are many questions about removing stripped screws (Thanks @NiallC.). If anything this is a duplicate.
Dec
17
comment I have a very humid room in the house, should I isolate it?
If you're unwilling to use a dehumidifier (guess you want a zero-cost fix?) then you need to find the source of the humidity/leak. As @BMitch points out, just being near bathroom walls or having gardens outside does not cause excess humidity. There must be a source of water, and you have to find and eliminate it. Closing off the room will just make things worse, by creating mold and spores that will quickly end up requiring major renovations (replacing all drywall, for example) and it it WILL spread to the rest of the house (via air spaces in the wall, incomplete seal, opening the door, etc).
Dec
15
revised How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?
added 232 characters in body
Dec
15
revised How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?
title
Dec
15
revised Should I use a roll or spray method to paint my textured ceiling?
fix title, spelling
Dec
15
revised How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?
added 622 characters in body
Dec
15
answered How do I mount a TV to cover a cubby hole above my fireplace?
Dec
10
revised When should I not use pipe dope/tape?
changed title to I think better reflect what is actually being asked
Dec
9
comment Water pressure low after hose was left on overnight
Does this mean the pump isn't shutting off? An easy way to help isolate is to close the valve to the rest of your house. If it comes up to pressure and shuts off right away, you have something else using water (could be a leak). If not, I'd suspect as @Bob suggests the well is low. You might just want to try shutting off the pump power for a while to give your pump a break (and let the well catch up).