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


Mar
25
revised How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6
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Mar
25
answered How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6
Mar
24
comment How can I fix a leaking expansion tank?
@Bill It really depends on where you have valves. The end result is you want to make sure that the part you're disassembling is not pressurized. Failure to do so will generally result in anyone who happens to be watching to break into uncontrollable laughter, and you having to change into dry clothes (and learning a hard lesson about shut-off valves).
Mar
24
comment What could be tripping multiple GFCI breakers?
Tugging on live wires is not at all a good idea. If they are in fact loose, doing this will likely cause some reasonably spectacular sparks that you'd probably not want to be within arm's reach of. While most of your suggestions are good, the power from the meter needs to be off to do most of this work.
Mar
17
revised Please help establishing a C wire for new tstat
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Mar
14
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Mar
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Mar
6
comment What is this kind of security bolt head called, and how can I remove it?
If you run into these with any regularity, you can find "security bit sets" online for ten's of dollars, which typically contain several sizes of spanner bits in addition to many others. Handy to have for those off times you run into these.
Mar
4
comment How can I dim landscape lights permanently?
Sounds like the transformer you have can't be dimmed, which means either replacing the transformer, or dimming downstream of it (before the lights). This might actually be a better question for Electrical Engineering(electronics.stackexchange.com); essentially: How can I dim 22 (LED/incandescent/halogen) bulbs that draw (number of watts) watts each at 12V AC?
Feb
26
comment Want to purchase electric range unassembled
Can you take the closer and/or chains off the storm door, so it opens all the way? I've had to do this when moving before, and I've also had to take the main door off the hinges entirely; neither is very hard to do. If the opening of the doorway itself is large enough to get the appliance through, this is significantly easier than disassembly of an appliance (or rather, every major appliance in your house, since 30~32" widths are quite common).
Feb
25
revised Wifi Thermostat wiring
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Feb
25
comment Will cutting PVC pipe with a miter saw dull the blade?
Also watch out for flying pieces, especially when making small cuts (eg <2" off the end) as the blade can send the offcut a pretty good distance. I've also had central vac tube -- which is 2" thin-walled PVC -- actually shatter into several flying pieces from bringing the blade down too fast. Just a reminder to always wear eye protection!
Feb
22
comment Proper method to send wiring through the roof?
@Casey do you mean shingles? Post a picture showing where you want the camera and where you have access to from the inside, maybe I or someone else can suggest something.
Feb
20
revised Proper method to send wiring through the roof?
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Feb
20
answered Proper method to send wiring through the roof?
Feb
14
comment Why does my furnace make sounds like a tuba when kicking on?
Your question seems offensive to tuba players.
Feb
14
comment Are solar panels cost-effective?
The plug-in energy usage monitoring devices (eg, Kill-a-watt) are also quite useful if you're looking at replacing appliances, because they can help you determine how much you're actually spending. While replacing an old appliance will almost unarguably save you money on your monthly energy bill, in my experience (measuring my own old appliances) the actual payback may actually be longer than the expected lifespan of the new appliance (not mention disposal costs -- both out-of-pocket and environmental). Now, if you're replacing it anyway, then by all means get the low-energy ones.
Feb
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Feb
6
revised duplex outlet relay
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Feb
6
comment duplex outlet relay
You should consider a whole-house humidifier that mounts to and is hardwired to the furnace. These can turn on using the power from the furnace, signal from a thermostat with humidifier output (not all have this) or an air flow-activated switch.