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


Sep
14
answered Do I need to replace my hot water tank's pressure release valve?
Sep
13
comment How can I remove a fireplace insert without damaging the surrounding wall?
Anything is possible, it's just a matter of what you're willing to spend. Changing gas lines is not a DIY job. Not properly sealing the existing chimney can cause you many problems - leaks, mold, drafts. Not properly installing a (new) chimney can cause many problems - leaks, smoke backflow, buildup of material in the chimney over time which can cause fires. It is definitely a job you need permits for. Hard to give any better advice without pictures of existing fireplace/roof/chimney, and pictures/plans of where you want the new one to go (eg, how are you planning on routing new chimney?)
Sep
13
revised Is luxury vinyl tile cost effective?
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Sep
13
revised Is luxury vinyl tile cost effective?
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Sep
12
revised What is drawback of smaller diameter recessed lights?
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Sep
12
comment What is drawback of smaller diameter recessed lights?
I think this answer needs more detail. What "resale" reasons? How is the sale of the house affected by the size of pot lights? I do agree though that proving adequate lighting is important, but that has nothing to do with the size of lights and everything to do with using the appropriate number, bulb type (flood vs spot) and positioning.
Sep
12
answered Is luxury vinyl tile cost effective?
Sep
12
answered What is drawback of smaller diameter recessed lights?
Sep
11
comment Is running ethernet cable through an air return allowed under US code?
Plenum cable is actually fire-retardant: it is made with a low-smoke polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or a fluorinated ethylene polymer (FEP). It's stiffer and a bit more brittle than riser cable (which has lower fire ratings, but is rated to travel between floors), which is again is a bit more brittle than patch cable. Patch cable is not rated for use in walls, it's the one you see on patch panels or from the wall to your PC/whatever.
Sep
8
answered Why does my gas furnace heat up and then blow cold air?
Sep
8
answered Can I build an adjustable slanted table by placing bearings between the legs and the desk?
Sep
7
accepted Proper way to cut a 2x4 using a miter saw
Sep
7
accepted When drywalling, do the pros cover electrical boxes, or work around them?
Sep
7
comment What should I consider when replacing an outlet serving two kitchen circuits?
Of course, looking at this again, there's no point in the second GFCI - if you wire it the way I described, the second outlet is already protected by the first GFCI, so it can just be a normal switched outlet.
Sep
7
comment What's the difference between a childproof outlet and a normal one?
Here's a great animation that shows how these work: leviton.com/OA_HTML/…
Sep
7
answered What are the key differences between a step drill bit and a knockout punch?
Sep
5
comment What is the usual maximum load for drywall?
It also depends on stud spacing: with 24" spacing, the drywall won't be able to support the same load as 16" spacing. To an extent, how it's joined could play a factor. For example, if it was put up using only nails, it's going to tear off the wall at much less load than if done using screws every 12".
Sep
5
comment What should I consider when replacing an outlet serving two kitchen circuits?
If you do put in two outlets, you should do it so the line comes into the first GFCI (dishwasher), then the load side of that goes to the switch and second GFCI outlet for the disposal. This way, the switch is protected as well. Of course doing this depends on where the existing wiring runs (eg, does it go from the panel to the switch, or the outlet first?)
Sep
3
answered How can I get a standby generator with GFI to work with a 2-pole transfer switch?
Sep
2
comment How is it that two breaker switches control the same things?
A non-contact voltage sensor (like this: amazon.com/Gardner-GVD-3504A-Circuit-Non-Contact-Voltage/dp/…) is a great tool to have. I have one on me every time I work on/around anything electrical, and use it even when I "know" the circuit is off.