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


Aug
17
revised What is the best time of year to remove bee nests?
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Aug
17
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Aug
17
comment Why does my fan switch sometimes turn the lights off?
It would be useful to see all the wires, labelled with where they're going. I'm tempted right now to say that probably the dimmer is sensitive to electrical noise generated by the fan motor or switch, but without seeing the full wiring diagram I can't rule out a cross connection between something.
Aug
17
answered What is the best time of year to remove bee nests?
Aug
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
15
comment Why does my bathroom exhaust fan drip during the summer?
I recently installed a vent in my bathroom, and though the line slopes down anyways (so any water will drip outside anyways), the vent itself has molded styrofoam inside, and a large ball in a channel that acts as a damper. When air is blowing, the ball lifts up slightly and lets air out. When it stops, gravity pulls the ball back down and it completely blocks the pipe. I've only had it in for a couple months, but it seems to me a much more reliable design than the typical plastic flappers that have air gaps and are easily blocked or held open if any debris gets in/on them.
Aug
15
comment What is the purpose of tape when taping and mudding drywall?
Any links to back up using multiple layers of tape? I have never heard of it, never seen pro drywallers do it (in person or on TV) and can't find any references online to it. The typical method is single layer of tape (paper or mesh, mesh becoming more accepted and I've heard many pros say it's definitely better on butt joints, if not everything), and then 3 thin layers of mud, with pros generally preferring to mix their own, usually using sheetrock 90.
Aug
15
comment Why does my water pressure drop after using my water hose for a few minutes?
Why the downvote? If I'm wrong about something, please comment.
Aug
15
comment Why does my bathroom exhaust fan drip during the summer?
Where is the drip coming from, as far as you can see? (a pic may help). Is it possible it's water getting in through the vent outside? Does it happen all the time, or only when the outside humidity is high?
Aug
12
comment Besides insulation and air conditioning unit, what else is there to check if my A/C isn't keeping me cool?
I'd agree with these points, plus look for drafts. Get your own infrared thermometer (you can find them for ~$30) and look for hot spots - which will help find where the sun is heating up, or hot air is getting in.
Aug
12
answered Why does my water pressure drop after using my water hose for a few minutes?
Aug
11
comment Glass rod joining/welding: temperature instead of glueing?
According to wikipedia, MAPP burns at 3,670 °F (2,020 °C) which is in the range of what it takes to melt glass (according to @woodchips), and so it may work depending on the type of glass. It's worth a shot, since it's reasonably cheap and a MAPP torch is useful for other things anyways, like copper plumbing.
Aug
10
comment What is the best way to calculate the angle at which crown moulding should be cut?
The video linked shows a mitered corner, not how to cope it.
Aug
10
answered Which way is up? (electric outlet)
Aug
9
answered Would upgrading my basement with sandstone blocks be worthwhile?
Aug
3
comment Connecting a P-trap to a female drain connector in the wall
Good point - unfortunately though, that's what was already in the wall and probably has been there for 30+ years. The only way to change that though is to take down all the drywall, cut the existing pipe back and re-run, and then patch it all up. I'm really trying to avoid that for something so simple.
Aug
2
answered Connecting a P-trap to a female drain connector in the wall
Aug
2
comment How was this subfloor cleaned?
There's no noticeable difference in height. Turns out the white stuff is actually a layer on top of the adhesive - see edit.
Aug
2
revised How was this subfloor cleaned?
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Aug
1
comment Connecting a P-trap to a female drain connector in the wall
My biggest issue is the lack of a drain in the P-trap. This means if something gets dropped down the drain, there's no retrieving it without taking apart plumbing.