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Professional software developer since 2000. Have worked on many open-source projects, and am currently employed as a senior web application developer.


Dec
16
comment Securing 1X12s to plywood for tabletop?
You could also use clamps rather than heavy weights. I'd also stick to the stuff labelled as "construction adhesive" rather than say, wood glue. Generally stronger and bonds faster.
Dec
16
comment Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
You might be able to melt the wire off but the fumes are dangerous to breath and it's actually hard to do without making a mess. A heat gun is probably the best way, but a small butane torch can work (or your soldering iron if you don't care about it getting covered in burnt, melted plastic).
Dec
16
comment Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?
With a pair of good strippers, you can hold them on a bit of an angle to cut thinner wire -- but they need to be very sharp. Takes some practice to get good at it.
Dec
15
comment Should be concerned with water in water table?
Are you talking about a sump pit? Do you have a sump pump? When you say "water table" it does not generally refer to a thing in someone's house..
Dec
13
comment Motion sensor Installation
Is there a reason you're not just screwing it into the wall?
Dec
10
comment Garage Door Openers With Timers
I have a timer on my opener (Chamberlin). It beeps and flashes the light for several seconds before it actually shuts the door, plus won't close if there is any motion in the garage or the safety beam is interrupted, and it goes back up if there's any resistance when closing. That said, I disabled the timer after the first time it tried to shut while I was working outside in the driveway. Instead of the timer, I have an indicator light in my house that tells me if I've left it open.
Dec
8
comment Sheet metal fire rating
Very strange question. Why wouldn't you use an off-the-shelf UL/CSA-listed enclosure? Is there something you're doing that is particularly dangerous (prone to fire) or is this just a general inquiry? In general, most people building some type of custom circuit to be installed somewhere use listed enclosures and have some level of separation between high and low voltage circuitry, as well as fuses and/or thermal safety switches as appropriate. Keep in mind that metal is a very good heat conductor, and will probably set the wall it's mounted to on fire before the enclosure itself "fails".
Dec
8
comment A bass tone is coming out of the toilet
Ah. Sorry, I read "when we are away" as meaning "not at home".
Dec
8
comment 3 way circuit options to indicate if circuit is active
Yep, not cheap. But you don't need a hub, nor do you need to connect other lights/switches.
Dec
8
comment water running but wont run hot through the kitchen only
Has it always been this way, or is this new? If new, what changed recently (outside temperature, perhaps)? Is the plumbing visible from the basement or anywhere else? Is there a chance the plumbing lines to the kitchen sink are not insulated or directly exposed to outside (freezing) temperatures?
Dec
8
comment A bass tone is coming out of the toilet
How do you know your toilet makes sounds while you're not there? Is this a modern indoor-plumbing version of "if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it.." ?
Dec
3
comment Upgrade from outlet/switch combo to GFCI + outlet
I did this, and ran a new circuit and new outlet box, rather than trying to work with what was there (not to mention old house wiring = many shared circuits..). My blog details how I did the new outlet box: gregmaclellan.com/blog/renovation/2009/02/new-bathroom-plugs
Dec
3
comment Possible to make a bathroom floor veneer with A4 Paper?
..Or maybe go find a store that prints large signs or outdoor banners to print a large-format image for you, rather than trying to use tiny A4 pages. No matter what you do, please come back and post a photo of the finished project.. I'm sure it would help others contemplating a project like this.
Dec
2
comment how do i improve the temperature of my sons room?
Rooms over the garage? There's a red flag. Builders (even in current houses) sadly, often get this wrong. They (poorly) insulate the garage ceiling, then leave a space between that and the floor. This space often gets heated, in order to make the floor slightly warmer (and as you can imagine, this is horribly inefficient). Sometimes there is an air return (which means any leaks from the garage circulate car exhaust around the house), sometimes not (which means the heating is doing basically nothing). I really hope the attic insulation helps, but you may have bigger troubles, sadly.
Dec
2
comment how do i improve the temperature of my sons room?
Although poor attic insulation can definitely be a major contributor to heat loss, it seems less obvious to me that this is the source of the problems if other upstairs rooms are significantly different temperatures. You should check for other obvious drafts (electrical outlets, windows) and other places where heat can be lost (outside walls, or especially windows). It might be worth buying an infrared thermometer (can be found online for as little as ~$20) which will make it easier to find cold spots around the room, as well as compare different rooms to each other.
Dec
1
comment How can I rewire a three-wire ceiling fan installation where there is a two-wire set up?
...assuming there is a conduit there, which the OP didn't specify. I've never seen conduit used like this in residential situations, personally -- normally it's 14/2 NMD stapled to the framing.
Dec
1
comment Can I use #10 wire instead of #12 when wiring a new house?
At my current local pricing, #10 is about double the cost of #12. You'd probably be better off selling (or returning) the #10 you have, buying new #12, and using the leftover money to buy beer (or something else less exciting).
Dec
1
comment Ceiling Fan and separate ceiling light fixtures
There are too many variations in wiring for this to just draw them all out. If you can post a (partial) diagram, showing which wires are in each location and how it's currently wired up, that would be a good start.
Nov
28
comment Soundproofing a room from outside traffic noise and vibrations
Care to provide any details? Do you mean 'soundproof' as in "I am building a recording studio and there needs to be zero noise" or "I live next to a loud highway and want it to be a bit quieter"? Is this room interior or exterior walls? What is the existing construction? Are you willing to knock-down and rebuild walls, replace or remove windows, etc, or is this a rented apartment that you can't make any permanent modifications to?
Nov
28
comment What different types of remotely controlled light switches exist?
That's definitely a concern, and something that should be considered when buying any of these types of devices. Good questions I would ask are: Does it rely on a 'cloud' service? What happens if your internet connection is down? What happens if the company shuts down their servers? Is there any type of SDK or API that can be used to interact with it? Is there an active user community? Is there an ecosystem of plugins/companies around this that add value?