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


Nov
10
comment Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?
I don't, sorry. I have a Roku 2 box somewhere but it only has HDMI. Maybe you can use your Receiver to downscale to 480i/composite, and output that to the projector? At least you'd only have to change inputs on your reciever, not both receiver and projector (I hate having a system that requires multiple inputs on different devices to be changed).
Nov
7
comment Will enclosing my porch keep my house warmer?
While cellulose for walls and foam boards for basement are examples of ways of insulating those spaces, note they are not the only way. The full explanation of different ways to insulate is beyond the scope of this question (and asked already on this site) but I just wanted to point this out as this answer's wording implies there is only the one correct method. (I agree with answer in principle, just don't like the wording).
Nov
7
comment How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?
Also occurs to me that perhaps the plumbing is incorrect (either changed by your tenant, or was always wrong but just happened to never cause a problem until now). Normally there is a P-trap that holds water, which prevents smells from coming back up. Can you post a picture that shows how all the drains are connected? We can at least spot if there is something obviously wrong (eg, garbage disposal hooked up incorrectly or missing trap, etc), to rule that out if nothing else.
Nov
7
comment How can I stop the smell from my kitchen drain?
Have you tried a liquid drain cleaner (just be sure to get one that says it can be used with a garbage disposal)? Next step would probably be to put a snake down and see if there is something clogging it. You could also try a plumber who will snake/inspect the drain with a camera.
Nov
7
comment What type of room divider should I use to convert a dining room into a bed room?
When I was in university, we used a few panels of ~2.5" XPS foam to make a partition wall so a dining room could be a bedroom. Ugly as hell, but easy, functional, cheap, and actually made a good sound insulator. True story, but I don't recommend doing this unless you're under 21 and can justify it with the fact most of your money goes to tuition and beer.
Nov
5
comment Extra low voltage over mains voltage circuit
Aside, forgetting any potential regulatory issues, my gut feeling as I read this is whatever you're trying to do is somewhere between "won't work" and "there is a much better way". I'll reserve final judgement until you can clarify the question..
Nov
5
comment Extra low voltage over mains voltage circuit
Can you clarify please? You have a regular mains (120/240V) outlet (or a circuit of outlets) and you'd like to run it at 12V? But you also want it switchable, so it can be either 12V or mains, controlled by some type of transfer switch? (What exactly are you plugging in that is okay with both 12V and mains voltage?) Is this a circuit in a residential/commercial/industrial setting (eg, a regular outlet in the wall) or something else?
Nov
4
comment Can a lower cabinet be used over a floor vent?
The builder of my (suburban subdivision) house did this in my master bathroom: there is a 6" hole in the floor below the cabinets, and there is a 6x2" hole with a metal vent cover over it in the toe kick. The furnace blasts air into the space below and most of it comes out the vent. This is on my to-do list of things to fix, because in the winter: 1) we can't adjust the flow of this vent and with the bathroom door closed it quickly gets to sauna-like temperatures, and: 2) it heats up the contents of that part of the cabinet enough that my wife can't store any makeup/mouthwash/soap/etc there.
Oct
29
comment If flame sensor will affect Motor assembly's functionality of furnace? How does that work?
You should also have at least one CO detector in your house, which will alert you to any CO. In many places, this is required by law if you have a fuel-burning appliance and/or an attached garage. Usually this should be adjacent to any bedrooms.
Oct
29
comment Well pump stops working after 30 minutes
@Zhentar: That's a potential fix, but definitely not an 'ultimate' one. You may have the same yield, especially if the new well is in the same aquifer. You can of course go deeper, but then you also have the risk of running into salt or other conditions that require additional treatment ($$) where it would have been cheaper to just install the cistern, or still not even finding any more water -- you still have to pay the driller for how deep they go, regardless if there's (good) water there or not.
Oct
27
comment Adding a “C” wire for a wireless theromstat
Browse thermostat-c-wire to see several variations of answers to how to accomplish this.
Oct
27
comment How can I use a 16A appliance in a UK 13A socket?
It sounds like the 16A on the plug is just indicating that the plug/cord is rated for 16A, while the actual appliance is drawing 1425 watts. It's good to know because it's potentially dangerous to plug a cord that handles 16A into a 20A circuit: if the appliance malfunctioned in some way that it drew say, 19A, the cord could potentially melt. This is highly unlikely anyway, and the appliance should have a built-in fuse that would blow. When plugged into a ciruit rated less than 16A, the circuit breaker/fuse will trip before the cord gets overloaded.
Oct
2
comment Is it possible that a room ambient noise generator could reduce traffic sounds from outside?
You can always try (without actually buying a dedicated device); there are many free 'white noise generator' websites/apps you can play from your computer/phone/tablet. Just make sure you have some half decent speakers hooked up.
Sep
28
comment How can I safely splice wires inside a lamp?
Gut reaction is that a crimp connector would be better than a wire nut. Best to keep all connections in an accessible place, like the base, so you can easily fix/verify they are still connected should you have troubles down the road. All metal parts should also be grounded as well, ensuring that if a wire does come loose, it blows the breaker.
Sep
27
comment B&D Roller door control motor 433MHz is able to be activated with other electronic devices, how can this be stopped
How old is the opener? Pretty much in the last couple decades, all openers are using technology that makes it very difficult to accidentally (or maliciously) open the door without a programmed/recognized remote. What 'other electronic devices' can open the door?
Sep
27
comment choosing a programmable thermostat: wiring and power
See the questions tagged thermostat-c-wire
Sep
23
comment How can I prevent hanging sliding doors from coming off track?
In that case, maybe you could shim it out. Either install some type of stopper (such as an an actual door stopper) on the wall, or a block (made of scrap wood) on the back of the door, so that the top of the door hits the stopper at the same time the bottom hits the wall.
Sep
23
comment How can I prevent hanging sliding doors from coming off track?
Sounds like a crappy door design. Assuming you don't want to [spend the money] to replace the doors entirely, maybe there is a way to screw a piece of wood next to the wheels as a guide to prevent them from coming off? Or perhaps replace the wheels with better designed ones (eg: maybe buying replacement hardware for a different set of doors and adapting them). You'd have to post a couple pictures of the wheels and track for me to suggest anything more specific.
Sep
23
comment Should I replace bathroom OSB subfloor with plywood?
OSB has a higher tendency to resist moisture, but this also means it holds onto more moisture leading to rot. Plywood underneath a neglected leaking toilet will rot as well. The issue is not OSB vs Plywood; the issue is improperly installing the toilet and not addressing the leak. Keep in mind also that thinset and grout are permeable which is why it's not a great idea to install tile on wood (and why it's a terrible idea for a shower or location that regularly gets very wet), and again, given time, OSB vs plywood is irrelevant.
Sep
19
comment How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house
@Doresoom Mirrors? Some inspriation.