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bio website gregmaclellan.com
location Canada
age 33
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Started working for my dad's water treatment company in my teens, installing and repairing pumps and water treatment systems. Later worked on automated monitoring and control systems for small water treatment systems, including PLC programming, panel design, systems integration, and designing and building our own SCADA software package. Currently employed as a senior software architect at a print software company.

Renovations around my houses have included installing complete bathrooms (both reno and adding new), complete basement gut and reno, and all types of electrical, plumbing, and ethernet/video/audio cabling. Also have a particular interest in home automation -- my current house has several rooms controlled using Insteon gear.


Aug
31
comment What could cause this ceiling fan and light issue?
Do you have brand/model numbers for the fan and/or switch? There are many different ways different fans are controlled so this will help so we know what we're dealing with.
Aug
27
comment How can I repair marred veneer polish?
A picture would help
Aug
24
comment What could cause smelly water in the bathroom sink only?
When you take the water out as @BMitch suggests, get someone else with an objective nose (who hasn't been in the bathroom) to smell it - otherwise you may not notice it because you're used to it.
Aug
24
comment How can I remove styrofoam bits from my equipment?
@BMitch So, you use the air gun to blow them off that too. What, you have better things to do with your weekend?
Aug
13
comment How do I reattach this light fixture?
There is no red wire. This has to be grounded as well. There is no picture of the socket, but judging by the ground terminal that was ripped out, the leads were probably also ripped out of the socket and there is no safe way to fix it short of replacing the socket itself, at which point an entire new fixture probably makes sense.
Aug
9
comment Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?
I would also add: Check that there is a trap at all. It's possible renos were done by someone who didn't know better and didn't have a permit/inspection.
Aug
9
comment What are disadvantages of wood floor covering in shower?
You would definitely not use wood as the actual base of the shower. If anything, the wood would simply sit on top of a tile or vinyl floor which is a standard shower floor. The wood used would have to be something that can stand up to a lot of moisture (eg, a tropical wood or composite). You also need it to drain appropriately, eg, lots of spacers between pieces of wood, as standing water will rot and grow mould.
Aug
6
comment Can I replace an old exhaust fan and connect it to an existing light switch?
How is the exhaust fan controlled right now? You can pull out the switches and open/remove light fixtures to see what wires are behind each and how they're connected, and that will help figure out how things are wired now. Post a diagram here showing location, colors, and current connections and someone may be able to give you a hint or at least tell you what to check next.
Aug
3
comment What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs?
While it's a great idea to add conduit, I actually prefer to keep the conduit empty (or just have a pull string inside). Run the wires along-side, and then use the conduit for potential new stuff. There's not really much point in ripping out existing cables, and in practice, if you're trying to add eg, an HDMI cable to a conduit that already has a half-dozen Cat6 and coax cables, you're going to have a tough time.
Aug
3
comment Can I put a sanding drum in a routing table and use it like a spindle sander?
Looking quickly at some specs for variable speed routers, the slowest one I saw had a minimum 7,000 RPM.
Aug
2
comment What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs?
Zip tying to a regular wire staple works well too. I often use the screw-down zip ties as pictured and in corners or anywhere there will be more strain and I have a big bundle, hammer in a wire staple and then zip-tie to that.
Jul
31
comment How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?
If you are going to go through this effort just to comply with code, you should double-check that it is in fact code by calling your local building department. Most of the time as they change requirements, you're grandfathered in so long as you met whatever the code was at time of installation, and it's only when you do alterations (eg, putting in a new heater) that you'd need to comply with new code. Again, check with a local inspector, I'm just some guy on the internet.
Jul
31
comment How to install Water Heater drain pan to sump pit?
What is the reason you want a drip pan? Eg, do you have a leak, condensation, or is this a pre-emptive thing? (In other words, is there another problem that can be solved that negates the need for this?). Are you willing to dig a trench in your basement floor? Depending on what you're trying to protect from, perhaps a self-contained pan and a water-sensing alarm (flood alarm) would suffice -- it would certainly be a lot cheaper and easier.
Jul
30
comment How can I remove a switch and terminate a circuit in its place?
If the other end of this wire is disconnected from the panel and other circuits, it's actually not a bad idea to wire the hot+neutral together. If anyone tries to use this wire, it will blow the breaker and make them go find out why, rather than just working and leaving what should be an unused wire energized.
Jul
26
comment How can I determine what is in my water?
Are you on municipal water or your own supply?
Jul
26
comment Is the ability to save pictures worth it in an inspection camera?
Yeah, a few do, but it's generally a composite output. To capture, you need something like a laptop + USB tuner card and a bunch of cables connecting everything, which seems pretty awkward. I am thinking it would actually be simpler (and probably about the same quality) to just use a regular camera and take a picture of the screen. :)
Jul
25
comment Is this fluorescent light fixture a major electrical problem / fire hazard?
A lot of times you'll find a complete fixture for the same price or even cheaper than just the ballast (one of those quirks of supply and demand), just to add to @lqlarry's point that it's often easier/faster to replace the whole fixture.
Jul
24
comment How do I lubricate plastic rollers for sliding closet doors?
It's been well over a year, no problems at all. A few days ago actually I gave them a quick spray but only because I had a squeak in a door (not these ones) and so went around and lubricated all the hinges and such.
Jul
17
comment Where can I find unusual L-shaped brackets?
I have to say I have no clue what you are trying to do from reading your question. What type of windows (casement, double-hung, sliding, etc)? Pretty much all windows have an interior and an exterior side, and whether the screen is on the inside or outside depends on the style of window -- are you saying the window is installed backwards (eg, the exterior side is facing inside)? A picture would go a long way here.
Jul
17
comment What can I do to prevent injuries from the corners of a wooden deck?
Is it feasible to round or cut off the corners again? A picture (preferably with measurements as well) will help someone answer, as it's not clear how much room you have to work with.