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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.


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.
Sep
2
comment Properly insulating crawl space
Where are you located (or what is the climate)? Presumably the crawlspace is non-conditioned space, and you intend to keep it that way? You should probably also look through the crawlspace+insulation tags as some of the similar questions regarding insulation and venting may be helpful.
Aug
18
comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
You can check with a non-contact voltage detector. Better investment than a broken bulb remover, IMHO.
Aug
13
comment How can I protect a hardwood floor from a rolling office chair?
Wait, to protect floors from damage, hammer tacks into the floor?!?
Aug
13
comment Running Coax cable to the upper floor
Tip: If you add conduit, then run any cables OUTSIDE of the conduit, leaving the conduit empty. Rationale: If you are adding additional cables, it's easier to run through empty conduit. If you are replacing, then it means the current wires are obsolete anyway so there's no need to take them out.
Aug
13
comment Running Coax cable to the upper floor
Totally worthwhile to also run a couple Cat5e or Cat6 cables as well, particularly to your office. Whether you put modem/router up there or elsewhere, you can get wired connections to other areas of the house, plus those cables/jacks can be used as telephone lines as well.
Aug
13
comment How do I wire a gazebo
The GFI outlet box is part of the gazebo, but not pre-wired to the switch? And the switch IS pre-wired to a (ceiling?) fan? It would help very much if you took a picture of what you have in the gazebo (showing wires/boxes) and what, if anything, you have coming from the house.
Aug
11
comment Minimizing wall thickness for basement drywall?
The thickness is entirely an artifact of how the wall is built, which is largely based on the insulation amount and type used, which is based on the climate conditions. If you have an existing wall, and want to know how it was built, you'll have to look somehow (eg, cut a hole). If you are building new, you must start with the insulation required and type of insulation you'll be using and work backwards from there.
Aug
11
comment My kitchen lights won't turn on, what could be the problem?
I've found that often it's cheaper for an entire new fixture vs just the ballast (particularly if you find something on sale). YMMV, and of course, you may want to pay extra to keep the existing fixtures because you really like them, or because they're installed in a way that is difficult to change.
Jul
23
comment Can you put a small breaker panel after a 30 amp breaker from main panel in the house?
To summarize the last 8 comments: There is nothing wrong with having 4 15amp circuits in a sub-panel that has a 30 amp main breaker. You can use max 15 amp on any one circuit, and max 30 amp all combined. You can't draw 15amp on all circuits at the same time.
Jul
20
comment Garage door opens only partially in hot weather
Chain, belt, or screw drive? When was the last time you lubricated the opener, rails and wheels? Different types of openers have different lubrication procedures - check the manual, but generally it's recommended to do this once a year.