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


Feb
26
comment Want to purchase electric range unassembled
Can you take the closer and/or chains off the storm door, so it opens all the way? I've had to do this when moving before, and I've also had to take the main door off the hinges entirely; neither is very hard to do. If the opening of the doorway itself is large enough to get the appliance through, this is significantly easier than disassembly of an appliance (or rather, every major appliance in your house, since 30~32" widths are quite common).
Feb
25
comment Will cutting PVC pipe with a miter saw dull the blade?
Also watch out for flying pieces, especially when making small cuts (eg <2" off the end) as the blade can send the offcut a pretty good distance. I've also had central vac tube -- which is 2" thin-walled PVC -- actually shatter into several flying pieces from bringing the blade down too fast. Just a reminder to always wear eye protection!
Feb
22
comment Proper method to send wiring through the roof?
@Casey do you mean shingles? Post a picture showing where you want the camera and where you have access to from the inside, maybe I or someone else can suggest something.
Feb
14
comment Why does my furnace make sounds like a tuba when kicking on?
Your question seems offensive to tuba players.
Feb
14
comment Are solar panels cost-effective?
The plug-in energy usage monitoring devices (eg, Kill-a-watt) are also quite useful if you're looking at replacing appliances, because they can help you determine how much you're actually spending. While replacing an old appliance will almost unarguably save you money on your monthly energy bill, in my experience (measuring my own old appliances) the actual payback may actually be longer than the expected lifespan of the new appliance (not mention disposal costs -- both out-of-pocket and environmental). Now, if you're replacing it anyway, then by all means get the low-energy ones.
Feb
6
comment duplex outlet relay
You should consider a whole-house humidifier that mounts to and is hardwired to the furnace. These can turn on using the power from the furnace, signal from a thermostat with humidifier output (not all have this) or an air flow-activated switch.
Feb
5
comment Hot water running out, already replaced both heating elements and both thermostats
The tank being plumbed backwards (cold/hot reversed) will also cause this.
Jan
30
comment How much space do I need between rafter ties?
Consult an engineer! The potential cost of not doing so is your house (or a substantial part of it, anyway) collapsing. Pretty sure insurance won't cover any claim that begins with "Well, I removed some joists from my ceiling..."
Jan
27
comment Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?
You absolutely can not do it the way you're describing. NEC 400.8 Uses Not Permitted (ref. Extension Cord) Flexible cords and cables shall not be used for the following: (1) As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure (2) Where run through holes in walls, structural ceilings, suspended ceilings, dropped ceilings, or floors (5) Where concealed by walls, floors, or ceilings or located above suspended or dropped ceilings
Jan
19
comment Wiring to split one circuit for ceiling lights in multiple rooms?
To meet code (NEC 2011 404.2(C)) you'll also need to have a neutral at each switch, which means either running power to the switch first, or using a /3 wire between the switch and light. If you're not touching the wiring between the switch and light, you may get away without this, but it would be best to ask your local inspector. For more info, see this question.
Jan
17
comment Do I have to cover the entire floor while painting a ceiling, or can I simply cover the floor in the area I'm working?
If your floor is something you could easily clean paint from, then you could probably just get away with piling any furniture in the room in the middle and covering it, so long as you clean any drips fairly quickly (so you don't step in them and track them around). If it's something like carpet, or you're a very messy painter, the time and cost to put down some poly film or builder's paper will easily be worth it.
Jan
14
comment Is beeswax ok to use to keep a screw tight?
The legs are held with screws, or with nuts and bolts? The couple tables I can remember assembling (including the one in my kitchen right now) has a bolt sticking out of the table that goes through a hole in the leg, which is then held on with a wingnut. If you don't know what I mean, perhaps you can take a picture of the connection under the table.
Jan
14
comment How to get both sides of 1/2 inch water pipe into a new coupling
I'd also add to this: Step 1 - try to avoid this situation. Beyond the technical aspect of physically connecting pipes, plumbing has a bit of an art to it in terms of figuring out how to assemble everything, which you can really only learn through experience. Things like which sections to assemble on the floor before putting into place; being able to use an elbow as a hinge to connect a piece in place; leaving extra space between a wall, or not attaching pipes to walls until everything is in place.
Jan
10
comment How do I connect a WiFi thermostat to my furnace's primary control?
Updated my answer based on OP clarification of terminals in use.
Jan
7
comment How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
Based on your photo from underneath, you don't even have to go through any joists, so it should not be too bad to route the lines up next to the vent (where the drain line enters the wall now). I would still cut out a rectangular section of the floor boards in this space to do the work from above (from the wall to the joist underneath), then patch it back up with a piece of OSB/plywood.
Jan
7
comment How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
You should really not be using the bathtub drain as a vent. Are you sure this comes from the bathtub? Ideally there would be a separate vent line (there should be one for the bathtub above). Any chance of tying into the vent line from the bathroom upstairs, assuming there is one?
Jan
6
comment How can I modify a flooring transition so that perfectly fits the two surfaces?
I think the direct answer to your question is "Yes, you can buy/modify/create transitions between different heights of flooring." As I suspect that is not really useful to you, I think you need to ask a more specific question, and perhaps exactly explain (dare I say: with pictures) what you tried that presumably didn't work and caused you to ask in the first place.
Jan
6
comment How do I install transition molding between my new hardwood and existing tile floors?
This is a very elegant fix. I particularly like that there's no additional rise above the hardwood height.
Jan
6
comment How can I install a vanity over this unfortunate plumbing?
You can run the lines through the joists to get into the next bay, if necessary (or even to come up in through the floor in a better place). Just keep in mind the guidelines for holes in joists, and that you might need a right-angle drill.
Jan
5
comment Temperature control when I can't affect either airflow or thermostat
Renting means it's probably not worthwhile for you to invest much money in changing what's there, if you're even allowed to (probably not). Maybe you should consider alternative means, such as an electric oil-filled heater for the bedroom, and then just turning down the main thermostat at night.