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


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.
Jan
5
comment wonder why my cable have this split on?
Please attach your comment using the "image" button in the editor here. You've posted a link to something that is not accessible (except to you).
Jan
5
comment Do I need to remove existing drywall before framing an interior wall?
@bib I would definitely never do both the top plate and edge through just drywall, at least one needs solid framing to anchor to. On an exterior wall though, and if there are already joists that are easy to anchor to, this method is much simpler and the wall is as strong as any other wall in the house (well, stronger, if the rest of the house uses 3/8" drywall :) )
Jan
5
comment How does one fire short staples into hard wood?
What's the application?
Jan
4
comment How do I fish a wire into an existing electrical box?
"2-pole" specifically means two separate switched conductors - as in, both hot and neutral are being switched. That is extremely uncommon and thus unlikely. Since there are two switches, there is likely more than one wire now, correct? Can you explain everything coming in and going out? In most cases of having 2 switches, there will be a neutral at the switch location, which will allow you to wire your new switch. A picture (labelled, if possible) would probably help a lot.
Dec
19
comment Exhaust fan leaking from elbow joint connected to the ceiling
In addtion to @Ecnerwal's answer, it's also possible, if it's installed badly and the outside vent is bad/broken, that driving rain could be making its way in. Likewise, water leaking down from an eavestrough or something else could be flowing inside. These of course are all other major issues that we'd need more information to solve. Is it only happening during rain, or after you use the vent after a shower/etc? Can you take any pictures of the outside vent or the pipe from within the attic?
Dec
19
comment How do I replace this switch with a timer?
Where is the other switch that controls the fan, and what would you like it to do? I actually just did this exact conversion in my house. The other switch is downstairs near the thermostat, and the fan is in an upstairs bathroom in the middle of the house (so I presume it's meant to act as a "whole-house air exchange"). I wired the switch in parallel so the timer works normally, but the switch downstairs overrides it and it stays on as long as the switch is on. Some timers do have the ability to be put in 3-way configurations with other timer switches, however.
Dec
17
comment how to remove a tiny screw that won't spin?
There are many questions about removing stripped screws (Thanks @NiallC.). If anything this is a duplicate.
Dec
17
comment I have a very humid room in the house, should I isolate it?
If you're unwilling to use a dehumidifier (guess you want a zero-cost fix?) then you need to find the source of the humidity/leak. As @BMitch points out, just being near bathroom walls or having gardens outside does not cause excess humidity. There must be a source of water, and you have to find and eliminate it. Closing off the room will just make things worse, by creating mold and spores that will quickly end up requiring major renovations (replacing all drywall, for example) and it it WILL spread to the rest of the house (via air spaces in the wall, incomplete seal, opening the door, etc).
Dec
9
comment Water pressure low after hose was left on overnight
Does this mean the pump isn't shutting off? An easy way to help isolate is to close the valve to the rest of your house. If it comes up to pressure and shuts off right away, you have something else using water (could be a leak). If not, I'd suspect as @Bob suggests the well is low. You might just want to try shutting off the pump power for a while to give your pump a break (and let the well catch up).
Dec
6
comment Can someone unlock a locked door and lock it back again without the key?
There's also a difference between deterring, preventing and detecting entry or theft. It all depends on what you're trying to do accomplish, how much risk you're willing to take and how much money it's worth to you. In terms of theft, insurance is one way to shift the risk (at a cost, of course) to another entity, so long as you and the insurer can agree on a monetary value of what you're protecting (which maybe difficult for priceless family heirlooms, etc). Even the "best" lock only deters slightly, does a mediocore and easily-bypassed job at protection, and nothing for detection.
Dec
4
comment In what order should I complete these projects?
Planning the deck location is important when adding electrical/faucets since you don't want them right where your ledger board will go, or to have an outlet that's at a convenient height now but ends up being 2" off the top of the deck boards. Outside electrical and faucets may be easier to do before (or at the same time as) siding, but not really a huge deal either way.
Nov
29
comment How do I wire a single pole and a 3-way switch in the same box?
First glance, it sounds like you have common and a traveler reversed on the 3-way switch. Are you absolutely certain of which line the incoming power is? Otherwise agreed with BMitch: a diagram and/or annotated picture would help.
Nov
24
comment How can I vent my roof without removing drywall?
What do you mean when you say it doesn't have proper venting- Does the insulation fill the entire cavity (allowing for no air movement)? Do you have issues with ice dams in the winter?
Nov
22
comment 3-Way Light Switch, two blacks and a red?
As far as safety goes, that's tough. It should be obvious, but turn off the breaker when you are touching or changing any wiring. Use your non-contact voltage sensor (don't have one? go buy one now. seriously) to verify the power is off. If all this wiring is on a single breaker (99.9% of the time it will be) then there's not a huge risk of anything really bad happening, if you wire it wrong, the breaker will blow immediately. More likely, if you swap the common/travellers wrong again you'll just continue to have the same non-working setup. If you're at all unsure, call an electrician in.
Nov
22
comment 3-Way Light Switch, two blacks and a red?
@ChrisW. if the light is on, you can flip either switch and it turns off, correct? If so, that is for sure a traveller and common are swapped. It could be on either switch, so don't assume it's this one (as I said, the wiring on this one actually looks right based on the picture you took, though it's hard to be certain).
Nov
20
comment Is it okay to connect a round supply duct directly to an air handler?
@JasonRikard that seems like exactly what you should be using. You can also get a local sheet metal shop to build something, so long as you provide the dimensions and what types of connections you're making. This is especially useful if you have space restrictions, or want it to include a turn etc.
Nov
18
comment Where should I connect a second slave phone box?
Most new construction here (Canada), thankfully, runs a separate line from each jack to a common point (usually beside electrical panel), and same for cable and ethernet jacks. If you're running cable back to a central point, you should consider using ethernet (Cat5e or Cat6) as then it can be used for computer networks (LAN) but is still compatible with regular phones.
Nov
18
comment Can I install whole house humidifier in AC ducting?
While it's possible to do, I don't think it's going to be very effective. Humidifiers work by evaporating water into the air to increase the moisture level. Your setup would be using room temperature air, and the evaporation effect is going to be greatly diminished compared to using heated air. You may have better luck with a whole-house steam humidifier, but they're also much more expensive. I think that coupled with the additional expense of running the blower motor all the time (when you otherwise wouldn't) might make using 1+ stand-alone model(s) a better (and cheaper) solution.