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Mechanical Engineer from Huntsville, AL.

New homeowner since 3/5/10


Oct
7
comment Is there an easy way to measure the height of a tree?
While your method is technically feasible, you'll have to already have a $300-500 quadcopter AND spend $900 on a super accurate GPS module. I think I'll just use a stick the same length as my arm.
Oct
7
comment How do I stop water from coming out of the dispenser on the door of my refrigerator?
Can you provide more information? What type of refrigerator is it? Is the paddle or button for dispensing water stuck, or is it just coming out on its own? Etc...
Oct
7
comment Is there an easy way to measure the height of a tree?
Consumer grade GPS isn't accurate to more than 5m for altitude. You may be able to do this with a quadcopter equipped with a barometer and thermocouple, but I'm still not sure you'd end up with high enough accuracy.
Oct
3
comment How can I prevent the lines from showing through when painting paneling?
Related: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/2589/…
Oct
2
comment Is it a bad idea to cool a room on the second floor by pumping air from the basement?
I don't think your first point will be an issue at all, but the rest of the answer makes some great points.
Oct
2
comment Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?
"Only a pro can understand what I mean." Really? That's a little condescending. Since the whole point of DIY.SE is learning about home improvement, why don't you give explaining what you mean a shot?
Oct
1
comment Microwave not heating: Should I pay a contractor to diagnose?
Extended coverage policies are usually a terrible deal for the consumer. A home warranty policy can be purchased separately as an incentive to the buyer whenever you move.
Sep
30
comment What is a quick and easy way to disable a door so you can no longer use it?
Get a double cylinder deadbolt and lose the key.
Sep
30
comment how to drill a 2 1/2 in by 5 in long hole in wood?
Beat me by one minute while I was getting the Amazon link! :) Good point about the extension shaft.
Sep
30
comment What do I do if drywall screws won't penetrate the studs?
Do you have an impact driver? Not ideal for drywall installation, and there's the possibility of shearing the screw head off, but that's what I'd try myself.
Sep
29
comment Reattach carpet to one wall - looking for advice/suggestions
The reasonable range for project cost is best determined by competing quotes from 2 or 3 contractors, since price will vary by location.
Sep
29
comment If I use a waterproof membrane, do I have to use tile?
I don't think those roll-on membranes are going to be durable enough without a protective coating other than paint. It also depends what type of surface you're planning on coating with the Redguard or Aqua Defense.
Sep
29
comment How can I temporarily seal a gap underneath my door to stop water getting in while it's raining?
This completely ignores the OP's request for a temporary fix. They're not asking what type of door they should buy.
Sep
29
comment How can I unjam a garbage disposal that the allen wrench doesn't fix?
This answer doesn't address anything that the other answers or the linked question haven't already covered other than "call a plumber," which should be a comment (at best) instead.
Sep
26
comment How can I calculate the rotational force and motor HP needed to lift a 5lb sheet from a horizontal position to a vertical position from one end?
Just a clarification: Angular momentum is the moment of inertia (I, kgm^2/s) about the point of rotation multiplied by the angular/rotational speed (ω, rad/s). From what I can tell, you're using the two terms interchangeably. Power = torquerotational speed. What you really need to know about your motor is maximum torque, since a high speed, low torque motor can have the same power rating as a low speed, high torque motor.
Sep
22
comment How much load can a (wood) board support, if it is supported only at the ends?
@diyaddict If my ascii art bugs you that much, you could always take it upon yourself to improve my answer with your MS Paint skills.
Sep
20
comment How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house
@gregmac: As long as it's not parabolic!
Sep
19
comment thermostats for high desert climate
A quick search resulted in several in the ~$50 and under range with auto changeover. The cheapest I found was $35. I'd hardly call that high end, since the Nest brand can run $250.
Sep
19
comment How to get the sunshine and sunlight in my house
I'm not sure if your question really has a practical answer. Put in new windows or a skylight? Do you have a solid door that you could replace with one containing a window? Put a bunch of angled mirrors in your yard aimed at your windows?
Sep
18
comment Re-wiring a bathroom
Please edit this so it's more clear what you're suggesting. Complete sentences or bullet points would be helpful.