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Back in the day...

  • First computer - IBM XT 4mhz with 8mhz turbo.
  • First application - Blackjack, with SVGA graphics written with Pascal

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Presently...

  • MCSD Certified and helping to create world class solutions for global companies.
  • Published a book about the Raspberry Pi
  • Building electrical gadgets in spare time.
  • Generating Bitcoins and accepting spare coins at 126HA8L1dP7fr7ECu2oEMtz6JpDRnzqp9N

Nov
18
comment Was there a NEC Code Change that disallows 14 gauge wire in a residential receptacle?
14Gauge is only acceptable to use on lights with max 500WATT (talking about AFRICA/EU) NOt sure about the rest but should be the same. 500WATT / 220V = 2.5AMP(EU) 4.5AMP(US) - 10Guage should be used for wall plugs and 6Gauge for stoves/geysers/single heaters.
Nov
17
comment What's the procedure for stripping wires with pliers?
@AlexFeinman - Im not sure what you mean- If using a knife to remove insulation, a small scratch on the wire can be in these limits.. and can produce electromagentic disturbance in twisted pairs that use high frequencies. In terms of that 10% is un acceptable disformation. Since you are talking about 16Gauge(metric) that is not likely used in home building (unless for wiring you home theatre system) - The smallest gauge normally used is 15/16(metric) for lighting (1.5AMP@220V)
Nov
17
comment Where should I install a wall heater?
under a window.. mixes cold air with warm directly giving the best mixing ratio.
Nov
17
comment What are the pros and cons of UV window film?
Installing new PVC windows already contain a gas to bounces most of this radiation ub(a)/uv(b) light away.(technically only last for 10years) Tinting windows with self stick on filters never heard of that before. Grey tint just blocks out some light but the amount of UV that comes through is still 100%. Maybe buy some glass that is UV resistant. (You know like sunglasses's glass..)
Nov
17
answered What's the procedure for stripping wires with pliers?
Nov
15
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Nov
10
comment How can I determine if my outlets can easily be grounded?
It will need a complete rewire and certification. Otherwise leave it as it is.. If it does not stink there is no reason to touch it!
Nov
10
comment How can I install heat tape on a hard to reach PVC drain pipe?
I assume you want it in the inside so it looks nice.. How about putting it on the outside-- then putting a larger PVC pipe to cover the heat tape that is on the 6"?
Nov
10
answered Do I need planning permission to build a roof terrace over a flat roof in the UK?
Nov
9
comment What should I keep in mind when building my house myself?
I used to build daily for years- your plan will fail- I have seen it fail over and over- you cannot build in free time. If any body says that they are in-experienced.For me to build a single standing 1 level house took 3 months(7am to 21pm)everyday inc Sundays[from mud to sold] Your work will deteriorate and become unsuitable in small stages. Loads of building regulations require certain parts to be built within months of each other- other wise its just an illegal build and wont be covered by insurance if surveyed. And it costs twice as much to build slower too- take my advice-get a loan + pro
Nov
9
comment Do I need planning permission to build a roof terrace over a flat roof in the UK?
Agreed - you HAVE to go to your council and ask them. Each region has its own constraints, building regulations and styles of builds- on top of that there could be other reasons to might prevent you from doing this- So to make things smoother- go to the council and local surveyor and ask them.
Nov
9
comment How is pre-wiring done for motion sensors / alarm system in new construction?
Always assume you will forget/not know about something. So it will be easier to put in an extra conduit/ access hole during building(renovations) if you want to add more cables later. Put junction boxes in easy access places (eg loft udner a floor board, removable tiles, etc) Its easier to regrout a removal tile than re tile a whole section because your cat5 was supposed to be cat6e... Generally run conduit in the wall/plaster for running wires for future wiring- it can be bent to 90 degree turns and easily joint- it makes life so easy.
Nov
7
answered Is drilling a pilot hole into the plaster wall of an old house hazardous asbestos?
Nov
3
comment How do I detect and repair faulty wiring?
Hi- What else is on the same wires? There should not be fault on wire-- maybe somewhere there is another fuse..
Nov
1
revised Can I use a socket conversion unit to split a washing machine socket in order to add a dishwasher?
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Nov
1
revised Can I use a socket conversion unit to split a washing machine socket in order to add a dishwasher?
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Nov
1
answered Can I use a socket conversion unit to split a washing machine socket in order to add a dishwasher?
Nov
1
comment Why is this box constantly tripping?
@EricLippert Yes- but given the situation when a rare but possible event of ground leakage occurs above the wires rating over a longer period making the wire hotter and hotter(with out tripping the over current breaker) - it can cause a fire. The ground leakage does not necessarily have to be human/animal. I over shot the definition of the ground breaker- yes I agree. This is circumstantial and happens with bad installations, usually 1 in millions..in a world of filled with billions of people....
Oct
27
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Oct
27
answered Why is this box constantly tripping?