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Software Engineer in Indianapolis


Jun
1
comment How can I change the bulb in this light fixture?
Is it spring-loaded and just pulls down a little hard, perhaps?
May
31
comment How can I determine why my A/C runs all day?
@TheEvilGreebo I was clear, but I can see how it may be confusing. In my comments, I always used "vents" meaning the "blowing" kind for the conditioned air. I used "return vents" (or should have just said "return") for the "sucking" kind. I took the comment from churnd as understanding you properly since he mentioned them as "higher up" on the wall which is typical for an air return (and the direction the louvers point doesn't matter for a return since it's not really protecting it from rain or anything inside the house; it wouldn't affect airflow either way).
May
30
comment How can I determine why my A/C runs all day?
You don't need to compare it to how it was when the AC was working better, just re-open the vents on the lower level temporarily and see if there's less flow on the upper level vents while the fan is running. If there isn't a noticeable difference, it would indicate an issue with your ducting or fan.
May
30
comment How can I determine why my A/C runs all day?
Whether the return vents point up or down won't matter as long as they're not blocked by anything. When you close the vents in the lower level, you should notice an increased airflow from the vents in the upper level. Are you seeing this increase?
Nov
3
comment How do I detect and repair faulty wiring?
If this spotlight is part of a low-voltage landscape lighting system, the non-contact tester will not indicate power anywhere on that system. Use a multimeter to see if the socket shows a voltage across the terminals when the system is on.
Feb
7
comment How do I connect a dryer to a dryer vent?
@gregmac, Excellent point about the screws!
Jan
24
comment Which home improvement projects produce the highest return on investment when selling?
good point on white not being warm and inviting. I edited to incorporate your comment in my answer. That said, even a white room can be warm and inviting if the furniture, window coverings, lighting, and other decorations make it so. But you would need to pay attention to that stuff more so. If the house will be empty rather than furnished during showings, there's nothing that'll make bright white look anything but sterile.
Jan
24
comment Which home improvement projects produce the highest return on investment when selling?
@Tester101, that's probably sound advice. I was generalizing. We had a solid red wall in an otherwise white/eggshell room. Our Realtor made the point that a bold color scheme (whether on one wall or all of them) can be extremely polarizing. People can't seem to see past it and either love it or hate it. If they hate it, it doesn't matter that they loved the rest of the house. But if they love it, they still need to love the rest of the house. @JBRWilkinson, thanks!
Jan
10
comment Are there efficient ways to provide combustion air to heating appliances?
@shirlock, I'm not surprised it's considered unsafe. I should have been more clear that I was only addressing @Justin's concern about heat loss via the vent NOT that the vent was a good idea. I'm strictly a DIYer-certainly not an inspector or contractor. Thanks for clearing it up though.
Jan
10
comment Are there efficient ways to provide combustion air to heating appliances?
@Justin, you're correct that warm air does rise. That's partly why the vent is at the bottom of the wall in your utility room. The coldest air in that room is the only air that can rise to the attic. But since the amount of heat lost will depend on the difference between the temperature in both places, it's better to vent from the attic than the much more extreme (either hot or cold) outdoors.
Jan
7
comment What are some tools for diagnosing powerline networking problems?
@Tester101, +1 interesting. Didn't know that. I'd just taken that info from message boards when I was deciding what power monitoring solution to get. I'd seen the side/phase referenced several places and assumed it to be correct. I'll edit my answer to mention this.
Jan
7
comment What are some tools for diagnosing powerline networking problems?
@larsks, I figured from your use of TED 5000 you probably knew to avoid the phase problem. Hopefully other readers who get here because of the Netgear networking adapter mention can find the answer useful though. ;-)
Jan
7
comment How best can I discover what is up with my electrical bill?
+1 for Blueline's products. See my answer at diy.stackexchange.com/questions/3836/how-can-i-audit-my-furnace/… for a personal account of using it (including some of the free Microsoft Hohm graphs it'll produce). Total cost to me was about $150.
Jan
5
comment Removing Excess Blind Material
Save your extra slats as well. Metal/vinyl blinds can get bends crimped in them that you can't remove. Wood/vinyl blinds can become brittle from the sun's UV rays and break. Much cheaper to replace one or two slats from spares than to replace the whole unit. A replacement slat will probably not quite match color-wise at first with the others since they'd have faded, but if it's put as the top or bottom slat, it'll likely be hard to notice.
Dec
16
comment How do I get leftover tape stickiness off of plastic surfaces?
+1 for Goo Gone, though I did use it to remove sticker residue from an HP printer once and it removed the very slight texture on the plastic leaving a smooth finish instead. Also, the "more tape" solution often works wonders especially with duct tape.
Dec
10
comment How do I treat / maintain IKEA Platta wood patio tiles?
@mummey, no problem at all. No offense intended. @James Van Huis's answer seems pretty reasonable to me so I'd go with that.
Nov
19
comment What are some scalable, affordable home automation options?
+1 for the EnergyHub mention. I was looking for something exactly like this but couldn't find anything available at a reasonable price yet.
Sep
27
comment Should I supporting a load via anchors in brick or mortar?
A brand new quality masonry bit and a regular drill got each hole drilled in about a minute a piece. The Tapcon-type screws held really well and would support a much heavier load as you suggest. Thanks!