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Civil engineering undergrad who ended up a computer programmer and did nothing with the degree.

House built in 1930 w/ all of the plaster walls, poor insulation and single paned windows that entails. I've done a number of projects (yard drainage, attic insulation, rebuild a garage) and have helped others w/ their projects. Still have a ways to go on the home, though.


Oct
17
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
17
revised How can I use an American KitchenAid mixer in Denmark?
fixed typo, stressed 'claim'
Oct
17
comment How can I use an American KitchenAid mixer in Denmark?
Crap ... I missed it was VA and not W. You also have to consider that an electric motor starting up draws about 150% of its nominal rating ... so it's a 300W power supply trying to cover a ~500W load.
Oct
17
comment How can I use an American KitchenAid mixer in Denmark?
@Johnny : I suspect it's a case of either 'we think you're stupid and won't understand the real reason' or 'I'm too lazy to find out the real reason, so I'll just make stuff up and say it convincingly so you'll go away'. Unfortunately, I've worked helpdesk jobs, so I know both of those type of people exist.
Oct
14
comment How can I use an American KitchenAid mixer in Denmark?
As the KitchenAid Artisan has a 325W motor, you'd think a 500W inverter would have plenty of room ... but a motor draws about 1.5x the wattage when starting up ... so it'd draw ~487.5W. If the transformer can handle going over for a second or so, you can try a 'slow burn' or 'slow blow' fuse.
Oct
13
answered How can I use an American KitchenAid mixer in Denmark?
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
8
comment How is standard washing machine “water usage” calculated?
You might have to contact the company ... I can think of two possibilities : it always uses the same amount for rinsing, therefore the usage would be (164 + load size - displacement) or that because of the displacement of clothes, they just average across all load sizes. ... and in this case, but 'displacement', I mean 'the volume taken by the items being washed'
Sep
8
comment How is standard washing machine “water usage” calculated?
My washer goes through a lot more than just a single rinse cycle ... and it doesn't back fill up the whole way each time.
Jul
21
awarded  Yearling
Jun
17
comment Unplugging vs running an empty refrigerator
The jugs of water trick is for when you're going to be opening the fridge alot -- so you have thermal mass and less air that exchanges each time you open the door.
Jun
10
answered Do I install my green board before I install my shower pan?
May
25
comment What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?
I'm guessing that the company my neighbor had redo their kitchen had no clue -- they insisted we put the floor down, then put the cabinets on top of it. I'm starting to wonder if the damage to the floor is caused by that, rather than our assumption that the time one of his kids decided to 'mop' the floor and left standing water for at least an hour before an adult realized.
May
25
answered What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?
May
25
comment Projector ceiling mounting using 2 screws instead of 4: risky?
Do you have an old house, with small children? If so, the shaking from the kids jumping on the couch (no matter how many times you've told them not to) could be a problem w/ a less than ideally mounted projector.
May
24
comment What is the weight limit on pergo flooring?
As floating floors expand/contract with temperature & humidity, I'd suspect that a heavy object near a wall, that might pin down a given a section and not allow it to move is going to be more problematic than one in the middle of the room. Two heavy objects would also be problematic.
May
15
answered Key card door lock?
May
13
comment GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it
If it had been an exterior wall on a warm day, that alone can explain it -- as the electrical box means there's less insulation in that location.
May
7
comment How to get a straight line when painting wall with fillet to ceiling
how much 'not perfectly straight' is it? Is the ceiling level, if so, you might be able to get away w/ a laser level to give you a line that you can then mask.
May
7
comment mesh net to help keep crawlspace insulation from sagging
What @OrganicLawnDIY said ... they're just wires w/ sharpened points that you shove into the joists every couple feet, and they'll support the fiberglass. If it's still continuing to sag, add one in between where you have 'em.