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bio website cims.nyu.edu/~leingang
location New York, NY
age 41
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seen Apr 18 at 15:41

Math professor by day, hacker by night, diy man by weekend.


Jan
23
comment Is this radiator too small?
bcworkz: Correct, it's a single pipe steam system. I verified that the valve at the bottom (left side of the picture) is fully open.
Jan
23
comment Is this radiator too small?
BMItch: The valve on the right isn't adjustable, but I think there are replacement valves which are. Even so, if the radiator is too small no valve is going to make it hot enough to heat the room, right?
Jan
23
comment Is this radiator too small?
Thanks for doing the math on the BTU output of my radiator. I know the radiator does get hot (too hot to touch; don't know if the full 215F but I can check). I used this calculator and it suggests about 5300 BTU/hr is needed, which would support the supposition that 2640 is not enough!
Jan
22
comment Is this radiator too small?
DA01: My best guess is that it is the size, but not being an expert either I didn't want to ignore the possibility that it was something else.
Jan
22
comment How should I rewire this situation?
My vote is option 2. A hole through one or two studs in a load bearing wall is not going to weaken it that much. You might be able to use a flexible drill bit extender and a long bit to lessen the amount of additional damage.
Sep
30
comment How do I install concrete blocks to support deck stairs?
Very thorough answer. Sorry for letting the question dangle. Accepted!
May
24
comment Light fixture inside knee-wall storage
Nice idea. I'll check them out.
May
24
comment Light fixture inside knee-wall storage
@Doresoom: If it were metal like the old-school ones, I'd go for it. But not the orange plastic.
May
24
comment My deck dies in a funny pattern — does that mean this board is upside-down?
Could be. That board is under the sloping part of the roof line, not the flat part (where there are gutters). I would not expect a lot of rain to run off this part.
May
24
comment My deck dies in a funny pattern — does that mean this board is upside-down?
@Niall C.:No boards are sealed yet. We were told to wait a year to let the wood really dry out.
Mar
17
comment Deck handrail bracket
@Tester101: The inspector said everything else is fine. I think this is more of a case of a contractor not wanting to finish the job than shoddy work from the start. We've been going back and forth with these guys for months, and are ready to move on.
Mar
7
comment Which outlet box should I use for an unfinished basement?
Thanks. This circuit I'm tapping into already has a GFCI receptacle on it. So I'm OK, right?
Mar
7
comment Which outlet box should I use for an unfinished basement?
Thanks, that's very informative. I had planned to use just regular romex non-metallic wire. I kind of like the look and feel of the metal boxes so I might go with that. Tangential question: when would one use armored wire like you describe? I have some of it in my basement but it seem like only on old stuff.
Mar
7
comment What material should I use to insulate floor over a bumpout?
+1 for the diagram alone. I think we've made it through this winter without it but I'll see in a few seasons.
Dec
3
comment What material should I use to insulate floor over a bumpout?
That looks great. Can you tell me more about nailing cleats?
Dec
3
comment Do I need an outlet box to install an outdoor light fixture?
FWIW, I caulked around the fixture where it contacts the wall.
Oct
31
comment How do I uninstall a receptacle when the wires are stuck?
@Jared thanks for the reassurance.
Oct
25
comment How do I uninstall a receptacle when the wires are stuck?
@Jared: makes sense, especially if the wire gauge is too big to fit in the hole. But then the screws are "hot", right?