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I'm the sole developer for a publishing house, doing on-line courses and exams.

We have a web designer, who typically does layouts and courses, but I do anything that involves programming logic.


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comment How can I replace the seat on my wall-mounted toilet
What's that hole in the side for?
Mar
26
comment wiring a wall plug correctly with the black and white wires
What country? If 120 volts North America, and standard wire colours, the white (neutral) goes to the large blade. Black to the brass screw, white to the steel screw and green/copper to the green screw is the typical configuration.
Mar
13
comment Can I let rainwater run along the wall?
Put up an eavestrough, and then put a bunch of these on the 2 story wall: mec.ca/product/5005-789/metolius-50-hold-mega-pack/… No more ladders! Fun and Functional!
Mar
7
comment What is the best way to incrementally finish an unfinished basement?
Keep in mind that the builder may have a No-Finish clause in the warranty, such that if you finish the basement before a certain period of time elapses, they won't repair and cracks or leaks that appear in the foundation. Finding this out is an absolutely critical first step.
Mar
5
comment What is a “wet edge” and how do I maintain one?
@Les Fair enough. Issue is cosmetic.
Mar
4
comment Black Holes Appearing in Oak Floor
Black holes are formed when there is too much gravity. Contact your gravity supplier, and have it reduced.
Mar
3
comment What is a “wet edge” and how do I maintain one?
Wet over dry will usually leave a band where the overlap is.
Feb
25
comment Does my vented septic tank even require traps and vents near the actual fixture connections?
But no trap, and you'll have an open line to a cesspool. Whether it's vented or not, it's still going to stink.
Feb
3
comment How do I ensure my first row of hardwood flooring is straight?
You can buy tongues that convert a board to a double tongue board. You may want to start in the middle, and work towards each end, ensuring a nice transition between the two rooms. (Added bonus - You can get two nailers, and work simultaneously with someone else.)
Jan
28
comment Why little holes/dots when I apply joint compound?
@shirlockhomes Not many of us non-pros have 1/2 drills.
Jan
7
comment What can I do to ensure my pool doesn't freeze?
The pool will be fine. Water has to give up a whole lot of energy to freeze. What might freeze is any above ground pipes near the pump. Just keep the pump running while the temperature is cool.
Dec
17
comment How to replace bathroom supply line?
You need a 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch reducer fitting. These are readily available at your big box store.
Dec
17
comment Replacing a spanned “beam” with a cantilevered beam
While you are correct re: strength vs. deflection, for most household materials the deflection limit typically 1/240 or 1/360 IIRC, are usually the limiting factor. That is, a safe design will typically violate the deflection limit, but a deflection based design will usually be safe. (Although, all bets are off on this short span).
Dec
17
comment Replacing a spanned “beam” with a cantilevered beam
I'd really like to see a photo of the existing situation as well as a sketch of the proposed solution. Also, have you considered how you'll be attaching the cantilever?
Dec
16
comment Should I install a vapor barrier on the bottom of my garage ceiling?
The first thing you do is install a CO detector in the room above the garage!
Dec
16
comment What should I use to fill a gap between oak trim and wall?
Or you can try clear caulk. Test it in a corner and see if it works for you.
Nov
19
comment Simple software for stress analysis of wooden structures?
@LoftyGoals Yes, that's why Mechanics of Materials is important. Statics is the study of rigid, statically determinate rigid frames and trusses. (Static = not moving). To solve for indeterminate (over constrained) frames, you need to take into account material bending.
Nov
19
comment Simple software for stress analysis of wooden structures?
Just so you know, this type of analysis is 3rd year rigid frame analysis. You need a solid grounding in Statics, Mechanics of Material and structural analysis, as well as some pretty good matrix algebra and integral calculus techniques. There are some free unix programs around. I recall a product called SDTruss, which did FEA but it was a couple of weeks study just to figure out how to get the input file right. The sign convention was awkward at best.
Nov
18
comment Can I install whole house humidifier in AC ducting?
Is there a question here?
Nov
15
comment How do I wire my new ceiling light?
Is that a bit of bare copper on the black wire where it comes out of the sheathing? You might want to pull a new cable.