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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 Wiring GU10 Sockets: Cables are of same color - which one should be “live”?
Even an Edison will WORK if wired backwards. But, for safety reasons, you want the live wire on the center piece so you don't accidentally touch the threaded sleeve.
Aug
26
comment Post-less combination window & door system
Is this a bungalow? If so, can you pencil in an approximate eaves overhang?
Aug
21
comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
@Steven I don't think he's using it to lube the light. He's using it to jam into the broken bulb to get a grip.
Aug
13
comment How to get rid of spilled coffee scent?
Related question: How do I get rid of vinegar scent?
Aug
13
comment How to get rid of spilled coffee scent?
Careful! Baking soda is pretty fine stuff. It can clog vacuum filters very quickly. Borrow a shop vac for the job, and finish with your household one.
Aug
13
comment Trying to hook up 2 new lights and 1 outlet
Not necessarily. If you wired it the way the first diagram shows, the lights will be on when the switch is OPEN (off), and it will short out the circuit, causing the breaker to trip when closed (on).
Aug
13
comment Trying to hook up 2 new lights and 1 outlet
@user24478 Are you sure the switch was off when you turned the breaker on? It's not always clear.
Aug
13
comment Trying to hook up 2 new lights and 1 outlet
Look at the first diagram. That would account for this scenario. - I have no faith in "We turned the switch ON" I take it to mean "We flipped the switch"
Aug
11
comment convert a hardwired lamp to on off switch
Actually, it does. You just don't recognize it. Your problem: Replace hard wired lights, but can't find any with switches. Solution: Install a switch. Any messing around with lamp wire or jury-rigging other lamps is just wrong.
Aug
8
comment What could cause a battery hedge trimmer to have white smoke come out of it?
Usually white smoke means the Hedge Trimmer has elected a new Pope.
Aug
8
comment convert a hardwired lamp to on off switch
You can't run lamp wire through the wall. It's a code violation.
Aug
7
comment What is this switch plate cover with a pyramidal bulge across the top of the plate?
Some used to just glow behind the plastic.
Aug
7
comment What is this switch plate cover with a pyramidal bulge across the top of the plate?
My guess is that it's an illuminated cover, which no longer works. Turn power off, disconnect the two wires to the cover, and replace with a regular cover. While you're at it, you might as well replace the switch.
Jul
30
comment Is it possible (and safe) to adapt a 4-prong dryer outlet to a NEMA 6-20?
amazon.com/L14-30P-6-20R-Power-Cord-Adapter/dp/B004XWAKUQ -- These are available commercially
Jul
30
comment Possible to refinish hardwood floor without messing with quarter-round baseboard?
See: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/9822/…
Jul
30
comment Possible to refinish hardwood floor without messing with quarter-round baseboard?
Pulling it off isn't much of a problem. Get one of these (i.stack.imgur.com/fdsyU.jpg) and gently pry it off. It's the re-install that will take some time.
Jul
28
comment How to clean grout over grout?
You'll probably have to chip it out and re-do it.
Jul
28
comment How do I take a live wire off of a two way switch?
Also, on the breaker panel, I like to put a piece of masking tape on the circuit I've turned off with a big "NO!" written on it. Sufficient for household use.
Jul
25
comment Is ceiling fan missing grounding wire from the ceiling box, and is this safe?
I think Edwin was referring to the mounting box in the ceiling, not the panel.
Jul
25
comment How do I remove a brick patio embedded in concrete?
Are you trying to remove the slab, or just the brick on top?