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location Portland, Oregon, U.S.
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Professionally a computer software engineer, but decades of experience maintaining a home, remodeling, and doing amateur handyman work for relatives, neighbors, and friends.

  • remodeled a residential kitchen beginning by tearing the old one down to studs
  • installed natural gas black pipe for a house with no gas before
  • replaced electrical service panel
  • installed gas fireplace insert
  • installed tankless water heater
  • tore out wall surrounding a passageway to create an open kitchen
  • filled another doorway in to create a long side galley style kitchen
  • rewired kitchen from one measly 15 amp outlet circuit with three outlets and one range circuit to six 20 amp circuits with three lighting styles, and an extra for a gas range with a small electric oven; there are now about 20 outlet receptacles
  • framed half-wall and range hood mount
  • installed water outlet for icemaker refrigerator
  • repair ceiling to remove unwanted range fan, crumbling from overload electrical junction box, and damage from removed cupboards and shelving
  • sheetrock and mud (5+ layers) for smooth texture
  • installed 400 cfm range hood
  • install floating cork flooring
  • installed gas range
  • hung cupboards
  • install cabinets and pulls
  • install new tile-in cast iron kitchen sink, new faucet, new filtered water dispenser
  • install dishwasher
  • install garbage disposal
  • install under cabinet lighting
  • install under cabinet outlet strips
  • install granite tile countertops

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reviewed Close What types of surfaces can I use ammonia or isopropyl alcohol for cleaning?
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reviewed Close thermostats for high desert climate
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Understanding Model numbers of GE Appliances
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revised How to fix a deck railing that is falling off?
spelling
Sep
19
comment What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane
Thank you! That's great.
Sep
19
comment Strange smell in August only
Thank you for contributing your experience with this vexing and annoying problem!
Sep
19
revised What features should I look for in a full-house surge protector?
spelling, punctuation, caps abuse
Sep
19
comment What features should I look for in a full-house surge protector?
Your website would be a whole lot more educational if it explained what Type 1 and 2 mean.
Sep
18
revised How do I use hidden deck fasteners without compromising the integrity of the flashing?
add photo and attribution
Sep
18
comment How can I level my bed?
Someone I know had ongoing trouble sleeping and hit upon the idea of making the bed non-level, raising the head of the bed 1.5 inches. The slope has proved much healthier than a level bed.
Sep
18
revised How do I determine/control which heat source is used (heat pump, oil)
clarify
Sep
18
comment Furnace acts like it is not getting power
Did the furnace previously work were it is installed?
Sep
18
comment What's the difference between a No.4 and No.5 hand plane
Some photos would be wonderfully educational!
Sep
18
comment How do I properly place devices in an electrical enclosure?
Actually, NEC does not apply to electrical appliances. The NFPA is the relevant standard for manufacturers, but it is expensive to access and almost surely is not necessary for one-off appliances. That said, the NEC is several notches more conservative (safer) than the NFPA because it considers wiring in enclosed insulated spaces.
Sep
18
revised How do I replace a non-standard (oversize) closet doors?
spelling
Sep
18
revised How do I replace a non-standard (oversize) closet doors?
years without photo, so it is probably not coming; punctuation
Sep
18
comment Strange smell in August only
What kind of climate is the house located in? What season is it in August?
Sep
18
comment Drill a large circular depression into a wood surface
I don't see why a hand held drill would be an issue. I use mine all the time with a 3 inch forstner. Once does have to mind the angle and the pressure to prevent kickback or jams, but this is easily learned by trial and error, maybe even on a final piece.
Sep
18
comment Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?
Would you really want a pipe running through the basement? It would require sacrificing space, clearances, and might provide objectionable noise in a bedroom or other quiet room.
Sep
17
comment Drill a large circular depression into a wood surface
Does it matter if the hole has a deeper hole, just at the center (like this)?