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location Portland, Oregon, U.S.
age 56
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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

Apr
19
comment Spilt bleach on stained hardwood floor
How long did the bleach stand? Did you wipe it up right away?
Apr
7
comment Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?
@AdamDavis: I don't have any 3 phase motors, so I'd rather have 240 volts in 2 phase vs. 208 volts at 3 phase.
Apr
4
comment Is this wall load bearing?
This looks like it could be a new house. Are the blueprints available?
Apr
4
comment Why are the lights flickering when the a/c is on?
What kind of lights? (Incandescent, florescent, LED, etc.) Are they on a dimmer?
Mar
29
comment How to connect 6x12 AWG wires?
Where do you get them from?
Mar
29
revised How to connect 6x12 AWG wires?
fix apostrophe abuse
Mar
12
revised Do I have to GFCI protect a range plug if it's within 6 feet of a sink?
apostrophe abuse; separate parts
Mar
12
comment Gas Fireplace Won't Stay Lit With Fake Logs In Place
What is the burner capacity of the fireplace and the range (with all 4 burners on high)? I am wondering if it is a gas supply issue. The colder the tank, the more slowly gas can bubble out of it. Not sure about why logs in/out of place would matter, but maybe if the supply is just under the demand, it could explain it.
Mar
12
comment how do i replace a fence post that was also used as a deck footing?
Can you better explain what is at the bottom where the new post would go? Maybe add a photo? I am trying to understand what is there to fasten to.
Mar
12
answered Covering / Cap over DWV vent pipe
Mar
11
answered elegant attic hatch design for several purposes
Mar
11
comment Combining Air Conditioner with Air Purifier
What do you think about window shades and a pair of desktop air filters?
Mar
11
answered What is the right type of contractor to fix slightly damaged house siding corner
Feb
24
answered backer board mystery
Feb
23
comment run water supply line to fridge from cold side of water heater
Is there a crawl space under the kitchen?
Feb
23
revised run water supply line to fridge from cold side of water heater
hot water heater → water heater (x2); add omitted words; caps abuse
Feb
23
comment How can I improve second floor HVAC performance?
@canzar: If anything, the fan volume should be increased. The idea is to create more air movement through the areas needing the extra heat or cooling.
Feb
23
comment How can I improve second floor HVAC performance?
Is the stairway open? And where are the walls and openings like doorways, arches, etc.?
Feb
23
comment How can I improve second floor HVAC performance?
@KeithHoffman: Agreed. I didn't mean to suggest register blockage as a permanent solution--only a potentially useful experiment to see if the situation improves. Presumably then, one could moderate the airflow with a variable damper. But we're flying blind here without details of the interior space, registers, heat sources, etc.
Feb
23
answered How can I improve second floor HVAC performance?