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Professional software developer since 2000. Have worked on many open-source projects, and am currently employed as a senior web application developer.


Mar
1
comment What can be done about this unattractive dryer vent?
Make sure all your connections are screwed together (or clamped if you're using flex pipe), and taped with foil tape. If something does come apart where you can't see it, you're not likely to find that it happened unless you went looking (like you did), or the symptoms are so bad that it's a major problem (like your subfloor or joists rotting and falling apart).
Feb
29
comment How to disable this timer?
It also looks like there's a manual override switch in the top-right. If you want, you can leave in one or more of either the "off" or "on" tabs depending on if you want this to always be on or off -- that way, if someone (accidentally) switches this on, it'll turn off within at most 24 hours (or vice-versa).
Feb
25
comment Running electrical cable within dry wall
You still want to run your ethernet where it won't be damaged, the only difference is it's not going to kill someone if they do screw/drill through it.
Feb
22
comment How do I corner bead around two layers of 5/8" drywall?
Argh.. Beat me to it. :)
Feb
21
answered Finishing drywall: How do I finish over screws that refuse to recess/dimple into the drywall?
Feb
19
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
17
comment How can I attach plywood to a wall without damaging the wall?
What are you using the plywood for? Is there going to be anything attached to it (how heavy?)?
Feb
15
comment Can I replace my ungrounded / two prong outlets, or should I have a professional do this type of a thing?
In Ontario at least, you are allowed to replace the panel in your own house yourself, however, you must get it inspected by the ESA before the power company will put the meter back in. I opted to have a licensed electrician do this for me because of the coordination involved. They also don't have all their installations inspected (only something like 1 in 10, randomly - though mine did get inspected). My electrician also had the lineman's cell number, so they were back to put the meter in almost right away when he was ready.
Feb
14
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Feb
14
comment What can be done about this unattractive dryer vent?
@DA01 good point. I used straight (smooth) vent pipe, so I don't expect I'll have much issue except for the elbow at the top. However, I would probably use a dryer vent cleaning brush (which is basically a 4" wire brush on the end of a 10' or so fish line).
Feb
14
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Feb
14
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Feb
14
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Feb
14
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Feb
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
13
comment What is a heavy, dense wood for a soundproof door assembly I am putting together?
I suspect the egg cartons were an attempt to absorb sound in the room, the same as acoustic damping tiles do. The idea here is to improve the sound in the room by preventing echoes and other artifacts. Carpet, drapes, furniture, etc all help damp sound as well. This is in contrast to sound insulation where you are trying to prevent sound transmission to/from other rooms (generally you do a bit of both).
Feb
13
comment What dangers are there with disturbed asbestos drywall?
There is actually a lot of legislation around asbestos and its safe handling and removal. If anyone was aware of the asbestos but did not deal with it, they are likely in violation of the law and there are serious consequences. It's less clear (in my quick research) in a residential setting who is responsible for knowing there is asbestos (see claimscanada.ca/issues/article.aspx?aid=1000225355). Wikipedia has some background too: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Feb
13
comment What dangers are there with disturbed asbestos drywall?
This sounds actually quite serious. Airborne asbestos fibres (caused by drilling/cutting asbestos-containing material) are linked to serious lung injuries and high incidence of lung cancer. Were you living in the house at the time/after the construction? How do you know there is asbestos?
Feb
12
comment Is plumber's putty or tape ok?
Sorry, I meant I use teflon tape when dealing with PVC parts.
Feb
11
awarded  Revival