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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.


Feb
10
comment Is plumber's putty or tape ok?
I usually just use tape with PVC. I have never seen nor would recommend using plumber's putty (which, to be clear, looks kinda like play-dough) for any pressurized joint, that's what pipe joint cement (which looks more like white-out) is for.
Feb
6
awarded  Pundit
Jan
30
comment Should I put caulk/silicone at base of toilet on hardwood floors?
That is why you do not totally seal it- you leave a 1-2" gap at the back.
Jan
28
comment Can you replace valve stem packing without shutting off the faucet?
Agree, and I'd echo the recommendation of using a ball valve -- they are so much more reliable than the old globe multi-turn values. I've seen ones that have been in terrible conditions for 10 years, where they're covered in grime and the handle has rusted off, and they still close (after putting on a new handle, or in a pinch, using a pair of pliers).
Jan
27
answered Would there be a problem installing 20A switches on a 15A circuit?
Jan
27
comment Should I release the pressure out of an air compressor when it is not in use?
SCUBA tanks are stored at between 25 and 300 psi (consider they normally hold 3000 psi), specifically to prevent moisture from entering the tank. Does the same theory not hold true for these tanks as well? There is a major difference in the air though: that air that goes into SCUBA tanks goes through a moisture separator and filters to make it moisture- (and oil-) free.
Jan
26
comment Screwing into the underside of countertop - can it support a little weight?
I agree. I would put plywood across the bottom, and glue and screw the plywood to the counter top particle board. It will make the work surface itself much stronger as well as giving you a better place to hang something from below. If the counter is on shelf brackets now, it should be re-attached so the shelf brackets are screwed into the plywood as well. You'll then be able to screw into it with bigger 3/4 or 1" screws instead of eg 1/2", and you'll get most of the screw into the strong plywood as opposed to particle board.
Jan
26
revised How do I mount a new TV antenna to an existing antenna mast?
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Jan
26
revised My yard is eroding away and taking my house with it: what's the cheapest way to build a retaining wall to stop it?
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Jan
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
24
comment What is the best way to improve counter tops without completely replacing them?
Sorry to be negative, but my immediate reaction is that for the time/energy you'd put in (certainly for the amount you'd pay a pro), you'd be farther ahead and almost certainly end up with a better result if you just buy new counter tops. You're going to have to pull out the sink etc anyway. The particle board is not a suitable base for stone/tile.
Jan
24
comment How do I cap the wires in this electric smoke alarm?
Why not keep a mains-powered detector? The biggest benefit is the fact you have a 3-wire detector: that red wire is (well, should be) connected to all other detectors in your house: if one goes off, they'll all go off. Pretty much all mains-powered detectors have battery backups, and the battery will last much longer since it's not constantly being used. It's also a bit easier to find units that have both ionizing and photo detectors in the same unit, or also have carbon monoxide (CO) detection (important if you have a fireplace or any gas appliances/heaters).
Jan
24
comment What size breaker and wire do I need for a 220 volt circuit to an electric fireplace and an electric heater?
There's no startup spike with resistive loads like heaters.
Jan
24
answered Do I need to insulate exposed foundation in my garage?
Jan
24
revised How efficient is a drop ceiling?
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Jan
23
answered How efficient is a drop ceiling?
Jan
23
comment What size breaker and wire do I need for a 220 volt circuit to an electric fireplace and an electric heater?
By the sounds of it, you want one breaker/wire for both. To provide the best answer: What is the distance between the panel and the fireplace? Panel and heater? What's the total distance if you did one run from the panel to fireplace to heater (or whatever way makes most sense)? It may or may not be cheaper to run two separate (smaller) wires (eg #12 or #14) rather than a single circuit on eg. #10, the distances will help us provide answers for both scenarios and you can decide depending on local pricing.
Jan
18
comment Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables?
Also, this is not a very good answer to the actual question, and would have been better as a comment.
Jan
18
comment Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables?
Plenum (CMP) is only required if the cable is installed in a plenum space. Riser (CMR) is required for between floors so long as the space is not used for environmental air. The only differences really are plenum is self-extinguishing and low-smoke.
Jan
16
comment Any methods to cover yourself when dealing with smell during repair
What type of smoke?