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location Stroud, United Kingdom
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I'm a technologist available for hire in the West of England.

Right now I'm helping an insurance firm in London figure out how to deploy their code quickly and reliably without getting large numbers of people out of bed in the middle of the night.

Before this I was at Global Radio in Reading, having fun with AWS and some frankly strange quadratic equations. Previously I was with Nokia Entertainment in Bristol, optimising how music files are ingested and transcoded.

And before that, amongst other things, I was the Product Marketing Manager in Europe for Borland Delphi.


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answered Can I use a paint & primer combo on new wood?
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comment What are my options for replacing 50W GU10 lightbulbs?
TomG: fair to say as well that the technology has improved over the last two years!
Aug
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comment How do I install a bathroom wall light?
Suggest you get /three/ quotes -- some trades will try to stiff DIYers. I've had wildly different quotes for this sort of thing.
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answered How do I install a bathroom wall light?
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comment How can I remove old paint from plaster walls?
It's a lot of work for an amateur, but skim coats are one of the few jobs where it's worth getting in an expert. A good plasterer can do a large room, and ceiling, in a few hours.
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comment What's the most economical way to remove a wood stove?
Sounds harsh -- can you have a surveyor prove that it's a reasonable distance from non-combustible materials? Alternatively, can you negotiate an exclusion on the policy? With the price of fuel, a woodstove is really quite an economical option...
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comment What's a good way to seal a flat concrete roof?
A year on and record rain last month -- so far, so good!
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comment How do I fix a hole in drywall?
Jon's answer is great, but you want to consider stopping the hole reappearing. I'd suggest you affix a doorstop to either the floor, the wall or the door...
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comment What are the advantages and disadvantage of using “pushfit” pipe fittings?
A little bit under a sink is fine, but a long run along a wall looks ugly to me. Your mileage may, however, vary.
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comment What are the advantages and disadvantage of using “pushfit” pipe fittings?
Here "exposed" means "on view" - i.e. not buried in the wall or under a floor or a ceiling void.
Aug
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comment Under UK Building Codes are you allowed to add an additional stopcock?
In practice it's hard to replace the main indoor stopcock without turning off the outdoor one! We recently had exactly that situation; I played it safe and had a plumber sort out the problem.
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comment Why will my pilot light on the gas water heater not stay lit for more than 15 minutes?
@Crystal: I've had a thermocouple fail in exactly this way - the boiler stayed lit for a few minutes, then went out. Suggest it's time to call a plumber/engineer, a thermocouple shouldn't be too expensive as they fail fairly often.
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