1,529 reputation
710
bio website morestuffabout.net
location Stroud, United Kingdom
age 49
visits member for 4 years
seen Jan 31 at 18:36

I'm a technologist available for hire in the West of England.

I've done a few different things over the last few years: currently I'm 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.

It's not all music: before that I worked with www.doccom.me, helping doctors communicate with each other, creating a mobile version of their site and adding an OData API.

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


Mar
30
comment Fast, easy and simple construction of a log store
And that is indeed what I used to rather good effect. Rather than use pallets, I used six-foot fence panels, and a rough-and-ready pitched roof made of OSB3 board with roofing felt over. The floor is made of treated boards a foot or so off the ground with an inch gap between them for air. So far, so good -- it's down in the trees so it seems unlikely to blow away unless I'm really unlucky.
Mar
30
comment What's a good way to seal a flat concrete roof?
The roofer starts next month - it got worse again in a couple of rainstorms before Christmas, so we've saved up for this job to be done professionally.
Mar
30
accepted What's a good way to seal a flat concrete roof?
Dec
11
awarded  Quorum
Sep
12
comment How should we sand and treat our Victorian floorboards?
Agree with the testing plan: helps to use the same kind of wood, too. Most houses have either pine or oak boards.
Sep
12
answered What are my options for replacing 50W GU10 lightbulbs?
Sep
12
answered How should we sand and treat our Victorian floorboards?
Aug
19
comment Why would you use copper over CPVC or PEX?
Also: copper looks better on an exposed run.
Aug
18
comment What kind of screws for crawl space vents?
A photo might help. Into what does the vent screw?
Aug
17
comment How should I prepare damaged plaster for painting?
Sounds like you need someone else - a plasterer can expect to have several jobs on the go at once.
Aug
17
comment How should I prepare damaged plaster for painting?
Plaster is cheap, it's the labour that costs. My work was for a hall, not a stairwell, which is much harder to get to - your plasterer will most likely be spending most of his time putting up an access platform, then moving it! £400 sounds on the steep side but not out of the question, so yes, keep looking...
Aug
16
answered How should I prepare damaged plaster for painting?
Aug
16
comment Can I use a 50 Hz device in a 60 Hz power frequency?
That sounds like a jolly good idea!
Aug
16
comment Should I hire an architect to design my house?
@ChrisF - actually not true, but you'll have a /much/ easier time of it in the UK if you /do/ have an architect or draughtsman draw up plans. If the work is simple and obvious a planning committee will generally be fine with plans drawn up by a householder.
Aug
15
comment What are the steps for landscaping a lawn?
@Jan - totally. I've enjoyed the gardening lark as it's a great contrast to the day job.
Aug
13
answered What are the steps for landscaping a lawn?
Aug
12
comment Are SharkBite plumbing connectors as reliable as soldered connectors?
See also diy.stackexchange.com/questions/207/….
Aug
12
answered Are SharkBite plumbing connectors as reliable as soldered connectors?
Aug
11
comment Can you paint a popcorn ceiling?
Getting in a professional plasterer to skim the ceiling over the top of the popcorn is another option - one that may well be less expensive than you think.
Aug
11
comment Can I use a 50 Hz device in a 60 Hz power frequency?
I'm not sure about this: intuition tells me that the /average/ power over time should be the same, and the fifty-cycles-per-second won't make a difference for heating elements. But I don't know for sure: any electrical engineers care to comment?