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bio website morestuffabout.net
location Stroud, United Kingdom
age 50
visits member for 4 years, 4 months
seen Jan 31 at 18:36

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.


Jan
7
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
28
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.
Jul
23
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.
May
22
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...
May
22
comment What's a good way to seal a flat concrete roof?
A year on and record rain last month -- so far, so good!
Jan
23
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...
Oct
28
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.
Oct
28
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
22
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.
Aug
1
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.
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.
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.
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
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.