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Trained in C, familiar with C++ and Java, spent the last 10 or so years mostly in scripting (perl, shell, etc) with a little php/ajax/js on the side. I've been running linux on just about all my systems for over 5 years, and at least partially using it since '95, mostly with Debian and now Ubuntu. Lately I'm getting back into a project using C, maybe Lua, front end with php/ajax/js, and who knows what else.

Outside of the techie stuff, I enjoy photography as a hobby and do a lot of home repair both on my own home and with the local Habitat chapter. For fun, I strap the bare necessities onto my back and enjoy a weekend of backpacking.


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comment how critical are distances between studs?
Pro tip: to avoid this problem in the future, attach your top and bottom plates together and mark out the locations of each stud, door, etc. Typically you pick one end, extend the tape measure, and mark every 16", or actually 3/4" to each side of 16" and put an X in the middle. Once done, separate the plates and use a speed square to mark the inside of the plate so your stud has a line to follow. You'll still need to plumb the wall, but once done every stud will be perfect. Also, don't forget to flip each stud so the crowns face the same way.
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comment How do I fix seams that open up at the corners of walls during the winter?
The corner should also be mudded and taped. Looks like the contractor skipped taping the joint on the OP.
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comment Why does my toilet randomly start running?
-1 when the scenario you describe happens, the toilet will empty but it won't start to run randomly like the OP describes.
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Jan
23
answered Replace GFCI in bathroom
Jan
23
answered Alternative to backer rod and bond breaker tape for caulking
Jan
23
comment Door open lightswitch for sliding closet doors
I disagree that this isn't an answer. "How do I wire it" wasn't specific about using physical switches, so wiring to a motion sensor seems to be a valid and useful answer that wasn't addressed by the other answers.
Jan
23
revised How should I stop condensation on my roof that's leaking into my home?
title as a question, tags, cleanup grammar
Jan
23
answered How should I stop condensation on my roof that's leaking into my home?
Jan
21
comment How can I reduce the humidity in my home?
Question #20 on this site was asked back in 2010 and referenced knob and tube wiring. Do you have a URL of the question you are referencing? diy.stackexchange.com/questions/20/…
Jan
21
comment How can I resolve tripping problems with CAFCI?
Are the kitchen circuits "multi-wire branch circuits" where a shared neutral feeds two circuits? This is frequently done when you have lots of appliances and want two circuits at each receptacle (top/bottom). Shared neutrals are incompatible with GFCI and will result in an immediate trip.
Jan
21
revised Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?
fixing typo
Jan
21
comment Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?
@HotLicks I assume you're referring to the 3rd method since the first two are just places to look. And if the 3rd method is done right, there are no repairs. You're lifting up a piece of vinyl just like you would lift the corner of a rug. Of course if you damage a home while inspecting it doing anything, the proper thing is to cover the repair.
Jan
20
answered Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?
Jan
20
comment How do I find what these breakers go to?
Bridging circuits is a mistake, but one that can easily happen when someone rewires a junction that contains two circuits. It can be a simple as a switched outlet where the tab wasn't removed on the replaced outlet. If this is the case, you'd see current on the hot wire coming off this breaker even when switched off.
Jan
20
answered How do I find what these breakers go to?
Jan
20
comment What are some methods to get rid of and prevent pink mold in the bathroom?
-1 because "grinded off" will typically destroy the underlying surface. At which point you're suggesting the OP replace the floor, tub, sink, or anywhere else this has appeared.
Jan
17
answered Why is are the lights in my 60 year old house flickering?