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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.


Aug
16
comment what caused this new small dark hole on my hardwood floor recently?
Agreed, sure looks like a knot to me. +1
Aug
16
comment what caused this new small dark hole on my hardwood floor recently?
Is there an indentation around the hole, or is the wood flat except for the hole?
Aug
15
answered Is checking the oil in a fridge as straight forward as a car?
Aug
15
comment How to make water move in a square bed
You could do something like this to get the water to flow uphill. Then the rest is trivial. :)
Aug
15
comment How can I monitor my mains water use?
I'm not sure about everyone else, but my water bill comes in 1,000 gallon increments. How big is your bucket? :)
Aug
15
comment How can I monitor my mains water use?
@ChrisCudmore I was referring to shutting off the water in the house to verify there's no leak between the meter and the house. After that, Steven is right to open the house shutoff with everything else closed to make sure there isn't a leak somewhere inside the house.
Aug
15
comment What could be causing the low water level in my shower trap?
@woz, yes, it sounds like you need to have some serious plumbing work done. I'd call in a professional to inspect what's there (which may require scoping the lines) and be ready for a large project to repair it.
Aug
15
comment How can I monitor my mains water use?
Completely agree that old meters favor the home owner. When they replaced our meters, they sent out letters warning us that readings would likely increase.
Aug
15
answered What could be causing the low water level in my shower trap?
Aug
15
comment How can I monitor my mains water use?
You'd probably need a second meter for that. As a first step, have you shutoff your water in your house and verified that the meter stops? There could be a leak.
Aug
14
comment How do I reattach this light fixture?
@DavoudTaghawi-Nejad since the wire was ripped out of the fixture, attempting to reattach it without a proper junction could result in arcing and fire. Reversing the hot could increase the risk of accidental electrocution. And I'm guessing no one turned off the breaker when they ripped that off, and potentially live wires are exposed, which is never a good thing. I'm sure there are lots of other risks.
Aug
14
answered How can I attach a pipe to a flat surface?
Aug
14
comment How do I reattach this light fixture?
I agree with gregmac and blb, with the wires ripped from the socket, there's no safe way to reattach this. And without knowing aherrick's electrical experience, recommending he reconnect the wires could result in serious injury.
Aug
14
revised How do I reattach this light fixture?
adding warning
Aug
13
revised How do I reattach this light fixture?
reducing image size, title
Aug
13
comment How do I reattach this light fixture?
I hate to state the obvious, but that's not how you change a light bulb.
Aug
13
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
13
comment What type of space heater should I use in a child's room?
If you shutoff all the vents downstairs, it's going to be colder on the first level. Have you tried shutting the vents upstairs?
Aug
13
answered What is this bolt in my basement floor?