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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.


Jun
14
answered Why would there be a 50 amp plug on a 30 amp appliance?
Jun
14
comment Could space above a drop ceiling and below sound absorbing insulation increase echo in room?
One last thought, since I don't have direct experience with this situation (our sound insulation is between multiple units in condos), I'd ask the builder if he can show you some places he's worked on where it was done each way.
Jun
14
comment Could space above a drop ceiling and below sound absorbing insulation increase echo in room?
@mark, fair point, I should do a better job at answering the question you asked. I've updated my answer. Short version: I can see the possibility of slightly better sound insulation in ideal conditions, but I can also see a long list of issues.
Jun
14
revised Could space above a drop ceiling and below sound absorbing insulation increase echo in room?
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Jun
14
comment Could space above a drop ceiling and below sound absorbing insulation increase echo in room?
I should avoid words like "only" since there can be some echo of sound off the floor above, but I don't believe it will be the majority of your problem, especially the high pitched sounds from children. Focus on the solid unobstructed surfaces in the room for the best benefits, e.g. solid walls and hard floors.
Jun
14
answered Could space above a drop ceiling and below sound absorbing insulation increase echo in room?
Jun
14
comment What could cause water to not go into the gutters?
@sam I'd try bending out the current flashing a bit to see if it gets a better angle into the gutter. But if that doesn't work, then I don't see any reason you can't install another over it.
Jun
14
comment How can I get the drain apparatus out of a pedestal wash basin?
Caulk is easy to cut away and reapply. There's going to be something holding the sink to the wall, but it may or may not be designed to stay without the pedestal, so be ready to support it. And be careful not to scratch the floor.
Jun
14
comment Can I use Quikrete FastSet Repair Mortar to replace the mortar between stones in a fireplace hearth support?
Welcome to the site, concreteman. Great answer. +1
Jun
14
revised Can I use Quikrete FastSet Repair Mortar to replace the mortar between stones in a fireplace hearth support?
take out spacing to prevent code formatting
Jun
14
comment When cleaning HVAC ducts, is treatment for fungi and bacteria routine and mandatory after 20 years?
A test for bacteria in general seems silly since you're covered in it already. And it's almost certainly not mandatory in your own home. Given the silence to the question, I'd say it's not even routine. Sounds like an excessive up-sell to me.
Jun
14
comment How can I get the drain apparatus out of a pedestal wash basin?
Is it possible to remove the base of this pedestal without removing the sink first?
Jun
13
comment What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?
A big +1 for Habitat, but I would point out that while you learn a lot, there are some things they will sub out. Our chapter subs out a lot, including utilities (electric, plumbing, hvac, and other cabling), foundation, any brick work, flooring, and the roof. Lately, we even started subing out windows, siding, and one local county required a contractor for all load bearing work. Doors, cabinets, and appliances are also reserved for the more experienced. You still learn a lot, but consider it a first step.
Jun
12
comment how to unscrew faucet valve stem when it's stuck?
When in doubt, get a bigger tool! :)
Jun
12
revised How much structural support does a Gazebo require?
Title in the form of a question
Jun
12
comment How can I insulate the floor to prevent sound from travelling through it?
The joists are short circuiting any low pitched sound transmission through the floors. You need to decouple the ceiling from the joists to solve that. See Reducing noise levels.
Jun
12
comment How do I finish off a silicone sealant like a professional?
@VebjornLjosa That's an important point that I probably wasn't very clear on. Thanks.
Jun
12
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Jun
11
comment How do I finish off a silicone sealant like a professional?
See also: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/35/…
Jun
11
comment How do I finish off a silicone sealant like a professional?
+1 for the finger