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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.


May
22
answered Will this drill bit work on concrete?
May
22
comment Will this drill bit work on concrete?
You can rent hammer drills, not sure if the rental comes with a bit or they make you buy that separate. For smaller masonry holes (5/32" would be small for me), you can get a higher end cordless drill with a hammer setting.
May
21
comment Which nails should I use for shoe molding installation?
Haven't seen the brown headed nails, but the typical method is to countersink the heads slightly and fill with a bit of wood filler.
May
20
comment Which nails should I use for shoe molding installation?
When you're doing it right, all the nails and screws end up in the same place, right at the end of a stud. We see it a lot from finish nails hitting the drywall screws. And since the natural thing for beginners to do is hold the trim a few inches away from where they are nailing, this is a tip I've had to give a lot. The better way is to hold the loose end of the trim about 1' from the nailing area where it hasn't been nailed yet, and use the leverage to make small adjustments in it's position.
May
19
comment Should I sand each layer of mud when joining drywall?
@shirlockhomes I had heard the wet floating here but hadn't tried it myself, so thanks for the pointer. They don't let us do the mudding on Habitat projects since we'd do more damage than good. I have run a bunch of sanding groups and there's a huge difference between the artists and the amateurs. And I wish you had made that an answer so I could +1 it!
May
19
comment How can I join 2x6 pressure treated wood for a shed base?
@shirlockhomes, I was scratching mine as well. The 19.2" spacing is what I know, though that's for residential with engineered joists. I'm guessing they compressed the joist spacing where there was more weight or some kind of load above. The blocking looks like they designed this easier for beginners to assemble rather than the best structural reinforcement. But I'd still go with the plan so I can point the finger at the engineer if anything happens.
May
18
answered Should I sand each layer of mud when joining drywall?
May
18
comment Which nails should I use for shoe molding installation?
+1 Safety tip: watch your fingers with a nail gun. If you hit something hard (screw/nail) the nail can take a U-turn and come back out towards you.
May
18
answered How can I join 2x6 pressure treated wood for a shed base?
May
17
comment Network Garage Door opener/ how does the switch work
+1 When I was a kid, I took some speaker wire and a random push button switch to make my own door opener (I lived over the garage and didn't feel like walking down to the door to let people in). The button just closed the circuit when pressed.
May
16
comment How can I keep a rug from moving?
When you place an area rug on top of a carpet, you're fighting the grain of the bottom carpet. Pads may help, but I've only seen them used to avoid sliding on hardwood. The same thing happens with chair mats.
May
16
comment No hot water, but exhaust blower running continuously
@DaveIsaacs Thanks for the follow up. We welcome self answers here, so if you want to post your findings as an answer, I'd be happy to upvote.
May
15
answered No hot water, but exhaust blower running continuously
May
14
comment Toilet does full-blast, one-second refill every hour or so
You can also shutoff the water supply. If the level drops, you know you have a leak.
May
10
awarded  Announcer
May
7
comment Mildew resistant mud need for bathroom?
+1 for fiberglass mesh tape
May
7
revised Will an ungrounded light fixture on a GFCI circuit cause the GFCI to trip?
oops, outlet was grounded
May
7
comment Will an ungrounded light fixture on a GFCI circuit cause the GFCI to trip?
@SteveR for some reason I read that the outlet was ungrounded. I think I need more caffeine in the morning.
May
7
answered Will an ungrounded light fixture on a GFCI circuit cause the GFCI to trip?
May
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How easy is it to fit a garage door opener?