31,460 reputation
547105
bio website stackoverflow.com
location Virginia
age 37
visits member for 3 years, 5 months
seen 23 hours ago

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
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the ADA standard toilet height?
Jun
19
comment Is installing a gable fan worth the investment?
Fair enough, I may have been basing my assumptions on external knowledge: chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/4975658#4975658
Jun
19
answered Is installing a gable fan worth the investment?
Jun
19
comment Is installing a gable fan worth the investment?
Continuous eave vents would be soffit vents, which Aaron doesn't have. And since he doesn't want to disturb the slate roof, that would imply no ridge vent.
Jun
18
comment Do I have to staple romex to the studs behind the wall?
I learn something new every day. +1 to your answer in the dup post. Thanks @Tester101.
Jun
18
answered Do I have to staple romex to the studs behind the wall?
Jun
18
answered What can I use for a water supply for my electric hot water heater?
Jun
17
revised Suggestions for dealing with the sharp corner of a storm drain
rolled back to a previous revision
Jun
17
revised Suggestions for dealing with the sharp corner of a storm drain
Revert to American spelling
Jun
17
comment Suggestions for dealing with the sharp corner of a storm drain
@ChrisF: tire is the American spelling.
Jun
16
comment How can I get the drain apparatus out of a pedestal wash basin?
This question was about the drain/trap, not the supply lines. Otherwise, yes, a basin wrench would be the best tool.
Jun
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to sharpen a lawn mower blade?
Jun
15
comment How do I clean gutters?
Does this answer your question: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/6211/…
Jun
15
comment Why would there be a 50 amp plug on a 30 amp appliance?
As much as I'd like to defer to your expertise since I don't have industrial experience, two things bug me: 1. they make 50amp 220v plugs so they must have a purpose somewhere, and 2. this device already has that plug so someone already thinks it's appropriate.
Jun
14
comment Why would there be a 50 amp plug on a 30 amp appliance?
"In no home appliance"... I don't have the impression that this is a standard home appliance.
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?
added 820 characters in body
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.