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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
21
comment How can I locate the entrance of a wasp nest, and prevent wasps from entering?
If you ever want to make it a comment, before you have access, just keep it short (500 characters or so) and hit the flag link to get the mods attention. They can move it for you.
Jun
20
revised How can I fix a leak in the pipe coming out of my water heater?
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Jun
20
answered Does a dishwasher require a disposal?
Jun
20
comment What is a reasonable expectation of decibel reduction when sound proofing?
Have you considered a suspended ceiling?
Jun
20
comment How can I properly drain heatpump condensate?
@Aaron when you removed the hose, did it drain by itself or did you still have to drain the overflow pan by hand? If you still had to do it by hand, you have a blockage in the trap up top.
Jun
20
comment How can I properly drain heatpump condensate?
@DaveNay Perhaps the trap on the bottom combined with the standard trap at the HVAC caused air to get locked in the line. As more water was forced into the bottom trap (in addition to temperature and outside air pressure changes), it increased air pressure in the line until gravity no longer forced water out of the top trap. That's just a theory, I could also see the top trap quickly blocking from algae growth promoted from the bottom trap being in contact with the ground.
Jun
19
revised How to stop a leak of water through a concrete floor
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Jun
19
answered How to stop a leak of water through a concrete floor
Jun
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to stop a leak of water through a concrete floor
Jun
19
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
19
comment How to stop a leak of water through a concrete floor
Concrete is porous and acts like a sponge for water. Sealing it in one place will just cause the problem to move to another place. You have to fix this at the source of the leak.
Jun
19
comment How to repair a closed-stringer staircase?
We typically get our stairs prebuilt and installed as a single unit. I haven't looked closely at how they're assembled, but I wouldn't be surprised if the treads are sandwiched between the stringers in a way that can't be easily disassembled without removing the entire thing. Of course, there's more than one way to build a staircase.
Jun
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What are the different gauges of electrical wire available?
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?