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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.


Oct
8
comment Should I use caulk to fix cracking grout in a shower?
Possible duplicate: With a shower, should the edge where the wall meets the floor be caulked, or is grout okay?
Oct
8
answered Should I use caulk to fix cracking grout in a shower?
Oct
7
comment Washer Drain pipe too high - suggestions?
The main stack may be a wet vent in this situation. Overflowing is likely due to volume of water and too short of a standpipe.
Oct
7
comment Costruction specs for cabin
The answer is likely to get a structural engineer, but at the very least someone answering this question would need to know if there will be living space or storage over the joists with an expected load, spacing between joists, if there are any load bearing walls or beams between the exterior walls, and type of material you will be using for the joists. For the roof, spacing, materials, and expected maximum load (snow?) are also needed.
Oct
1
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
30
awarded  Refiner
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
29
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can I install a Subpanel (in a seperate building) using a 3 wire connection (2 hots and 1 grounded neutral)?
Sep
26
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
26
answered Why is my water expansion tank leaking?
Sep
26
comment Mixing two different primers?
What type of paint are you using on the walls? The type of primer should match the type of paint being applied.
Sep
26
revised How do I install an electrical outlet on a live circuit?
added warning
Sep
26
revised Does Pex tubing have any advantages over copper?
removing pricing, formatting
Sep
26
comment Does Pex tubing have any advantages over copper?
Since you'll often have at least one valve that fails around 100psi (running toilet or dripping sink), and the TPR valve on the hot water tank will give out at 150psi, it would take some extraordinary circumstances to get the home water pressure up to 1,200psi. So like you say, if that happens, you've got bigger problems.
Sep
25
comment What is the purpose of tape when taping and mudding drywall?
A hole is one thing, since it should be all within the same piece of drywall. Tape is used in the joint between two pieces of drywall. And I have had to fix large cracks when builders have skipped this step. Very difficult to see when the place was just mudded, very easy to see when it's a year or two later.
Sep
24
comment drill 6 inches hole in 10 inches joist
That diameter is too much of the joists. You'll either need to run the duct through an enclosure that you build down from the ceiling. Or if you can, run the duct parallel to the joists out another wall.
Sep
24
comment Can a laptop cause an AFCI to trip?
It's possible that these AFCI's are too sensitive or false tripping, but it's also possible that the laptop cord has a bad connection inside that's resulting in arcing, which is exactly what AFCI's try to prevent.
Sep
24
awarded  basement
Sep
23
comment How can I remove a stud from a load bearing wall?
Since the Jack is nailed to the King, and the King is on top of the bottom plate, it should be a fairly minor issue. Think about it as if you were forcing a 2x4 through a piece of OSB, compare the force that it would take to push through on end vs when it's flat. Even if the load is only spread out at a 45 deg angle through the bottom plate, you've doubled the surface area that the load is spread over.
Sep
22
comment How can I remove a stud from a load bearing wall?
If the structure supporting this wall below the floor is joist running perpendicular over another load bearing wall, then you may not have any structure directly below that jack stud. The bottom plate helps transfer the load to the nearest joist.