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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
27
answered Will high efficiency furnace plumbing lead to cold air entering the house?
May
27
answered Installing Honeywell WiFi Thermostat
May
23
answered Is this outlet wiring correct?
May
23
revised Can I insulate between a brick chimney and drywall?
edited tags; edited title
May
23
comment Is plastering a job best left to the professionals?
+1 Even mudding joints of drywall is an art that professionals can do a high quality job in little time, while a DIYer will end up with lots of sanding and uneven joints. It's not impossible to learn, but with volunteer projects that I've done, they contract out the mudding to the pros while allowing volunteers to frame walls.
May
23
comment Is it safe to remove risers from stairs?
By adding a second tread on top, you have changed the height of the stairs, particularly the first and last one, which will make those stairs a different height from the floor below and above. The result is a trip hazard since people expect every stair to be at the same height. The better option is to replace the treads with the same thickness but sturdier wood.
May
20
reviewed No Action Needed Can I swap the positions of the toilet and bath tub?
May
20
reviewed No Action Needed How can I hold a nut underneath a deck with no clearance while screwing a bolt into it?
May
20
reviewed Reviewed Hardwood floors cupping even after replacement
May
20
comment Why can't I get hot water quickly at my vanity sink?
Possible duplicate: How can I speed up my slow hot water?
May
20
reviewed Reviewed Why can't I get hot water quickly at my vanity sink?
May
20
awarded  Nice Answer
May
17
answered Putty around a new kitchen sink drain
May
15
comment GFCI circuit partially works
Having a hard time understanding what you wrote. Did you replace the GFCI receptacle and everything works fine now? In that case, the GFCI receptacle was faulty and should be discarded/replaced.
May
15
comment light switch problem
The non-contact tester will verify there's current, but not that it isn't a loose connection/low voltage. And it won't let you know if the neutral is any good. Try a voltage tester from hot to neutral.
May
13
reviewed No Action Needed How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?
May
13
reviewed No Action Needed Adding a ceiling fan single switch in a box with 3 way switch in older house
May
13
comment How can I find where the dryer vent is broken or clogged?
If your vent is clogged, the question you should be asking is how to clean it, not where is the clog. In which case "What is the best way to clean your clothes dryer exhaust?" should be helpful.
May
13
comment How can I find where the dryer vent is broken or clogged?
I would think a pulled apart vent would result in a lot of vacuum, just not going back to the dryer. It should be very easy for them to tell the difference between a clog and a disconnected vent. And they make tools for cleaning dryer vents.
May
13
reviewed No Action Needed Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?