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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.


Mar
18
comment Can i leave existing drywall alone when adding two small walls to a finished basement?
Agreed with one more reason, drywall corners at a ceiling and wall have nailing surfaces (often an extra 2x4) to prevent any movement on the edge where it's most vulnerable. When adding a wall, you also need to add this nailing surface, and then screw the drywall into that. Then mud and tape. So like you say, "why would you?" Open the wall up and do it right. It's faster, easier, and better.
Mar
13
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Mar
10
comment How can I change the bulbs in this light fixture?
You stole my comment. +1
Mar
10
comment wiring for wall sconces
See the edit to the question (they had posted it as an "answer" directed to you).
Mar
10
revised wiring for wall sconces
updating question with "answer"
Mar
5
comment What can soak up moisture from a closed space
I'm making a few assumptions that I shouldn't have, and probably wouldn't make if I answered this question again today. Great points @KeithHoffman.
Mar
4
comment Can I use a dimmer on a fan IF I only use at 100%?
Most likely this switch sends a low level voltage through the switched device even when the power is off (which is confirmed by reviews of LED's flickering when the switch is off). I don't have enough knowledge to say that would be bad for a fan, but running a switch with a dedicated neutral for the smart components would be the better option IMO.
Mar
4
comment Black Holes Appearing in Oak Floor
Do you have a photo of where this isn't a knot in the wood?
Mar
3
comment How to attach plastic (vapor barrier) to the studs?
@Tester101 that could have been an answer.
Mar
3
comment Will running out of fuel oil damage my tank?
I'm sure the tank would be fine, after all the top of the tank is empty as soon as you start using it. It's the furnace I'd be worried about, particularly any fuel pump that may not be designed to run dry, and the burners that may get clogged from any dirt at the bottom of the tank.
Feb
28
comment What should I do about a gap between a quartz countertop and backsplash?
The cabinets should be perfectly level and the countertop should be measured and custom cut to fit the contours of the wall. Walls will rarely be perfectly flat.
Feb
28
comment Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?
I wouldn't recommend installing the flange on top of a finished floor like tile since that flooring may not be as stable as the subfloor (and you could crack the tile). But you can get a flange extension ring to bring the flange up to the finished floor level.
Feb
26
revised Is it allowable to have an electrical cable going into the attic through a soffit from outside?
adding quote from "second answer"
Feb
25
comment How do I get all these wires up from the basement to the attic?
You can use the flexible conduit, and clamp it to something in your attic (a piece of 2x4 that spans some joists would be fine) to keep it from falling down the wall. This is much easier to run in tight spaces, but you'll need to use more of them because they have a smaller diameter than the pvc.
Feb
24
comment Who pays for hooking up electricity to a new house?
You're more likely to get the correct answer to this question for your location by calling the power company and asking them directly.
Feb
24
comment Who pays for hooking up electricity to a new house?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a legal question that varies by location.
Feb
24
revised How can I repair a ground-fault?
add details to resolving wiring problem
Feb
24
comment How can I repair a ground-fault?
@shirlockhomes Those plug in circuit testers won't detect a ground/neutral short (since they're connected at the panel), but a GFCI will trip if you have one.
Feb
24
comment How can I repair a ground-fault?
Nope, I'm saying replace/repair the wiring. But if you're going to ignore a ground/neutral short, there are options that will keep a GFCI from tripping. I'll leave the question of whether that's up to code for someone with more knowledge.
Feb
24
answered How can I repair a ground-fault?