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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.


Feb
17
comment strange smells in my sons room
Have you considered asking someone that can be there in person to help you diagnose? Since you can't post a smell-picture for us, asking people on the other side of the internet is like asking a blind person to help with your paint colors.
Feb
17
comment What should I check when troubleshooting a doorbell?
That is surprising. My local big orange store has over 30 in stock according to their website.
Feb
16
comment Can I connect my 50 amp generator to a 30 Amp plug?
I expect that if you ever exceed 30 amps on that feed, the breaker at the panel will trip, unless the wiring of the transfer switch doesn't include a breaker.
Feb
16
comment Why has my bathroom cold water tap (but no others) stopped working?
If it stops overnight, yes. But from the description of the OP's problem, losing pressure over a few days, it sounds more like a sediment blockage or bad valve. If you get a trickle from a freezing pipe, it should speed back up as water flows through and melts any ice that's formed.
Feb
11
comment When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter?
-1 Link only answers become useless when the link goes bad and are frequently confused with spam. Be sure to provide context around the link and quote relevant content in case the link goes bad. See how to answer for more details.
Feb
5
revised How do I connect my kitchen sink sprayer
make images clickable for full size view
Feb
5
answered I replaced my door hinges and now the door is too tight at the door jam. Why?
Feb
5
answered What can I do about toilet water disappearing?
Feb
5
answered Why does a GFCI breaker trip when another breaker is accessed?
Feb
4
answered How many Tapcons should be used to anchor a baseplate to a concrete floor?
Jan
30
answered What is this spongy grout?
Jan
30
comment how critical are distances between studs?
Pro tip: to avoid this problem in the future, attach your top and bottom plates together and mark out the locations of each stud, door, etc. Typically you pick one end, extend the tape measure, and mark every 16", or actually 3/4" to each side of 16" and put an X in the middle. Once done, separate the plates and use a speed square to mark the inside of the plate so your stud has a line to follow. You'll still need to plumb the wall, but once done every stud will be perfect. Also, don't forget to flip each stud so the crowns face the same way.
Jan
28
comment How do I fix seams that open up at the corners of walls during the winter?
The corner should also be mudded and taped. Looks like the contractor skipped taping the joint on the OP.
Jan
28
comment Why does my toilet randomly start running?
-1 when the scenario you describe happens, the toilet will empty but it won't start to run randomly like the OP describes.
Jan
28
awarded  Enlightened
Jan
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
26
awarded  Booster
Jan
23
answered Replace GFCI in bathroom
Jan
23
answered Alternative to backer rod and bond breaker tape for caulking
Jan
23
comment Door open lightswitch for sliding closet doors
I disagree that this isn't an answer. "How do I wire it" wasn't specific about using physical switches, so wiring to a motion sensor seems to be a valid and useful answer that wasn't addressed by the other answers.