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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.


Sep
4
comment How to form curved concrete seat for bench with back?
If the contractor is only getting paid after they correctly perform the job, then make sure you are specific about the desired result in any contract and that he's responsible to fix it until it's completed to your specifications. Then let them do their job.
Aug
24
comment Creaking / Clicking noise coming from wood / cardboard
Sure it isn't just pipes expanding and contracting? A banging of the cabinets might result in a quick shift that would stop the sounds. The first thing to try is pouring some very hot water down the drain for a minute. Wait and listen for a sound, then pour some cold water down the drain. Then listen again for a 30 minutes since it could also be the supply lines.
Aug
21
comment Need to run a “C” wire to thermostat but control board has no “C”
Possible duplicate: How do I identify the C terminal on my HVAC?
Aug
19
comment How can I eliminate a gap in a refrigerator door gasket?
Possible duplicate: How do I fix a gap in my refrigerator door gasket seal?
Aug
19
answered How can I eliminate a gap in a refrigerator door gasket?
Aug
8
comment Find replacement decorative wood spindle for screen door
Rather than replacing a single spindle, I'd find something similar and replace them all. That way you don't have to perfectly replicate the pattern. By finding something off the shelf, you'll save a lot of money over having a custom made part, and the effort to replace 8 isn't much more than to replace a single one.
Aug
7
comment Why is high voltage coming out of HDMI port on my TV?
Is the coaxial cable plugged into the TV? If not, how would the voltage go from the coaxial to the TV to the HDMI cable if it's not attached? Very difficult to diagnose without more details on where you are testing the voltage and what is connected at the time. Start by disconnecting things to find the source. All you're going to get from the internet are guesses.
Aug
7
answered Why is high voltage coming out of HDMI port on my TV?
Aug
7
revised Why is high voltage coming out of HDMI port on my TV?
title as a question, tags
Aug
7
comment How can I drill a big diesel tank without emptying it first?
Also, the CO2 suggestion in the linked thread is a good one, CO2 is heavier than air and should remain in the tank to cut the O2 supply.
Aug
7
comment How can I drill a big diesel tank without emptying it first?
Is the hole going to be above the diesel (top of the tank) or below the fuel level? I'd be tempted to place something on the inside of the tank, opposite of where you are drilling, to catch the metal shavings and isolate the diesel from your drilling.
Aug
5
comment How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?
You have to get the nut onto the pipe, which requires detaching the other side since by design the nut is smaller than that flange on the end of the pipe.
Aug
5
comment How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?
If you look at the bottom of the elbow, the nut fractured in two and half of it is hanging on the bottom of the pipe. Probably brass and overtightened.
Aug
5
comment How can I repair this detached kitchen sink pipe?
Your diagnosis on the nut appears correct, it's fractured into two pieces and no longer keeping that joint attached. We may need a photo of the other end of that elbow to give good advice, but your looking at detaching and possibly replacing the elbow to repair this problem.
Aug
5
comment How to reduce noise from my refrigerator?
Won't this result in frozen food thawing out and refrigerated food spoiling?
Aug
5
comment Use Rigid Foam Underneath Sidewalk to Control Water
If there's water near the foundation wall, the solution I'd recommend is a french drain. And under pavers, I'd want a layer of stone dust. Mix it with water and it will work into all the cracks under the pavers giving you a solid base so you don't have rocking.
Aug
4
comment How can I open this old push-button cistern?
Related, possibly duplicate, question: How to open the lid of this toilet water tank?
Aug
4
answered Outside flood light problem
Jul
22
answered How do I cut a hole through vinyl siding?
Jul
21
comment Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer for 32 or 42 inch LED TV?
-1 because this looks like it's off topic, and if I vote to close it's binding. It's approaching a product recommendation, product specific advice, electrical engineering, and small appliances. All either off topic for this site or more relevant for another site that I'm pretty sure would not accept a migration.