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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.


Jan
21
comment How can I reduce the humidity in my home?
Question #20 on this site was asked back in 2010 and referenced knob and tube wiring. Do you have a URL of the question you are referencing? diy.stackexchange.com/questions/20/…
Jan
21
comment How can I resolve tripping problems with CAFCI?
Are the kitchen circuits "multi-wire branch circuits" where a shared neutral feeds two circuits? This is frequently done when you have lots of appliances and want two circuits at each receptacle (top/bottom). Shared neutrals are incompatible with GFCI and will result in an immediate trip.
Jan
21
revised Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?
fixing typo
Jan
21
comment Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?
@HotLicks I assume you're referring to the 3rd method since the first two are just places to look. And if the 3rd method is done right, there are no repairs. You're lifting up a piece of vinyl just like you would lift the corner of a rug. Of course if you damage a home while inspecting it doing anything, the proper thing is to cover the repair.
Jan
20
answered Is there a quick, non-intrusive way to see what's under vinyl siding?
Jan
20
comment How do I find what these breakers go to?
Bridging circuits is a mistake, but one that can easily happen when someone rewires a junction that contains two circuits. It can be a simple as a switched outlet where the tab wasn't removed on the replaced outlet. If this is the case, you'd see current on the hot wire coming off this breaker even when switched off.
Jan
20
answered How do I find what these breakers go to?
Jan
20
comment What are some methods to get rid of and prevent pink mold in the bathroom?
-1 because "grinded off" will typically destroy the underlying surface. At which point you're suggesting the OP replace the floor, tub, sink, or anywhere else this has appeared.
Jan
17
answered Why is are the lights in my 60 year old house flickering?
Jan
16
answered Can having a bad grounding situation destroy a circuit breaker?
Jan
15
comment Would you ever wire white and ground together?
Please keep comments civil and focused on improving the question and answer. If there is a discussion needed, please use the chat room.
Jan
14
comment How do I hook up a water line to the ice-maker on my old Frigidaire fridge?
Looks like you'll need an adapter to convert this back to 1/4" compression. Guessing someone took off one piece too many when the water line was previously disconnected.
Jan
14
comment ice maker hookup question
It appears you've created multiple logins. Please register your account and then merge them so you have access to edit, comment, and accept answers on your own question.
Jan
14
revised How do I hook up a water line to the ice-maker on my old Frigidaire fridge?
added 2 characters in body
Jan
14
reviewed Approve How do I hook up a water line to the ice-maker on my old Frigidaire fridge?
Jan
14
comment What could be causing these cracks in the drywall?
That size crack looks surprising large to me as well. First guess is structural as Jason says. Second guess is moisture damage.
Jan
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
13
answered Need to calculate load ratings for DIY wooden storage shelving
Jan
13
comment What could cause moisture on my bonus room floor?
Depending on the amount and timing of the moisture, it could also be a leak from above or outside. Have you checked gutters, valleys in the roof line, flashing, grading of the nearby ground, or anywhere else that water could intrude.
Jan
13
comment What could cause moisture on my bonus room floor?
This sounds like the symptoms of an insufficient vapor barrier. Do you have anything between the conditioned space and the insulation to prevent humidity from getting into the insulation?