31,348 reputation
547105
bio website stackoverflow.com
location Virginia
age 37
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen 4 hours ago

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
13
reviewed No Action Needed How can I find where the dryer vent is broken or clogged?
May
13
comment Is it allowed to have a small hole bored in a joist in the area where it is bearing on a beam or joist hanger
@Edwin, I believe the center third rule only applies to notches, not to holes drilled in the center of the joist.
May
10
comment How do I rewire LED security light to bypass motion detector - without burning out solid state board
If you're really paranoid, you can use a 3-way switch with one traveler going directly to the LED and the other going through the motion sensor first before going to the LED. This way there's no power going to the line side of the motion sensor when it's being bypassed. No idea if or how any of this would impact the circuitry.
May
7
awarded  Nice Answer
May
5
answered How can I stop the icemaker on a GE fridge from overflowing water?
May
5
comment Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.
If the receptacles don't have the GFCI buttons on them, then search for other receptacles that do and may be tripped. These may be elsewhere outside or even in a nearby bathroom.
May
4
comment hot water tank pressure relief valve
Two thoughts that come to mind are mineral buildup on the expansion valve that you cleared away, and a dramatic pressure difference from heating cold water from room temperature without opening any faucets and a check valve. You'd want to attach a pressure gauge to the line and monitor it to see if there's any cause for concern.
May
2
comment Wiring a switch to an outlet to control Garbage disposal
Possible duplicate: Can I use a receptacle and switch for a dishwasher and garbage disposal?
Apr
30
comment Hang 3 flat-screen monitors from a tilted wooden beam
-1 because this resembles a shopping question and is straying away from "home improvement"
Apr
30
revised Leviton Wallplate does not fit standard electrical box
added 4 characters in body
Apr
30
awarded  doors
Apr
30
answered Leviton Wallplate does not fit standard electrical box
Apr
29
answered How to make door not latch
Apr
28
revised Are there ways to determine if a wall is load bearing?
added 4 characters in body
Apr
24
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
23
comment Why would you use copper over CPVC or PEX?
Considering that copper has been just fine in homes that are many decades old, having multiple leaks in 6 months points to a problem with your install and not with copper in general.
Apr
22
comment Sprinkler system in indoor arena
@longneck in that case, perhaps it's a candidate for migrating to G&L?
Apr
22
comment Fix a copper pipe leak
I've never had luck pulling a poorly soldered joint apart. Between the cramped locations I'm working in, the tight connections that barely move without solder, and the high heat required to melt the solder, I usually end up warping the pipes with the pliers while attempting to separate them. Any time I see professional plumbers repairing a problem, they usually start by cutting the pipe, it's a lot easier and quicker.
Apr
22
comment Fix a copper pipe leak
The proper solution is the cut out the joint and start over. If you're not able to fix the problem correctly the first time, will you be able to fix it correctly the second time you have to fix the same issue?