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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
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?
Feb
21
comment Why did my newly applied paint run and not adhere to the wall?
You can add a photo by clicking the picture tool above the text box when you are editing your question. I'm not sure I follow the "waited till it dried" and "wall is that damp." Doesn't sound like the wall was really dry.
Feb
21
comment Why did my newly applied paint run and not adhere to the wall?
Did you prime the wall first, clean the wall, remove any dust and dirt, and make sure it was completely dry?
Feb
21
comment Will I have to install new cables when converting from a SD CCTV system to HD?
Security systems seem to be on topic here. The problem I see is that the question is about the wiring requirements which will be product specific. So the answer will be "maybe, depends on what you buy." Asking what product you should by is shopping advice, and what products support your cabling is product specific advice, so neither of those would be good replacement questions.
Feb
18
answered How can I run cat6 from my basement to the second floor?
Feb
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What do I need to do to replace this shower faucet handle?
Feb
14
comment Why does my furnace make sounds like a tuba when kicking on?
Possible duplicates: What's causing the rumbling sound when my furnace kicks on? and Should I be concerned that the furnace fan is making a loud noise when it turns on?
Feb
12
awarded  Good Answer
Feb
1
comment Was my pressure release valve installed backwards?
Note that your original question #2 would be considered legal advice or contractor negotiation, both of which are off topic here. But the rest of this looks like a good question for the site.
Feb
1
answered Was my pressure release valve installed backwards?
Feb
1
revised Was my pressure release valve installed backwards?
title as a question, reduce image size, tags
Feb
1
reviewed No Action Needed Is there a special low temperature thermostat?
Feb
1
comment Is there a special low temperature thermostat?
If asked today, this would be closed as a shopping question. But since others may find the content useful, I'm only locking it.