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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.


Apr
22
comment Sprinkler system in indoor arena
-1 Because the question is not about home improvement and I can't think of an application to home improvement where this valve would be useful. This question should probably be closed.
Apr
21
comment Cheaper to use 8“ electic stovetop coil or 6” coil?
Your electricity is billed by watts, not by amps, so if you have a 240v appliance pulling 5 amps, it's billed the same as a 120v appliance that pulls 10 amps.
Apr
20
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Apr
18
comment How can I fix this gap in my kitchen counter?
The foam is referred to as backer rod, available at hardware stores. At 1/2", it's not a bad idea to push some in the gap, it just gives the caulk something to support it.
Apr
18
answered How can I fix this gap in my kitchen counter?
Apr
12
comment How can I repair a float valve that is blocked open?
Have you checked the washers and other valve parts? These valves tend to be replaced when they fail since replacements are very affordable. Also, double check your water pressure when the toilet is leaking, these tend to be the first valves to go when your water pressure is too high.
Apr
10
comment IKEA table problem
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a product specific furniture assembly request.
Apr
10
revised Can armored bx cable come into contact with other metal objects?
title as a question, tags
Apr
10
comment IKEA table problem
-1 Product specific question that has a narrow audience, and furniture assembly is a gray area that may be off topic for this site. This question should probably be closed, but I'm waiting for others to agree/disagree before taking action.
Apr
8
comment What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?
Quick tip: avoid the pink stuff in wet areas (e.g. bathrooms). If the spackle gets wet, it will go back to pink. This is more of an issue when you have white paint and may miss a spot when touching up.
Apr
8
revised What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?
fix typo
Apr
8
comment Deeper Wall Plates…Do they exist?
Agreed that this is a duplicate. Also keep in mind "does this exist" is in a gray area with shopping questions. A preferred question would be "how should I solve this problem?"
Apr
8
comment 5 ampere to 15 ampere
Are your switches fused switches? You don't want to remove any safety protection that prevents more than 5 amps from going on the wiring.
Apr
7
comment how do I install a GFCI with two hot wires as well with 3 black and 3 white wires
-1 for lack of followup to the comments. This should likely be closed as "unclear what you're asking" pending a response from the OP.
Apr
7
comment cottage and bedroom shares one wall
Possible duplicates: What are some cost-effective tips for reducing external sound from entering a room? and How do I soundproof my vaulted townhouse wall?
Apr
7
comment How do I run ethernet and speaker cabling in 2 story home?
Possible duplicates: How can I run Cat5e cable through a completely finished house?, How do I run ethernet cable through a wall cavity?, and How do I wire an old house with Cat6?
Apr
3
comment Is it ok by code to enclose a residentail breaker box in a finished basement as long as there is an access door and what are the requirements?
Related: What is permissible for a breaker box cover? and Is it code-legal to have a circuit breaker box within a storage room?
Apr
3
comment kitchen falcet over pressurized when you turn on
Possible duplicate: What would cause the water pressure to be too high for just a second?
Apr
3
answered kitchen falcet over pressurized when you turn on
Apr
2
answered Electrical turning off on its own