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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.


May
20
awarded  Nice Answer
May
17
answered Putty around a new kitchen sink drain
May
15
comment GFCI circuit partially works
Having a hard time understanding what you wrote. Did you replace the GFCI receptacle and everything works fine now? In that case, the GFCI receptacle was faulty and should be discarded/replaced.
May
15
comment light switch problem
The non-contact tester will verify there's current, but not that it isn't a loose connection/low voltage. And it won't let you know if the neutral is any good. Try a voltage tester from hot to neutral.
May
13
reviewed No Action Needed How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?
May
13
reviewed No Action Needed Adding a ceiling fan single switch in a box with 3 way switch in older house
May
13
comment How can I find where the dryer vent is broken or clogged?
If your vent is clogged, the question you should be asking is how to clean it, not where is the clog. In which case "What is the best way to clean your clothes dryer exhaust?" should be helpful.
May
13
comment How can I find where the dryer vent is broken or clogged?
I would think a pulled apart vent would result in a lot of vacuum, just not going back to the dryer. It should be very easy for them to tell the difference between a clog and a disconnected vent. And they make tools for cleaning dryer vents.
May
13
reviewed No Action Needed Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls?
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