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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.


Mar
26
comment How do I replace a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable with a programmable timer switch?
At best, replacing a 3 way switch with a 2 way switch that requires a neutral will result in a setup that doesn't work correctly. At worst, you'll create a short circuit that could damage devices on that circuit, electrocute yourself, or start a fire. So as tester101 says, if you don't have the knowledge to understand this mistake, you shouldn't be working on wiring in your home. Get professional help.
Mar
13
comment What is best caulk for a 3/8“ wide X 1” deep gap between a shower floor and wall?
Rather than caulk, I'd browse the tile section for some kind of piece you can use as trim at the base of the wall to cover over the gap. Typically you'd install the tile floor first, and the walls would overlap the floor with at most a 1/4" gap.
Mar
7
comment How do I get rid of mold from the bottom of a bath mat (where the suction cups are)?
-1 This post doesn't add anything not covered in other answers. It would be more appropriate to vote up those answers than posting a duplicate answer.
Mar
3
comment Should I Expect Reimbursement for a 2 Year Old Furnace?
-1 because I believe this gets into pricing and contractor negotiations.
Mar
3
comment Two lights & two switches, one light doesn't work?
Where's the line, is there a load, a diagram with hot/neutral/switched/ground identified at each junction would help, are the switches two independent switches or three way switches. There's currently not enough detail to provide an answer to this.
Mar
2
comment Strange smell in August only
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because locating the source of a smell via the internet is not practical.
Feb
27
comment The thermostat is set at 73 however the furnace doesnot kick on until it is down to 67.
Is the furnace and/or thermostat multi-stage?
Feb
27
comment Where do I buy a weather proof combination padlock?
If this question had been asked today, it would be closed as shopping related or product recommendation. It should not be used as an on-topic reference for questions asked today.
Feb
27
comment Water dripping from exhaust vent in basement
Is your exhaust duct insulated as it goes through the attic to the roof vent?
Feb
19
comment What could be causing cracks in the drywall of a newly renovated home?
From your use of the word, "flange" sounds like what we would call "tape" and joint compound in the US.
Feb
19
comment Is my water heater installed properly?
If the PVR valve has been removed/disabled, you do not have a proper hot water tank install. This is dangerous and should be inspected/corrected.
Feb
19
comment How do I replace a GFCI breaker with a normal breaker?
Where does each white wire go? I'm guessing one goes to the neutral bar and could be completely removed from the panel. Assuming you have a GFCI breaker, are you within code to remove it?
Feb
17
comment Interference with cable and electrical in same box
The OP mentioned coax cable in the tags, rather than cat5. While it's suggested that cable is shielded, I personally do all I can to maximize separation to minimize the risk of any noise.
Feb
17
comment How can I adjust the temperature of my hot water?
Note that you may not want to reduce it too much as the answer to this question explains.
Feb
17
comment strange smells in my sons room
Have you considered asking someone that can be there in person to help you diagnose? Since you can't post a smell-picture for us, asking people on the other side of the internet is like asking a blind person to help with your paint colors.
Feb
17
comment What should I check when troubleshooting a doorbell?
That is surprising. My local big orange store has over 30 in stock according to their website.
Feb
16
comment Can I connect my 50 amp generator to a 30 Amp plug?
I expect that if you ever exceed 30 amps on that feed, the breaker at the panel will trip, unless the wiring of the transfer switch doesn't include a breaker.
Feb
16
comment Why has my bathroom cold water tap (but no others) stopped working?
If it stops overnight, yes. But from the description of the OP's problem, losing pressure over a few days, it sounds more like a sediment blockage or bad valve. If you get a trickle from a freezing pipe, it should speed back up as water flows through and melts any ice that's formed.
Feb
11
comment When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter?
-1 Link only answers become useless when the link goes bad and are frequently confused with spam. Be sure to provide context around the link and quote relevant content in case the link goes bad. See how to answer for more details.
Jan
30
comment how critical are distances between studs?
Pro tip: to avoid this problem in the future, attach your top and bottom plates together and mark out the locations of each stud, door, etc. Typically you pick one end, extend the tape measure, and mark every 16", or actually 3/4" to each side of 16" and put an X in the middle. Once done, separate the plates and use a speed square to mark the inside of the plate so your stud has a line to follow. You'll still need to plumb the wall, but once done every stud will be perfect. Also, don't forget to flip each stud so the crowns face the same way.