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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
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
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
9
comment Why do my two-125 volts receptacles read 40 volts each?
Possible duplicate: How do I troubleshoot power receptacles?
Apr
9
comment Assembling the springs in a double-bed
-1 because I believe the furniture tag is more for people building furniture (woodworking) rather than trying to determine how to assemble furniture. This question appears to be borderline off topic.
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
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?
Mar
31
comment What steps are required to convert R-22 Freon to a new R-410A Puron system?
Pricing questions are off topic here since they vary significantly with time and location, making answers impossible. But the rest of this question looks good, so I edited the pricing part out.
Mar
31
comment How do I remove this old bathroom exhaust fan?
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.
Mar
26
comment Can I use my bathtub or shower during tiling project
Possible duplicate: How soon can I use my shower that I recently grouted and tiled? Should it cure first?
Mar
24
comment How can I fix a leaking expansion tank?
Have you checked your water pressure after the hot water heater has run and no faucets were opened to verify that the tank is still functioning properly?
Mar
24
comment Do I need to get an engineer for badly poured conctrete basement floor?
A self leveling compound will likely be their solution, and on new concrete, it shouldn't have difficulty getting a good binding. My own fear is that excess water in curing concrete can weaken the chemical reaction that's occurring, so this concrete may not have the expected strength. You can have it tested and compared to your local codes, but this late in the process I don't know of any easy fix (there's a reason they pour foundations first and not last). (Only posting as a comment because I'm not an expert.)
Mar
21
comment How many ground rods are required for panel and subpanel?
-1, this doesn't answer the question.
Mar
20
comment connect 3 pair of speakers to receiver
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the capabilities of small appliances or electronic devices.