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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.


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comment Electric/Plumbing/Zoning in Maine
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about local building codes.
Apr
21
comment How do I repair this friction ABS kitchen sink pipe fitting
Like Michael says in his answer, replacing the inner ring is a good idea, they're cheap and easily lost when the joint comes apart.
Apr
21
comment How do I repair this friction ABS kitchen sink pipe fitting
May have been too loose. Despite the fact that you're supposed to only hand tighten them, I gently give them an extra 1/4 turn with some channel lock pliers after I get it snug. Could also be too much movement on the pipes there, you don't want items hitting the plumbing that you are pulling in and out of that cabinet.
Apr
15
comment High pitched beep in house every 15 minutes
In addition to the duplicate this is linked to, there are other duplicate questions here, here, and here
Apr
15
comment What can I use as a bowl for a DIY fire bowl/pit?
This looks like it should be comments and/or votes on other posts, rather than a post itself. Unfortunately it's not possible to convert for you since there are multiple comments for multiple posts included in here.
Apr
8
comment How can I remove oil/ATF from a newly paved driveway?
Windex and laundry detergent have very different properties. Any info on whether either of these will clean ATF or negatively interact with asphalt or concrete?
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.