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bio website karlkatzke.com
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I'm a sysadmin for Sentry Data Systems. I do linux and clustering and networking, and enjoy instigating a good STONITH deathmatch when I get bored.

Work-wise, I'm a giant fan of the k.I.s.s. principle - keep I.T. simple, stupid. Don't make things any more complex than the features you need.

In my spare time, I renovate houses and ride herd on a pack of dogs with extreme mental issues. My background and career are both in systems. I look at systems, analyze them, and use them or make them better. I like DIY home stuff because the systems are simple and it's rewarding to figure 'em out and use them. How do I know the things I do? We have this saying in my group of friends-who-renovate-houses: "Ask me how I know." I have probably been there, broken that, ruined the other thing, and had to figure out how to fix all of them.

On my own blog, see my:

"It’s not enough to be aware of the domain you’re working in, you need to understand it. Noticing things and being curious about how they work is the single most common trait I see in creative people. Once you can break the components down, you can put them back together into something brand new." - Seth Godin


Feb
25
answered Wifi Thermostat wiring
Feb
25
comment Can solar tubes be installed in an existing south Florida barrel style roof?
Just for clarification -- do you mean that the roof has cement or clay S or "Barrel Vault" tiles, or do you mean that the roof has an actual cast-in-place cement roof that is vaulted in a rounded barrel shape?
Feb
17
answered What type of light bulb connector is this?
Oct
30
awarded  Constituent
Oct
30
awarded  Caucus
Oct
8
comment How can I install these pre-hung doors?
This is exactly what we did in my house where we ran into this problem. 90% of carpentry is hiding mistakes. Just use some poplar and trim nails to extend the jamb, use some wood filler and sand it lightly, and by the time you've primed and painted no one will ever notice.
Sep
24
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
10
comment How should I center a light fixture when there's a vent stack in the way?
For whatever reason, the city inspector insists that there only be 8 fixtures or outlets on a circuit.
Sep
9
accepted How should I center a light fixture when there's a vent stack in the way?
Sep
9
comment How should I center a light fixture when there's a vent stack in the way?
Don't know why this is downvoted either; it's the right answer. I just wanted confirmation of that before I got all involved in it, since I tend to overcomplicate things.
Sep
9
comment How should I center a light fixture when there's a vent stack in the way?
There isn't much room for a pancake box. (Look at the top plate where the vent stack penetrates.) I would prefer not to go that route anyway, although it is possible in theory, because it'd be difficult to mount without puncturing the vent stack.
Sep
9
asked How should I center a light fixture when there's a vent stack in the way?
Aug
1
awarded  Yearling
May
29
awarded  Enlightened
May
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
14
accepted How can I resheathe behind brick fascia without removing the brick?
Nov
21
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
20
comment What model circuit breaker is this?
@TheEvilGreebo - Yeah. But that didn't look like a 220v circuit to me, especially not on 12 ga al.
Nov
16
comment What model circuit breaker is this?
I didn't even catch that, bcworkz... thanks! I was too busy wincing at the rest of the panel.
Nov
15
comment What is the proper procedure to apply multiple coats of Polyurethane?
I have a Binks gun, can't remember which one and pretty sure it's discontinued. Briefly had an AOC (italian) gun before I returned it. Thanks to a few neighbors who have really cheap tools but are willing to help on projects, I've found that for just blowing a couple coats of polyurethane or oil paint (NOT Latex) over something, a $29 Kobalt or Husky gun works just as well as long as you have a viscosity cup and know how to use it.