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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


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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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