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bio website karlkatzke.com
location College Station, TX
age 35
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Feb 27 '14 at 22:42

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


Oct
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comment What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
If I need one, I've got no problem with using a bonding agent... I'm just not sure if it's the right approach. I'm trying to figure out if I should fill the entire hole with a latex/portland cement product without aggregate (which I know I'll need for the crack repair); or use a bonding agent and quickrete, or something in between.
Oct
1
comment What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
Actually, I'll be laying a layer of DITRA and then tiling with a medium-bed mortar and a lot of care. I don't think Cement board is rated for the kind of application you suggest by the NTCA; you need to affix cement board to the slab somehow (screws or another cement product) and you'll typically end up with cracks where the pieces of cement-board meet due to the differential expansion and contraction.
Oct
1
answered Do you need primer between layers of paint?
Oct
1
revised What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
Fixed title
Oct
1
comment What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
The red marked area is the hollow sounding area; I should note that the hole is now large enough to encompass the hollow sounding area. This picture was taken a few hours ago.
Oct
1
asked What cement product should I use to fix a hole in my slab?
Sep
30
comment What should I use to transition from tiles to hard wood floor?
I wouldn't use sanded latex caulk; it collects dirt way too easily. I would use silicone. I personally prefer Latasil, which is made for flooring and shower applications and acts as a movement joint as well.
Sep
28
comment How do I raise light switches so my kids can't keep toggling the light?
Voted to close -- belongs on parenting.stackexchange.com
Sep
11
comment Do I have to remove the old thinset before installing new tile?
Extra upvote for MC Hammer.
Sep
9
comment How can I resheathe behind brick fascia without removing the brick?
Shimon - It would be time consuming to remove the old brick without breaking it, and it would be impossible to match the old brick with a new brick (I've tried for some other repairs I wanted to do...) -- so yes, I'm still going back and forth on the brilliant vs. crazy myself, but have yet to find a solid answer.
Aug
25
accepted Stain-grade wood repair for door mullion?
Aug
20
asked Stain-grade wood repair for door mullion?
Aug
7
comment How can I resheathe behind brick fascia without removing the brick?
Also: Hey, y'all, long time no see. Sorry, work and the amount of things I've found wrong with this house have kept me off the internet by and large. This one's a right puzzler, though, and I though it'd be worth posting.
Aug
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asked How can I resheathe behind brick fascia without removing the brick?
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awarded  Nice Answer
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