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bio website johngaughan.net
location Cleveland, OH
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I am a senior software engineer in the Cleveland, Ohio, USA area. I have over 13 years of experience with a variety of technologies including Java, Perl, PHP, Salesforce, SOAP, and others. I have a B.S. in Computer and Information Science and am near completion on a M.S. in the same.

Aside from my profession I also enjoy cooking, tinkering with hardware projects, and have been known to perform home improvement tasks with varying degrees of success.


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comment What size GFCI and receptacles on 20A circuit?
I would still use a 20A GFCI outlet. I remodeled two bathrooms in my house (working on the third bathroom now) and used 20A GFCIs. While I acknowledge the point about the passthrough, I know if you have a wife with a big enough blow dryer it will spike the current enough to trip the GFCI (including other load on the circuit). I actually replaced a 15A GFCI with a 20A one in our main bathroom because of nuisance tripping.
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answered Hammer drill repair
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comment Hammer drill repair
@Zach my DeWalt drills both have modes for hammer drilling and regular drilling. My cordless also has a collar to adjust the clutch for screwing in screws. The hammer drill mode chews through batteries on my cordless, which is why I bought a corded hammer drill. It sounds like the asker may want to figure out how to turn off hammer drill mode when not needed to conserve power.
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comment How do I repair this damage to my driveway?
Thanks for the advice -- at some point this summer when it warms up consistently we will have to fix this. The damage will only get worse, and the snowblower already kicks up rocks from the driveway: this crumbling concrete will only increase the risk of breaking something (I already broke a car window with the line trimmer kicking up a rock).
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accepted How do I repair this damage to my driveway?
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comment Our water heater blew a leak. What should I do now?
With that much damage, the deductible might still be a good deal. Although unless the damage is catastrophic, I have heard (i.e. do not take my word alone for it) it could increase premiums.
Apr
12
asked How do I repair this damage to my driveway?
Apr
9
comment How do I seal a basement cinder block wall behind a shower?
We ended up using a heat gun to remove the linoleum floor tiles (some cracked right off) so we have bare cement to attach tile. We then used a cement cleaner on the walls and floor to get the nastiness up, and put a coat of Drylok on the walls. That stuff was like glue, one coat easily did it. Now we are on to the next part of the project...
Apr
9
comment Toilet started wobbling
If you have a carpet cleaner it should have an attachment to suck water out of stuff -- this works great for sucking the water out of a toilet. Just make sure the toilet is clean first.
Apr
8
comment propane torch question
I agree with @Grant. Boiling water seems like the better of the options. I would start with a bleach cleaner first actually, and scrub the sink as best I could before rinsing and then dumping the boiling water down the hatch. 212F seems less bad to me than 900F or whatever torches can get up to (I just know on full blast mine will melt copper).
Apr
8
answered What is the best way to fill finishing nail holes on door and floor trim?
Apr
8
comment Do I have studs on my plaster and lath wall around/above fireplace?
Before you consider whether the wall can handle a TV, just don't... above a fireplace is one of the WORST places to mount a TV. digitaltrends.com/home-theater/…
Mar
12
comment Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?
@Kumba I know, that is why I said "try to avoid it unless it is necessary" and it is necessary in this situation. Please keep in mind that people find these SE questions years later via Google looking for similar issues.
Mar
11
comment Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?
Others have said it is fine, I will just add that just because you can, does not mean you should: try to avoid it unless it is necessary, otherwise you risk having a bunch of extra crap in the box making things more difficult to understand. For example, I had to rework some of the garage circuit, so I move those splices to a separate junction box a foot away and ran fresh Romex between the two. Throw up a sticker with the circuit number on the box and wammo, all three garage splices are in the same box, and the load center is still nice and neat and organized.
Mar
11
comment What could have caused my GFCI to trip, and what can I do about it?
I have noticed that it is not so much the GFCI but the motor. I moved in with my now-wife and brought my (newer) fridge. It has never tripped a GFCI (my previous house had all GFCI in the kitchen even for the fridge's dedicated circuit), but hers (old model) did when it was briefly plugged in to one. Friend kept tripping his GFCI with an old fridge until they bought a brand new fridge. I think maybe some of the newer motors spike less, but this is purely anecdotal.
Mar
11
comment What could have caused my GFCI to trip, and what can I do about it?
Generally, motors for refrigerators/freezers, washing machines, and other high-amperage AC motors must be on dedicated circuits NOT protected by GFCI because the voltage spike when they first turn on can trip them. However, as @SpeedyPetey says, code may say otherwise: follow the code if you must, but in general, a freezer should be on its own non-GFCI circuit.
Mar
11
comment Prevent future holes in PVC vent pipe in walls
I was installing surround sound speakers in my old house, speakers wall-mounted with cables in the walls (wired through an unfinished basement) with faceplate terminals. Anyway, I was cutting a rectangle for one of the faceplates and hit a PVC drain pipe for the upstairs bathroom. I did not realize it was a wet wall, being 2x4s as opposed to 2x6. Anyway, a drywall saw barely nicked the surface, and I imagine a drill would slide off as well. I have tried cutting and drilling PVC pipes and they are not as easy as they look.
Mar
11
comment What should I do about this unfinished corner?
I agree with this answer: trim it out. There is no way to use plaster or drywall to make it look natural. Trim is supposed to be a transition, which is exactly what you need in this small area. Besides, thin strips of drywall with corner beads are really hard to get right. I did this next to my main shower due to some old, constricted framing. Took me a week to mud it even, and it still was not close to perfect. My wife hates it.
Feb
24
accepted How do I seal a basement cinder block wall behind a shower?
Feb
22
comment How do I seal a basement cinder block wall behind a shower?
Also, the wet wall on the right (there is no plumbing there yet but there will be) will be tiled six feet up regardless of what we do to the other walls.