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I am a software engineering manager in Ohio, USA. I have over 14 years of experience with a variety of technologies including Java, Perl, PHP, Salesforce, SOAP, SQL, and others. I have both a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer and Information Science.

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.


Jan
11
comment White lithium safe to lubricate a dryer?
It does not squeak if I rotate it by hand.
Jan
11
comment White lithium safe to lubricate a dryer?
It is really hard to narrow down given how loud it is. If this were a little squeak I could put my ear to different parts of the cabinet. If I did that now, I would go deaf.
Jan
11
asked White lithium safe to lubricate a dryer?
Jan
11
comment Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?
I took my dryer apart today and saw firsthand that the burner vents into the drum, which then goes out the dryer to the duct and outside. So I guess it does vent to the outside.
Jan
8
comment How do I turn off the water flow to my toilet?
@Ariel if you get water between the gasket and the porcelain, you may compromise the seal. This has happened to me before with toilets as well as compression fittings. Taking it apart, drying everything off, and putting it back together nice and tight (but not too tight) generally fixes the leak.
Jan
8
comment How do I turn off the water flow to my toilet?
@Ariel it is better to drain the water, dry off the gasket, and tighten back down. If any water is in that gasket it might not seal properly and may continue to leak even if torqued down enough to stop leaks otherwise.
Jan
6
awarded  Curious
Jan
5
comment Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?
Good point, I had not thought about the dryer venting its combustion products out with the hot air and lint, but it makes perfect sense.
Jan
5
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
5
accepted Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?
Jan
5
asked Why is a gas furnace vented but a gas dryer is not?
Oct
21
comment GFI safety on electrical outlet
My house was built in 1979/1980 and had that problem, stuff was always tripping. A rewire a few years ago split each bathroom, kitchen, and outside on their own circuit. I think we tripped a breaker once since then. It was a very good use of time and resources to fix the situation.
Oct
21
comment When replacing non-grounding type receptacles is a GFCI receptacle required, or can any GFCI device be used?
The answer aside, I would always recommend rewiring in this situation even if annoying to do so (as long as it is possible).
Oct
21
comment Can I extend attic vents so they don't get blocked by snow?
What kind of venting and insulation do you have in the detached garage roof, if any?
Oct
21
comment Can a GFCI receptacle protect other receptacles?
If I remember correctly, a GFCI outlet or breaker can protect two downstream outlets. So using a GFCI outlet, you get three on one circuit. With a GFCI breaker you get two outlets on one circuit (my outside outlets are on a GFCI breaker, and there are two, which passes code here)
Oct
21
comment Can a GFCI receptacle protect other receptacles?
@RobertHarvey I replace the GFCIs in my house every 2-3 years. They are fast enough to save a life, but seem to be volatile after a while. And for a few dollars per year, replacing them is not a huge financial burden.
Aug
8
comment What should I use to repair plaster in a bathroom?
Personally I would remodel. Replace the plaster with greenboard or another water-safe wall. Uncover the electrical in the process and bring it up to modern code. Inspect the 70+ year old plumbing and make fixes/improvements where necessary. But that might be overkill for your situation.
May
2
comment Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
Added a picture, one of each breaker: 20, 20 GFCI, 30, 50, 40, 100 (master). I get the GFCI being 2-pole, back in 1980 things were not as efficient I guess. But 40/100 being FOUR pole? Really? My new GE has all single-phase being 1-pole and all dual phase being 2-pole, including the 100 amp master.
May
2
revised Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
Added picture
May
2
revised Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
Changed duration of breakers: house built in 1980, replaced in 2011: 31 years not 34.