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I am a software engineering manager in the Cleveland, Ohio, USA area. I have over 14 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 recently completed coursework for a M.S. in the same, but have not yet officially graduated.

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.


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.
May
2
comment Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
So before I ditch these things I was taking one last look. Plenty of 20 amp, single pole breakers. 30 and 50 amp, 2-pole breakers (dual phase, ok). Why is the 40 amp breaker a 4-pole? It still only has two leads on it. The 50 is half the width.
May
2
comment Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
Deleted my previous comment - yours is a good answer, but the accepted one puts the nail in the coffin. My "real" comment is attached to that answer.
May
2
accepted Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
May
2
comment Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
I watched that video and read the other information at that link, and that has solidified my resolve. I cannot in good faith sell or even give these away. If anyone complains about a Federal Pacific load center for any reason, I will point them this way. I will throw out that bag of breakers and take the effort to hide them inside another trash bag to discourage trash pickers. That investigative journalism made me feel this strongly that it would be a severe ethical failure to provide these to anyone under any circumstances.
May
2
comment How do you hang something on sheetrock if you have metal wall studs?
Why not a wine rack that sits on the floor like a regular shelf? Liquid is heavy, and if your wine is nice enough to belong on a rack, it is expensive. Not worth the risk in my opinion
May
2
awarded  Yearling
May
2
comment Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
@Paul glad I could help. My brother said the brand was junk but he mainly works on commercial not residential, and does not have much personal experience with it. When I researched my question prior to asking, I was shocked with what I saw. Even as a layman I would recommend replacing any Federal Pacific or Stab-Lok panel based on what I read, but there is always that guy who just needs a breaker or two and is not interested in a huge project just yet.
May
2
comment Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
Buyer beware... fair enough (and the correct Latin is "caveat emptor").
May
2
asked Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers
Apr
16
comment What size GFCI and receptacles on 20A circuit?
@Tester101 true, I think I replaced the receptacles because I bought a box of faulty ones that randomly tripped for no valid reason. Problem went away with a better brand that also happened to be 20A.
Apr
16
comment How can I repair my hammer drill?
@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.
Apr
16
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).
Apr
16
accepted How do I repair this damage to my driveway?
Apr
16
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...