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I own Midwestern Mac, LLC, and am a senior developer at Mercy.

I run many websites, mostly using Drupal/LAMP, and manage a few services:

I also spend a lot of time working with infrastructure and cloud servers. As part of my work, I'm writing a book, Ansible for DevOps, about my favorite infrastructure management tool.

You can find my main blog and personal rambles over at Life is a Prayer.com.


Jul
19
accepted What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?
Jul
19
comment What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?
"pointing out invisible and virtually invisible flaws" - nailed it. Every time I think about the other parts of the house, I immediately think of the 20 or so areas where I missed the line by 3-5mm or forgot to sand a second coat of spackling, and now there's a slight bump in the wall.
Jul
19
comment What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?
@bib - That makes sense to me and is probably the greatest reason for my fatigue. The funny thing is I sometimes paint for artistic reasons, and I have a pretty good feel for small brushes. I just feel like anything 2" or wider needs a lot more force! I'll try to relax the grip a bit. Probably get straighter lines that way too.
Jul
18
asked What is a good technique for cutting in when painting?
Oct
5
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
26
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Apr
11
comment Is there any NEC code requirement for how far off the floor Category 5 wiring must be run?
I run video and audio signals through some of my Cat5 runs. One amp for kitchen, bedroom, and living room music and TV sound, which I can control via my phone on WiFi. Check out everythingovercat5.com for some more ideas.
Apr
10
comment Is there any NEC code requirement for how far off the floor Category 5 wiring must be run?
Cat5 wiring is much less prone to interference, and works from one end of the house to the other without any weak signals. Plus, you can run audio, video, data, control, etc. over a Cat5 cable with relative ease.
Apr
7
comment Why are there bubbles in my bathroom toilet and sink?
I had this exact problem (strange bubbling, slow drainage, and weird interaction between shower, toilet and sink), and after trying everything and even trying to see if the vent was blocked (it wasn't), I called a plumber. He found a rag stuck in the standpipe's T under that bathroom. Simple fix!
Apr
7
awarded  Yearling
Mar
29
comment Can I cover junction boxes in the attic with insulation?
Even the professionals don't always give much thought; the original blown-in insulation in my attic covers every last inch of wiring and junction box. Each time I go up there, I bring a broom and sweep around a large area to simply find a cable, box, or wall penetration.
Mar
27
comment Are these brown finger-like things on the outside of my house caused by termites?
Yes, that is the result of termites. I'd call a professional, but they can be dealt with DIY if you can do some extra research and probably a bit of work. Try to see what's on the other side of that wall, too.
Mar
24
comment What's the difference between Husky brand and HDX brand?
Agreed with Tester101. Question is mildly interesting, but too specific.
Mar
24
awarded  Critic
Mar
17
comment How can I rehang heavy fire doors?
I had a similar problem on one of my doors, and simply buying a 2" screw instead of the 1" screws that were included with my hinges seems to have tightened things up for me.
Mar
11
awarded  Scholar
Mar
11
accepted How do I fix drywall around wall box so switch plate covers damage?
Mar
11
awarded  Student
Mar
11
comment Is it code-legal to have a circuit breaker box within a storage room?
10' white board—sounds like a nice writing surface! Rotating the storage room might be the simplest solution.
Mar
11
comment How do I fix drywall around wall box so switch plate covers damage?
Can you find a good tutorial on how to mud with tape properly? I've tried before and failed pretty badly. This sounds like the way to go.