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I graduated from Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. After that I alternated between working for other people and starting my own businesses (Data Central, Verisim, and Precidia) to varying degrees of success. I spent 5 years in Zurich, Switzerland helping run some of Google more prestigious services (including News and Websearch proper) before moving to Google/Montreal in mid-2012 to become a software developer on Chrome.

I have 2 children, a boy and a girl, who take up plenty of my time but do photography and home renovations (including a kitchen, mudroom, and deck) as hobbies.


Nov
11
revised What areas of 1st floor sheetrock sould be replaced subsequnet to a major 2nd floor water leak?
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Nov
5
answered What areas of 1st floor sheetrock sould be replaced subsequnet to a major 2nd floor water leak?
Nov
5
comment How can I safely remove and replace a wall?
Note that altering structure generally requires a permit. Don't avoid this! They'll at least validate that the work you're planning is safe.
Oct
5
awarded  Yearling
Dec
1
revised What could be causing water pressure to build up after changing my under sink filter?
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Nov
29
comment What type of common materials can I use to detect water infiltration/leaks?
Somewhere I have instructions for making a powder that bursts into flame when exposed to water. Probably not what you're looking for, though.
Nov
29
answered What could be causing water pressure to build up after changing my under sink filter?
Nov
8
answered Is it possible to use a dryer vent as a heat source in the winter?
Nov
8
comment How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably?
If it gets really bad that may be the case but the first symptom is typically that it has trouble starting up.
Nov
8
answered How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably?
Nov
7
comment Why won't my new Craftsman garage door opener power on?
A 3rd, unlikely option is that the outlet is wired incorrect and the opener doesn't like it but whatever else was tried didn't care. (But I'd guess it's installed wrong.)
Nov
6
comment What's a nifty way to restrict my dog run without re-installing it?
It's a good answer but it would be more helpful if you can provide a photo (or a link to a photo) to clarify exactly what you mean.
Nov
5
answered How to add another network cable?
Nov
4
comment Lights lowering in the kitchen when turning on microwave oven: symptom of an unstable electric environment?
Are the lights (or computer) on the same circuit as the microwave? If you don't know, find the breaker that disables the microwave and turn it off. Still... It shouldn't happen if you have good wiring and an adequate supply to the building.
Nov
3
awarded  Enthusiast
Oct
31
answered What are the implications of driving a drywall screw too far into the sheet?
Oct
31
revised How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture?
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Oct
31
comment How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture?
Really? At least some of the one's I've bought have them; it's about 1/2" wide and runs from one screw hole along the back to the other. I never really thought much about it and just assumed it was something required.
Oct
31
comment How do I test the functionality of a sump pump?
The pit may have pipes that run into it; you could push a hose up them to make sure they run cleanly. You could even go so far as to get a plumber with a "scope" to check them out for debris or broken sections. But other than that, a sump drains what might otherwise seep up into the basement -- if ground water is draining away someplace else then that's okay, too.
Oct
30
comment Correct amps for cooktop and separate oven
@Tester101, true. I'm thinking of wires that are fixed, like those that run through walls.