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Software Developer @ jp2code.net

Long ago, I left home and joined the United States Marine Corps where I was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of Basic Metal Worker (MOS 1316). I loved building things as a welder, but could not see myself doing this until I reached age 65.

After my Honorable Discharge in the early 1990s, I used my G.I. Bill to go to school and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics four years later.

Using a love of computers since I played on a Commodore 64 at 10 years old and two (2) C++ electives that I had taken in school, I began working in the computer programming field.

The recession following ENRON in 2001 left me working at a remedial job for a little over two years while I brushed up on my skills at a local community college in SQL and first learned what the new .NET Framework was all about.

I have had the pleasure of working as a Software Developer since 2003.

For a short while, I pulled in a little extra income by running a moonlighting business under the name Joe's Welding. Dangerous working conditions and non-paying customers prompted me to sell my mobile welding equipment about the time my son was born.

Today, I am exclusively a Software Developer. My language of choice is C#, and I enjoy working with databases.

If you care to find me anywhere else, just do a search on my screen name: jp2code

Above Average Joe


Jul
12
comment Oil burning smell and slow oil leak
When is the last time the oil was changed? Is the coolant level OK?
May
2
comment What is the Magic ON temperature for Electric Fans?
Not sure how old your car is, Brian, but I know the chemical characteristics of the goo those sensors use can change characteristics as the parts get older. You might be able to change out the sensor and have your fan turn on when it is expected. Also, if your car is like my truck, it could have a separate sensor for the gauge in the dash. In that case, the gauge sensor could be off.
May
2
comment What is the Magic ON temperature for Electric Fans?
A 1994 Nissan D21 w/ VG30e. Did not come with electric fan, but I am installing one from a 1993 Nissan Altima. So far, I have it installed CLICK and this thermoswitch relay ready to go on. Just ran out of time today.
Apr
7
comment What is the Magic ON temperature for Electric Fans?
Are you just guessing at 185°? That's how I came up with that value. I'm looking for a definite answer. When a car manufacturer builds a vehicle with an electric fan, that fan is set to turn on at a specific temperature. Given a 180° thermostat (optional 170°F thermostat), I'd like to know what temperature an electric fan should be set to turn on.
Apr
4
comment Does “DOT and SAE approved” apply across the United States?
+1. To add, you could find SAE and DOT stamps for side marker lights, but that doesn't mean you could use them for brake lights or turn signals.
Nov
16
comment Gasoline is dripping out of a rubber tube outputting on the bottom of my motorcycle - is this normal, or is it a problem?
Why'd you take an upside down picture?
Oct
14
comment shifting stops when critically low on gas
I doubt it. But, I spend a lot of time on the Nissan Hardbody forum, and Nissan has coded in some strange behaviors whenever it gets bad readings from sensors. It could be that you have water in the bottom of the tank.
Oct
13
comment Steering Wheel Shake New Car Performance Tires
I'm voting for a bad rim. The balancer shows everything is A-OK, but the inside is still a different weight than the outside.
Oct
13
comment Why do tires get bigger over the years?
I say it's all a sham! Tire places know you have to pay more for their 20-inch tires than the standard 14 and 15 inch tires, so they buddy up with the auto makers to ensure they stick oddball sized wheels on new vehicles. Everyone makes money but you.
Oct
13
comment shifting stops when critically low on gas
How low is this? I have seen auto manufacturers wire up some odd stuff in the electronics to ensure the owner's do something, but this is certainly odd - like an unknown bug!
Sep
26
comment How to repair alternator slip rings to stop squeaking?
I'm guessing you're like me and didn't keep the receipt, otherwise I'd say to return it as a defective alternator!
Jul
27
comment Nissan Hardbody Heavy Duty Rear Leaf Springs
I can't afford new (OEM or aftermarket), so my only option is to sort this out with parts off of existing vehicles. The aftermarket does not even list the HD version of the D21. These Longbed 3/4-ton and 1-ton models were not common.
Jul
15
comment Automatic transmission: Is shifting to neutral while approaching stops bad?
Colin, my information is in reference to a vehicle moving at speed. You are talking about a stopped vehicle. These are different states for the torque converter.
Jul
10
comment Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH
Most likely caused by either throwing a wheel weight or if you recently had to lock the brakes, which would cause the tires to wear unevenly.
Jul
10
comment Advice needed - My car has burn mark on hood and seems to be leaking oil
If it is water, it is most likely condensation from your air conditioner. This is normal and every vehicle with air conditioning does it when the AC is being used.
Jul
9
comment Passing Emissions Test: Can't figure out how to fix code P0705 on a 1997 Nissan D21 / Hardbody / Pickup
Did you ever get this resolved, Filip? Electronic Versions of the Service Manuals are available online, and there are a couple of nice online communities specifically for the D21 Hardbody at Nissan Forum and Infamous Nissan.
Jul
9
comment What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?
Just a note: Those old Briggs & Stratton engines last even longer if you take good care of them. :)
Jul
9
comment Advice needed - My car has burn mark on hood and seems to be leaking oil
Where is the oil leak in the engine compartment picture?
Feb
14
comment Front End Alignments
The shocks are less than 4-months old, Brian, so I doubt they are the problem.
Feb
14
comment Front End Alignments
Sorry. My comment above left out details. The center link was replaced over a year ago. The front end still felt bad, so I took the truck in about 4 months back. The shop installed all new Monroe Sensatrac shocks ($320), 2 control arm bushings ($185), and charged me $90 for a front end alignment.