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Advice The Home Improvement/Automation Thread

Discussion in 'useless chatter' started by Duke, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Yeah, I didn't pick any up, just thought I'd mention...
  2. just do it at the button, solder on two wires to the points you need and bring it over to the relay, pop your button back on the wall with 2 wires coming out of it and call it a day. looks like it'll be your easiest option, unless there's something up on the garage door that will allow for connection.

    if you want it to look pretty, run the wires to a box and use wiremold. you could even run the wires above the ceiling or someplace hidden.

    depending on the type of garage door you could get a second button and modify/mount it anywhere. if you have a second wireless opener, you could even use that.
  3. Well its just those two wires that travel up to the opener. But there is a contact sensor up there that the garage uses to signal that the door is up. I want to tie into that so I can know the position as well, if possible.
  4. Well the snow is melting & my basements leaking. And here I am with no redirected refugees around to fix it. A fella never runs out of fires to put out.
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  5. I just got openhab working so that it does what I wanted: to turn the two lights and bar lamps on when I hit the bar lamp's switch.

    It also turns the kids' reading lamps off at bedtime, so I don't have to wade into their rooms, shut them off manually, and then step on every single lego in the house on my way out in the dark.

    Now I'll see about doing some more interesting things.
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  6. Had a leaking faucet in the bathroom, leaking past the handle shaft on the hot side.

    Cut power, took the cartridge out, this faucet has ceramic cartridges. Took it out, went to a few different hardware stores today and nobody has a damn cartridge in the same size. I can't even find the damn cartridge online, every one I find which looks sorta the same has a different number of grooves in the top or a different overall length or whatever.

    So fuck it, I hauled the cartridge apart, cleaned up the surfaces on it as good as I could with scotchbrite and polishing compound, and put it back together using the original o-rings. Couldn't find proper o-ring grease (there's some in this house, I have no idea where), or even vaseline, so I used lard. Still leaks but it's a way slower leak than before.
  7. why not just replace the faucet?
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  8. That's the plan. That's a "the missus gotta come along because I'll buy an ugly one" job though.
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  9. I've been given license to replace the kitchen faucet with a handsfree model.

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  10. bump

    @gee Any way to easily replicate the button on this board up on the opener?
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  12. I have no business graving this. I did not take his advice, and I have slept downstairs a number of times in the past.
  13. Darth don't know nothin.
  14. I'm working on it.
  15. Im thinking about taking spring break off and redoing the shower stall in my bathroom
    Ill be like an episode of This Old House, but with a lot more drinking and swearing.
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  16. Your accent will be all wrong.
  17. I'd really like to do that too. So just come here instead.
  18. Rip it out first, figure it out second.
  19. Picked up a Nest outdoor cam. Pretty sweet and works with SmartThings. I don't really have an application for home automation with it. It's just that I worked it out so it was free and my old driveway camera hasn't worked in like 5 years or more.
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  20. Use it as a motion sensor

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