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Re: Blue’s pad

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Post by BLUE » Sat May 16, 2020 6:13 pm

Stealing previous owners pictures and posting here. These were before we took possession of the current home.

-1973 vintage
-1671 cozy sq ft
-3 beds
-2 bathrooms
-2 living room spaces (fastest way to describe)


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(47-year old aluminum one piece garage door will be replaced at some point).

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Quite a few things have changed really. More for another day I suppose.
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Re: Blue’s pad

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Post by BLUE » Sun May 17, 2020 1:44 pm

Tiny update. Power supply for external 850LM receiver came. Garage opener operation flawless for the 5-6 house lengths away I tested it with. Receiver is designed for minimal interference , high security , and allegedly longer range.

Fixed some exposed low voltage bell wire above the garage opener (leading to it). This could have involuntarily opened the garage while we were gone if left un-fixed.

I want to get one of these below To just experiment with in general :D . Requires a 2g SIM card , and operates via phone call or text. Secure ? Idk. Pretty impressive if you watch the YouTube modules including this type of Relay module and many more.

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Re: Blue’s pad

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Post by Laecaon » Tue May 19, 2020 7:20 pm

I would think a Wifi Opener would be easier. And of course then integrate with Tasker and IFTTT or SmartThings for some automation.

I installed the Chamberlain MyQ garage door opener. I have yet to automate it. But Im real tempted to setup a script on my phone to tell it to open.

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Re: Blue’s pad

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Post by BLUE » Wed May 20, 2020 10:51 pm

WiFi openers are always a good choice. Chamberlain is what I would have bought myself from a big box store. Currently have the older chamberlain a/c style unit in my garage with the old style limit switches.

I’m curious if I can actually integrate a GSM relay box (Or something similar )to open say...a locked mail-box (with a wall switch activation as well). I’m considering making my mail box much more secure.... not really sure of what I’m doing haha.
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Post by BLUE » Sat May 23, 2020 5:35 pm

Fan capacitor and 3-way switch quickly went in on Thursday evening. Works 100%. All 3 speeds work now instead of just medium. Surprise , China labeled capacitor wrong where low and medium speeds go....


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Last minute sloppy repair/replacement Thursday night on rear Lawn #2 irritrol sprinkler valve


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Another sloppy Last minute replacement of one of the front lawn sprinkler valve replacements as well...it was weeping 24/7 for I’m not sure how long from 3-6 months ago ? (Since I cleaned them last).


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1” irritrol anti-siphon sprinkler valves = $17 a piece

Water usage in this area is kinda serious
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Post by DRIVEN » Sat May 23, 2020 5:52 pm

Shrug. I piss water here.
When the only tool you have is a hammer every problem starts to look like a hippy.

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Post by BLUE » Sat May 23, 2020 5:55 pm

Send some this way
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Post by BLUE » Sun May 31, 2020 1:01 am

March of 2019 —- we decided to purchase a whole house fan. Ended up with energy efficient 3100cfm “quiet cool” brand unit. Since my other phone got dropped and died with my pics in it...I’m going to have to steal pictures yet again.

Applied for permits.


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hang wherever...Best fits...

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....open windows/doors...draws cool air in and vents Through attic at the same time....close up shop next morning and draw blinds....run as much as you like...

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Installed intake grill in center of house. Can put in a bedroom or wherever... or additional units. Not quite the center of hall , but really....*shrugs* not losing sleep.

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Intake baffles open = fan on

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Intake baffles closed = fan off
(strips of insulation mounted around them when closed).

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Finally decided at timer + HI/LOW switch was best for us. We love it ! Decided against the wireless remote setup. Not the best on placement/spacing.
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It’s not humid in this area of the country. We love it. I pointed the fan towards the living space(s). It’s quiet...surprisingly. No vibrations or anything. We use it often at 82-83-degrees or less. My black and decker old school brushed motor 3/8” corded drill uses more energy than this does on high...lol.

I wired this unit into an originally dedicated “whole house vacuum” circuit breaker... yet the vacuum is MIA. Junction box location was marked off in attic.

Whole house fans aren’t for everyone. I’m glad we chose this model as I usually like to go oversized.... but this Unit was a wise choice. I got the numbers below off our PG&E smart meter.
-LOW SPEED = 68-watts
-HIGH SPEED = 268-watts
-OLD central A/C unit = 5,600-watts

It will NEVER replace A/C. Energy isn’t cheap in this part of the country.

You can literally stick a $20 box fan in the ceiling , and achieve the same thing.
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Post by BLUE » Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:40 pm

Small thing. Old thermostat broke a while ago. Put in a cheap WiFi Emerson SENSI thermostat recommended by HVAC dude for $73 ? Idk. Nice to turn it on through the APP , and see the past energy consumption. The router is like 17ft away , so signal is hardly ever dropped.

Still haven’t taken off the protective film hahah

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Post by Laecaon » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:10 pm

I installed an Ecobee Smart Thermostat.(dunno why I never posted about it). It was $100 due to the Energy Trust of Oregon. Yea, getting the log is cool. Changing settings from the phone is nice too. Definitely a nice simple upgrade.

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Re: Blue’s pad

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Post by BLUE » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:40 pm

Very nice price !
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