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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-01-2019 08:21 PM 944 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay so I am dropping back in here. Just wanted to let folks know I am still kicking as it were.

2018 was fully of funerals and watching close family members wind down, and others spending extensive time in hospitalization.

2019 has been better, but I have been rushing like a lunatic to get my home remodel done. We have the main bathroom almsot done, front bedroom done.

I was an Iris by Lowes user, when I found that they were going away, so I have been migrating to a new home Automation platform. So I have been working extensively on home automation…

The extent of the drywall repair I have been doing is getting on my nerves… I mean seriously how much drywall work can one person do?

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#1 posted 04-01-2019 09:31 PM

Good to see you’re kicking around. I hate drywall work.

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#2 posted 04-02-2019 10:15 AM

95% of my house is now z-wave. Very happy. Using a controller by HomeSeer and mostly wall switches etc from Amazon.

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#3 posted 04-02-2019 02:45 PM

Glad to have you back! I have done a little drywall in my life, but it is truly a pain unless you are a pro. After our house got trashed Nov 30, 2018 from the earthquake, we will be getting a bunch of drywall work done. They are going to start while we are gone for two weeks this month.

Hope you are doing well otherwise. I have had some health issues but they are resolving, so no complaints at the moment.

Have a good one…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 04-02-2019 04:26 PM

FWIW, my automation is being done with SmartThings. I carried over a lot of ZigBee from Iris, but some is Zwave. There are advantages to both.

Where there are wall switches, they are ZWave Plus, the ceiling fan controllers are ZigBee. If it is built in and designed to use less than 3 incandescent bulbs, I am just swapping over to Sylvania smart bulbs. MUCH cheaper than switches, and a good way to get my feet wet.

Won’t go into security, but I carried that over to a different system. So the shop is covered again, and professionally monitored.

The plan for this week is to implement more automation in the lighting, finish sanding the drywall patches in the closet, and prep the closet / main bathroom for paint. Will be continuing the workshop cleanup effort too.

I made a mess of custom shelves for closets, and cabinets. The wife decided she wanted everything to have a rounded edge…

Ordering up the new air handler, and evaporator / valves for the house this week. The condenser / compressor is already in the shop ready for the install. Probably be next weekend before I can get it done, but new AC will be awesome to have. New drain pan to boot!

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#6 posted 04-04-2019 01:58 PM

So a bit of an update. It would appear that both Ikea, that I ordered my smart plugs from, and the Amazon seller that I got my large bulb order from ship through FedEx. FedEx Delivery Manager email says both packages were delivered on Tuesday at 3:07 P.M., however my security cameras, my wife who was at home, and my neighbor who was working on his fence all agree, no FedEx truck down our block on Tuesday.

It would appear that IF the FedEx driver delivered the packages and not dumped or stole them, they delivered obviously to the wrong street…

Both sellers are sending our replacement packages, which postpones my project for at least another week (Ikea is super slow with shipping…)

I did order some smart switches for areas like my Kitchen flourescent fixture, my dining room chandalier and my living room ceiling fan light as the light and fan switches are both powered from the wall… I still need to order the fan speed controller.

The wood shop is in bad shape right now, but I have spent some time trying to get it back in order as well.

The walk in closet for the guest bedroom has a funny L shape to it, and the closet shelves were badly warped. So while not much of a project, I decided to build the shelf as a one piece out of ply material to encourage stability instead of the 3/4”pine lumber used by the original builder. This is a really simple arrangement Just cabinet grade 3/4 ply cut to size, joined using #20 biscuits, and plenty of Titebond II, Once clamped up and set, the exposed edge is rouned over (it feels good to have the router do its thing again!) and then final sand, paint and install…

I mentioned it in another thread, but I have a project that was determiend for me by my wife and sister in law… I get to make a media console to fit a set of drawers that my sister in law sourced up for us out of Hurricane Harvey cast offs…

Howhow a good number of my projects seem to be in one way or another related to hurricanes…

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