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post #3691 of 5753
Pay attention to the colour spectrum is my advice. Not sure if it's meaningful advice or not!

Fireplace project is done. It rocks. Maybe pics at some point, maybe not.
post #3692 of 5753
Cute, Piob, I'm sure you're fishing for someone to implore you to post the finished product.
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Cute, Piob, I'm sure you're fishing for someone to implore you to post the finished product.

Nope, as that request was already made. I'm just deciding if I want SH to browbeat me or not.
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Anyone have any experience with DIY home security (e.g. Simplisafe, Scout, etc)? Simplisafe seems to have good reviews in general, but it's so damn ugly and doesn't integrate with other products.

So I had Scout installed for about a month...and just packed it up to send it back to Amazon.

Pros:
1) Easy to install - installation is guided via smartphone and helps ensure that all components connect.
2) It works, in the sense that all of the components talk to each other as they are supposed to
3) Battery and cell backup on base station

Cons:
1) Generally looks better than many other systems, but the window/door sensors are large because of the batteries
2) Lack of instructions - the unit that would go by your main entry door to arm/disarm gives feedback via color, with no explanation of what the colors mean.
3) Motion sensors pick up pets
4) Notifications are inconsistent and slow. I only occasionally received push notifications, often receiving the email notice first.
5) The sirens are a joke. One can easily sleep through them unless you installed another unit in the bedroom.
6) No option to use smartphone as a siren. The whole thing is controlled via smartphone, how difficult would it be to use it as a siren?
7) Connection to servers sometimes goes down due to server-side or cloud issues.
8) No option to add cameras.
post #3695 of 5753
Damn, solar is expensive.

lefty
post #3696 of 5753

yes, but in 17 years, it will all break even..........

post #3697 of 5753

And I'll feel good about myself for those 17 years. Laying in line to get on the grid is even more based on how far away I am from a pole.

 

May be time to resurrect the Turnspit Dog. 

 

lefty

post #3698 of 5753
Lefty, what about the Tesla house battery with solar charging?
post #3699 of 5753
The squirrels chewed through the wall of my shed this summer to make a home. I poisoned them and decided to nail up some wood to cover the hole yesterday. Turns out the stack of old wood I stood on had a wasp nest. I got stung about 8 times pretty much everywhere but my face. And my neighbor probably got to see me take my clothes off in the back yard. Awesome times.
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That's what you get for poisoning squirrels.
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The squirrels chewed through the wall of my shed this summer to make a home. I poisoned them and decided to nail up some wood to cover the hole yesterday. Turns out the stack of old wood I stood on had a wasp nest. I got stung about 8 times pretty much everywhere but my face. And my neighbor probably got to see me take my clothes off in the back yard. Awesome times.

I got a bunch of paper wasps in my shed a few years back. Fuckers stung me like ten times, so I sympathize with you. Get some super-duper wasp killer stuff, put on a mask and teach them to mess with a species that has mastered chemical warfare.
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That's what you get for poisoning squirrels.

I poisoned the chipmunks too. Little furry bastards
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I got a bunch of paper wasps in my shed a few years back. Fuckers stung me like ten times, so I sympathize with you. Get some super-duper wasp killer stuff, put on a mask and teach them to mess with a species that has mastered chemical warfare.

I'll admit to taking pleasure in watching them fall out of the sky when I spray them. I always volunteer to clear them out of the dugouts of our Little League fields, those sprays are amazing / scary.
post #3704 of 5753
When I first read the above comment I thought it was about squirrels, and I was going to ask where you get this spray...
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Damn, solar is expensive.

lefty
Solar really lends itself to modular development. Just start with a few batteries a few panels, and a good charging system and add as you find you need more power. You should be able to run a small cabin's basic needs for 10 grand or so. A fridge is going to be the power hog, but propane is a good option. You won't be able to leave it on when not in use either way, but do you really need to? Also, get your water tested before buying an expensive uv system. It might be fine. If not, a Berkley filter works really, really well for drinking water and is a cheap, simple, and proven technology.

On demand heaters are great, but they're fiddly as hell.

Enjoy off grid living!
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