Intermatic HA-03WD Lamp Module

Dealing with home automation, I used the spare lamp module I had, a Intermatic HA-03WD Lamp Module and it took a bit to get it connected to my z-stick connected to the raspberryPI. The pi is running pidora, and I … Continue reading

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More home automation links

Still gathering information and trying some things out. I have been able to compile the open-zwave code on my raspberryPI and it can see my z-stick usb device but I have not been able to get a z-wave device to … Continue reading

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Working on some home automation

Here are some links that I am using as I work on this. http://thomasloughlin.com/z-wave-controller-setup-on-my-raspberry-pi/ http://conradvassallo.com/2012/03/14/lights-control-open-zwave/ http://code.google.com/p/open-zwave-controller/wiki/SetupAndInstallationInstructions http://www.openzwave.com/

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Connected Emergency failover switch!

Connected up the Emergency failover switch. Right now power is switched to the grid and I have not yet connected in the Inverter yet. The really cool thing is this gives me all sorts of options. While my solar system … Continue reading

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Mounted the breaker box for the solar leg of power

Today I mounted the breaker box for the solar leg of power.  I will be connecting the emergency failover switch between the main grid power and this, with an option to switch this over to the inverter.  I also just … Continue reading

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Removed the garden for the winter and stocked up some food

Today we got the garden ready for winter. We pulled a bunch of good food out as we removed the garden. Each year we learn a lot about how to adjust things for the future. One thing we learned is … Continue reading

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Successful well gratitude

I am really greatful for what I learned in getting this well in place.  I am also greatful that we ended up using steel pipe since it will last a lot longer.  I wouldn’t change this for anything and I … Continue reading

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Slamming a well – well point (Plan 4)

I called this slamming a well.  Sorry I didn’t take any pictures of this process but it was a heck of a lot faster than any of the other plans, and a ton easier than digging my well by hand.  … Continue reading

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Emergency Power Transfer Switch

Well, I was able to pick up a used Emergency Power Transfer Switch 100Amp. I don’t need one that big but when the price is right….. Anyway, these are usually used to switch over to an emergency backup generator. In … Continue reading

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Shop vac a well – (Plan 3)

So I did a little research and found some people were digging wells using a shop vac, at least down to the water level.  I quickly built an adapter from parts left over from my jetting setup.  I was able … Continue reading

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