Home Automation

Home Automation

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:02 am

Anyone have any USEFUL home automation gadgets? (I love gadgets but I really don't need a remote control electric tooth brush I can turn on from anywhere in the world via the internet..........or turn my garbage disposal on via the telephone...........or press a button to flush all my toilets simultaneously! :lol: )
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: coalkirk On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:41 am

Heck yea!
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My auto security system. Well, truthfully, it's only semi-auto ;)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Harman VF3000
Coal Size/Type: antrhcite/rice coal

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:33 am

I have alot of the X10 Appliance/lamp modules for Lighting control from remotes in/around the house. I think I have 2-3 remotes to control all the lights. It's fun.
http://www.smarthome.com has a lot of cool stuff.
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon


Re: Home Automation

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:43 am

WNY wrote:I have alot of the X10 Appliance/lamp modules for Lighting control from remotes in/around the house. I think I have 2-3 remotes to control all the lights. It's fun.


I' ve looked at those but figured I play with the lights for maybe 2 days & that's it! :D
Do you find them really useful?
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:53 am

Coalkirk, hook the dog to the clothesline when its chasing herons. The clothes will dry faster. :lol:
Richard S.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:59 am

coalkirk wrote:Heck yea!


I've got the same exact automation device Terry! (I love the "Solar" clothes drier which is supplanted by the coal stove clothes drier in the winter!)
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:26 pm

The modules work really well, you can add on motion sensors, etc... I have a motion sensor in the basement and it turns on 2 lights automatically for like 10 mins. Also, when you are upstairs and need to turn some lights on in the house, makes it easy too. Yes, a bit lazy, but works great.

Great for the Xmas lights, I mount them outside (in plastic bags), then one button, and all the modules set to that code turn on/off!! Lights up the whole neighborhood!
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: ScottD On: Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:19 pm

You can do a lot with the x10 system. I use them all the time in houses where they want me to wire switches that I can't get to. Battery remote switch to control anything! I have a 24 position remote that I carry around and even turn the coffee on in the morning from bed cuz I go to work at all different times. Remote all lights and dim them too.
I have a customer who, after his house got broken into, installed X10 cameras with motion sensors to record a video on his computer and send him a text message with a picture clip when someone tresspasses!
ScottD
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Hearth Stoker

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:23 pm

Yup, I have some of the X10 Wireless Cameras too.! Just haven't found a place to mount them, I did have one mounted in the basement in front of the coal stove, then I could check it from the Bedroom, just click the switch, it turned the camera and a light on and flip the TV on....worked kinda cool. :)
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: Ed.A On: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:07 pm

coalkirk wrote:Heck yea!
auto clothes dryer.jpg

My auto clothes dryer
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My auto heron chaser. Damn things keep eating my koi.
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My auto security system. Well, truthfully, it's only semi-auto ;)



:lol: I love it! best home automation system, and damn practical as well.
Ed.A
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:23 am

My 2 latest toys! :lol:

(Power meter & thermometer)
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Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: ScottD On: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:03 am

Devil,
I know the bottom one is a thermal scanner but the top one? Do you use it to tell the wattage of whats plugged into it?
ScottD
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Hearth Stoker

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:08 am

ScottD wrote:know the bottom one is a thermal scanner but the top one? Do you use it to tell the wattage of whats plugged into it?


Yes. You plug in your electric rate & then anything you plug into it will show it's cost to run. (per hour/day/month/year)
Fun little toy! (I was checking how much to run the blower fan on my TLC)
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: Home Automation

PostBy: Ed.A On: Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:42 am

Fun little toy! (I was checking how much to run the blower fan on my TLC)


And the results were?
Ed.A
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice