Like Frankenstein’s Monster, Just Zap It With Electricity

Electricians are arrived at the house at about 8:00AM. Told me it’d be about four hours to install the 240-volt from the circuit breaker panel to the outdoor heat-pump. They were done a touch past 10:00AM.

I turned the Nest thermostat, which drives the oil burner, down to 58F and ran around setting the head-units to 66F.… Read the rest

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Enter the Heat-Pump

Today the line-sets went in, as well as the massive heat-pump.

The covers on the channels are a great sign. These are paintable, so we’ll be shopping for some grey paint come Spring. They put a vacuum on the line-sets and they are all sound, so they charged and primed the system.… Read the rest

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And the Next Day, Mini-Splits

Everything happens at once. Yesterday we took down a 75′ spruce tree, and today they started installing our ductless mini-splits.

Today, they installed the four head-units, the backer plates for the exterior channels, and the pad for the outdoor compressor. Tomorrow they install the line sets and hopefully the outdoor compressor.… Read the rest

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One Year with Rooftop Solar

On Dec 23, 2020, I was finally given the OK to flip the switch to bring our eleven panel solar system online. It has been a learning event, for sure, this past year. The main thing I have learned is that we needed that spruce tree (at right in photo) removed, the consumption monitoring CT clamps installed, and five additional panels installed.… Read the rest

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Pretty Frank Charcoal Seaside Deodorant FTW!

191 day! That last jar lasted 191 days! I could not be happier with this deodorant and have told several friends about it on the Facebooks. Thank you, Pretty Frank (formerly Primal Pit Paste), for this awesome product.

I was happy to see that the plastic cover has been replaced with metal, and the scent, which my wife finally noticed a few weeks back, has been dialed back a bit.… Read the rest

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Modernizing My Temperature and Humidity Sensor

My basement temperature and humidity sensor has been up and running for 2.5 years now with hardly a hiccup at all. But, it is time for an upgrade.

I’ve made some tweaks to the page over the years, but I ‘ve grown less and less happy with the matplotlib implementation.… Read the rest

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Michael James Hannan Obituary (1938 – 2021) The Day

Been one hell of a 21 months since my mother died. This is sure to leave a mark. My sister is my new hero, but this has all taken a toll on her. We got him home from the hospital with, literally, hours to go.… Read the rest

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Installing Unifi controller Docker container on Synology NAS – Thiago Crepaldi

Really, I used this just as a guide to update the Unifi controller in the Docker container. You could do that a time or two before it gets simple, which it is. Just a new way of doing things, I guess.… Read the rest

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TP-Link is no Cisco: VLAN configuration

On the surface, my TP-Link T2600G-28TS v3 managed switch appears to have everything that I would expect to have for some intermediate networking in the home. Most of my complaints with the device, to date, have been minor, such as the idle time-out having a max of 120 seconds.… Read the rest

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Synology NAS VPN Server

It has been a long while since I wrote about VPN servers. This is because of the change of job, and then working from home for over a year because of COVID-19. But I have kept playing with the technology over the years.… Read the rest

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