Category Archives: House

Turn your Christmas lights on/off with Alexa

One of the most useful aspects of Alexa’s home automation capabilities, as for turning Christmas lights on and off. Particularly exterior Christmas lights. Alexa in conjunction with TP Link has allowed me to control my Christmas lights from anywhere that I have my phone, or an Alexa enabled device. On cold evenings, or when arriving at the house, it is woot enjoyable to remotely turn the lights on. 👍 My preferred home automation company is TP link. I have had

How to reset Amcrest IP security camera remotely [SOLVED]

Q. How do I reset my Amcrest cameras remotely from my PC? I am on the same network but do not have physical access. A. Here is how to remotely reset your Amcrest IP camera: Determine the IP address of the camera that you would like to reset Use a web browser to navigate to the IP Login (admin username, admin password are the default login credentials) go to System -> Auto Maintain -> Manual Reboot   Your Amcrest IP

Inexpensive antique lighting for Timber Frame homes

Lighting a timber frame home can be a challenge. Thankfully, after some experimentation, we found a solution that worked for us. We settled on a simple and inexpensive method: +Paint EMT conduit to match fixtures +Use existing colored fixtures +Use “Edison” style LED bulbs The overall cost is very low and we have been happy with the results. Here are some photos from the initial installation in 2015: (I will take some “finished” photos soon and post them too :-))

Elfa walk in closet (with 25% discount coupon) 2016

Elfa has some wonderful closet designs, but they can be very expensive. Thankfully there are easy ways to save 15%-30% on Elfa closets! 🙂 Click below or post in the comments section to find out how: NOTE: if you are looking for a less expensive closet solution, there are some viable options out there: Configurations Custom Closet Organizer, Deluxe, 4 to 8 Foot, Titaniumhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009WG328/Make the most of your closet space with the adjustable and customizable Configurations Closet system. This system is easy

Garage electrical outlet locations

I have been wiring my new garage and here is what I settled on for the outlet heights: Lower outlets at 18″ to the top of the box. Upper outlets are at 4 feet to the top of the box. There is more discussion on outlets below: Electrical outlet tips and Howto Good/smart places to have electrical outlets in your opinion? (floor, granite) – House -remodeling, decorating, construction, energy use, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, building, rooms – City-Data Forumhttp://www.city-data.com/forum/house/881422-good-smart-places-have-electrical-outlets.htmlUnder the counter

Construction update, bathtub update

Our house continues to take shape 🙂 After getting the roof on a week ago, not much has happened since. However, having everything dry and protected is VERY nice! We have had some snow and heavy frosts as well. Today we picked up Samantha’s 68″ cast iron tub from the freight dock in Springfield. The tub looks awesome and the crate barely fits in our Chevy Avalanche! It should fit perfectly in the master bath and we are running some extra

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