Monthly Archives: August 2014

Install a garden hose spigot anywhere with a custom-length hose

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In working on an automated sprinkler system, I started with the very basics: getting water where I wanted it. We’ll talk about the sprinkler system in an upcoming post, but the first thing I wanted to do is to get

Posted by Matt Chiste
August 29

An Insteon Smart Home becomes (almost) Self-Diagnosing

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For a couple of weeks now, it seemed like my A/C was getting slower and slower to cool down to the set temperature, even after accounting for dynamically changing thresholds based on time of day or whether I’m home. Fortunately

Posted by Matt Chiste
August 26

Advanced ISY994i programming for Insteon-enabled garage doors

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We’ve covered the basics of automating your garage doors via Insteon, but as you can probably imagine, there’s always room for enhancement. Today we’ll cover some additional functionality you can tease out of the hardware you’ve already got installed. As

Posted by Matt Chiste
August 22

Label batteries in your wireless Insteon devices

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Batteries in wireless Insteon devices like the Hidden Door Sensor or Motion Detector can last anywhere from 3 months to a year, depending on usage and configuration, but it’s tough to estimate just how long that time window is without

Posted by Matt Chiste
August 18
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