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Upcoming Project: Automated Popcorn

We bought a Great Northern Popcorn Machine several years ago and have made an embarrassing amount of popcorn for our movie nights. It has three basic switches for heat, kettle stirrer, and a warming...

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ESP8266 Aquarium Controller Part 3

Now that all the hardware is put together (Step 1 and Step 2), it’s time to program the ESP8266. This is a pretty versatile device and you can make it do just about anything...

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ESP8266 Aquarium Controller Part 2

In Part 1 we began assembling the case for our controller. Now we’ll move on to wiring it all together. Warning and disclaimer: the information within this project is provided as is. No warranty...

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ESP8266 Aquarium Controller Part 1

I recently started a new aquarium, so of course I had to add some automation to it.  Since there are live plants and fish in the aquarium it has specific temperature and light requirements....

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Installing Hass.io on Ubuntu 18.04

I recently set up a new Home Assistant installation at another location. It had been a while since I had gone through this process, so I spent an embarrassing amount of time re-researching it....

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Home Assistant Period of the Day

Here’s a quick template sensor that I found on the interwebs that’s really useful for automations. Basically the sensor translates Home Assistant’s sun component into dusk, dawn, night, or day. It also shows a...

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We’re back!

After a long haitus, we’ve blown the dust off this site and have lots of great info lined up already. Why the delay? Life happened, but we kept tinkering the whole time. Why start...