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  • outbackrob
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    Originally posted by TC1 View Post
    Did you have hard water iron/rust stains on the bowl? Some people have said it works on this type of problem.
    We have a 40 yo house that still has one original toilet. We've never had bad rust stains, but we do have some hard water buildup at the water level line in the bowl. It does seem to be going away. ....or at least its lightening so its harderd to see.

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  • TC1
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    Originally posted by outbackrob View Post

    The short answer is: It works! It really does keep the bowl clean. Good WAF!
    Did you have hard water iron/rust stains on the bowl? Some people have said it works on this type of problem.

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  • Kevb
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    Thank you for this! Good to hear about the WAF- we have a small business and work a lot, especially this time of year. My wife doesn't get to keep the place as clean as she'd like, so every bit helps. I remember you earlier stated that the lid is a bit loose. That with making sure it doesn't get wet may require some "catproofing" as we have 3 very curious cats. Again, thanks for this much appreciated info.

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  • outbackrob
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    Originally posted by Kevb View Post
    outbackrob It's been a couple of weeks with a major holiday- what's the verdict so far? (mine arrives next week!)
    The short answer is: It works! It really does keep the bowl clean. Good WAF!

    The longer answer is: While it works, it feels like this is a BETA program. Right now there is no real way to dial in any parameters as to sensitivity or time of activation (when). Consequently, when my son takes a shower in his bathroom, two of my Shines constantly spray toilets in adjacent bathrooms, and one of them sprays as soon as it detects a flush so the spray goes right down the drain. They say there is firmware coming to allow users to better control each Shine.... In the meantime, they can connect to your Shines remotely and adjust it, but that involves setting up a time for a zoom call. If you have time for that, then you also have time to remove and re-add a Shine on your own to see if that helps the problem. That is what I have done and gotten pretty good results.

    Two MAJOR things: 1) Use an old cube phone charger to charge the battery. Even though it is a type C connection, the batteries can't seem to handle the more powerful quick chargers. I killed a battery with one (replaced by Shine). 2) DO NOT GET THE SHINE WET! if water gets into the battery compartment, the contact points are not waterproof. Water will drip through it and short out the battery. Ask me how I know..... (replaced by shine)

    Two less major things: 1) Don't drop a Shine. I dropped one. It landed on a rug and it looked perfect. Nothing rattling inside. Seemed to be fine. It wasn't. It developed a leak internally where the electrolysis gadget's wires connect through the housing. Water leaked down and filled the housing enough that it leaked through the battery contacts into the battery resulting in #2 above. Shine folks said they have had a few with leaks like that caused in manufacturing so they replaced it. I attribute it to the drop. They sent a new one anyway. 2) Read all about the Shine holder accessories before you buy one. The ones that hang on the side of the tank are not strong enough to hold up a full Shine and it hangs lopsided. They also don't work well on fancy shaped tanks that are not "flat" sided.

    Having said all that, they do seem to work. After lots of removing and re-adding, ours are working pretty well and at the appropriate times. The hard water and rust stain on our ancient toilet (original bathroom from 1980) seems to be diminishing after just a few weeks. There is a very light "bleach" smell in the bathrooms and we like that.

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  • Kevb
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    outbackrob It's been a couple of weeks with a major holiday- what's the verdict so far? (mine arrives next week!)

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  • w.vuyk
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    I start to like it

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  • TC1
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    Originally posted by Rupp View Post
    Why didn't I think of this. A squirt gun on steroids with consumables. This is how you make money
    Well... I don't think that's the exact selling point (hopefully). One can already buy tablets that you simply drop in the water fill tank to accomplish that. The main selling point is the electrolyzed water that supposedly remove stains (like hard water/rust) as good/better than bleach, yet safer for the environment.
    https://www.forceofnatureclean.com/w...rolyzed-water/

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  • outbackrob
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    Originally posted by Rupp View Post
    Why didn't I think of this. A squirt gun on steroids with consumables. This is how you make money
    Basically, that is exactly what it is.

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  • Rupp
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    Why didn't I think of this. A squirt gun on steroids with consumables. This is how you make money

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  • outbackrob
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    Originally posted by happnatious1 View Post
    My guess is the tablets are salt (NaCL), a little electric current through it and it strips the CL (chlorine) off and squirts a little bleach into the toilet. That's basically all those little blue tabs are you throw in the tank.
    It's a saline and vinegar solution. It gets mixed with water in the Smile's tank.

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  • TC1
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    Originally posted by Pete View Post
    Thanks for the clarification.
    I'm just starting to experiment with Node-Red control of Alexa and I'm not sure if this HA integration brings anything new to the table. Like most most of these public/non-official Alexa hacks, they seem to constantly break as Amazon changes things in the background since there is no official API from Amazon.

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  • Pete
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    Alexa Media Manager

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  • TC1
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    Originally posted by Pete View Post
    Here at 10 Alexa devices and mostly manage the TTS using Alexa Media Manager
    What is "Alexa Media Manager" ?

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  • Wade
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    Originally posted by ewkearns View Post

    I wonder if she knows the Alexa team is "listening back?"
    Yes, she is aware. It's not the only Alexa in our house, and the bathroom isn't used for private discussions any more than any other room. As for other sounds they may hear, well, so be it...

    Originally posted by TC1 View Post

    Easy enough way around that. Use one of the Node-Red Alexa integrations with Homeseer. Mute the mic locally on the Echo. In order to get your news briefing (or any Alexa routine) to run simply create an HS event that is triggered by your dimmer/scene controller in the bathroom. Two taps up on the scene controller can trigger a news briefing on the Echo.
    Should also be able to do this with jon00's voicemonkey plugin, too.

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  • Pete
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    Bathrooms still utilize touch screen tables running Linux / Squeezeplayer (locally or remotely). Phones are off when at home.

    Here at 10 Alexa devices and mostly manage the TTS using Alexa Media Manager and make video calls to my kids / grandchildren.

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