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  • Steve Q
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    Here is a different approach to monitor your Fridg or Freezer:

    http://board.homeseer.com/showthread...399#post864399

    Steve Q

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  • mstrickland
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    Frige alarm

    Sorry for the slow reply.

    The sensor on the freezer is just a DSB04100-ZWUS Aeon Labs Z-Wave Door/Window Sensor but a bit customized.

    I found that it would not repeat exactly on the same door position so I ended up with a different plain old magnetic door/window sensor that would close a contact. The one I bought seemed to be more accurate than the permanent magnet with the Aeon switch. I created an electro magnet that is powered by an old small plug in wall transformer that is triggered by the magnetic switch. The electro magnet is used in place of the permanent magnet and triggers the Z-Wave just as if the permanent magnet got closer or moved away. When the door is closed the electromagnet is off so it won't get hot. That makes the sense of the Z-Wave switch logically backward but it really did not matter.

    At first I tried to make something mechanical with a lever that "amplified" the movement of the last 1/2 inch of door closure. I was going to mount the permanent magnet on the lever and have it trip the Z-Wave sensor. I think that would have worked but I just did not have the machine tools to create something rigid enough to be reliable.

    I saves a "thaw" about once a month now. Like reidfo and the door bell (below) my coworkers think it is odd when my phone goes off and I tell them I have to call home to tell my wife to close the freezer door.

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  • reidfo
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    I use Prowl for all kinds of notifications, but initially installed it to notify me when the doorbell rings. Depending on where I am in the house I may not hear the bell. My coworkers think it's cool too that I hear my doorbell ring 1000 miles away when I'm traveling.

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  • mark_anderson_us
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    Originally posted by mstrickland View Post
    I have a refrigerator and the freezer door sometimes does not shut completely. The gasket rubs and leaves about a 1/4 - 1/2 gap. If it sits that way the compressor tries to compensate for the loss of cool and it ends up shutting down until the next auto defrost cycle that could be as much as 12 hours. (Known Samsung issue.)

    After several "thaws" and lost food I put a modified magnetic sensor on the freezer door. If it stays open more than 4 minutes Homeseer it sends an alert to my iPhone via an app called Prowl. I have been known to call my wife from work and tell her the freezer is not shut.

    Prowl on the iPhone is activated via push services and it will receive the notification within 8 seconds of the event sensed by Homeseer even when on a cellular connection. Prowl can respond with a variety of alerts from vibrate to "scream" based on the code sent. I have some things that just vibrate with no noise and others that "scream" for up to one minute until I respond.

    This sounds cool. How is the connection made between the sensor and HS

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  • mstrickland
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    Refrigerator Door Alarm

    I have a refrigerator and the freezer door sometimes does not shut completely. The gasket rubs and leaves about a 1/4 - 1/2 gap. If it sits that way the compressor tries to compensate for the loss of cool and it ends up shutting down until the next auto defrost cycle that could be as much as 12 hours. (Known Samsung issue.)

    After several "thaws" and lost food I put a modified magnetic sensor on the freezer door. If it stays open more than 4 minutes Homeseer it sends an alert to my iPhone via an app called Prowl. I have been known to call my wife from work and tell her the freezer is not shut.

    Prowl on the iPhone is activated via push services and it will receive the notification within 8 seconds of the event sensed by Homeseer even when on a cellular connection. Prowl can respond with a variety of alerts from vibrate to "scream" based on the code sent. I have some things that just vibrate with no noise and others that "scream" for up to one minute until I respond.

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  • bpm32
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    Originally posted by drozwood90 View Post
    Is there a guide, or walkthrough on how to do something like this?

    My stumbling block is, I do not know HOW to make the video for a how-To. That's why all of my how-tos were text posts.

    --Dan
    Not affiliated in any way - Jing can be a great free tool for focused videos. You are limited to five minute videos. I used to use this a lot for training videos for our staff.

    Brian

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  • mminehan
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    Trash / Rubbish Bin Reminder

    This may have been mentioned before. I use HS to remind me when the trash (rubbish in New Zealand) needs to be taken out.

    An infrared beam is used to detect if the bins are in. On Tuesday evening if the bins are still in HS reminds me it's rubbish day tomorrow. If I arm the alarm on Wednesday morning and the bins are still in it reminds me again.

    I have the a few IR beams (drive way, trach cans) connected via WebControl modules. These are fantastic, cheap, responsive and reliable GPIO devices that interface extremely well via mcsXap.

    Marty

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  • drozwood90
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    Originally posted by macromark View Post
    I went through this thread and cherry-picked some of the cooler entries. I've listed them in bullet points in the first post of the thread. FYI

    BTW, keep adding more of these as you think of them... I will update periodically.

    ALSO, if anyone would like to product a "How-To" or instructional video for any of these, we would be happy to host it in our YouTube channel or here in the How-To section of the board.
    Is there a guide, or walkthrough on how to do something like this?

    My stumbling block is, I do not know HOW to make the video for a how-To. That's why all of my how-tos were text posts.

    --Dan

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  • Olbrit
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    Originally posted by sharrisct25 View Post
    Got all my guidance from this thread. http://board.homeseer.com/showthread.php?t=154609

    I am using the simplehome IO device and plug-in sends voltage to a relay and then to the the actuator (Intermatic) that redirects water up through the solar panels. I currently use a insteon based sensor to detect light on the roof but I am trading that out to the new zwave one that I hope will be better and more reliable. The pump itself, the lights, and salt system are all on regular insteon switches so that is simple.

    You can see that the thread has alot more detail from somebody that has done much more work with this than I.

    I can tell you 1 thing and that is be carefull if you are buying the ezio. Not all of the ones out there come with the required PLM so you may think you found a deal and then end up returning. I feel into that trap.
    Great, thanks, this will hugely help with my research and planning!
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  • macromark
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    I went through this thread and cherry-picked some of the cooler entries. I've listed them in bullet points in the first post of the thread. FYI

    BTW, keep adding more of these as you think of them... I will update periodically.

    ALSO, if anyone would like to product a "How-To" or instructional video for any of these, we would be happy to host it in our YouTube channel or here in the How-To section of the board.

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  • sharrisct25
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    Can not take the credit

    Got all my guidance from this thread. http://board.homeseer.com/showthread.php?t=154609

    I am using the simplehome IO device and plug-in sends voltage to a relay and then to the the actuator (Intermatic) that redirects water up through the solar panels. I currently use a insteon based sensor to detect light on the roof but I am trading that out to the new zwave one that I hope will be better and more reliable. The pump itself, the lights, and salt system are all on regular insteon switches so that is simple.

    You can see that the thread has alot more detail from somebody that has done much more work with this than I.

    I can tell you 1 thing and that is be carefull if you are buying the ezio. Not all of the ones out there come with the required PLM so you may think you found a deal and then end up returning. I feel into that trap.

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  • Olbrit
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    Originally posted by sharrisct25 View Post
    Controls my pool. I already have the lights, pool pump and salt generator all hooked up. I just got the valve actuator for my solar heaters hooked up to turn on when the sun hits them and off when it sets. This is very handy since they act like a radiator thus loose alot of heat if they run without sunlight.
    Really impressive! Would you mind please sharing what valve actuators you used for your solar heaters and how you controlled them, as this is a project I have in mind myself. Thanks!

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  • sharrisct25
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    Enable my OCD

    So first there is the HVAC. HS manages the thermostats and corrects adjustments people that do not pay the bills might make. Additionally it will compensate for high humidity turning the AC down a bit and if the temprature outside is more than 10 degrees colder than the house it will turn the AC off and fire up a house fan that is alot cheaper to run.

    Polices some assorted devices that others always leave on. Computers (thank you Jon00), xBox and the TV attached, vanity lights.

    Controls my pool. I already have the lights, pool pump and salt generator all hooked up. I just got the valve actuator for my solar heaters hooked up to turn on when the sun hits them and off when it sets. This is very handy since they act like a radiator thus loose alot of heat if they run without sunlight. After that I will also be automating my waterfall valve to turn up on the weekend and down during the week since I loose more water when it is on full.

    Is multi-lingual. This I litterally just finished after alot of hair pulling. By using MS translator I have made it so annoucements and reminders can be made in different languages. Since multiple people in my family only speak spanish and our cleaning lady speaks mostly polish this will be very helpful. Once I get my occupancy sensors down pat (again props to Jon00) I will actually be able to determin what languages I need to use at any specific time in any specific zone.

    Not bad for purchasing it about 6 months ago, HS rocks!

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  • stevea
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    Originally posted by Rotech View Post
    Is this in XP?
    Actually, Robocopy is available for download from Microsoft for XP. I was using it in my backups on my XP-based HS machine before Win7 even came out. I think it is already built-in for Win7, so you don't have to download it.
    Originally posted by mark_anderson_us View Post
    Not sure what HS adds to this. Can't you do all that with regular Windows scheduler, or is there a whoel piece of HS functionality I know nothing about :-)
    My guess is that I could do most of what I do without HS, but I think it is easier with HS. I use some HS scripts and INI files, and allow the INI files to be checked and updated as to what needs to be saved and where to save it each run. It's probably a sign of how long I've been using HS, but such a thing for me is simply way easier to do with HS.

    Steve

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  • rmasonjr
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    Originally posted by mark_anderson_us View Post
    Not sure what HS adds to this. Can't you do all that with regular Windows scheduler, or is there a whoel piece of HS functionality I know nothing about :-)
    Not sure about steve, but I use robocopy to archive my IP camera videos (from BlueIris), then I update HomeSeer with the number of videos for the day and a total. I also maintain a virtual device for each camera that tracks the most recent video. Any camera that hasnt updated in 4 hours shows as yellow on my touchscreen. Any camera that hasnt update in 8 hours shows as red.

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