Refrigerator troubles in Japan. (SANYO Aqua AQR-261b)

  Break down: New Years Holiday my SANYO Aqua AQR-261b decided to stop cooling. What better timing… On the bright side, the leaning house seems to seek and find equilibrium with outside temperature rather quickly. Which means in 0c weather it’s pretty close to 0c indoors (3-4c) and so the food doesn’t go bad right away. As the temp indoors is cold. I only noticed … Continue reading Refrigerator troubles in Japan. (SANYO Aqua AQR-261b)

A PC’s life, upgrades and RE-PURPOSING. Part 2 of 2

The monitor re-purposing (the original computer, part 1 here) It wasn’t the best deal but it was simple and took a week shipping which is fast from aliexpress, after much trial and error I’ve come to realize that aliexpress is not about the price but service. The seller was super responsive and helpful to boot. I asked for a type A or B plug and … Continue reading A PC’s life, upgrades and RE-PURPOSING. Part 2 of 2

Spray cleaning brick-wall fence

As mentioned before I bought a pressure washer. But what I didn’t expect is the anti-mould bathroom spray to be so effective on the brick. As this is a rental house I shouldn’t even be doing this but I’d rather clean what I can instead of waiting for the not-so-quick to respond owner to do anything about it. Black with decades of disgusting dirty rain … Continue reading Spray cleaning brick-wall fence

Swapping out the circular fluorescent lights with “circular” LEDs 2018 (update 2019)

Another mystery package arrived recently. When I have so many things on the way it’s always tough to guess what it could be given the haphazard nature of the packaging. This package is not much different, it’s pretty poorly packaged. Thin and light. And unsurprisingly also arrived in a  damaged box. As the titles gives it away.  Voila it’s the LED ring. I bought this … Continue reading Swapping out the circular fluorescent lights with “circular” LEDs 2018 (update 2019)

Home power monitoring with PZEM-004 & home assistant for under 30$! Part 2

The physical setup. Once again this is working in proximity to MAINS power. If you’re not comfortable STOP NOW and get professional help. As much as I didn’t want to split this into two pieces it’s becoming far too big for one post. See part 1 The physical setup that I did is as follows SETUP: SHUT OFF THE MAIN BREAKER to the house. Attach … Continue reading Home power monitoring with PZEM-004 & home assistant for under 30$! Part 2

Some (re)assembly required. AliExpress damaged packaging & “broken” contents.

AliExpress… Great asset, good selection, good prices. What’s the downside? Unless you’re into fixing new products sometimes the downside is that your product arrives with damage. More often than not the product itself will be damage free but the packaging will have gone through a heavy beating. Many people would say this is the mail service’s fault and I would agree in part. However which … Continue reading Some (re)assembly required. AliExpress damaged packaging & “broken” contents.

IP67? Lies? (iPhone 7plus)

My iPhone 7 plus had a little accident. A standard clarification Protected from immersion in water with a depth of up to 1 meter (or 3.3 feet) for up to 30 mins https://www.trustedreviews.com/opinion/what-is-ip68-ip-ratings-explained-2947135 I had no choice but to run into the shallow river at a moments notice. I didn’t have time to remove my phone from my pocket (nor wallet or watch). I was … Continue reading IP67? Lies? (iPhone 7plus)