Super Typhoon 11 (2019) AKA “Krosa” claims another sensor.

There is much more serious news with regards to typhoons. This isn’t to belittle the importance of actual news, obviously. Ugh…Typhoons. In 2018 my wireless ipcam died. It was replaced by a whole NVR system for the outdoors. (Which has been a non iot post in draft mode for a year now) Countless dht22s and now the latest victim, my new BME280 which was outside … Continue reading Super Typhoon 11 (2019) AKA “Krosa” claims another sensor.

Wayyyy too hot and humid but the BME280 troops on.

Last year I’ve had to replace the DHT-22 outdoor sensor several times during the peak and constant high humidity levels and the rainy season. I had discovered the BME280 sensor and read many good reviews. Wemos D1 Mini and BME280 Temperature, Humidity and Pressure Sensor Compare different i2c temperature and humidity sensors (SHT2x, SHT3x, SHT85, ..) Mentioned previously part1 part2 part3 I recently converted my … Continue reading Wayyyy too hot and humid but the BME280 troops on.

Battery backup for Home Assistant? Overkill? I used to think so.

In Japan power outages are rather rare. Sure there might be one with a storm or typhoon but that’s a maybe. Recently on a calm autumn day the power went out without apparent reason. (No act of god) Luckily I had my raspberry Pi and thus HA, on backup power. Some might say this is overkill. I prefer to think of it as insurance. Besides, … Continue reading Battery backup for Home Assistant? Overkill? I used to think so.

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

NRF24L01+ Tiniest delivery yet (part 1)

NRF24L01+ Tiniest delivery yet (part 1)

It’s the tiniest and oddly enough I think it took the longest to arrive. Ooh another antennae. hmm this digital crop isn’t the best Nothing to see here. Only flux residue I think. This is my little translator from WIFI mqtt to whatever proprietary format the milight uses. The purchase was an idea I picked up on his page. https://github.com/sidoh/esp8266_milight_hub I bought a milight a … Continue reading NRF24L01+ Tiniest delivery yet (part 1)

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

Japanese wiring isn’t automation friendly.

Picture of wires from blog In my old leaning house I have one live wire going to the light switch. nothing else is in the switch box. Now I thought that this would be because of the old leaning house that I’m in. However upon asking around it would seem as thought this is common in new constructions as well. This image goes to doesn’t … Continue reading Japanese wiring isn’t automation friendly.