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  1. 2 projects that should hopefully be finishing up this long weekend.. 1) Took a regular coat closet off entry of the garage and turned it into mudroom lockers. Opened up the closet to the ceiling and made wood locker built ins and bench with bottom opening for kids to kick shoes under and out of sight. 2) Expanded a walk in closet for the lady an extra 2 feet recently. Going to build a built in shelving system that is 8+ ft high to display 50 pairs of high heels and 40 pairs of boots. Yes, she can fill it easily.
  2. I see there's now an Ecobee 4 that just came out in the past couple of weeks. Looks like the only difference from the E3 is that the E4 now has Alexa/Amazon Echo built into it (so it acts as your Echo hub and no need to purchase a standalone separate Echo)...has a microphone and speakers built into it. Also read that by the end of the year instead of those separate room sensors that sit on a shelf, counter, etc. they will have light switches you can install that will then ultimately act as the chosen room sensors. Pretty cool. I'm still torn on the Echo/Alexa built into the thermostat idea with kids around...don't want them catching on and constantly telling it to heat up/down every time they pass by it. Or the idea of them running over to the thermostat and asking it to tell it a joke or what the score of the game was last night. The rational part of me just wants the kids (and ultimately the wife) to just stay away from the thermostat....not drawing them to it to eff around with it all the time.
  3. From FAQ on site.. -- How long does the wireless remote sensor battery last? The wireless remote sensors use a coin cell battery (CR2032) battery that will last up to 4 years on average.
  4. The sensors accomplish a couple of things.. 1) instead of just regulating the temperature in the room that the thermostat is placed, it reads the temperature in all of the rooms that the sensors are in. If all rooms with sensors are occupied, than it will average out the temperature of all. If there's only people in one of the rooms with a sensor than it will read that one room's temperature and make sure it's at the desired temp. With regular thermostats they just read the temp in the room they are installed if that room is darker and cooler than say the upstairs bedroom full of sunlight...than that upstairs bedroom is getting jipped with cool A/C becuase the thermostat thinks the whole house is already as cool as the room it's installed in. 2) The program on the Ecobee 3 allows a "home" and "away" settings. The sensors in the heavy traffic'd rooms allows that setting to kick now knows if you're home and will regulate temps accordingly based on movements in the space rather than an archaic "set to cool down at 4:30pm". So, ultimately more immediate and non-manual temp comfort and also $$$ savings by heat or AC not being on when nobody is home.
  6. I've done some research on these types of smart thermostats and before purchasing a Nest, do yourself a favor and look into the Echobee 3. Does all the same stuff as the Nest, but has a cool feature where you can purchase additional sensors that you place in different rooms of your house and it monitors the temperature of the whole house to keep it regulated..... not just the temperature of the room where the thermostat is located (like all other thermostats do). With those sensors the thermostat can read when people are in and out of those rooms and heat up or cool down as needed when people are actually in them. The base thermostat comes with one extra sensor, but you can purchase up to 32 sensors to put all over the house if one wanted. I have the thermostat and 3 sensors personally, so can read 4 total different temperature points throughout the important rooms of the house (living room & kitchen downstairs and 2 of the opposite corner bedrooms being the master BR)
  7. Wine fridge will do.
  8. They're not out of :style: just played out and overdone at this point. Stay ahead of the game.
  9. Perfect for sailing.
  10. Bump for morning crowd on my last post above...
  11. Installing a new dimmer 3 way switch. The new dimmer has a green ground wire coming from it but the junction box and old wiring doesn't have a ground in it to attach to. Theres no metal screw in box to attach green ground wire too either. Box is plastic. What do I do with this green wire coming from new dimmer switch? Light is all wired up otherwise and works perfectly. ETA: there is some copper wiring bunched up in the back of the box....can I attach ground to that or no?
  12. Great thanks! Yep, we're all good with just using regular wireless so gonna just make these eyesores disappear.
  13. Got it. My wiring to all these jacks looks exactly like the below pic...I'm assuming that's cat3 only and basically useless these days? My thought at this time is to just put electrical tape on the ends of the wires, push into the wall and then get those thin metal mesh drywall repair screens and mud over them with drywall compound (and then sand smooth and paint to blend with wall). Is that all OK to do?
  14. Can you educate me a bit on the cat5 and cat6 topic.... - how could I determine if the phone line is cat5 or not? - what would be the value of having cat5 or cat6 wiring throughout the house?
  15. Moved into new house about a month ago and chipping away at misc. projects. This place has about 3 phone jacks in almost every single room of the house! We will NEVER have a home phone with cell phones and these things are eyesores. I'd like to just get rid of them and drywall the outlet squares up....any issues or pitfalls to consider with this? OK to just put electrical tape on the end of these phone wires and bury in the wall or should something more be done?