||[Jun. 27th, 2002|02:20 am]
I can't sleep... I've been thinking of making my own thermostat. The one in this house is el cheapo: a couple wires & a vacuum tube with some mercury. (I opened it up)|
In particular, it lacks functionality to turn itself off at night, to set turn on/off temperatures, etc.
Plus, I wanted one that would accomodate my laziness and back off (let house get warmer or colder) a bit when I'm not around. And then I thought: a good heuristic if I'm around is if I'm using my computer.
And the interface to the heat/AC system is trivial: a couple wires you cross and it goes.
So, I set out to start researching thermostats and found that somebody has already done this (of course) except they took it ten levels above where I'd go:
How absolutely hard-core is that?
Now I want to build my own more than ever. :) But *sigh* ... I have enough projects. Maybe I'll just cave and buy one at a store.
P.S. This is also rad.
i told you. whack it, and try again.
That's it Brad. We're not letting you near the Microwave now!
LOL I am also worried about what he might do with a blender...:) PLEASE tell me he doesn't have a Cuisinart!! hehe
2002-06-27 10:16 am (UTC)
If you build this, I would like one too :)
That and I have been wanting to put temperature probes throughout the house and somehow monitor them via the computer.
He he that spaghetti scenario on that link is hilarious! ahhh the horrors of automatic everything.
God damn i dont know how I stumbled on this journal.
But I think your great because you lice in beaverton.
I used to live in oregon city. God I loved it there.
Now I live in slc.
good god I must move.
2002-06-27 02:39 pm (UTC)
the X10 stuff is great, I own a few pieces (and the original big bulky X10 color kit with no sound) is a wonder to have. lots of homebrew projects people have worked on to make it do all sorts of things. throw in motion detectors.. hm. if it dosen't detect motion for X amount of time, adjust temperature, etc..
You haven't had any problems with the X10 stuff, especially recent? No voltage problems, crappiness, etc? Was just curious; I've heard mixed things.
hey crazy, congrats on the move IN, try to get some sleep now.
2002-06-27 06:00 pm (UTC)
You have serious problems. Who the hell actually thinks about building their own thermostat?
Yes, I know. Brad.