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Surface mount spacers

Well well well… The Sonoff TX switches where doing what they should do but another issue cropped up.
As i said in my last post my old light switches are of the surface mount kind. The wall socket or whatever it’s called was not the right size for the new screwholes.

Adding Sonoff TX/T1 EU Wallswitches to ESPHome

For a while now if been annoyed with the old 1970’s surface mounted wall switches in my home. I mean they work but stylistically I didn’t like them much and I really wanted something more flush with the wall. After looking at some options I decided to go for the Sonoff TX series switches. They contain an ESP8266 which I am now a little more familiar with and should be easy to add to my growing Home Assistant setup and I really like the glass front. So I ordered a couple.

Always on IRC [Updated]

After visiting 5 times earlier and thinking This place is so cool, look at all these nerds! I became a participant @revspace in The Hague last January. They have a IRC channel on Freenode #revspace and though to myself, wow… IRC, I haven’t used that since playing counter-strike 1.4 with my friends and being on […]

Snippet: OpenTherm Gateway for Home Assistant

Adding the OpenTherm Gateway to Home Assistant These are the steps I took to add my own opentherm gateway to home assistant. May this example help you add yours. Assumptions: You have a working home assistant installation, you have a working MQTT broker on the same machine or enabled the embedded MQTT broker (which is […]

HomeHub: moving to Home Assistant

We left the HomeHub story running heimcontrol.js with home made plug-ins for the opentherm gateway and RFXcom. I say running but it was crashing all the time. Months passed without running anything, I couldn’t be bothered resetting the node.js application every time it decided to quit on me. Frustrated and disappointed the whole thing was pushed on the I’ll get to it when I feel like it track. In this case it took about a year to do anything else.

Modifying frostmourne

Light it up Since getting my epic weapons replica Frostmourne, a sword from a small indie video game called World of Warcraft, I’ve been slightly annoyed by how little the Ice Shard base lights up. I decided then, some better lighting would spice things up a bit. A trip to IKEA and some double sided […]

So…

Obviously trying to update this blog with completed long posts about projects isn’t working for me. So I’m going to try just posting small snippets of things I’m working on as i am working on them. But no promises 😉

HomeHub: History part 2

Continuing with pi’s So, I was waiting on the arrival of two Raspberry Pi’s. One for XBMC and one for my Home Automation efforts. By now there was a better guide for installing Domotiga on Raspberry so I used that to get started on the new system. It wasn’t as easy as I had hoped for […]

HomeHub: History part 1

The beginning Ever since moving into my first very own home I’ve been wanting to start working with home automation. I didn’t want to buy a off-the-shelf system (where’s the fun in that?)  and googled around a bit for possible setups. The first piece of software I came across was Domotiga, which seemed to support […]

Catching up

So… here we are again. A new blog and a renewed vow to update more often. Before the reset there was some stuff here about my attempts at programming, thoughts about stuff i’ve seen or heard about tech and gaming related news and life in general.