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TSRD (Temperature Sensor Relay Device)

A device used in a small server cabinet to power a cooling fan when the temperature gets too hot.

Re-jet Evinrude 115hp carburetors (1978 2-stroke 115893c engine)

Changing the jets in the carbys for my Evinrude (same as Johnson) 2-stroke 115hp 115893c engine.

[Tech] Control your garage door from your phone

DIY Home Automation: Coopener – Source code and IoT functionality

IoT functionality completed. Coopener is now centrally controlled and accessible by web.

Home theatre and network installation

Home theatre and computer network installation.

DIY Home Automation: Coopener – Hardware and OS installation

Raspberry Pi to Arduino communication using Python and serial comms.

DIY Home Automation: Coopener – Testing and retrofitting

Building a framework for Home Automation devices, starting with the worlds first IoT chicken coop.

Smart Home / Home Automation

The Smart Home project has begun…

Thermistor and PWM speed controller

Build your own temperature sensor and fan speed controller.

Haptic compass band, revisited

Ever wanted to have a 6th sense?

Hacking a Riverbed Steelhead CX755

Install *nix on your Riverbed x55

Chicken Enclosure

A coop and enclosure for the newest addition to our family.

Fence Extension for Privacy

Extended existing fence for privacy.

Vege Patch Upgrade

Terracing our vegetable patch in time for Spring.

Shed

Replaced a retaining wall and built a shed.

Banana Planter Box

A new home for my banana tree.

Evinrude 115hp impeller replacement (1978 engine, 115893c)

Disclaimer: These instructions likely cover many different models other than the one I have. I don’t know which models these are, so if you don’t have the same engine as mine then be sure to check on it. Having said the above,… Continue Reading →

Coming Soon! GRABBER – Tool to pull, sanitise and present data on Real Estate so you can make the right choice when buying!

This post is a placeholder for what is yet to come. Firstly, sorry for taking so long to add to this blog! It has been quite some time. I have built many projects in this time, but haven’t updated them… Continue Reading →

Virgin Active gym class automatic booking script

Everyone loves going to the gym (well, maybe not everyone), but we hate it when all the good classes are always booked out! Argh! Well, not anymore!

Complete Media System – PART 3 [Linux to Arduino comms]

The final steps to completing your project.

Complete Media System – PART 2 [Hardware and OS]

Want to build your own completely flexible and customisable, yet small and energy efficient home Media System? This is not a simple media server or NAS (Network Attached Storage), although it does that too. It is everything your run-of-the mill… Continue Reading →

Complete Media System that fits in the palm of your hand – PART 1

I already have existing servers, but I figured it would be best to build an entire Media System which stands alone and try to make it as small, efficient and automated as possible. This way, the system can be replicated… Continue Reading →

SleepTrack – Sleep Apnea measuring and prevention machine

UPDATE: 25/2/2014 – Fritzing file is now available for Breadboard, Schematic, and PCB views. Above image is a screen grab of the Breadboard view in Fritzing. This is v1 hardware and will work on all v1.x versions of code (see… Continue Reading →

DIY Coolsculptor Freezes Fat with Cryolipolysis

My second appearance on Hack a Day! Thanks @HaD! 🙂

Coolsculptor/FrankenSculptor – PART 4

This is part 4 of a four part project. Click here for Part 1 Click here for Part 2 Click here for Part 3 This part concentrates solely on the controller and cleaning up the prototype wiring to increase the ease of use… Continue Reading →

Coolsculptor/FrankenSculptor – PART 3

This is part 3 of a four part project. Click here for Part 1 Click here for Part 2 Click here for Part 4 (DISCLAIMER: Use the information below at your own risk. I am not a doctor nor do I know… Continue Reading →

Coolsculptor/FrankenSculptor – PART 2

This is part 2 of a four part project. Click here for Part 1 Click here for Part 3 Click here for Part 4 At this point the device is nearly ready for a test run. Temperature sensors were installed in each plate to… Continue Reading →

Coolsculptor (Cryolipolysis) codename: FrankenSculptor – PART 1 [DIY Coolsculpting machine]

This is part 1 of a four part project. Click here for Part 2 Click here for Part 3 Click here for Part 4 I’ve been working on building my own Coolsculpting device as Zeltiq are offering.It is a machine which reduces… Continue Reading →

Building additional shelves for shoe cupboard and installing LED illumination

Space in our house is getting a little tight and my show cupboard is already full. So I decided to make a few additional shelves to hold more shoes. Also, the light in the cupboard is minimal due to the… Continue Reading →

Fire pit

One fine day we decided to go to a junk yard and pick up some odds-n-ends and build a fire pit. We found what looks to be clothes racks. The good thing was the base was made of stainless steel…. Continue Reading →

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