Make it, Break it, Fix it

confessions of a backyard inventor

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Electrical

All projects involving any kind of electronics/electrical

TSRD (Temperature Sensor Relay Device)

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

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.

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

Vege Patch Upgrade

Terracing our vegetable patch in time for Spring.

Shed

Replaced a retaining wall and built a shed.

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 →

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 →

Clothes dryer installation in the laundry, including exhaust vent

Too many strings of wet days meant washing couldn’t be done when needed. So, I finally caved and bought a clothes dryer. It’s not used too often, but when it is used it’s saves time and heartache; ultimately a darn good… Continue Reading →

Car side mirror replacement

I broke my left side mirror (oops!) and needed to have it replaced. Buying from manufacturer costs 3 times the amount for one mirror. Instead, I ordered a set (left and right) online with the added ability of a motorized… Continue Reading →

Installing more double-baton fluorescent lights

I had a gift voucher the local hardware store, so I decided to buy two double-baton fluorescent lights and install them near the business end of my workshop. I tapped in to the existing lights to grab power and I… Continue Reading →

Fix motorbike blinker cluster

My brother bought a motorbike recently. The bike was in good condition, but the blinker cluster was broken — It wasn’t able to ‘click’ properly to the left and sometimes it would not engage the indicator lights at all. My… Continue Reading →

Running electricity for fairy lights underground

A couple of years ago when I turfed the back yard, I had dug a trench and installed two separate conduits running from under the house to the veggie patch. One of the conduits was to run power through it…. Continue Reading →

Installing mains power cable for air-con in garage

Yes. The garage gets very hot and I like my controlled climate. So I am having air-conditioning installed in my man-cave. The person installing the air-con is a friend of my father-in-law and we offered to run the cable from… Continue Reading →

Cut-off saw sliding and floating shelf

I was given a cut-off saw as a gift. The saw is very, very handy. But I have no where in the garage to put it! Because I dont use it as frequently as my other tools and most of… Continue Reading →

Installing marine audio deck in to boat

My existing Kenwood deck is no longer working. This is the second Kenwood deck i’ve installed that has failed in 2 years. Each time it fails not long after the warranty period ends! So no more Kenwood for me. This… Continue Reading →

Power Generator – Part 2

Part 2 of my power generator project. Looks like this is going to be a multi-part project as it is taking longer than I thought. I am currently up to the stage of building the covering/casing for the generator. I… Continue Reading →

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