Random projects and posts

Blog post for Home Solar PV Panels Upgrade Finished

Home Solar PV Panels Upgrade Finished

Our new 1.6kW solar array has now been fitted and is working much better than we expected

Blog post for Home Assistant remote ESP32 ePaper Display

Home Assistant remote ESP32 ePaper Display

Making a remote display using an ESP32 eInk ePaper module to show data from our Home Assistant system

Blog post for Solar Upgrade Solis 1.5kW inverter and Raspberry Pi RS485 Logging

Solar Upgrade Solis 1.5kW inverter and Raspberry Pi RS485 Logging

A new solar PV inverter installled with Raspberry Pi RS485 data logging

Blog post for Yaesu FP-1030A Power Supply Repair

Yaesu FP-1030A Power Supply Repair

Fault finding and repairing a Ham Radio Yaesu FP-1030A Power Supply which had a hidden manufacturing defect on the PCB

Blog post for Solar Panel Supplier Zero Home Bills Scammed me out of 640

Solar Panel Supplier Zero Home Bills Scammed me out of £640

I fell for an online scam from a fake online store for solar panels and lost a lot of money

Blog post for Failed TP-Link Kasa Smart KP115 WiFi Plug with energy monitoring relay replacement

Failed TP-Link Kasa Smart KP115 WiFi Plug with energy monitoring relay replacement

Repairing a Failed TP-Link Kasa Smart KP115 WiFi Plug which has a dead relay

Blog post for Home Assistant Setup in 2022

Home Assistant Setup in 2022

This post details our journey with Home Assistant since we first tried the software in 2016 and various upgrades with our hardware sensors and software to automate some of our home.

Blog post for Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W external antenna mod

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W external antenna mod

Modifying a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W to add an external antenna with a U.FL RF connector

Blog post for Amazon Echo Show 5 2nd Gen Smart Display Teardown

Amazon Echo Show 5 2nd Gen Smart Display Teardown

Tearing down an Amazon Echo Show 5, 2021 2nd generation smart speaker and display

Blog post for Saving power on the home network

Saving power on the home network

As part of our ongoing quest to reduce our energy usage and carbon footprint we have installed a compressive home energy logging system which uses various sensors to monitor our energy consumption, generation and environment data which are collated in Home Assistant and also on our home data logger

Blog post for Adding a Zigbee Smart Thermostatic radiator valve to Home Assistant

Adding a Zigbee Smart Thermostatic radiator valve to Home Assistant

Controlling our loft radiator with a Zigbee controlled thermostatic radiator valve and Home Assistant

Blog post for Adding Gas Meter Energy logging to Home Assistant

Adding Gas Meter Energy logging to Home Assistant

Adding new MQTT sensors to Home Assistant to log Gas meter usage data

Blog post for Shelly EM Power Logging with Home Assistant

Shelly EM Power Logging with Home Assistant

Adding Shelly EM power monitoring in the loft with Home Assistant

Blog post for Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Adding remote Wi-Fi data access to our Mastervolt Soladin 600 solar PV inverter using an Espressif ESP32-WROOM-32UE module

Blog post for Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Audio notifications for when the washing machine needs to be emptied via Home Assistant and Sonos speakers