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Blog post for Nest Thermostat to Home Assistant via 1-Wire Arduino and MQTT

Nest Thermostat to Home Assistant via 1-Wire, Arduino and MQTT

Connecting our Nest Thermostat 3rd Gen to Home Assistant via 1-wire and an Arduino Uno to capture the 1-wire sensor data

Blog post for USB Programming Cable for Tait TM8110 PMR Radios

USB Programming Cable for Tait TM8110 PMR Radios

Making a USB Programming Cable for Tait TM8000 series PMR Radios to use as Ham Radio repeaters

Blog post for myenergi eddi solar power diverter installation with WiFi

myenergi eddi solar power diverter installation with WiFi

We got the new eddi V2.1 from myenergi with built in WiFi and ethernet to add to our home solar system and Home Assistant

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

Blog post for Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Modifying a Sonoff POWR2 Smart Switch with energy monitoring to reduce its power consumption when being used to monitor a devices energy usage

Blog post for OBS Microscope Wi-Fi Remote Control

OBS Microscope Wi-Fi Remote Control

Creating a wireless remote control to swtch between video capture scenes in OBS Studio to select between our Microscope and other cameras or desktop capture using a Wi-Fi Remote Control

Blog post for Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

We have added several new Zigbee sensors to our smart home system which runs Home Assistant and the sensors talk to the home Linux server using Zigbee2mqtt

Blog post for Scam emails from a certified photographer

Scam emails from a "certified photographer"

Yet more scammers using emails claiming to be from a certified photographer who say your website has copyrighted images hosted

Blog post for Apple iPad Air 2 vs Android Nexus tablet teardowns

Apple iPad Air 2 vs Android Nexus tablet teardowns

Teardown time with some old tablets which no longer work or charge, some Apple iPad Air 2 and Android Nexus tablets

Blog post for Workshop ESD Anti-Static upgrades

Workshop ESD Anti-Static upgrades

Trying to avoid zapping electronics by adding new ESD Anti-Static matting on the bench and floor in our workshop.

Blog post for Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera on the Microscope

Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera on the Microscope

Adding a live video feed to our Brunel BMSZ trinocular stereomicroscope using a Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera module and USB interface

Blog post for ESP8266 Wifi RGB LED Controller

ESP8266 Wifi RGB LED Controller

Adding RGB to all the things in the loft workshop using an ESP8266 Wifi module to make a custom RGB LED Controller

Blog post for New AMD Ryzen 9 3900X PC build in Fractal Design Meshify S2 case

New AMD Ryzen 9 3900X PC build in Fractal Design Meshify S2 case

PC built time for the loft workshop with a new AMD Ryzen 9 3900X PC build in Fractal Design Meshify S2 case

Blog post for Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker Teardown

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker Teardown

Teardown time with an Amazon Echo Dot 4th generation smart speaker, find out how Alexa is listening to you

Blog post for Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker with Clock Teardown

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker with Clock Teardown

Teardown time with an Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation smart speaker with a built in LED clock on the side

Blog post for New Workshop Video Recording Setup

New Workshop Video Recording Setup

Lights, Camera, Action in the loft workshop with our new workshop video recording setup with some powerful LED lighting panels

Blog post for Workshop LED Light Panels

Workshop LED Light Panels

Building LED Light panels and brightness controllers to improve the desk lighting in our workshop for photography and video production.

Blog post for Sonos Door and Window Alerts from Home Assistant

Sonos Door and Window Alerts from Home Assistant

Using Zigbee door and window sensors to trigger alerts in Home Assistant to our tablets, phones and Sonos smart speakers.

Blog post for Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link Power Consumption Modification

Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link Power Consumption Modification

Modifying a Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link Power to reduce its power consumption when being used to monitor a devices energy usage

Blog post for Adding 10Gb Fibre to the home network

Adding 10Gb Fibre to the home network

Everyone needs some fibre in their diet and we have added more to the home network using 10Gb Fibre to connect our computers and Synology network storage devices via a MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+IN network switch

Blog post for Back Pain with Sciatica during Lockdown

Back Pain with Sciatica during Lockdown

In March I damaged my lower spine when working on our allotment resulting in a herniated disk at the base of my spine pressing into the nerves causing bad pain with sciatica during covid lockdown

Blog post for Record Vise No 1 and No 2 Restoration

Record Vise No 1 and No 2 Restoration

See how I restored a pair of old Record Vise No 1 and No 2 models from rusty to shiny

Blog post for Social Meta Tag Generator

Social Meta Tag Generator

Some code which maybe useful to someone else, a Social Meta Tag Generator for your website to generate all the different social meta tags for social media sharing

Blog post for Importing Apple Watch workouts into Garmin Connect

Importing Apple Watch workouts into Garmin Connect

Find out how you can import your Apple Watch workouts into Garmin Connect using the HealthFit app on your iPhone to iCloud

Blog post for Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K Heatsink mod

Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K Heatsink mod

Trying to make our Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K quieter with a new heatsink modification

Blog post for Phone cradle with Garmin Quarter turn mount

Phone cradle with Garmin Quarter turn mount

Making a custom mobile phone cradle with Garmin Quarter turn mount to use with the bike on the smart trainer at home

Blog post for Yaesu VX-6 New Data Cable Fix

Yaesu VX-6 New Data Cable Fix

Modifying a new eBay USB data cable for a Yaesu VX-6 radio which was sending wrong voltages to the radio and other missing parts from the circuit

Blog post for PartFinder component inventory manager

PartFinder component inventory manager

After spending far too long looking for components and parts, I wrote a component inventory manager called PartFinder and released it as open source for anyone to download and use

Blog post for Amazon Echo Flex Teardown

Amazon Echo Flex Teardown

Teardown of an Amazon Echo Flex smart plug which listens for your commands via the Alexa service and replies using a very tiny speaker

Blog post for When lightning strikes

When lightning strikes

Antennas vaporising, telephone sockets launching across the room. What happens when lightning strikes a house.

Blog post for Pioneer SX-N30 Stereo Receiver 12V Remote Output Mod

Pioneer SX-N30 Stereo Receiver 12V Remote Output Mod

Modifying a Pioneer SX-N30 Stereo Receiver to add a remote control 12 volt output

Blog post for Synology DiskStation DS411II Repair - Blue Flashing LED

Synology DiskStation DS411+II Repair - Blue Flashing LED

Fixing a blue flashing LED problem on our Synology DiskStation DS411+II NAS drive due to a bug with the Intel Atom C2538 processor

Blog post for The importance of checking your data backups

The importance of checking your data backups

Check your data backups regularly. Don't wait until you need them and find out your backup system has failed

Blog post for Sony Bravia 55XE90 KD-55XE9005 Teardown VR Damage

Sony Bravia 55XE90 KD-55XE9005 Teardown VR Damage

An an unfortunate VR accident involving my 55 inch Sony Bravia TV created a perfect opportunity for a tear-down.

Blog post for Collecting old photos of my hometown of Swanage

Collecting old photos of my hometown of Swanage

Keeping history alive by collecting old photos of my hometown of Swanage

Blog post for Amazon Echo Input Teardown

Amazon Echo Input Teardown

Teardown of the Amazon Echo Input and trying to extract the firmware

Blog post for Developing a new product to sell

Developing a new product to sell

The steps we take when designing a new product to sell

Blog post for 12V SLA Battery Testers

12V SLA Battery Testers

Creating new low profile 12V battery testers to monitor sealed lead acid batteries

Blog post for Trying to Save Power and Lower our Energy Bills

Trying to Save Power and Lower our Energy Bills

Looking at ways to reduce electricity consumption, help the environment and save some money.

Blog post for Aim-TTi TF930 3GHz Frequency Counter Internal PSU

Aim-TTi TF930 3GHz Frequency Counter Internal PSU

Adding an internal power supply to our Aim-TTi TF930 3GHz Frequency Counter

Blog post for Workshop Tool Storage Rack

Workshop Tool Storage Rack

Building a wooden storage rack for the hand tools in our workshop.

Blog post for New Brunel BMSZ trinocular stereomicroscope

New Brunel BMSZ trinocular stereomicroscope

We have a new microscope, a Brunel BMSZ trinocular stereomicroscope

Blog post for Oculus Rift broken Cable repair attempt

Oculus Rift broken Cable repair attempt

Trying and failing to repair the cable which connnects the headset to the computer for my Oculus Rift virtual reality system

Blog post for New C.I.F FT 03 Batch reflow oven

New C.I.F FT 03 Batch reflow oven

Our old reflow oven finally died so we ordered a new C.I.F FT 03 Batch reflow oven

Blog post for Echo Dot 3rd Gen Digging Deeper

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Digging Deeper

Digging deeper into the AmazonEcho Dot 3rd Generation smart speaker

Blog post for Sony MDS-JE440 Minidisc loading belt replacement

Sony MDS-JE440 Minidisc loading belt replacement

Replacing the loading belt on an old Sony MDS-JE440 Minidisc player.

Blog post for Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart speaker Teardown

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart speaker Teardown

Teardown of the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation Smart speaker

Blog post for Broadband problems with REIN interference

Broadband problems with REIN interference

Some of our electrical equipment was transmitting on random frequencies where it shouldn’t and causing problems with our broadband internet with REIN interference

Blog post for SMA 50-ohm terminator dummy loads

SMA 50-ohm terminator dummy loads

Making some tiny SMA 50-ohm terminator dummy loads

Blog post for Ford sync 3 interference white noise from speakers

Ford sync 3 interference white noise from speakers

Our Ford sync 3 system in the car has a random interference issue which makes very loud white noise from speakers

Blog post for CNC Mill new Fixed Z Axis Upgrade

CNC Mill new Fixed Z Axis Upgrade

Upgrading our CNC Mill with a new more stable Fixed Z Axis

Blog post for CNC Mill Driver and Motor Controller Upgrades

CNC Mill Driver and Motor Controller Upgrades

Upgrades to our CNC Mill with a new driver and motor controller improvements

Blog post for CIF CF02 reflow oven heater module upgrade

CIF CF02 reflow oven heater module upgrade

Replacing the old IR lamps in the CIF CF02 reflow oven with new heater modules

Blog post for Be quiet silent loop water cooler fail

Be quiet silent loop water cooler fail

Be quiet silent loop water cooler failed after only a few months

Blog post for GoPro Hero 7 Black first ride videos

GoPro Hero 7 Black first ride videos

Sample videos from the new GoPro Hero 7 Black when out on the bikes in the Isle of Purbeck

Blog post for Solar Hot Water to 1-Wire Interface

Solar Hot Water to 1-Wire Interface

Adding a 1-Wire Interface to our Solar Hot Water Controller to allow it to talk to our home server and data logger

Blog post for Bitmap to Byte array for e-ink display

Bitmap to Byte array for e-ink display

Bitmap to Byte array for e-ink display software

Blog post for Twenty Years of being Self Employed

Twenty Years of being Self Employed

Building websites, taking photos and running an e-commerce electronics shop.

Blog post for Mosquitto MQTT and Home Assistant Data Logging

Mosquitto MQTT and Home Assistant Data Logging

Using Mosquitto MQTT and Home Assistant Data to log sensor data for our home using different types of wired and wireless sensors

Blog post for Gigabit Internet Gateway Network PC

Gigabit Internet Gateway Network PC

Upgrade time for our home Linux server with a new low power Gigabit Internet Gateway Network PC

Blog post for Pick and Place Software Version 2-2 Update

Pick and Place Software Version 2-2 Update

New and improved software for the DIY Pick and Place machine with version 2-2 update

Blog post for tp-link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb Python Control

tp-link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb Python Control

Controlling a TP-Link LB130 Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb using Python on a Raspberry Pi.

Blog post for Milling Machine Ballscrew End Float Fix

Milling Machine Ballscrew End Float Fix

Fixing the end float on our milling machine with new treaded adapters

Blog post for Home Network Upgrade

Home Network Upgrade

A big upgrade to our home network with a new 48 port switch and patch panel

Blog post for Setting up Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite with I2C

Setting up Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite with I2C

Instructions for setting up Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite with I2C on the Raspberry Pi

Blog post for Pick and Place Software 2017

Pick and Place Software 2017

A new version of Pick and Place Software to use on our DIY PNP machine

Blog post for Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 3

Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 3

Part three of our Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner project

Blog post for Testing 18650 Li-ion Batteries

Testing 18650 Li-ion Batteries

Buying cheep 18650 Li-ion batteries from eBay and testing their performance.

Blog post for Building a Linux server with an Asus Tinker Board

Building a Linux server with an Asus Tinker Board

Using an Asus Tinker Board to build a small low power Linux server

Blog post for Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 2

Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 2

Part two of our Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner project

Blog post for New DJI Mavic Pro Drone

New DJI Mavic Pro Drone

I bought a DJI Mavic Pro Drone

Blog post for Raspberry Pi Zero W external antenna mod

Raspberry Pi Zero W external antenna mod

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

Blog post for Car History Album

Car History Album

A photo history of all my previous cars and bikes

Blog post for HP MediaSmart EX475 VGA Port Mod and Linux Install

HP MediaSmart EX475 VGA Port Mod and Linux Install

Adding a VGA port to a HP MediaSmart EX475 home server and installing Linux

Blog post for Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 1

Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner Part 1

Part one of our Raspberry Pi Zero Handheld Barcode Scanner project

Blog post for CIF CF02 Reflow Oven Upgrade to Zallus Learning Controller

CIF CF02 Reflow Oven Upgrade to Zallus Learning Controller

Adding a Zallus Learning Controller to our CIF CF02 Reflow Oven to give Android tablet control of the reflow process

Blog post for Knowlton Chruch Night Photography Trip

Knowlton Chruch Night Photography Trip

Taking an evening drive to Knowlton Chruch for a Night Photography Trip

Blog post for Lyme Regis Sunset Photography trip

Lyme Regis Sunset Photography trip

Heading to west Dorset and Lyme Regis for a Sunset Photography trip

Blog post for Nextbase 512G low profile mount mod for Ford Focus

Nextbase 512G low profile mount mod for Ford Focus

Making a low profile mount mod for a Nextbase 512G in my Ford Focus

Blog post for Trip to Sturminster Mill in Dorset

Trip to Sturminster Mill in Dorset

A photography trip to the north of Dorset.

Blog post for Ford Sync 3 USB Drive Music Playlists

Ford Sync 3 USB Drive Music Playlists

Creating music playlists to use in my Ford Focus and Ford Sync 3 software to play music from an external USB drive

Blog post for Home Energy Solar Logger Update

Home Energy Solar Logger Update

More updates to our Home Energy Solar Logger

Blog post for 10Mhz Frequency Standard Distribution Project

10Mhz Frequency Standard Distribution Project

Creating a 10Mhz Rubidium Frequency Standard with a SMA distribution board

Blog post for Camera Carry Grip Handle

Camera Carry Grip Handle

Making a custom aluminium camera carry grip handle for my Canon DSLR

Blog post for Oculus Rift first impressions and VR sickness

Oculus Rift first impressions and VR sickness

Trying VR for the first time and regretting trying a flight sim on the first day

Blog post for Summer 2016 Workshop  Update

Summer 2016 Workshop Update

An update on the state of our workshop after the slate roof on our house was replaced.

Blog post for CIF Relflow oven forced air cooling fan addon

CIF Relflow oven forced air cooling fan addon

Adding forced air cooling to our CIF Relflow oven

Blog post for 5uH LISN Tester Project

5uH LISN Tester Project

Building a 5uH Line Impedance Stabilization Network Tester Project

Blog post for Garmin Edge 810 and GoPro Hero 3 GPS Interference

Garmin Edge 810 and GoPro Hero 3 GPS Interference

My GoPro Hero 3 was causing GPS Interference with my Garmin Edge 810 bike computer

Blog post for Gas Meter Hall Effect Sensor

Gas Meter Hall Effect Sensor

Modifying a reed switch based gas meter sensor to use a hall effect sensor to allow us to record gas usage

Blog post for ESP8266 Mains Energy Monitor

ESP8266 Mains Energy Monitor

Building a custom ESP8266 based Wi-Fi mains electric and gas monitoring system

Blog post for Virtual Swanage 20 years old

Virtual Swanage 20 years old

Our tourism website Virtual Swanage is 20 years old. A look back at the history of the website.

Blog post for Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen Hot Water Installation

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen Hot Water Installation

Replacing our old dumb central heating controller with a Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen and Hot Water Installation

Blog post for Starting your own ecommerce business

Starting your own ecommerce business

After building websites for customers for over a decade we decided to start our own e-commerce business.

Blog post for Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2

Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger Version 2

Time to replace our Raspberry Pi solar data logger with a new version 2 revision with more features and sensors

Blog post for Mastervolt Soladin 600 Optical Interface Noise Fail

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Optical Interface Noise Fail

Trying to add a optical interface to our Mastervolt Soladin 600 solar mains inverter but had problems with unwanted RF noise from the inverter

Blog post for USB MultiComms Part Four Case

USB MultiComms Part Four Case

Putting everything together in an enclosure and making custom front panels.

Blog post for USB MultiComms Part Three UART Board

USB MultiComms Part Three UART Board

Designing an isolated USB to UART interface.

Blog post for USB MultiComms Part Two RS232 Board

USB MultiComms Part Two RS232 Board

Designing an isolated USB to RS232 interface.

Blog post for USB MultiComms Part One USB Board

USB MultiComms Part One USB Board

Designing a modular serial interface for RS232, RS485, I2C, SPI and JTAG.

Blog post for Sinclair ZX81 Kit Build

Sinclair ZX81 Kit Build

We purchased a boxed and unopened Sinclair ZX81 Kit from eBay and decided to build it and see if it still worked after being in a box for over 30 years

Blog post for Hope One LED Light GoPro mount

Hope One LED Light GoPro mount

Making a custom Hope One LED Light and GoPro mount

Blog post for QuietPC Silent Fan Upgrade

QuietPC Silent Fan Upgrade

Upgrading the cooling in our mini PC with a QuietPC Silent Fan Upgrade

Blog post for USB Smart Charger with Bluetooth LE

USB Smart Charger with Bluetooth LE

Designing a USB smart charger with wireless power monitoring.

Blog post for HackRF One Shielded Case Installation

HackRF One Shielded Case Installation

Installing a shielded case for our HackRF One software defined radio

Blog post for Powerpole Fused Distribution Board Case

Powerpole Fused Distribution Board Case

Making a plastic case for the Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

Blog post for Designing a PIC24 Development Board

Designing a PIC24 Development Board

Designing a PIC24 Development Board to use with different microcontrollers

Blog post for July Storms and Flooding

July Storms and Flooding

Summer storms in July and local flooding

Blog post for Windows 10 IOT Libraries for Raspberry Pi

Windows 10 IOT Libraries for Raspberry Pi

Writing Windows 10 IOT Libraries to work with our Raspberry Pi expansion boards.

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place Speed Updates

DIY Pick and Place Speed Updates

Software tuning to make our DIY Pick and Place place components faster

Blog post for DIY Soldering Robot Project Completed

DIY Soldering Robot Project Completed

We made a soldering robot to solder dual row headers for Raspberry Pi expansion boards

Blog post for Soldering Robot Designing the Motor Driver Board

Soldering Robot Designing the Motor Driver Board

Designing the Motor Driver Board for our soldering robot project

Blog post for Soldering Robot Temperature Controller

Soldering Robot Temperature Controller

With the mechanical side of the soldering robot well underway the next stage was to begin work on the electronics that will control it.

Blog post for Soldering Robot Solder Feeder

Soldering Robot Solder Feeder

Making a pinch roller style feeder for the Soldering Robot project

Blog post for HackRF One SDR EMI Shield installation

HackRF One SDR EMI Shield installation

Adding a EMI shield to our HackRF One SDR

Blog post for Soldering Robot Head Assembly

Soldering Robot Head Assembly

Building the head assembly for the Soldering Robot project

Blog post for Antex TCS230 50W Temperature Controller Part 1

Antex TCS230 50W Temperature Controller Part 1

Making a Antex TCS230 50W Temperature Controller

Blog post for Cycle Training with Video Routes

Cycle Training with Video Routes

Cycle Training with Video Routes to use with the Wahoo Fitness KICKR smart bike trainer

Blog post for Raspberry Pi board Test Jigs

Raspberry Pi board Test Jigs

How we test our Raspberry Pi boards with custom test jigs

Blog post for Postal Address Parser

Postal Address Parser

A Postal Address Parser written in C Sharp

Blog post for Cateye Micro Wireless Bike Computer interference

Cateye Micro Wireless Bike Computer interference

LED lights causing RF interference with Cateye Micro Wireless Bike Computer stopping the speed sensor from working

Blog post for Maynuo M9812 Serial to USB Adapter

Maynuo M9812 Serial to USB Adapter

Making a serial to USB adapter for our Maynuo M9812 programmable DC electronic load

Blog post for SMC Vacuum and Air Valve Upgrade

SMC Vacuum and Air Valve Upgrade

SMC Vacuum and Air Valve Upgrade on the DIY pick and place machine

Blog post for Maynuo M9812 Programmable LED DC Electronic Load

Maynuo M9812 Programmable LED DC Electronic Load

We added a Maynuo M9812 Programmable LED DC Electronic Load to our workshop

Blog post for Mastervolt Soladin RF Filtering

Mastervolt Soladin RF Filtering

The Mastervolt Soladin 600 solar mains inverter has a issue where is it causing a lot of RF interference so we added additional RF Filtering and screening to try to reduce the unwaned radio emissons

Blog post for LEE Bug Filters and GoPro Hero

LEE Bug Filters and GoPro Hero

Testing new LEE Bug Filters on the GoPro Hero camera

Blog post for Banana Pi first tests

Banana Pi first tests

Testing a new Banana Pi small computer board

Blog post for ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software

ModernUI Pick and Place Controller Software

New software for the Pick and Place robot with ModernUI themed Pick and Place Controller Software

Blog post for Mastervolt Soladin 600 Inverter RF Interference

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Inverter RF Interference

Tracking down the source of RF Interference across the HF bands and it was the Mastervolt Soladin 600 Inverter

Blog post for Vacuum Valve air flow modification

Vacuum Valve air flow modification

Modifying the vacuum valves on our DIY pick and place machine.

Blog post for Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 2

More updates to our Pick and Place robot with a new controller V3 Part 2

Blog post for Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

Powerpole Fused Distribution Board

Making a low voltage power distribution board using Powerpole connectors and automotive blade fuses

Blog post for USB to RS485 Adapter

USB to RS485 Adapter

Designing an adapter for USB to RS485.

Blog post for Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1

More updates to our Pick and Place robot with a new controller V3 Part 1

Blog post for Pick and Place Cable Upgrades

Pick and Place Cable Upgrades

Pick and Place Cable Upgrades with Chainflex CF240 data cable from igus GmbH

Blog post for Railway Sky LED Controller

Railway Sky LED Controller

Making a custom ATmega328P based Railway Sky LED Controller

Blog post for SolarStorm X2 LED Bike Lights Mount Modifications

SolarStorm X2 LED Bike Lights Mount Modifications

SolarStorm X2 LED Bike Lights Mount improvements

Blog post for GoPro Hero 2 Handlebar mount

GoPro Hero 2 Handlebar mount

Making a custom handlebar mount for the GoPro Hero 2

Blog post for Pick and Place Picker Software Upgrade

Pick and Place Picker Software Upgrade

Bug finding in the Pick and Place Picker Software

Blog post for PSU Temperature Monitor

PSU Temperature Monitor

Adding a cooling fan controller for our bench power supply with a custom PSU Temperature Monitor

Blog post for Atmel AVR Dragon Programmer Case

Atmel AVR Dragon Programmer Case

Making a plastic case for our Atmel AVR Dragon Programmer

Blog post for Pick and Place USB Control Software

Pick and Place USB Control Software

First version of the Pick and Place USB Control Software

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place USB Controller Board

DIY Pick and Place USB Controller Board

Making a USB Controller Board for the DIY Pick and Place machine

Blog post for Variable RF Signal Sampler

Variable RF Signal Sampler

Building a variable RF signal sampler to check the outputs on amateur (Ham) radios transmitters.

Blog post for Metcal SP200 Soldering Station Repair

Metcal SP200 Soldering Station Repair

Reparing one of our Metcal SP200 Soldering stations

Blog post for Canon Camera Wireless Remote Control

Canon Camera Wireless Remote Control

Canon camera wireless remote control with an Android tablet

Blog post for Manual Pick and Place V2

Manual Pick and Place V2

Making a new version two manual Pick and Place machine to place components on custom PCBs

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place V2 Project Complete

DIY Pick and Place V2 Project Complete

Our DIY Pick and Place V2 Project is finally completed and running building circuit boards

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place V2 Base Vision LED Array

DIY Pick and Place V2 Base Vision LED Array

Making a custom LED array for the base vision camera on our DIY Pick and Place V2 project

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place V2 Vibratory Chip Feeder

DIY Pick and Place V2 Vibratory Chip Feeder

Building a vibratory chip feeder for our DIY Pick and Place V2 project

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place V2 Vacuum Nozzle Holders

DIY Pick and Place V2 Vacuum Nozzle Holders

Making Vacuum Nozzle Holders for our DIY Pick and Place V2 project

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place V2 Pick and Place Vision System

DIY Pick and Place V2 Pick and Place Vision System

Creating the camera vision system for our DIY Pick and Place V2 project

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place V2 All Axis Testing

DIY Pick and Place V2 All Axis Testing

Testing all the stepper motor axis on our new DIY Pick and Place V2 project

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place V2 Feeder Activator build problems

DIY Pick and Place V2 Feeder Activator build problems

Resolving problems with the feeder activator on the DIY Pick and Place V2 project

Blog post for DIY Pick and  Place V2 Picker X Axis build update

DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker X Axis build update

More work on the X Axis on the DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker project

Blog post for DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker Y Axis gearbox and drive

DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker Y Axis gearbox and drive

Adding the Y Axis gearbox and drive to our DIY Pick and Place V2 project

Blog post for DIY Pick and  Place V2 Picker Head Assembly

DIY Pick and Place V2 Picker Head Assembly

Designing and milling the parts for the Picker Head Assembly on the DIY Pick and Place V2 project

Blog post for Agilent InfiniiVision MSOX2024A Oscilloscope I2C Analysis

Agilent InfiniiVision MSOX2024A Oscilloscope I2C Analysis

Using our Agilent InfiniiVision MSOX2024A Oscilloscope for I2C analysis

Blog post for Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger v2 Plans

Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger v2 Plans

Planning to build a new Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger version two to replace our current data logger

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Raspberry Pi GPIO Protection

Building a protection circuit for the Raspberry Pi GPIO ports

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Landrover Defender Replacement crossmember fitting

The Landrover rot had attacked the back of my Landrover Defender so I fitted a replacement heavy duty crossmember

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Workshop ESD Protection

Adding an ESD antistatic mat and wrist straps to our workbench.

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Cental Heating Control via Windows Phone and Raspberry Pi

Using a Windows Phone and a Raspberry Pi to control our homes gas powered central heating system

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Raspberry Pi solar data logger after one year

Twelve months of data from our Raspberry Pi solar data logger

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Land Rover Defender roof insulation upgrade

Adding insulation into the roof of our Land Rover Defender to try to keep it warmer in the winter

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Solar Air Removal Upgrade SpiroVent RV2

Adding an automatic air removal vent to our solar thermal system using a SpiroVent RV2

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TECHNO SD 240 Manual operated stencil printer

Reviewing a commercially made manual operated PCB stencil printer.

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Dangerous LED Outdoor Floodlights

Dangerous LED outdoor floodlights with no earth connnection on the metal body

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Kent Hand Morse Key Restoration

I purchased a used and very tatty Kent Hand Morse Key from eBay and restored it to as new condition

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Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Fan Upgrade

Improving the cooling on an Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card

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Android Tablet and Arduino DIY pick and place component selector

Using an Android Tablet and Arduino on the DIY pick and place component selector

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Vacuum Pickup upgrade

Upgrading the vacuum pickup on our DIY manual pick and place machine.

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Automatic component feeders DIY pick and place Part 2

Automatic component feeders for the DIY pick and place machine Part 2

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Low Voltage Cut off using MAX8212

Using a MAX8212 to add a low voltage cut off on our off grid solar PV system

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Raspberry Pi model A vs Model B

Comparing the Raspberry Pi model A and the new Model B

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Yaesu FT 817 Cat Control Headaches

Problems with the programming / CAT cable for my Yaesu FT 817 transceiver.

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Small Space Workshops

Showing how we work in a workshop which is only 4x3 meters

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Automatic component feeders DIY pick and place Part 1

Adding automatic component feeders to the manual DIY pick and place Part 1

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Magnetic PCB holders

Making some small magnetic PCB holders

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New Raspberry Pi Analogue to Digital converter

We have a new version of our Raspberry Pi Analogue to Digital converter

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Panasonic Pick and Place Feeder Hack

Modifying a commercial Panasonic SMT feeder to use on a custom pick and place machine

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Diy Manual Pick and Place Machine

Building our own DIY Manual Pick and Place Machine

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T962 Infrared Reflow Oven Vent Hack

Modifying a T962 infrared re-flow oven to try and improve its cooking performance.

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RF Shielding on a Mains Inverter

Our mains solar inverter is causing RF interference on our ham radio transceivers so we put it in a metal case to improve the RF shielding

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ADC Pi Raspberry Pi I2C Analog to Digital Converter boards available to buy online

ADC Pi Raspberry Pi I2C Analog to Digital Converter boards available to buy online from our new shop at AB Electronics UK

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Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Z Axis Ballscrew Upgrade

Adding a ballscrew to the Z Axis on our Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill

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Cheap Sources of Components

How we find cheap sources of electronics components

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XBee Central Heating Control via Raspberry Pi

Using an XBee wireless module and a Raspberry Pi to control a Drayton Lifestyle LP522 central heating programmer.

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Raspberry Pi central heating controller

Modifying a ACL Drayton Lifestyle central heating controller to work with a Raspberry Pi

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12v iPad Charger

Making a 12v iPad Charger to use with our off grid solar system

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The Hackaday Effect

What happens when a blog post appears on the Hackaday website.

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Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger

Building a data logger using a Raspberry Pi to record data from our solar PV system

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Raspberry Pi Fan Controller and Interface

Raspberry Pi Fan Controller and Interface

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Raspberry Pi I2C Microchip MCP3428 ADC Reading

Using aMicrochip MCP3428 ADC via I2C and the Raspberry Pi to read voltages

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Raspberry Pi I2C Analog to Digital Converter

Our first Raspberry Pi I2C Analog to Digital Converter with power supply

Blog post for Raspberry Pi I2C Microchip MCP9800123 Temperature Sensor

Raspberry Pi I2C Microchip MCP9800123 Temperature Sensor

Using a Microchip MCP9800123 temperature sensor with a Raspberry Pi

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IOIO Android I2C Light Levels using TSL2561 Logging Code

Measuring Light Levels using TSL2561 and IOIO Android board via I2C

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IOIO Android I2C Temperature Logging Code

IOIO Android I2C Temperature Logging Code

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From Arduino to IOIO and Android Solar Logging Project

Moving from and Arduino board to IOIO platform and Android Solar Logging Project

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Thermal Panel fitting

Fitting solar thermal panels to our house.

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Arduino Solar Logging Installed

Our new Arduino based solar PV data logger is installed

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Arduino Solar Logging Update

Arduino solar PV logging system update

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Arduino Mains Voltage and Current Logging

Measuring mains voltage and current using an Arduino

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Solar Hot Water Install Dual Coil Cylinder

Solar Hot Water Install Dual Coil Cylinder

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Solar Hot Water Install Stage One

Starting the installation of our new solar hot water system

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Arduino based Solar PV and Hot water monitoring and logging

Using an Arduino to add monitoring and logging to the Solar PV and Hot water

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Hotmail Server Blacklist update

Hotmail Server Blacklist update

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BlackMagic Intensity Pro HDMI capture of Galaxy Nexus and iPad 2

Using a BlackMagic Intensity Pro HDMI capture card with a Galaxy Nexus and iPad 2

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Wiring Land Rover Defender Heated Seats

Fitting and wiring TDCI/ PUMA Defender heated seats into our Land Rover Defender.

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Website Design the day job update

Updates on what I have been doing in my website design day job.

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Camera mount with finder scope fitting for HEQ5 PRO mount

Camera mount with finder scope fitting for HEQ5 PRO mount for night time photography

Blog post for Fitting a Redbooster Clutch Servo kit to an TD5 Landrover Defender

Fitting a Redbooster Clutch Servo kit to an TD5 Landrover Defender

Fitting a Redbooster Clutch Servo kit to an TD5 Landrover Defender to reduce the weight of the clutch pedal to make driving with a damaged knee easier

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Jupiter and Moons

Night time photography of the planet Jupiter and its moons

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HTC HD7 and Apple iPod Touch Wooden Stand

Making a custom HTC HD7 and Apple iPod Touch Wooden Stand

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Canon MPE 65mm to Sigma EM 140 DG ringflash adapter

Making a Canon MPE 65mm to Sigma EM 140 DG ringflash adapter

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iPod dock in dashboard for Landrover Defender

Making a custom hidden iPod dock in dashboard for Landrover Defender to hide the iPod

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Fitting a Raptor Dash into a 1999 TD5 Defender

Fitting a Raptor Dashboard into a 1999 TD5 Land Rover Defender

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PDF Printing from a Server using C#

Code to enable PDF Printing from a Server using C#

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Acuter Merlin Orion Motorised AZ Mount controlled by a Wii Nunchuk with remote zoom

Making a Wii Nunchuk controller work with an Acuter Merlin Orion Motorised AZ Mount with remote zoom

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Land Rover Defender Split Charge Setup

Adding a split charge system and second battery in our Land Rover Defender

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Excess Packaging from RS Components

Huge package, tiny component, excess packaging from RS Components

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Merlin Panohead Modifications to take Canon 5D Mk 2

Modifying a Merlin Panohead to take Canon 5D Mk 2 Camera and lens

Blog post for Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Dremel Addition

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Dremel Addition

Making a bracket and mount for a Dremel on our Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill

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HTC Desire Custom Wood Dock

Making a custom wood phone charging dock for a HTC Desire

Blog post for Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Ballscrew Upgrade and Modifications

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Ballscrew Upgrade and Modifications

Adding ballscrews and other upgrades to our Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill

Blog post for Axminster SIEG C1 Micro Lathe Modifications

Axminster SIEG C1 Micro Lathe Modifications

Replacing the plastic gearbox on our Axminster SIEG C1 Micro Lathe

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Apple G5 iMac Screen Flickering and Screen Corruption

Blown capacitors causing screen flickering and corruption on a Apple G5 iMac

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DIY Rotary 360 Table for Product Shots

DIY Rotary 360 Table for Product Shots

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CNC Mill Controller for Stepper Motor Milling Machine

Making a joystick controlled CNC Mill Controller for the stepper motors on our milling machine

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DIY Camera Laser Break Beam Trigger MK 2

Making a new version of the DIY camera laser break beam trigger MK 2

Blog post for DIY Camera Laser Break Beam Trigger

DIY Camera Laser Break Beam Trigger

Making a new optical camera laser break beam trigger

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Apple Mac Pro Tower High Pitch Whine

When you Apple Mac Pro tower has an anoying high pitch whining noise

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DIY Chromakey wall

Making a big DIY chromakey wall for green screen recording

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Logitech Harmony 885 remote control 12 Volt Solar Charger

Making a 12 volt solar charger for a Logitech Harmony 885 remote control

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DIY LCD monitor flush wall mount

Making a slimline DIY LCD monitor flush wall mount

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Mk2 DIY Solar Panels

Making new DIY Solar Panels with plywood backing

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aluminum imac hard drive upgrade guide

Upgrading the hard drive in an 2007-2008 Apple iMac to a 1.5TB drive

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DIY Solar Solar Panel

Making a DIY solar PV panel from solar cells

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RC Bike Project

Designing a custom 1/5 scale radio controlled electric motorbike using a carbon fibre chassis and adjustable pivot suspension unit

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Watercooled Xbox 360

Attempts at milling a CPU cooling block and watercooling an Xbox 360 games console

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External Button Connections

Adding external button connections to an Xbox 360 steering wheel

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Steering wheel bearings upgrade

Upgrading the wheel bearings in an Xbox 360 steering wheel to use a metal bearing rather than a plastic bush

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X1 Project First case change for a classic Xbox games console

A custom case based on an old CD player for a classic Xbox games console

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X2 Custom case built to make the Xbox console as small and quiet as possible

A custom aluminium and wood case for the Xbox. Trying to make the Xbox console as small and quiet as possible

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XMobile Xbox console in a car

Modifying an Xbox and LCD display to fit into the dashboard of a Citroen Saxo and run XBMC