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CrazySmith
CrazySmith
12 July

Smart Light Switch - Recommendation?

Smart Light Switch - Recommendation?

$50 a smart light switch sold on eBay??? Low quality and cheaply built. If you are building your own house then don't go for the cheapest option. Warranty and insurance…

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CrazySmith
Jul 12, 2019 10:53 am
AcTech
AcTech
12 July

Wiring for smart switches/sockets

Wiring for smart switches/sockets

That's a great set of functions!

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AcTech
Jul 12, 2019 7:43 am
AcTech
betterman
betterman
3 July

TV mounted above gas fireplace yay or nay?

TV mounted above gas fireplace yay or nay?

there's nothing wrong with doing it with todays modern gas heaters, however the main consideration is TV height. Optimal TV height is where your eye level while sitting…

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betterman
Jul 03, 2019 10:22 am
betterman
betterman
3 July

Living room / Home Theatre

Living room / Home Theatre

In my last house I had the tv wall mounted , and then an electric 110 inch projcetor screen up on the roof that came down in front of the tv. Allowed for best of both…

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betterman
Jul 03, 2019 10:19 am

The research is really a summary of numerous world wide studies, not a study specific to Australia. This was stated. Australia is not isolated from plastic…

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SaveH2O
Jun 19, 2019 6:48 pm
SaveH2O
s-X-s
s-X-s
5 June

Raspberry Pi/Arduino and other Roll Your Own Home Automation

Raspberry Pi/Arduino and other Roll Your Own Home Automation

If anybody successfully finished any projects with Raspberry Pi or Arduino - share it here. How to do it and components and little guidance too. I'm interested in it but…

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s-X-s
Jun 05, 2019 9:19 pm
s-X-s
Liliana
Liliana
27 May

Cheap solar derailing the market?

Cheap solar derailing the market?

This is the contention of some "rooftop solar industry veterans" referenced in the following article which appeared today on the ABC:

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Liliana
May 27, 2019 9:27 am

How should mirrors be placed??

How should mirrors be placed??
1, 2

Thanks for the information, that makes sense.

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basicbeans
May 23, 2019 4:11 pm
robbert
robbert
20 May

Home Technology Hub

Home Technology Hub
1 ... 22, 23, 24

Thanks RegVic and Drew01. We might be bothered by the sound quality of the Dot knowing it could be better. Will look into your recommendations.

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robbert
May 20, 2019 3:34 pm
robbert

Interpreting energy usage on Powercor website

Interpreting energy usage on Powercor website

as the graph is in hourly increments you may export for 30 mins and import for 30 mins at least i hope that's what it is because my origin graph is the same

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aussieta
May 06, 2019 3:56 pm
aussieta

I have a very simple tank cleaner design that is like a vacuum head that you push slowly over the floor and it works well. In time I will have it on the website at a cost…

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SaveH2O
Apr 29, 2019 11:33 am
SaveH2O
Jckson
Jckson
29 March

Feng what

Feng what

Hi, i`m looked for feng shui at home too, so I fing a litlle bit information about it In feng shui, these things are best avoided: 1. Blocked…

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Jckson
Mar 29, 2019 10:14 pm
alexp79
alexp79
29 March

Home Theater Installation

Home Theater Installation

I have noticed that trend is that DVD players are dying and everything is moving towards on-demand streaming content. Ideally you would need high speed internet…

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alexp79
Mar 29, 2019 3:49 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
28 February

Cyclone watch and other meteorological interests.

Cyclone watch and other meteorological interests.
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With more windy hot conditions over the next several days, the risk of serious bush fires remains high for large areas of Australia. The Government link below allows you…

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SaveH2O
Feb 28, 2019 9:59 am
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
19 February

Washing machines and environmental vandalism

Washing machines and environmental vandalism

Good articles. Scary though. Our continued use of plastics of all descriptions and chemicals is very sad when we know that there are viable alternatives. Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 19, 2019 4:12 pm
James Brown
James Brown
2 February

Flat roof + Solar panels - Is it possible?

Flat roof + Solar panels - Is it possible?

It is possible to install solar system in your flat roof. You also may contact with a company which provide solar system.

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James Brown
Feb 02, 2019 8:30 pm
arcadelt
arcadelt
17 January

TV antennas? Phone lines? Who needs them?

TV antennas? Phone lines? Who needs them?

Most of this list my family doing over the Internet. I include here long phone calls, watching TV shows and movies, online training. Therefore, a single Wi-Fi network is…

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arcadelt
Jan 17, 2019 2:46 pm
GLO
GLO
31 December 2018

No reason for new homes to include gas

No reason for new homes to include gas

I’ve have read that ATA article and am building a new house now. I cook with induction but with 4 kids I welcome the instant gas hot water. I tend to agree with the ATA…

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GLO
Dec 31, 2018 9:22 am
ebanster
ebanster
4 December 2018

Clipsal Nero

Clipsal Nero

Ok great to know that it could be retrofit after build. I don't want to be overspending too much on the initial build coz I am sure builder would put margins on the…

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ebanster
Dec 04, 2018 10:00 pm
ebanster
ThanhTran
ThanhTran
29 November 2018

Very high electricity consumption

Very high electricity consumption

Your usage is 6 times more than me. You should log on the Citipower website and analyze your usage data. You may record time of use for big appliances such as heaters,…

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ThanhTran
Nov 29, 2018 10:17 pm
dotnetdan
dotnetdan
3 November 2018

Real time energy monitoring

Real time energy monitoring

I got a https://iotawatt.com/ device. It can monitor up to 14 channels and I have integrated into Home Assistant (There is a JSON API) Love it.

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dotnetdan
Nov 03, 2018 11:53 am
GLO
GLO
3 September 2018

Solar Panels Instead Roof Tiles - Experiences?

Solar Panels Instead Roof Tiles - Experiences?
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I'm getting 1.5kw solar tiles with a Fronius symo only west facing front roof profile.

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GLO
Sep 03, 2018 8:35 pm
Monty4
Monty4
29 June 2018

Rainwater tank issues

Rainwater tank issues

To close this thread off...... In consultation with our builder, it was agreed that he would reduce the roof catchment being diverted to the tank to the northern roof area…

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Monty4
Jun 29, 2018 5:00 pm
Sloppy
Sloppy
22 June 2018

Home Theater Projector Recommendations

Home Theater Projector Recommendations

Hey Simon. What projector did you end up going with?

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Sloppy
Jun 22, 2018 9:09 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 June 2018

CSIRO recruiting citizen scientists to map energy use

CSIRO recruiting citizen scientists to map energy use

"Power to the people" John Lenon The CSIRO Are doing an incredible job Here is another great app download it and share your data with others...hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 19, 2018 12:45 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Mojitostan
Mojitostan
20 May 2018

CAT6 Wiring cost "per point"

CAT6 Wiring cost "per point"

AllCastle Homes charges $138 for Cat5E and $168 for CAT 6.... Big catch is still need to pay $110~ $140 to terminate them... ( Fuming at the moment but think will end up…

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Mojitostan
May 20, 2018 7:16 pm
Ent
Ent
14 May 2018

Cordless phone Uniden Bluetooth and NBN line in.

Cordless phone Uniden Bluetooth and NBN line in.

Set up the brought from fleabay Uniden cordless phone with the ability to use Bluetooth to connect to your phone and also normal phone line connect from the NBN. Natually…

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Ent
May 14, 2018 10:32 pm
Ent
Ent
14 May 2018

Duelling Z standards and power outlets

Duelling Z standards and power outlets

Sockitz appear to be an option, assuming their website actually works! The approach is sensible with you buying the power outlet and also been able to chose the…

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Ent
May 14, 2018 10:25 pm
Drew01
Drew01
25 April 2018

Aquaplate tank water smells

Aquaplate tank water smells

we've got 4 aquaplate tanks, and no issues with taste or smell... but we've never had water delivered, ours all comes from our own roof with 100L first flush diverters

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Drew01
Apr 25, 2018 8:07 pm
Drew01
BJ88
BJ88
23 April 2018

TV Antenna

TV Antenna

Most builders don't include TV Antennas in their builds, as some people don't end up needing one right away, have their own preference of the type they chose or where they…

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BJ88
Apr 23, 2018 4:31 am
BJ88
BJ88
BJ88
23 April 2018

Smart Home Network Diagram

Smart Home Network Diagram

Excellent setup, I often use some of that equipment in smart wiring installations we do. The Hikvision NVR is a nice piece of equipment.

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BJ88
Apr 23, 2018 4:25 am
BJ88
nsuinteger
nsuinteger
19 April 2018

Media room setup

Media room setup

the builder wont accept to install your cable because then they will have to accept responsibility for any faults that are caused by your cable (fire for example). The…

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nsuinteger
Apr 19, 2018 2:49 pm
Matt Fence Finish
Matt Fence Finish
17 April 2018

Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop

I recently finished our chicken pen and coop. Was a bit of a saga (I'm good at pulling pallets apart now), but worth it for the fresh eggs and recycling the kitchen…

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Matt Fence Finish
Apr 17, 2018 8:36 am
Matt Fence Finish
benhelps
benhelps
14 April 2018

Solar battery house question

Solar battery house question

Mm true. We're about an hour from Newcastle. Most of the solar battery I'm talking will be setup/designed by me, like my current solar battery proof of concept setup (2…

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benhelps
Apr 14, 2018 10:14 am
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gillybean
Apr 04, 2018 2:40 pm
gillybean
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
1 March 2018

Tackling inefficiency & Urban Heat Island Effect

Tackling inefficiency & Urban Heat Island Effect

The outer Western Sydney suburb of Penrith registered 47.3C on January 7 but a news team found 48C outside a school in another suburb. Why do so many people spec black…

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SaveH2O
Mar 01, 2018 7:22 pm
SaveH2O
algernon
algernon
1 February 2018

Owner build a solar passive house

Owner build a solar passive house
1, 2

For eaves and window sizing, it's very possible to go down a rabbit hole and end up overthinking things too much. When designing our new house, I spent many, many hours…

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algernon
Feb 01, 2018 8:46 pm
Techsmax
Techsmax
21 December 2017

New CCTV and Alarm system with ZWaves tenology

New CCTV and Alarm system with ZWaves tenology

Hi gwu69 We would be able to help you out

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Techsmax
Dec 21, 2017 11:19 am
Techsmax
Techsmax
Techsmax
18 December 2017

Smart home devices

Smart home devices

with the innovation in technology, there are a lot of devices for security. I think you can find a lot of ideas on internet according to your preference.

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Techsmax
Dec 18, 2017 10:05 pm
Techsmax
Nuri
Nuri
13 December 2017

assistance with pre-wiring

assistance with pre-wiring

Cheers, I ended up running all my cables before insulation went in, except HDMI. I ran 20mm conduit in the wall where the receiver will be, then once the insulation went…

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Nuri
Dec 13, 2017 7:41 am
ddarroch
ddarroch
13 November 2017

Gas Newbie questions

Gas Newbie questions

The major energy requirements in your house are to heat your water, & space heating (depending on your climate & the quality of your build). In comparison, cooking…

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ddarroch
Nov 13, 2017 4:38 am
Keira22
Keira22
3 November 2017

T Instersection with Land

T Instersection with Land
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If you are not at the "T" Junction T at the top of the words will not be a problem, if just good by the end of a road just right in your home, the problem is big, always…

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Keira22
Nov 03, 2017 8:42 pm
gummz
gummz
18 October 2017

Glazing to Mass ratio for a U shaped house

Glazing to Mass ratio for a U shaped house

I will check out those companies. I have changed the courtyards sliding doors i to 2x french doors. They arr currently 2.4m high as i'm not too keen on 2.1m. I asked…

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gummz
Oct 18, 2017 7:14 am
deepugjacob
deepugjacob
17 October 2017

Help. Who could do this for me ?

Help. Who could do this for me ?

Thank you!!!! So that’s what it’s called “ Feature timber paneling “ Now I can google . Thanks a ton

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deepugjacob
Oct 17, 2017 7:31 am
fademan
fademan
12 October 2017

Porter Davis HoneyWell automation

Porter Davis HoneyWell automation

I was told a definite no at sales, even though I am installing a 35k theatre room in my home. Argus have a Licence to print money with the PD contract. Doesn't surprise…

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fademan
Oct 12, 2017 4:59 pm
Lurgen
Lurgen
12 October 2017

Ceiling Speaker Recommendations

Ceiling Speaker Recommendations

I used Jamo IC series units and loved them.

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Lurgen
Oct 12, 2017 8:57 am
Lurgen
MarkSindone
MarkSindone
29 September 2017

Rainwater catchment in tropics (New build)

Rainwater catchment in tropics (New build)
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Not much by ways of contributing to help from me here, but just chipping in my 2 cents worth to thank you guys for starting this thread. It's actually quite interesting…

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MarkSindone
Sep 29, 2017 1:52 pm
MarkSindone
alexp79
alexp79
12 August 2017

Church near the house

Church near the house

Actually, don't worry too much. If there's no problem with the corner of the church building, if you're not comfortable with it, you can send me a picture to help you take…

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alexp79
Aug 12, 2017 5:16 pm
alexp79
alexp79
12 August 2017

Feng Shui Experts

Feng Shui Experts

在中国风水一切都是注重正负能量,就像你说的电饭锅不住在水槽里,那是因为水与火不和谐,如果两股能量相互冲突会有问题

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alexp79
Aug 12, 2017 5:03 pm

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