I use Home Assistant for the brains of the entire setup. That will have hooks into Google Home, Z Wave, MQTT, IFTT as well as a ton of others. Integrations - Home AssistantCool. What are you tying the wires sensors back into to get that into your zwave system? My house is mostly zwave battery powered sensors but looking for something different (wired) for my detached unheated garage that gets down to -30c.
It will largely come down to what the costs are running the in-floor heat in the 50-60 range and how often I find myself going out there to work and wanting to bump the heat. Being we are talking roughly the same size space, do you heat to a lower temp and then bump the temp when working out there? With my natural gas heater in the shop, I keep it around 36F all winter and bump to 60F when working. The time to get it to 60F in my shop (a little over 1000sft) is about an hour. This is something that can't be done with in-floor and I expect that. I am looking at just maintaining a warmer temp all winter as it is more efficient. More so when the doors get opened quite a bit with vehicles coming and going. If you heat just the air, as soon as the door opens it is gone.I installed a Mitsubishi mini split last year in a 1400 sq ft 3 bay garage. It's fantastic. Very efficient, quiet, keeps it warm in winter and cool in summer, and controls humidity too. I am in North Carolina. The top of the line Mitsubishi has "Hyperheat" and still efficiently produces heat with outside temps below zero. If you have a big open space this is more efficient than ducts, heat is wasted in the ducts and a more powerful blower is used. I strongly recommend mini splits.
Not sure. Never been in a project siding an entire house. Keep in mind we are not going with vinyl or metal siding which would go up much quicker. We are doing LPSmartside. When doing this there are two options. You can go with it direct from LP. It would go up much quicker but then you have to paint the entire house. We opted to go with the prefinished LP that is painted in a factory so that it is done in a controlled environment and baked on. Like with everything there are drawbacks. Going this route the drawback is that it is slower to go up. They have to worry more about not damaging the paint. Also every board that they have to cut, also has to be painted on the cut edge. They are doing the house but they are also doing a 20x20 garage that is behind me in pretty much every shot. Not that the 20x20 garage is going to take a lot of time but it is more work. If we were doing normal vinyl or mental siding where they have the machine to stamp cut it basically and just slap it up with no painting I agree it would go a lot faster. They are also doing all the soffits and fascia. I have electrical boxes in the soffits in some places and a bunch of cans for lighting. Again slowing them down to cut all that stuff.Im not trying to be a negative Nancy here but, can your siding guys explain what exactly they are doing that it will take 8 days to do that? Your place looks amazing, to say the least but, I hardly see anything 'extenuating' that your place shouldn't take 4-5 days with 2 guys. A siding company should be able to knock that out in 2-3 days, max.
Cant wait to see when they are done with it though. :bigthumb:
Just pulling a few wires out of a conduit full of wire is not a good idea. Normally wires all pulled together twist as a group. When you try to pull just one out the wire can damage the other wires in the process cutting thru the insulation. It would be a good idea to either high voltage test the insulation or at the least use a OHM Meter to check if there is any leakage to ground. Strange this is I don't see many white wires?? I see lots of things wrong but won't go into it, your electrician should be able to tell you what may needs correction/up-graded or not.Oh I just noticed I never mentioned my rock work and electrical work that turned into a bit of a disaster from this weekend.
My wife and daughter were out of town for the weekend. So it was just me and my son. He was playing with the neighbor kids most of the day so I figured I would get some work done.
I had mentioned in conversation to a neighbor that I need to get a bunch of rock about basket ball sized or so that will be used to build up the edge of where the cement apron is going so it doesn't wash out. He chuckled and said that he has a bunch he has been finding clearing his lot and he has been pilling them back along our fence line. He was going to dig a big hole and bury them so I should go over and take what I want. He also said I could use his 2039R to do it if I want rather than drive my X585 all the way around. His property is off the main County road where we are on a side street. His property butts up to the side of our back yard. While there is a gate between them, it is a only big enough to walk through. Well Sat morning I see he is up but I also see he has his FEL off the 2039R. I didn't want to bug him to borrow it and have to mess with putting the FEL on and taking it off again. So I drove my X585 around to get the rock. Rather than haul the rock one bucket at a time all the way around, I figured I would just drive up to the fence and dump it over. For all but one rock that worked well. The big one in the shot was just too much for my little X585 to lift. I was giving it all she got and about 1' off the ground is all it could muster. Luckily it was on the right side of the bucket so I opened the gate and just rolled it out of the bucket and through the gate. That worked perfect. I drove around back to the house and just did a little back dragging to pull it the rest of the way through the gate.
Oh the corner of the building is the 20x20 garage that I was talking about before. That is why there is a bunch of siding laying on the ground that we pulled off. There was an old access door in that side and a window that we eliminated before the siding company got here.
That project went well.
The next thing on my list was that I needed to eliminate the wiring that went from the panel in my house to the pole barn and a run that went to the porch which was ripped off the house to become the laundry/mud room and then went on to the 20x20 garage. This actually will free up a couple double breakers which is nice. Because of the heavy gauge wire it was hard to bend them around so I just went in and cut off the wire and then pulled it back through the conduit.
It wen through the conduit, around that elbow in the photo above and then into a junction box of sorts. I think it might have been an old fuse box or something. This has always been one of those shady things in the basement that I would like to fully eliminate at some point. Pulling these wires out got rid of most of the stuff in this box.
What you see here is how the wire went from copper in the pane to aluminum direct bury going to the pole barn. Maybe some of this was code back in the day but it wouldn't fly now. The pole barn had three conductors and no ground. There is a ground rod out there. The one going to the old porch then on to the 20x20 garage where you see a bare wire that was the ground/neutral along with two hots. We had 220v out in the porch because it had electric baseboard heat. All of this has been eliminated so it can come out. I kept cutting back and pulling wire until I got to where the wire went through the foundation to the polebarn. That was sticking up out of the ground still from when we hit it with the backhoe digging the foundation. So I wrapped each strand around the clevis hook on a chain a few times, hooked that on a hook on the bucket of my FEL and pulled them out of the ground and where they went into the foundation. I wrapped that up and it was getting late and my son and I were going out for dinner with his best friend and his parents. I got back home too late to mess with anything.
Well eventually I went home and then on Sunday I was doing some work around the garages and my son came up and said there was some water in the basement. :dunno: By now it was about 1-2pm or so. I go and take a look at things. Oh crap. It rained Sunday morning. By rain I mean like 3" of rain in about a 2 hr period. We don't have gutters yet and the water coming off the roof found a path through the ground where I pulled the wire out. I didn't take any photos but we had a good (bad) 1" of mud in the utility room/laundry room. There was so much water that made it in there flooding the room that it got the carpet wet in the finished side of the basement. I am thinking we are going to have to rip out the carpet. Grr didn't need more side projects. At this point, knowing my wife was coming home later on Sunday I could either work on cleaning the mess or work on sealing the hole. I fixed the hole in the foundation. I wish I would have left the wires through the foundation but I didn't look at the forecast to see it was going to rain. :banghead:
Thanks for pointing that out. The good news is it is an easy fix and one that was at least in part already on the list of things to do.Just pulling a few wires out of a conduit full of wire is not a good idea. Normally wires all pulled together twist as a group. When you try to pull just one out the wire can damage the other wires in the process cutting thru the insulation. It would be a good idea to either high voltage test the insulation or at the least use a OHM Meter to check if there is any leakage to ground. Strange this is I don't see many white wires?? I see lots of things wrong but won't go into it, your electrician should be able to tell you what may needs correction/up-graded or not.
We are actually working with two electricians. The one that has done 90% of the work so far is pretty new at it. I don't know that I would mess with taking him around to do a code or safety review. He is a buddy of the General Contractor and great at nailing in boxes and stinging wire so I would imagine his hourly rate isn't very high. Gotta start somewhere and he is just doing his time gaining experience. For instance when he first came out and I met him we were talking about a service upgrade from 150A to 400A (320A) to support two 200A panels. We walk around the side of his house and I could tell he was over his head. Even chatting about other stuff later on, I was talking about adding a 50A 240V outlet for a welder and one for the camper. He said, oh that will be a 10 gauge wire. No... that would be 6 gauge. He looked puzzled that it would be that big so I pulled up the chart and showed him. The way I look at it, he is doing all the stuff I could do. It just saves me from running up and down ladders all day pulling wires.Your electrician should do a walk around with you in your home and look at a few things for free and just let you know if there are big things needing corrected. Having done trouble shooting for 40 plus years I know what your running into on a old home. The inspector might have you up/grade a few things one is color coding of the wires to the A/C and Heat to be proper later if looked at to fix a problem. They were added with out a inspection! You probley have a lot of junction boxes hidden around the place when they up/graded the wiring some. Your home has gone thru a bunch of Code Changes since built and only dangerous ones need corrected. Panels are easy to clean up and your electrician is Neat! Just strange the way he does Make up with all the wire nuts and no grounds made up yet. He may be using the wire nuts for some kind of Switch Leg or 3/Way Codes for him later??? We have to make up all grounds before inspection is done. So far looking good I like your new shop!! Remember wire does not wear out but bad connections can burn a home down not done right.
That photo was last night and they were still working. All the guys were around on the front of the house working but they had their tool trailer, saws and other stuff in the back of the house where I took the photo just out of frame of the shot.Can you say..... Clean up ? :banghead: :dunno:
They possibly could even find the materials that are reportedly a “shortage”. :mocking::director::director::gizmo: