My old pool chlorinator motor broke and instead of forking out another $600 on an overpriced pool accessory I decided to fix it using a new reduction gear motor, connect it to an ESP and control dosing liquid chlorine via Home Assistant.Continue reading “Smarter Swimming Pool 6: Chlorinator”
Still holding your breath after building your outside air quality sensor? Well, here comes the sequel where you are going to learn how to build a really simple but powerful indoor air quality sensor and how to process and present the sensor readings in Home Assistant.Continue reading “Breathe better with this Indoor Air Quality Sensor”
Two winters ago in 2019 I bought an Arlec smart panel heater from Bunnings and finally took some time to integrate it into Home Assistant. Luckily it was old enough so that tuya convert worked without any problems. Initially I thought the heater would have the usual ESP-MCU combination built in, so I tried going with a ESPHome firmware and the Tuya MCU component. Unfortunately any attempts to talk to the MCU were unsuccessful, and I decided to switch to Tasmota which turned out to be the right choice for this device.Continue reading “Winter is coming – Local Control for Smart Panel Heater”
With many of my neighbours putting up their decorative light shows for Christmas I was wondering if there would be something new on the market to replace the old solar powered fairy lights on our terrace which were cheap but kept dying every other year or so.
So, I found a WS2812B based fairy string light which promised to be IP65 rated at a reasonable price.Continue reading “Sparkling Lights – WS2812B fairy light with WLED”