Sunday, August 1, 2010

IP Camera

I installed a 2MP Vivotek IP7367 day/night security camera. It is attached to a Synology DiskStation and I can view the live feed through an iPhone application (or the web). At night it records bats flying around. They are probably after the insects attracted by the IR LEDs.

Pictures of the camera:

New Kitchen Appliances

In March I finally got around to replacing the old yellow double wall oven and in the process also replaced the refrigerator and dishwasher. The new double wall oven and dishwasher are by BOSCH and the french door refrigerator is by Samsung. At some point I want to replace the Kitchen Aid glass cooktop on the island with a Bosch induction cooktop. I also got a new GE microwave for above the oven. As usual I installed everything myself and had to do a little carpentry and electrical work in the wall oven and microwave area.

As an aside, I recently purchased a Blendtec blender. This blender is awesome and allows you to make smoothies with a push of a button for the smoothie cycle. You don't have to stop and stir which was a frustrating pain with my old blender when it would freeze up. The Blendtec blender is the blender they use for the "Will it Blend" videos:

I failed to take before pictures highlighting the appliances, particularly the wall oven.
Imagine a late 70's yellow enamel double wall oven with analog dials and clock.
Here is a segment of an old picture showing part of it.
     GE microwave and Bosch double wall oven
      Samsung refrigerator
      Bosch dishwasher

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Mailbox

I finally installed a new mailbox. Originally I was going to go with one that locked but I didn't want to be bothered with carrying a key to check my mail and I do my banking and bills online so I usually only have junk mail and magazines in my mailbox. The mailbox is anodized bronze with nickel color pull and flag. I ordered the numbers on the internet from They are 3M reflective silver vinyl die cut in the font Rockwell.



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dog House Floor Insulation

This should have been posted last December but the bathroom remodel took over.

This year I glued rigid insulation to the underside of sheathing to provide insulation from the cold tile floor of the dog house in the winter. The unit is in two pieces so it can be removed through the doorway when the dog house is prepared for the heat. A furniture blanket provides bedding. Fringe doesn't spend the night outside so this is just used when I'm not home.
In the past I just covered the floor with a thick bed of wood chips. The problem is they stick to Fringe like a magnet and then the house has wood chips all over the floor. Fringe also just had a surgery on here third eyelid so I didn't want any chip or dust getting into her eye.

The dog house with removable door, threshold and insulated floor:

For more details on this fabulous dog house see previous posts about it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Hall Guest Bathroom Remodel Finished

Whew! It took longer than I expected but I finally finished the hall guest bathroom remodel. I still have to add some trim tile around the skylight opening and finish the edge of the tile for the shower stall. The tile store was closed for two weeks for Xmas so that little bit was delayed until I can order a few more pieces.

I did ALL of the work myself except taking the old tub out and bringing the new tub and toilet in. I don't show in progress pictures but I basically ripped everything out to the studs except for one wall, replaced the copper pipes and installed the in-wall valves, wired electrical, installed the backerboard, tiled, grouted and painted. The cabinets are custom to my drawings. I could have made them myself but did not have the time.

The hideous before pictures and the specs for what I used are listed in my last post (20OCT2009) so I won't repeat them again here.

Where do I start? I think with the teaser pics.

Compactly arranged and nicely labeled shutoff valves:
There are two more valves just behind the lower back brace for the cabinet. Its always good to have enough nice ball valves. Notice I even painted the valve compartment and exposed back wall a lighter shade of green.
Diffusing reeds:
I use lavender in mine
If Looks Could Kill Painting:
I painted this from an old post card I had of a paper mache sculpture from the early 90's that I always liked.
Sink & Tub/Shower Faucets & Heads:

Ok are you ready for the whole picture?????
View looking in the door:
View looking in the door from lower angle:
showing cantilevered cabinet and lighting underneath
More Views:The shower curtain is on a curved rod and fabric with a white polyester fabric liner - no smelly unbreathable vinyl.The skylight provides filtered light for the plants.That's a strange place for a cabinet. I wonder what could be in it?
It holds extra toilet paper right where you need it. As far as I know this is a Margy Green original idea that uses the otherwise wasted space in the divider wall.Storage for towels and bath mat.
Open view of one of the medicine cabinets. I put an electrical outlet in each cabinet so razers, toothbrushes, etc. could charge while stored nicely in the cabinet off of the counter.

View back toward door:
I don't like the doors I have so I haven't decided what to do so for now there is a space around the door frame. The travertine I used will eventually be used for the floor in the rest of the downstairs replacing the saltillo.
Have you noticed the square and round theme for the elements? You can't see it but though the sinks are round the bottom at the drain is square.

I need to re-frame my fabulous personal dung beetle collection display and hang it in the bathroom. It used to be over the toilet but now it will probably go by the door.
I couldn't have done this work without my trusty Husqvarna tile saw and other tools (rotary hammer drill, sawzall, PLS self leveling line laser, etc.)
I have the Master Bathroom left to do. That will be a major one so it won't be happening anytime soon. The sad thing is the bathroom I use everyday is the one I hated the most, but I'll get to its remodel eventually.

The Cost:
Free Labor
4923.95 Fixtures (sinks, toilet, faucets, valves, tub, lights, cabinets, towel bars, TP holder,
robe hook, curtain rod, tank lever, drain, shower/tub faucets)
1513.13 Tile & Tiling Supplies
1336.15 Hardware (electrical and plumbing supplies, backerboard, wood, adhesives, paint)
285.21 Decorating Accessories (pots, plants, towels, vase, reeds, diffuser oil, shower curtain
& hooks)
8058.44 Total