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Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Garage Door Quick Release Lock installation

For detached garage, it is quite common that there is no entrance door, rather the only entrance is through the garage door.  In the event when electricity is out, the garage opener would not work.  A manual way is needed to lock and to open the door.  The Garage Door Quick Release lock is for this purpose.  This lock allows you to open the garage door from the outside, so, you can still get to your car even when electricity is out, in case of emergency.



 


In this video, Dave shows us how to install the Garage door quick release lock.  Also, how to use it, and how to open the garage door using the release latch from inside the garage.







Monday, August 27, 2018

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Quick Tip: Checking the Bathroom / Dryer Vent with Bird Guard

We recently moved to an older house.  While it is important to check the major items, some of the minor details are also crucial to make sure things are working properly.  One of which is the bathroom outside vent.  The vent itself is working good, however, the outside cover is broken on one of them.  

The bathroom vent is important for good ventilation in the bathroom so no humidity is trapped, to prevent mold growth.  When purchasing the outside vent, it is good to consider the ones with the bird guard.  Bird prevents bird and bugs from getting inside the house.



In this video, Dave shows us how to check the vent, and replace one of the vent cover.







Sunday, July 29, 2018

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Lutron Caseta Wireless In-wall Dimmer Smart Light Switch Installation

There are many options for smart light switch solution.  Dave picked the Lutron Caséta Wireless in-wall dimmer smart light switch for our home.  Several things he looks for while researching, reliability, good quality, and multiple connecting & controlling options.

The Lutron Caséta Wireless in-wall dimmer smart light switch can be controlled through their app on any smart phone / devices.  It is compatible with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Homekit.   So, controlling the lights can be as easy as a voice of command!  This dimmer light switch works with any dim-able light, including LED.   This project takes about an hour.  Very easy installation.


Lutron CasétaWireless in-wall dimmer smart light switch    Lutron Caseta Smart Light switch




So, why a smart light switch?  Well, one usage is so you don't have to get up from the couch to control the lighting using voice command feature.

Another reason is the ability of controlling the light remotely.  This is especially helpful when we need to double check if we turned off the light before leaving home.  Also, the away mode is helpful when you want to have the light turn on and off automatically while you are not home.   

Another feature is the auto detection of your phone when you come home.  The light would turn on automatically.  That way, you don't have to find the switch!


This project takes about an hour.  Very easy installation.  Here is a step by step video of the installation process of the smart light switch, also, set-up for the smart phone app.