Questions tagged [home-automation]

Questions related to automation of home elements like: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, light, audio-video systems, security, intercoms and domestic robotics. For questions related to the Internet of Things, consider asking at the IoT site (iot.stackexchange.com).

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Automatic Timer Solar Cutoff

My inverter insists on trying to get the last few rays, even when the inverter is really seeing 0A. With the lithium battery things are worse, in that the custom "back to grid" settings are ...
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What type of smart switch has neutral, up, down states? [closed]

I'm having motorised blinds installed and the vendor plans to install a wall switch to control them. The switch has three states: Middle, or the default and off position; up and down, which will roll ...
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External Ethernet wiring in a condo

Background I live in a two-story condo that doesn't have Ethernet wiring. My goal is to retrofit and get wires to as many locations as possible. After self-inspection and consulting with contractors ...
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Building a trackless, sliding projector mount [closed]

I have a neat little motorized projector screen that disappears into the ceiling space when I'm not using it. It's mounted 50 cm from the wall, so it drops down just in front of my 47cm deep console + ...
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Smart switch and Smart bulbs compatibility

I recently bought some smart bulbs (these) and I installed them. Now every time I flip the light switch it turns them off and I can't turn them on again via the app but instead I have to flip the ...
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Smart 3-way switch with light in the middle of 2 switches

I've been installing Meross MSS550 smart 3-way switches at my house and most of them have been a breeze. However, I have an atypical setup that I have not been able to figure out. I've tried many ...
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Unfamiliar Existing Switch Wiring - Neutral Wire for Smart Switch Help Needed!

I recently become a home owner and have been looking forward to start working on making it “smart”, however, it seems like I’ve ran into a blocker just as I was getting started. I’m replacing standard ...
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Self-toggling ZigBee switch [closed]

I'm trying to automate my home. I bought a few Ikea ZigBee bulbs, some switches and a ConBee II. I'm still figuring this out. The Ikea switches look like this: One thing I miss about regular rocker ...
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Is there a way to remotely control gas valve?

We have a short term rental home, and we have a grill that's connected to natural gas. As a prevention of hazard, is there a way to open and close the gas valve remotely? We want to be able to close ...
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Inserting probe into pressurized water pipe

I need to insert a temperature probe into my pool piping. I am on the pressure side of the filter, so around 10-20 psi typically. My initial idea was to use a screw in plug in the existing 1/2" ...
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What's a good way to install a threaded valve so that it can easily be replaced?

I am using a US Solid Motorized Ball Valve to control the water flow through a stream in my front yard. It works quite well when it works, though I've discovered that it seems to burn out and need to ...
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On a final project of residential automation, where should I put my Arduino?

In a final project, where should I put my Arduino board and it's relay modules cases? Maybe should I do an electric panel only for this purpose, or have other most simple solution? Thanks in advanced.
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How to safely wire this non-invasive solution as a smart three-way perilex switch for a heat recovery installation?

I have been wondering about a solution to this for long so I've decided to ask it here. I'm a programmer, not an electrician but I know how to properly solder things and generally how to work safely ...
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Water resistant -absorb -last floor

I would like to have advices about my old home.It is old ,when it rains a lot because it is near the sea,the last floor (the floor that it is on the ground ,I dont know the exactly word ) ,it has ...
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Meross 3-Way Switch installation where the first box connects the power source, light, and second switch cables

I'm looking to add a Meross MSS550 3-way switch. My wiring matches this diagram. The Meross switch requires a Live, Neutral, Ground, and 2 traveler wires. It only requires the replacement of one ...
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Only one Honeywell Home thermostat visible in Google home integration

We recently installed a split system with 4 indoor units, and added 4 honeywell wifi thermostats for remote temperature control. I then wanted to connect the thermostats to Google Home app. but I ...
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How can I troubleshoot faulty motion-sensor security lights on a timer?

I have around 5 security lights with motion sensor around the house but they are not working, and I couldn't figure out where the switches are. Finally, in the garage I found this timer (attached). I ...
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How do I install a Nest Hello doorbell with no existing wires?

I bought a Nest Hello doorbell and then just realized my existing doorbell is wireless. Also, inside the house, in addition to those wireless chimes plugged on outlet, there is also one relative "...
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DSC Power 832 - Security Setup Takeover

I have a DSC 832 control panel that I see installed in a house I moved to recently. However, I am not sure where to begin to take control of the system. Could someone point me to a starting point? ...
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New ecobee3 lite, have heat but no cool option

I recently installed a new ecobee3 lite. When I completed the setup process, I found that there was no option to enable cooling. My original setup had both heat and cool options. I believe the option ...
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Cheap system to keep mice from drowning in a pool?

Sometimes small mice end up jumping into my pool and drowning. I should install a cover, but in the meantime does anyone have an easier system? I have one of those off-ramps for small animals already, ...
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Sonoff Mini with Home Accessory Architect firmware

I am using a Sonoff Mini in DIY mode with HAA firmware and connected to a wall switch on S1 and S2 connectors. I have wired it like this: I am also using the default configuration JSON for Mini ...
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How to calculate whether it's worth turning on a fan to bring warmer air to a heat pump hot water heater?

I have 4 new Rheem 50 gal heat pump hot water heaters being installed in the basement of my home/multiunit property that is a 4-unit building (one heater per apartment). Generally speaking, the attic ...
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Is a distribution panel necessary when pre-wiring for internet and cable TV?

I am trying to pre-wire my house for internet and cable/satellite TV before finishing my basement. After researching, I got the idea to run CAT5e and RG6 wires from outdoor to the TV outlet. One ...
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Occupancy sensor to turn off socket

I want to install an occupancy sensor, preferably something simple that I can just plug into the wall socket, like one of those: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Westek-Plug-In-Motion-Activated-Control-...
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Single pole or dual pole relay for switching a 3KW water heater? (UK)

I have bought a Wifi controlled device to control a 3KW, 240V water heater (immersion heater) wirelessly but despite being advertised as 15A, it actually has a 13A relay which has "push fit" contacts. ...
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Smart outlet or timer to auto shut-off after 30 seconds of use

Is there a smart outlet or some special kind of timer that can detect when current starts flowing and turn off after about 30 seconds? This is intended for a custom hot water circulation system. I ...
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How to add smart controller to ceiling fan with single switched hot

I want a WiFi connected smart controller for my ceiling fans. They are all wired with a single switched hot, so I cannot use a replacement smart switch alone. Are there any wall mounted switches that ...
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KNX PROS & CONS about using same device for sensor&actuator and impact on electrical design

Is there any recommendation to take into account about using devices that joins the sensor and the actuator instead of placing all the actuators in the electrical control panel? What are the pros and ...
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Smart home automated fire response

I've got a rather extensive OpenHab smart home installation with tons of lights, thermostats, and more diverse connected devices. One category of connected devices is smoke detectors, one in every ...
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Options to Recess Google Home Within Wall

I would love to embed a Google Home Max within my wall as seen in the attached picture. Looking for some guidance on how to tie it into a power source which is a switch like shown in the picture. I ...
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Does having metal safe increase chances of burglary at home

One of my friends brought a metal safe recently. However he is also worried that burglars somehow know about existence of such safe on house ( either through metal detectors or some other means ). ...
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Remote light switches for light bulbs

I live in an apartment wherein one of the rooms the light switch is outside of the room, which is annoying. I would like to add 2 light switches inside the room that would be used instead of the one ...
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Power consumption of valve actuators

I would like to acquire some actuators for my radiator valves. I would like them to consume as little electricity as possible. I therefore consider it is better to take normally closed actuators ...
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Designing under cabinet lighting with Home Automation in mind

I am looking to install under cabinet lighting in my kitchen keeping in mind that I'd like to add a Lutron Caseta in the near future. There are 3 problems I am trying to tackle. First, I am having a ...
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Wire ceiling fan switch with remote control to always on

How can I wire the switch of a remote controlled ceiling fan to always on so it can only be controlled with the remote. I basically want to have a smart RF controller (BOND) be able to control the ...
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Auto Refill Pot with Water as Liquid Evaporates

I have a Instant Pot operating 24/7 without the lid. The water in the pot slowly evaporates from the heat and if I do not refill the water every couple of hours it will completely evaporate and burn ...
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Is this smart plug safe? only 2 pins

I would like to use the TP-link HS110 to control my plant grow lights and monitor the energy usage. I have chosen this model specifically as it has many raspberry pi compatible hacks to avoid using ...
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Adding 'Smart' Capabilities to an outdoor Wisebox 4 Channel Receiver

I have a 4ch 10a Wisebox, which I use to control a bunch garden lights. The wisebox came with a wall switch and keyfob, which have a carrier frequency of 868.3 MHz. Now I'd love to be able to control ...
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How to add endstop to a sonoff drived stepper motor?

I would like to control a motor for my curtains from Google Home. I will use a sonoff switch. How could I wire an endstop between the sonoff and the motor to stop the motor ?
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Reusing ADT motion sensors

I bought a 4 level house that had an ADT security system with a motion sensor in every room. I never used it since moving in. But I have a fun project in mind: I'd like to drive my kids nuts when ...
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Budiling small wine cellar rising from the ground

I am not sure is it a correct place where should I ask that question, but I would like to build a small version of that rising from the ground wine cellar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QJn94rGJ3Y ...
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Replacing 3-way Dimmer with Smart Dimmer

I'm trying to replace a 3-way dimmer set-up (currently a Lutron MACL-153M) with a smart dimmer. I have C by GE Smart Dimmers. After a lot of tinkering yesterday, I was unable to get it to work. I've ...
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Garage door hard-wired wall button doesn't work after adding wireless controller dongle in parallel

I have a standard garage door controller (Chamberlain HD900D) with a wired button inside the garage, and wireless clickers that all work properly. I purchased a GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 ZWave Garage ...
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Can a KNX smart house installation be reasonably maintained by an end user?

I am looking into transforming the light switches, curtains, and ACs in my house to a KNX based system. If I understand correctly, KNX is an open standard that allows anyone to configure their devices....
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Use Zapier Webhooks with Doorbird D202 http(s) Calls Function

Inside the Doorbird Administration Settings there is a section called "https(s) Calls". Is this where you should enter a Zapier Webhook URL to listen for events such as Doorbell? Here is the config ...
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Use Doorbird D202 Doorbell to open/close Hormann Promatic Garage Door

I have a Doorbird D202 Doorbell and a Hormann Promatic Garage door. I want to use the Doorbird to Open the Garage Door This is the connection I believe we need to connect the Doorbird to in the ...
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What do I need to switch power automatically from utility to solar offgrid inverter with no downtime at all during the transfer?

I want to switch power somewhere where power outage happens frequently from utility to inverter and back and forth kind of like a UPS without giving up on my inverter and what I already have.
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What kind of smart lock can I add to my door?

I'm looking to add a smart lock to my door. I don't know much about locksmithing, also not a native speaker, so I'm not sure if this is a "deadbolt" or not. I was almost decided for the August Smart ...
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Motorizing a manual crank-type casement window

I've got a couple of crank-open casement windows that are rather annoying to get to. I would like to motorize them. I searched for existing solutions and found them all to be ludicrously expensive. ...
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