Monthly Archives: May 2010

Let’s Experiment With Pachube


Pachube.com is a site used to ship real-world data around the Web.  You can upload sensor data from various sensors around your house or business (home weather station, building control system, alarm system, etc.) or use feeds from around the … Continue reading

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Parts, Tools, and Inspiration


Parts, tools, and inspiration are three things you’ll need to be a DIYer. Make a habit of collecting nuts, bolts, brackets, metal and wood scraps then organizing them so they can be used in the future.  I have several old … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Microcontrollers


I’ve been doing a lot of work with the Arduino microcontroller and Xbee digital radios.  These little devices make all kinds of automation possible, including remote (two-way) applications.  The Arduino has a bunch of I/O pins, does analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), … Continue reading

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DIY Pool Pump


“With the weather getting downright hot, I spent time this last week fixing all (well almost all) the pinholes in our above ground vinyl pool…After cleaning out all the leaves, scrubbing the bottom, filling it up with water, and changing the filter, we were ready to go…I plugged in the pump and…no water!’ Continue reading

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Doc’s DIY Weekly Wrapup – 05/21/2010


In this week’s wrap-up I definitely want to direct your attention to a guy that might someday have his picture in the dictionary, next to DIY.  His name is Dale Peterson and he’s running as a Republican for the Alabama … Continue reading

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DIY Requires Selling


Do it yourselfers are always being tested. Family, friends, business associates, and strangers are always predictably uncomfortable buying into tackling some new, unknown, and untested DIY home improvement project or repairing something that you’ve never taken apart before.  How many … Continue reading

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A Rare Case: Not DIY


Experienced DIYers take great pride in always limping back to the garage…no matter what! On extremely rare occasions, the right call is to bring in a specialist. Today was one such rare day. I called in the Wildlife Ranger to … Continue reading

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