SmartThings garage door opener

Finally after years of research and lamenting about which technology I was going to use for my smart garage door opener I bit the bullet and bought one. I went with the Linear GD00Z-4 Z-Wave controller so that I can hook it into my SmartThings Hub.

My garage door opener is very old and was manufactured around 1993. The install took me about 45 minutes from start to finish. Pairing the linear garage door opener to my smart thing Hub was very easy. I followed the simple instructions and got it working but first time out of the sheet.

My existing button door opener inside of the garage and the garage door opener in my wife’s Avalon still work. Now I can get rid of the ancient garage door opener remote that I’ve had in my truck for three years.

Aquasana whole house water filter change

Today was the day to change water filters. The large brown water filter in this image is the filter that I change every 3 months. The small black filter is the filter that I change every six months. Both of these filters start off being white as shown in the photograph.

The larger filter is the first filter in line cartridge Aquasana system. The small filter is the last filter in our Aquasana system.

We really love our whole house filtering system. Taking a shower and not getting the harmful chlorine gas is a health benefit to having this whole house water filtering system. An additional Advantage is that our plumbing fixtures do not get the mineral stains from the unfiltered water that we used to get before installing the filter.

Wormley Design gets a face lift

Wormley Design, (WD) got a new look and feel today. I had let the site languish in an unfinished state for several months.  I wanted to link the WD site to my new graphics site.  I was in a restaurant in Tallahassee last evening and I met the owner.  The woman that owns the Cypress Restaurant displays artist artwork on the walls.  I gave her my card and expressed a desire to show my work if she wanted to.  I gave her my business card so that she can see my work online.

Making this offer I decided it may be best to have my business card updated so that if anyone goes to the site they will be able to see my artwork.

Sometimes life gets in the way of a New Year’s resolution

So in the year 2016, I started working on setting up a new graphics website to display my artwork and house a store.  I started the site redesign around the holidays late in 2016 and through new year in 2017.  I was recuperating from a broken hip so I had time off from work to focus on the project.  Well, I went back to work and started exercising when I could walk without a walker and the personal web design got dropped to the bottom of the task list.

Well, I am happy to say that I finally have a presentable and working website for my artwork.  The new site is Launi Art,  I moved all of my personal web development to Word Press.  I slowly transitioned away from any web freelance work so that I could focus on my home renovations and my artwork.  I have so many ideas for projects besides drawing and painting that I want to do. Having a working store is a real milestone for me.  I am using WooCommerce for my store.  It was easy to set up and test.

So as you can see it takes me a long time to get a new years resolution completed.  I like making up my own goals and games in life.  I am much harder on myself that you would think when making up my games.  One of the games that I played in 2015 after being almost killed by a motorist while riding to work in 2014, was to ride my bike 10,000 miles in one year.  I did it, but I did not have time to do anything else that year but ride, work, eat and sleep. New Year’s resolutions can be a burden to some, but I enjoy them because I know that I can make them up facer the challenge of doing them.

Getting this website up was a labor of love that spanned a few years.  I am as you would expect never finished with a website.  It will evolve, change and grow from here on out, but I am happy with it for now.

Screws In My Coffee now in WordPress

Today, October 15, 2017 I converteScrews In My coffee from Blogger to Word Press hosted by siteGround.  I have been writing this blog for since about 2003.  This is the place where I just dump whatever is in my brain at the time into cyberspace.

I decided to make the change when I got tired of not being able to create a site with more style than Blogger offered.  I liked the ease of use that Blogger offered, but now I am ready to work on adding a bit more style to this blog


Labor Day barbecue

This is going to be a running account of my barbecue experience right now it’s 10:34 a.m. in the morning and I just starting to put the rub on the four slabs of ribs. These are pork spare ribs that I got at Sam’s Club
Ribes are washed in the sink
I remove the water moisture from the ribs with commercial towels that I got from Sam’s Club.

Terry Cloth towels are great for absorbing moisture off of spareribs.

Once the ribs are dry I apply the dry rub.  Sylvia made a spicy rub from scratch for one slab and I used Mikes Country Store Rub for the other three slabs.

Spareribs with the dry rub.

I wrap the ribs in tin foil until the smoker is fired up and ready for meat.

The smoker is ready with a temperature of about 233 degrees

The meat is finally on the grill at 12:30 PM.  dinner is scheduled for 5 PM

I am only using about one-third of my top rack for these four slabs of spareribs.

Finally, I can serve the ribs along with other side dishes at the dinner party at 5 PM.

Come and get it

All In all It’s Just another Pivet in The Wall

Stop killing the environment around your home.

Do you use chemicals on your yard to kill weeds and promote grass growth?  Do you throw news paper and cardboard in the trash?  If you do any of these things and want to help make the earth a better place for all life, consider the methods that +Sylvia Wormley is doing in our yard.

I worked 17 days straight working on the new ASU Website. So today on my first full day off in a long time I helped my wife continue her work a bed in our front yard that is home to a privacy hedge that boarders our property on the east side.  We are using organic methods to make a nice home for privets that we are moving from places in our yard to form a privacy screen.  I want to do more research as to the specific type of privet that we are planting.

Loading up the truck with compost from Lawn Barber in Terrell County, GA

Building healthy soil

The first layer of the bed is compost.  The second layer is newspaper or cardboard which gives carbon to the soil as it breaks down.  The third layer is the mulch that we have been given for free from a tree service.

Sylvia Wormley getting ready to build good soil.

This is a hole for a new tree.  compost is added to the bottom of the hole.

Cardboard from Amazon shipping is used to block the grass and to add carbon to the soil as it breaks down.

Then I add a three inch layer of mulch on top.

Design like nature

One thing I like about working with natural materials in the yard is that when we are finished the bed it looked like it was meant to be there.  Yards that have bright read wood chips do not break down and nourish the plants.  Pine straw looks really nice, but it does not prevent weeds from poking through.  Sylvia and I promote weeds or dandelions.  We put dandelion leaves on our salads.

Master Bathroom Remodel – Plumbing bypass complete

I have been lamenting about how to tie in the new plumbing for the master bathroom.  I finally got it complete.  I can now start to run water lines into the walls of the bathroom.

I started wearing suspenders when I wear my tool belt.  I crawl around a lot on this master bathroom project so I am also wearing knee pads.
Framing for plumbing

Here is the plumbing bypass.  I have two valves so I can run all of the new plumbing without turning off the main water to the house.

I am really getting to like using Pex tubing and a crimper.  I have a large inventory of pipe fittings and tools up in the attic.

My day is done and here is what I am leaving for next weekend.