Category Archives: home hacks

Found Footage: Elliot Williams Talks Nexus Technologies

Back at the 2017 Superconference, Hackaday Managing Editor Elliot Williams started his talk about the so-called “Internet of Things” by explaining the only part he doesn’t like about the idea is the Internet… and the things. It’s a statement that most of us would still agree with today. If anything, …read more

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Posted in 2017 Hackaday Superconference, cons, ESP8266, Hackaday Columns, Hackaday SuperConference, hardware hacking, home automation, home hacks, internet of things, mosquitto, mqtt | Leave a comment

Router Rebooter Without The Effort

It’s one of the rituals of our age, rebooting the family router when the bandwidth falters. Flip the power, and after half a minute or so your YouTube video starts up again. Consumer-grade router hardware is not the most reliable computing equipment you will own, as [Nick Sayer] found out …read more

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Build This Handy Leak Detector For $1.02

You’ve probably noticed that modern life has become rather complicated, and the projects we cover here on Hackaday have not been immune to the march of progress. We certainly aren’t complaining, but we’ll admit to the occasional wistful daydream of returning to the days when the front page of Hackaday …read more

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Posted in alarm, classic hacks, dollar store, home hacks, piezo, repurpose, water alarm | Leave a comment

An Optocoupler Doorbell Notifier

Over the years we’ve seen several attempts at adding Internet connectivity to the lowly wired doorbell. Generally, these projects aim to piggyback on the existing wiring, bells, and buttons rather than replace them entirely. Which invariably means at some point the AC wiring is going to need to interface with …read more

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Posted in 3D printed enclosure, doorbell, home automation, home hacks, optocoupler, particle, parts, xenon | Leave a comment

The MorningRod Wants Your Mornings Easier, Not Harder

Curtains are about as simple as household devices get, but they can be remarkably troublesome to automate. Everyone’s window treatments slightly different, which frustrates a standardized solution. [dfrenkel] has a passion for DIY and wanted his mornings flooded with sunlight for more peaceful awakenings, so the MorningRod Smart Curtain Rod …read more

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Posted in 3d printed, curtains, ESP32, home automation, home hacks, NEMA17, wireless hacks | Leave a comment

Teardown: Quirky Egg Minder

Many of the biggest stars are hesitant to do sequels, believing that the magic captured the first time around is hard to reproduce in subsequent productions. As I’m known (at least around the former closet that now serves as my home office) as the “Meryl Streep of Teardowns”, I try …read more

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Posted in eggs, Electric Imp, Hackaday Columns, home hacks, internet of things, kitchen, Quirky, smart home, teardown, Wink | Leave a comment

Dry Your Clothes In One Minute or Less

If you’re like most people, then washing clothes is probably a huge pain for you. Figuring out the odd number of minutes necessary to run a wash and dry cycle, trying desperately not to end up with clothes that are still wet, and worst of all having to wait so …read more

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Posted in 2019 Hackaday Prize, clothes dryer, Hackaday Prize, home hacks, laundry, laundry monitor, ozone, The Hackaday Prize | Leave a comment

Fried Desk Lamp Reborn: How to Use ESP8266 to Build Connected Devices

Some hacks are born of genius or necessity, and others from our sheer ham-fisted incompetence. This is not a story about the first kind. But it did give me an excuse to show how easy it is to design WiFi-connected devices that work the way you want them to, rather …read more

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Posted in desk lamp, ESP8266, Featured, home hacks, how-to, NodeMCU, repair hacks, Skills, udp, xiaomi, yeelight | Leave a comment

Detecting Cars with an ESP8266 Magnetometer

Having a motorized gate on your driveway is great, but only if there’s an easy way to trigger it. [Andrew] says the gate at his parent’s place could only be controlled by manually pushing a button on the panel or with a dinky remote that didn’t have nearly the range …read more

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Posted in automatic, ESP8266, gate, home hacks, magnetometer, Microcontrollers, QMC5883X, sensor, weatherproofing | Leave a comment

How The Power Gets To The Outlet

[Practical Engineering] is ready to explain how power substations get electricity to you in his latest video, which you can see below.  One of the things we always notice when talking to people either in our community or outside it is that most people have no idea how most of …read more

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Posted in breaker, electricity, fuse, grid, home hacks, misc hacks, recloser, substation | Leave a comment