Home Assistant: Updating w/ Custom Components

A few months ago, I wrote a tutorial on modifying Home Assistant to allow for customizing Ecobee hold modes. Today, I'll explain how to upgrade HASS once you have this (or any other customization) in place. It's a little more complicated than just a straight upgrade as described in their documentation. For the original tutorial…

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Ecobee: Customizing Hold Modes in Home Assistant

For more than a few years, I've been using Home Assistant to run our home automations and smart home devices. I've always loved pretty much everything about it. However, one of the few things I disliked was their integration of Ecobee thermostats - of which we have two. My main issue with the HA /…

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SiriusXM Satellite Radio: Installation in a Tesla Model 3

SiriusXM Satellite Radio - Enhancing Your Tesla Experience Disclaimer: These instructions work for me and have worked well for me for an extended period of time while having SiriusXM Satellite Radio installed in my Model 3. I am not responsible if you attempt this install and botch something, and end up causing damage to your…

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Pantry and Cabinet Organization

Utilizing the Best Possible Storage Solution for Problem Kitchen Areas In this post I'm going to tackle two problem areas in my kitchen and organize them so they are more coincide better with our daily routine. Identify the problem areas.Remove everything from the problem areasFigure out the best possible space for everything and put away…

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Putting Away Halloween Decor

Full disclosure: I pulled or strained a muscle in my lower back.  This thwarted my grand plan of a complete overhaul of our downstairs for Day 1 of my November Home Organization project.I love changing things up in our home without breaking the bank, and I love going overboard a few times a year with decorations.  Adding New Seasonal…

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Zone Cleaning

When I was looking for a new alternative to my Day by Day schedule, it occurred to me to break the house up into "zones".  I tend to bounce around while cleaning, so using the old method, say on a Tuesday when my focus was supposed to be the bathrooms, it would start out that…

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Daily Cleaning

So, in accordance with today's other post about getting my life and home in order, I figure it would be good to explain how I clean. Now I wasn't always obsessed with cleaning, in fact I was kind of a hoarder for a good part of my life.  Not dirty, but I never wanted to get…

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Getting Organized – November 2018

We all say it, "Next week/month/year is my year.  I'm going to get organized."  So, here I am, writing in a blog I haven't touched in months, hoping to help one or two of you out there who may be hoping for a bit of the same.  We are trying to figure out where we…

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Leaky Gutter Problems

Leaky Gutter - Should be an easy, quick fix, right? Recently we have seen a lot of rain this winter here in Southern California.  Overall, this is a very good thing. The state has been in a horrible drought dating back to before we even moved here. We arrived in 2014; the drought goes back…

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