Introducing The Snoring Room

The Original Snoring Room

Welcome to my guest bedroom, aka the Snoring Room. This is the first in a series of a bedroom makeover. Here’s the Room’s stats: 11’3″ x 13’8″ with 9 foot ceilings Builder Brown Carpet Interior PPG Caravan color White Trim (PPG Decorator White Alkyd Enamel S-6) Join the Eric Estate Community There’s one window, and … Read more

How to support Ukraine

Support Ukraine

If you are wondering how you can support Ukraine, here’s a fast and easy way that doesn’t cost much money and puts the funds DIRECTLY in the hands of the Artists. Using Etsy, you can get an instant download of printable art for your home. The Crisis in Ukraine is horrible, and for the longest … Read more

What Happens if You Don’t Sand Before Painting?

What Happens if You Don't Sand Before Painting

It isn’t always necessary to sand a piece of furniture before painting it, however it may be necessary depending on the condition and type of the current finish. Weather you are painting furniture, trim, or walls, each can be different. The initial condition of the surface will determine what exactly will happen if you don’t … Read more

What are Light Switch Location Code Requirements

Light Switche Distance from floor

The official guide to light switch Location Code requirements can be found in the National Electric Code (NEC) sec 210.70. The NEC is the benchmark for all 50 states for safe electrical design. A light switch (or other approved wall mounted control device) must be mounted near the entrance to the room. The official height … Read more

What is Latex Paint?

What is Latex Paint?

When you go to the Paint or Hardware store to look for a Paint there are so many different kinds. One great option is a Latex Paint because it gives great coverage, is a good value, and is easy to use for both beginner and pro painters. Latex paint is a water based material with … Read more

Picking out your First Miter Saw

As we started our journey into renovating our “forever home”, I realized that to do what I really wanted to do would require some power tools. Specifically a Miter Saw. A miter saw is a power tool that makes the most perfect cuts for trim pieces. Things like baseboards, door trim, and finishing out the … Read more

Can You Use an iPad in the Kitchen?

Using an iPad in the Kitchen

When it comes to cooking, I love to work in my Kitchen. If you cook as much as I do, you know how helpful it is to have an assistant when you are preparing meals, and getting dinner ready. Thankfully there is a device you probably already have which can make the job easier. The … Read more

How to Turn a House Into a Smart Home for Under $220

How to Turn a House Into a Smart Home for Under $220

Are you ready to take your home to the next level?  Have you ever thought “How do I make Siri turn on lights?” If you have an iPhone, then you have everything you need to get started to turn your home into a smart home.  The technology is no longer out of reach, and it’s … Read more

Using the Nanoleaf A-19 in my Bedroom

Installing the Nanoleaf Essentials A-19 Bulb

This is the first HomeKit enabled Bulb that supports Thread. It sort of looks like a standard US Lightbulb that fits Into the usual screw in fixtures but has a unique design (more about that below). And right now, it’s one of the lowest priced smart bulbs, coming in at less than $20 on Amazon. … Read more

Goals of this website

Hey there – If you are like me, you want to know more about how (and why) this website exists. I’ve hidden this post a little bit so if you have found it, congrats! Usually I look back to the first post on a Blog to find out what I’m looking for, but in this … Read more

Finding the Best location for a HomePod mini

HomePod Mini Locations

Are you wondering what the best place for a HomePod mini is? I’ve done a little informal research and put the device in a few different places in my bedroom to find out where it works best for me. All in all I tried 3 different places and I’ll summarize the information below. Before I … Read more

Setting up your First HomePod Mini

The other day I decided to order my first HomePod mini to begin to replace my various smart speakers I have around my house. At first I wasn’t sure if it was the right solution for me, but as I went more into the HomeKit Home Automation world, I learned that a HomePod mini was … Read more

Which Home Hub is Best?

When it comes to choosing the best hub for your Homekit Home Automation system, you really have only 3 choices. An Apple HomePod mini, and Apple TV 4K or a dedicated iPad. If you have each of these devices or even multiple copies of each, Apple makes it super easy and actually decides which device … Read more

The Best Home Automation

The Best Home Automation system is easy to use, affordable, secure, and reliable. It will do exactly what you want it to, when you want it to. I have evaluated the three major systems currently on the market, and for my uses, Apple HomeKit is the easiest, most secure, and fun to use. The other … Read more

What are Apple AirTags Used For?

Apple AirTags have so many uses! Here are my top 7, and a list of 16 more ways you can use Apple AirTags. You can read more about each AirTag use as well as some other common questions asked about AirTags Luggage Musical Instruments Camera Bag Laptop Bag Tools Tech Devices (games, kindle, GoPro) Binoculars … Read more

What Devices are Homekit Compatible?

Works with Home App

While it may be confusing at first, finding what devices are Homekit Compatible is not that difficult. There should be, clearly marked on the side of the packaging an orange icon that says “Works with Apple Home”. If the product you are wondering about has this printed on it, you can be guaranteed that it … Read more

What are some examples of Home Automation Systems?

When I was getting started with Home Automation I knew some of the more basic things that were possible, but I really didn’t know how far it could go. I’m still on my journey with HomeKit, and am always excited to see what others do to make their life at home easier, and more responsive. … Read more

HomeKit Doorbells

When I was a Kid we used to play Doorbell Ditching. We would sneak up to a house, ring the doorbell and then run across the street to watch the owner open the door to nobody there. But we can’t do that anymore. Doorbells today come with motion sensing cameras that record visitors who even … Read more