How about this weather?

I have installed a weather station so that we can see exactly how cold it is (also to keep track of the all-important rainfall which fills our tank).

Of course I had to connect it to the Internet.  This means I can share this very interesting information with all of you.  You can get access to the weather station data either here or over at Weather Underground.  The Weather Underground feed is also displayed as a widget on the right side of the main page.

Kitchen and floor

The kitchens were installed last weekend.

The photo below shows the kitchen in the main house (it is white under the blue protective plastic). You can also see the floor, which looks great. It will be even better once it has been cleaned.


Adventures in Infrared – part 2

Continuing from part 1, I have replaced the IR detector in the matrix receiver and now the receiver can detect the 56KHz Austar remote.  Unfortunately the transmitter is still sending out a 38KHz signal and the Austar box doesn’t respond to it.

At this point I can see two options:

  1. Build a circuit to convert the 38KHz carrier into a 56KHz carrier
  2. Replace the IR detector in the Austar box

Option 1 isn’t too hard, but it does need a bit of wiring and extra components.

Option 2 would give me the cleanest solution, but involves hacking a box that technically isn’t mine.

I am still considering my options…

House Update

Today we had some nice weather and I had an opportunity to get down to the house with the camera and take a few new shots.

Ceilings have been painted and the undercoat is on.  The next week will see the painting continue and then we should see the floor installed.  The kitchen people are lined up to install on the 6th of March, so getting close to move-in.

Family Room

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Family room from the kitchen end

Moving Along

Things are moving along well after a bit of a slow down over the Christmas/New Year period.

Plastering is almost done as is the tiling. The electrician and Telstra were on site today getting the power and phone line from the gate to the house. Once we get a break in the weather we can get the tank installed and that will be the last of the essential services (the waste water system was put in about a week ago).

I haven’t had a chance to take any pictures as the weather has been horrible. Hopefully I will get a chance this weekend for a mega photo shoot.

Cabling complete…almost

All of the cabling except for one antenna cable and some speaker cable is in.  The electrician needs to run a few more circuits for the outside lights and some additional inside circuits for the garage door and central heating.

It seems that my estimate of the amount of cable I needed was a bit optimistic.  In addition to the cable shown in the earlier photo I have added another 1500m of Cat 6 and another 300m of RG6 coax. In addition, the electrician has used about 2000m of various types of 240v cable.

The stats are:

  • 2700m of Cat 6 cable
  • 500m of Cat 5e cable
  • 2000m of 240v cable
  • 600m of RG6 coax
  • 250m of speaker cable
  • 2 x 10m HDMI cables
  • 200m of 4 core alarm cable
  • 100m of 2 core alarm cable
  • Approximately 1000 cable ties



I haven’t had a chance to take a photograph, but there has been a lot of progress in the last fews days.  All of the roof sheets are on for the house, they just need to put the ridge capping in place and the roof sheets for the verandahs. Hopefully this will be done by the end of the week.

The electrician is also starting his rough-in this week, the plumber will be back next week to finish his rough-in and hopefully we will see the bricklayers back soon too.


I got a start on the cabling today.  I spent about 6 hours on site and got the catenary cables installed in the roof and the Cat-5E C-Bus cabling installed in the main house.

This photo shows the cables that I will install:

  • Cat-5e for C-Bus and Alarm keypads
  • Cat-6 for Data
  • 4 Core and Figure 8 alarm cable
  • RG6 for TV antenna and satellite TV
  • Cable to the gate intercom (out of shot)
This is in addition to all the 240V cable that the electrician will install.