Random projects and musing

Over the years I have tackled many different projects. Sometimes it was to save money, sometimes it was to learn a new skill, and others were simply because it was fun. This section of of hyannispoint.com is for me to capture a few of those project both as a reminder to me of what I have done, but also so that others can get ideas or learn from what I did. I will try to reference as many of the resources that I can remember, however I often read many posts as I piece together viable solutions.

I am going to start with one large bag of projects that I add tags to. Over time, if I see natural groupings, I will organize the information into something that is easier to explore. If you know of something that I have done which you would like me to write about, drop me a note.

  • Switching recessed lights to LED

    An economical way to switch recessed lights to LED and replace the faded or discolored trim around your existing lights.

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  • ESP8266 vs ESP32

    he ESP8266 and ESP32 are both microcontrollers developed by Espressif Systems, and they are designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. However, they have some key differences that make them suited to different kinds of projects.

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  • Ethernet over power

    If you ever need to get a fast ethernet connection to somewhere that is difficult to run a cable to or is too far for your wireless router to reach, ethernet over power is an option for you.

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  • WordPress Mobile

    A great way to create posts and capture your experiences is by doing it in the moment via a mobile app.

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  • Christmas Lights v3

    I tried three different versions of Christmas lights on my house. The first version used mini white lights, which looked great but burned out over time. The second version used tape/ribbon LED lights along the roofline, but they started to discolor and were not individually addressable. The third version is currently up and uses individually addressable LED lights, allowing for a variety of patterns and animations.

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  • Restoring a Flying Dutchman

    It was quite an endeavor to get this boat from where it was when it joined our family to what it is today. We replaced the deck, floor, keel and then refinished the hull. The floor and hull was done by a boat builder, the deck and part of the floor was done by me. I think it turned out all right but the sad thing about it is that shortly after finishing all the work we moved to Boston and had to leave the boat behind. It is living in storage now.

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