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Old 11-19-2010, 01:32 PM  
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Default One more pic...

Well, maybe two or three...got the Fireplace and the rest of the lighting installed in September, just before we were on the heritage tour...also finished the rest of the lower deck...

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Thanks for the updates Jeff, whats the Heritage Tour?



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Thanks for the updates Jeff, whats the Heritage Tour?
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The "Heritage Homes" biennial tour is organized by a group of people who have a common interest in old homes. The tour is of original or restored homes in the city where we live. The whole house was on tour, and we had probably 400 people come through in one day. For all our restoration effort and for being on the tour, we get a plaque for the house and get registered as a Heritage Home.
We had 8 "docents" in the house, as well as my wife and I. The docents are there to answer questions and direct traffic. We were there to answer any questions they couldn't.
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Thats really something to be proud of, glad you've kept us in the loop. We love seeing pics. At first I thought Heritage was a Harley motorcycle ride to Sturgis or something.

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So I finally finished my irrigation automation project.

Background: When the contractor installed the cistern, they put level sensors near the bottom. When the water level gets too low, the sensor opens a valve, and city water flows into the cistern to keep it from running dry (the water feature pump is at the bottom of the cistern).

When the water is near that point, and I'm using it for irrigation, the level sensor opens the valve (keeping the level at the minimum), and I use my booster pump (and my electricity) to irrigate.

This annoyed me to no end. Why should I waste all that potential energy (city water pressure) by dumping it into the cistern and then boosting the pressure back up on MY dime to irrigate.

SO, I installed a 3-way valve with an actuator and a control circuit that switches the irrigation source from cistern to city water when the level gets low. Then, once the cistern starts filling again, it switches back automatically.

Why would I do this when I could just turn a couple of valves manually, you may ask? Because I'm nuts, that's why!

Here's pictures of the 3-way valve and the circuit I created. The valve is usually used for pool/spa applications, as is the level sensor. The circuit at the bottom is my design.

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I really like the idea of a cistern under the patio - that's an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing

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Really large project. Great job!!
Hack you are my hero.How do I wish I could have the place like yours!

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Really large project. Great job!!
Hack you are my hero.How do I wish I could have the place like yours!
Thanks for the kind words...

We lost the Avocado tree to root rot this last winter. Had it cut down last weekend. Planted a new Arbutus Marina in a spot that should provide a good screen from the neighbors yard...

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