Category: DIY

Caravans at Beach Hop, 2021

Beach Hop rolled around quickly for 2021 as the last one was just in November. Some awesome new vans on view, and the usual suspects…

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Caravans at Beach Hop, 2020

Beach Hop in Whangamata was supposed to be in March this year but was rescheduled to November due to the Pandemic. These photos were mostly…

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Secure the Chocolate: Simple Cupboard Security

We have created a self contained area of our house that we still use a lot ourselves, and part of the need is to be…

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Bike Cover Sail

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Outdoor Pool Area

This was an overhaul of outdoor space. At one stage it was a manky grass area but we dug that up and put stones down…

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Home Automation: Future Thinking

So, home control with your own setup is great, but you have to think about what happens in the event you sell your house, get…

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Home Automation: Electrical Safety

This is part one of some of my notes regarding Home Automation concepts. Part 2 is about planning for the future and house resale value….

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Lachco Front Door Lock for Home Automation

I researched, bought and installed an electronic front door lock to go with the home automation & security system for under NZ$200 in 2017. I…

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Whole House Audio on the Cheap

You can pay thousands for Bose multiroom audio systems, or buy a huge stereo and crank it up so you can hear it throughout the…

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5 Steps to DIY Home Automation

You can spend thousands on home automation equipment. You could get yourself an ecosystem like Apple Homekit, Samsung Smart-Things, Control4 or many others, however with…

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Rebel Roundup, Pukekohe 2018

The first year for Retro Caravans, Rebel Roundup is at Pukekohe raceway south of Auckland.

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Set up a Cheap Home Surveillance System

You can spend a lot on home security and surveillance.  Obviously, better quality, higher resolution digital systems are great and can be set up for…

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Complete Backup and Restore of an Android Device

If you are upgrading an Android device and want to cover everything (and pedantically save the entire history/setup of your phone), for example installing a…

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1965 Zephyr Caravan Renovation

These are the before and after photos of our 1965 15″ Zephyr Deluxe Caravan. It was apparently stored in a shed for 20 years so…

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How I manage and share 1000s of digital photographs

People often ask me for the best way to store their thousands of photos, and I’ve tried a bunch of ways in the past. I take…

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