Showing posts from June, 2020

New Security Cameras

  New Security Cameras by rdpecken on Jun.02, 2020, under Communications Some time in the past year, our grey-market Hikvision security cameras stopped sending emails to us when they detected motion. We traced this problem down to virtually all major email providers requiring a new method to send emails in order to improve security of their email system.   Front Porch Because these were grey-market cameras, we could not update the firmware in them to implement the new security protocols. So, for $75, we bought two new security cameras that supported the new cctv protocols. They work fine so far, but we need to play with the settings a bit to get them to only send pictures when there is serious movement, rather than any minor change.   West Side We also found that the WiFi router we have had up there for many years is starting to flake out, so we have a new router to install on our next trip, as well. It’s not a problem for the cameras, but the WiFi internet was

Ceiling Insulation for the LittleHouse

  Ceiling Insulation for the LittleHouse by rdpecken on Jun.02, 2020, under Insulation Wow, it’s been a while since we’ve done any work at the ranch (other than normal maintenance, such as battery maintenance…) Now that we have finished our kitchen remodeling at the house down in Mesa, we have the time and resources to begin work again at the ranch. The first major project to start back up is finishing the insulation inside of the LittleHouse . We started work on the ceiling insulation in April, and continued in May.     Foam Insulation Board Installed At the start of the project, there was just the bare sheathing under the roof to make up the ceiling.     Bare Sheathing   The first step was to install rafter venting panels, to allow the hot air to rise up from the bird boards to the peak of the roof. This should keep the ceiling cooler in the summer, and prevent moisture buildup in the winter. They were kind of difficult to install, due to the 45 degree bend at th