Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vent Hood

 The vent hood arrived yesterday.

It comes with a plug end on the power cable, so I had to wire in an outlet above ceiling.

They sent a flex duct to connect to the hood but instead I got a 6" rigid piece to exhaust to above ceiling. I will vent through roof as soon as possible

We determined 30" above the stove top was the height we liked.

It took longer to install than I anticipated, about 4 hrs.
 Here is the 6" duct roughed in.
 Installed vent hood.

I believe it is 680 cfm with 3 speeds. There are 2 LED lights and 2 removable stainless steel grease filters.

$265 from Sears.

Just makes the stove look even worse...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Decatur Makers Project: Decatur Wine Festival

Last week I helped the Decatur Makers construct a giant wine bottle display for the Decatur Wine Festival.

It was a lot of fun and ended up looking pretty cool. It was three tiered platform for supporting inflatable bottles on.

The main supports were 3"pvc and the platforms were 3/4" plywood. The top of the highest bottle was more than 13 feet tall.

The wine festival was jam packed. I saw a lot of people taking pictures in front of our display.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


I received an offer from Infinite Energy to get a free NEST thermostat if I switched to their company for natural gas.

I had been already looking at the NEST for a year or so and had actually tried to purchase one one day from Lowe's but they didn't have it.

When the offer came I jumped on it. It just arrived on Friday. It literally took just a couple of minutes to install.

It is very cool. It connects via WiFi to the home network and from there I can access it from any where else with an Android app.

It gathers information so it can "learn" how you like your house temperature. It has a motion sensor and will show the settings when you walk past it. It also shows the humidity on the app.

So far the weather has been really mild and it hasn't had to utilize the air conditioner but once and I basically did that to check to see if it was installed correctly.

The NEST would normally cost $259.