Using the Home Assistant Alert Component with Telegram Acknowledge

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This is an update to my post about the Garage Door Notification which was based on my Wifi Garage Door Controller .

So about a week after my post about sending a repeating notification through Home Assistant, the developers created a new ‘Alert’ component that basically made my post obsolete. So I decided to switch over to the Alert component and add some extra features. Read more...

Current Monitor and Water Sensor for Sump Pump

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I have a sump pump in my basement that doesn’t run very often. I wanted to be able to get a notification when it did run and a notification in the event of a water leak, which might indicate that the pump isn’t functioning properly. Detecting water was relatively simple, but trying to figure out when the pump runs was a little more challenging. I looked into a vibration sensor since the pipes would vibrate very lightly when it came one, but the sensor just wasn’t sensitive enough. I also considered measuring the amount of sound, but I thought that might cause some false positives when the kids were in the basement playing. Read more...

Wifi Fireplace Using a Wemos D1 Mini/ESP8266

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After installing my Garage Door Controller, I wanted my next project to be something cooler. Of course, there’s nothing cooler than a smart gas fireplace.

Here is a list of things you will need to get started:

Software that you will need:

I created a gallery of all the images for this project in case anyone needs a closer look at any of the wiring. Read more...

Wifi Garage Door Controller using a Wemos D1 Mini

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I decided I wanted to be able to control my garage door using my phone. After some research, I decided to use an ESP8266 based Wemos D1 Mini and Home Assistant.

Here are the parts that will be needed:

Software Requirements:

I’m going to assume that Home Assistant, MQTT, and Arduino IDE are all setup. There are plenty of guides out there on how to set those up. If anyone reading this does need help with any of that, feel free to post a comment. Read more...