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The easiest way to avoid the perception of rudeness is to only use statements that you know are true and do not pass subjective judgement:
"Hey, this is will be a bit of an awkward conversation, but If I don't bring it up now, I think it will turn into a larger problem later. I seem to have a very strong sense of smell, so much so, that the scents you use for your air fresheners are causing me nausea. It seems that they are always on, even when you are not around (and your door is open). Would you mind only emitting the fresheners less/only at certain times of day? If you'd like, I can supply you with an outlet timer so that you can do this automatically. Like I said, this conversation is a bit weird, but its important that you understand how important this is to me: my nausea is not something I can just ignore."
If she balks (or says no):
"I understand where you are coming from, its never fun to be talked to about smells, but we will need to address this somehow. I may escalate this to <RA/authority/landlord> (if possible)."
Honestly, smart outlets can do everything you listed. You can even get smart outlets that will do the timing without needing Alexa.
Unless you want sensors, remote control, or voice control, I don't recommend it. You are spending more money on complicated wifi outlets than an old school rotary timer like this and are looking forward to a ton of complications. Keep it simple if you don't need it complicated.
I just hooked a timer on mine. The large volume of cold beer in the kegs means that the temperature is low even with no cooling half the time. Less than 1C rise in temperature form 11pm to 10am.
You could use a dumb mechanical timer plugged into the smart plug. When the smart plug is turned on, the mechanical timer will run and can be set to go on/off every 30 minutes, though it wouldn't always start in the ON position, when you turn the smart plug on it may have 28 minutes left of OFF.
You could overcome both those shortcomings using another smart plug plugged into the first smart plug. I know with a Sonoff S26 you can program it so that when it first gets power it turns on the device, then use Loop Timer to alternate state every 20 minutes.
Yeah. This sounds like a self control problem.
Your router configuration should have some parental controls, like a weekly calendar that you can set bedtime hours or homework hours or whatever other stuff.
Restrictions based on time of day and day of week.... Whatever fits your schedule.
Usually these parameters are set by a parent, who is trying to control a childs behavior... Not an adult trying to control their own behavior.
Trying to use a internet device to control the internet is gonna be a problem. A simple lamp-timer would be more effective (as it doesn't require internet to work) and also, it's way cheaper.
You might be able to automate the smart switch somehow depending on the app you use. I have some smart switches that I use with the apple homekit app, however the problem I run into is that if we have an internet outage the automation stops working(Thanks Apple). I have a Planted 24/7 light on my main tank, but all of my other tanks are on simple analog timers, sometimes low tech is just better.
I use these, 2 for $15 it allows me to set on off periods on 30 minute intervals, for example my paludarium rain turns on 4 times a day for different intervals, sometimes it's on for 30 minutes, sometimes 2 hours, and it's easy to adjust. I also have my light on the same kind of timer.
Get some light timers and plug lamps into them. Set them to go at different times, like the living room light is on from 5PM to 8PM, then the bedroom light is on from 8PM to 11PM, or something like that. Stagger lights around the house.
Leaving a radio or TV on can also help, or if you have a Google Home or Alexa or similar you should be able to schedule an event for a song or podcast to start playing automatically.
While we're on the smart assistant thing, if it's working properly you can even just occasionally turn on lights/devices/songs when away from home using the apps.
You can get a super cheap timer for managing light cycles, something like this would work just fine.
I think that depends on the chameleon you get and also not much. They are very sensitive. There are timers out there you can turn on and off as often as you would like. For pretty cheap. BN-LINK BND-60/U47 Indoor Mini 24-Hour Mechanical Outlet Timer, 3-Prong, 2-Pack [link].
Something like this can give you more humidity more of the time.
i wonder if you can get one of those rotary timer things and set it to run off for an hour every 24h. EDIT: [link]
For every corp install I've seen its a 24/7 affair but if you have the budget for it most dont care.
Something like this. Basically schedules when whatever is plugged into it gets power, which can work as a programmable start if you flip the switch on the machine to "on" when you prepare the machine to make coffee in the morning when you go to bed.
It's hard to say but I'd suggest at least 3x a week if not daily, anywhere from 25-50%...it's more to make sure the water stays clean for the one with fin rot than anything. I wouldn't expect the bloom to last more than a few days. You can also turn the lights off for a day or two and see if it helps.
A plug-in timer would be something similar to this (I just randomly pulled this off Amazon so am not endorsing this product, just using as an example). I get them from Walmart/Target, usually found where the extension cords and power strips are kept.
Buy a cheap radio and get one of those appliance timers that plug into a socket and all ow you to set on/off for a 24 hour period. I have one with a 15 minute granularity and it works fine.
One thing to watch is what the bird likes. For example my bird hates music but loves listening to conversation. Talk radio may make more sense if that is what the bird pays attention to.
Here's an example. There was life before the Amazon and Google spyware.
Ensure the connection between the paintball tank and regulator will fit.
Most regulators the US are cga320, paintball tanks are not. there are adaptors that are sold for fairly cheap
I use these mechanical timers and they work perfectly:
I had the same worry, so I got these which are pretty idiot-proof. You just
spin the center wheel to the current time,
push in the little black tabs around the wheel for the spaces of time you want the light to be on (in 30 min increments),
plug in your lamp and make sure the lamp is turned to the "on" setting and
make sure the switch on the side of the timer is clicked down to the little clock symbol.
It's been pretty reliable, though is always a few minutes off (about 3 for me) which I don't mind. I may get a fancier one later, but this one has done exactly what I need it too, plus I have a backup in case I decide to get crazy with any other lights in the house. Good luck!
I haven’t looked at the relay plugs recently, I admit, but when I looked at them last, they didn’t do well with high wattage uses.
If your show time is consistent, why not use a good mechanical timer? You can set it to turn on and off easily, and the mechanical ones will almost all manage 15amps.
Century Indoor 24-Hour Mechanical Outlet Timer, 3 Prong, 2-Pack [link]
OH! I've got this.
Meal prep on your day off. Freeze your intended meal in the slow cooker bag inside a tupperware container of some sort. When you're about to go to work remove the slow cooker liner from the tupperware container and put it in the slow cooker. Should fit decently even when frozen assuming the tupperware's a similar-ish shape. Set the slow cooker to high, and the power outlet to turn on in 4-5 hours. It'll defrost and then cook!
Like these would be fine.
2 pack of timers for 12 bux...
Would a physical timer work… BN-LINK BND-60/U47 Indoor Mini 24-Hour Mechanical Outlet Timer, 3-Prong, 2-Pack [link]
This is the first one I found on Amazon, this is a must for growing.
/r/nosurf is pretty good. There is a lot of strategies on there for dealing with internet addiction and technology addiction.
IMO, best thing to do is create an environment that you can thrive in. Replace your television and computer with a power-rack. Toss out all the unhealthy foods. Put yourself in a home that motivates you, not one that tempts you. Same with your work environment and your social environment. Force of will starts with using your will to change your environment. Do not rely on your will 24 hours a day, instead use it to put yourself into a position where you are most likely to behave rightly. If right now you are formulating reasons why you 'cannot' change your environment, then skip to the last paragraph of this comment where I discuss inferiority complex.
Here is a pretty awesome little gadget to help force yourself out of your devices: A time-lock safe (like they use at banks). You can run your computer or TV power cord through it and place a outlet timer like this one on the inside of the safe. Set the timer on the inside for the hours you want to allow yourself access to the device. Set the kitchen safe timer for 10 days. Every 10 days you can adjust your allowed hours, but when the kitchen safe timer is time locked, there is no way to adjust the hours or access the power cord to your device to plug it in.
Use that time-lock for your computer and TV. On your phone, have someone set up a parental password and delete any bad environment apps like facebook and chrome. Instead of asking someone for help, I like to send myself the password at a later date using futureme.org Using a 6 digit password I can usually create a password, send it to myself, then forget the password by saying random numbers in my head and distracting myself while I do it. I find this more useful than asking someone to remember the password for me because it totally removes any temptation from the equation. It completely prevents me from begging my friend for the password in an embarrassing and pathetic fashion.
Don't fall into the trap of blaming society or the existence of digital media for your behaviors. Choosing not to improve yourself because society is a certain way is called having an inferiority complex. There is a chapter of the book "The Courage to be Disliked" that deals explains this in more detail, here it is. Even better, I have a summary of the chapter quoted here. If you want the full book, PM me.
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I use an automatic timer. One like this does the job perfectly fine
My lights came with a timer but I use these (BN-LINK is the brand) for other things and they work great - ([link])
Since you mentioned having 3 grow lights I’d also recommend buying the power strip, it’s the same brand! -([link])
Limited-time deal: BN-LINK BND-60/U47 Indoor Mini 24-Hour Mechanical Outlet Timer, 3-Prong, 2-Pack [link]
Yeah, this one is coming tomorrow
pardon me as im not the op, but would one need a cycle timer with two outlet inputs? one for fan and one for humdifier or does the inkbird provide a switch for the humdifier so it can just turn it on and off? and would something like these work if not? https://www.amazon.com/Century-Indoor-24-Hour-Mechanical-Outlet/dp/B01LPSGBZS/ref=sr_1_52?crid=NN05GOKO0RHF&dchild=1&keywords=repeat+cycle+timer&qid=1609858425&sprefix=repeat+cyc%2Caps%2C191&sr=8-52
say to turn on and off every 30 minutes as you say? i ask about these because they are inexpensive and have two outlets
why not just us a normal timer plug:
Has exactly the autonomy you need, given it's out of range of your everything, why even bother with something 'smart'?
Ok so your cup water changes are completely wrong ... probably part of why you got an algae bloom because the waste debris sits at the bottom of the tank and you’re only scooping out water from the top which doesn’t help much. You need an actual gravel vacuum to poke around deep in the gravel and siphon away all the waste debris that’s trapped in the gaps. YouTube has tutorials on how to use a gravel vacuum to perform water changes. You only need a mini gravel vacuum since 5.5g is small, any larger gravel vacuums would be too big to use. Outlet timer isn’t too expensive and once you set them up you basically set-it-and-forget-it, plug the tank lights into the outlet timer, have the switch on the tank lights set to the “on” position, set the hours of operation, and the outlet timer will regulate the tank lights automatically for you so you don’t have to.
Here’s some cheap examples:
And gravel vacuums for 5.5g:
Also recommend you get API Freshwater Master Test Kit if you don’t already have that so you can monitor your aquarium ammonia, nitrite and nitrAte levels accurately and frequently.
Save yourself a lot of trouble and cash and get one of these instead.
BN-LINK BND-60/U47 Indoor Mini 24-Hour Mechanical Outlet Timer, 3-Prong, 2-Pack [link]
Honestly just buying outlet plugs with timers is probably the better option than trying to figure out a way to program it with c# and a computer.
Pretty much anything, they are kind of bulletproof. I use these, but I imagine they are all pretty much the same:
Also, what PhotoProxima said above, this will get you started
Assuming you would like to have a nice, neutral and clean spirit to build into whatever you like (ie, everclear style); here’s my advice.
Make a large wash with basic sugar. 30kgs in 80 liters with one bag of turbo yeast will give you a 17-20% abv wash. (The turboyeast will multiply and do the work, no need to pitch in a lot of yeast)
Get ready to build up to your final product in stages — get at least three large 17.5 liter water bottles with airlocks or lids.
Buy a timer for the still like the ones used to turn lights on and off when you are away. Set it to run airstill for about 3 hours each time. This way you can run in the morning before leaving, once you are home, and again at night. About 9 liters of wash processed daily.
First run output goes into bottle #1, you will likely fill it before you get through the 80 liters, so maybe do 2 of these initial bottles. Dump the dregs, of course.
Throw some activated carbon pellets in #1 jugs before you start. Buy these from fish / aquarium shop. ([link])
Rerun all in jug #1 again through the air still. This will take it from 50-60% up to 80% or so. Put this output into jug#2, also with a few cups of activated charcoal. The dregs left in the still are about 20%, so dump them back into your original wash, if they are cooled down enough.
Once you’re ready with enough volume in jug #2, run it again but ensure you catch the first 100mls at least. This is the run you cut out the methanol, acetone and other light end nasties. You can use this stuff for washing up fluid, but not drinking. You can place a cup inside your gathering bucket under the spout.
Now you should have some really clean 180 proof base fluid. Max output form 32kgs sugar into 80 liters = +/- 20 liters of 180proof.
Add fresh spring water to get it back to 35%-40% and make your booze of choice. Everclear website has a lot of good ideas.
If you try all this, pm me back and let me know how it went or if you had any problems.
Timer — [link]
Or use [link]
This is the one that I use.
This works very well in my personal experience.