The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169078   Message #4129495
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
20-Dec-21 - 01:12 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
That person probably didn't know what they were doing, or were new to the program. Until you know how much juice you'll get, adding sugar is an unscientific part of the kitchen science of steam juicing. You want to keep the process as simple and clean as possible. Adding sugar adds a sticky element and possibly too much sweetness. If you're canning with the juice, then you need to know precisely how much sugar from the start. (That said, I know of people who steam chickens in their steam juicers - so that is a level of messy you'd have to think about.)

I'm looking into getting one of those video doorbells (RING) - I have some credit with the folks at Dell after buying my printer, and I've always passed on the devices in the past because they were too easy to snatch off of the wall. But the one I'm looking at is a new design that is wired, using the low-voltage wiring from the existing doorbell. It screws into place making it a little easier to secure. I can use the existing Echo Dot as the chime (right now I have my regular doorbell chime disabled, and that's a separate issue).

In my attic there is a point where if you step, the doorbell rings. It is over the top of that transformer in the front hall closet ceiling. If someone pushes the existing bell sometimes there is a connection that doesn't ring, but there is an electrical hum in the hall from the doorbell. I have to touch some part of the chime wiring screws with a metal screwdriver to make it ring, and once the chime rings that discharges the hum. So something is off. I can reach the transformer from the attic to fix or replace it, I could replace the chime in the bedroom hall, or I could continue to use it and use a "jumper" cable they provide so the bell will still ring if someone pushes the doorbell.

Subscription is $3 a month to get the recorded video. $6 a month to get recorded audio also. It jumps to $10 a month for more bells and whistles. Or you can just use it in real-time only with no subscription and still converse with whoever is at the door.

These are the parts of the project. A multimeter to test the transformer comes in cheap, around $20. If I need a new doorbell transformer, that's another $20. With my credit points, the RING comes in about $30. Fortunately it doesn't involve some of the elaborate hoops that Jon tells us about when he starts working on the network in his rural English home. (Or is it Welsh?) The $3 video-only subscription goes back 30 days, $6 goes back 60 days, and bits can be easily downloaded into phone or computer (probably a hog as far as phone memory, so not something to download often into the phone). I've threatened to put up a camera for years. I could also do this with a power adaptor one on a high corner of the front of the house (out of reach, so not needing to be wired) to get the street. Depending on how wide the angle, that would show two driveways and an extra house, and if that was an extra camera, the cost goes up to $6 a month. I'm at an entry point for the neighborhood, so would expect to hear from people regularly asking about what passed through at thus-and-such time of day. I would probably become more engaged with my neighbors by having this in place, dropping in on the Nextdoor site to see what's up. Being more aware of crime passing through the village - a good thing or not. Hmmm.