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  • February 16, 2008 05:39:55 AM

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The Handyguys are just a couple of avid DIYers sharing their experiences working around the house. Our podcast feature answers to your questions, head-to-head tool tests and other DIY and home improvement topics. If you have a question regarding your home, let us know using the “contact” tab on our site or call us at (615) 676-0877. If possible, we will respond to your question via email and may use your question on-the-air in a future broadcast.

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Moving Out of a Smart Home

Before selling our home last year, a realtor told us our home would qualify as a smart home because of all the technology installed. “Smart” additions included Lutron Caseta light switches in our basement to turn off lights by voice command or app, an Echobee thermostat for remote temperature control, and an app-based video camera for the driveway so we knew when package deliveries arrived. We also used Google Echo Dots around the house to set alarms, ask silly questions, and...

Before selling our home last year, a realtor told us our home would qualify as a smart home because of all the technology installed. “Smart” additions included Lutron Caseta light switches in our basement to turn off lights by voice command or app, an Echobee thermostat for remote temperature control, and an app-based video camera for the driveway so we knew when package deliveries arrived. We also used Google Echo Dots around the house to set alarms, ask silly questions, and broadcast messages like a two-way radio. If you have them in two different rooms, try saying “Broadcast Good Morning.”

According to Coldwell Banker and CNET, a “smart home” is a “home that is equipped with network-connected products (i.e., “smart products” connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself.”

It’s one thing to install the devices and make sure they are working correctly and quite another to leave the home ready for the next homeowner. To install them, see our video on Echobee thermostats and our video series on the Lutron Caseta Smart Home Lighting including an introduction, installation of its Smart Bridge, and using the app. On our Handyguys YouTube channel are a number of other videos on integrating smart devices and installation tips.

If you are looking to buy an Echobee thermostat for your home, Amazon is currently selling ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control, SmartSensor Included, Alexa Built-In. Yes, you can directly order more paper towels from Amazon through your thermostat using the Alexa connection. Pretty cool, huh? Well, until random music starts playing through your house and you can’t find it until you stand close to the thermostat and realize where it’s coming from. You can turn off these feature if it creeps you out too much.

But, seriously, what do you do when it’s time to sell? It depends on what is included in you agreement of sale. You do need to exclude things that are attached to the house if you are taking them with you, even like brackets for surround-sound speakers. We excluded the video cameras but are leaving the Echobee thermostat and Lutron switches. Each has their own reset and “Set to Move” features. Check the instructions from each manufacturer to make sure you leave it in the proper setting for the next owner to set-up themselves.

For resetting Lutron Caseta Smart Light Switches to their original factory setting, check our post detailing the process step-by step.

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Restoring Factory Defaults in Lutron Caseta Smart Light Switches

When we moved out of our house last year, we chose to leave behind the Lutron Caseta Smart Light Switches installed throughout the basement. These switches allowed us to connect our lighting choices to our Google home device to be … The post Restoring Factory Defaults in Lutron Caseta Smart Light Switches appeared first on The...

When we moved out of our house last year, we chose to leave behind the Lutron Caseta Smart Light Switches installed throughout the basement.

These switches allowed us to connect our lighting choices to our Google home device to be able to say things like “Hey, Google, turn on basement lights” or “Hey, Google, turn on ‘watch movie’ ” which would direct all the lights to go out except the left and right wall sconces that would dim to the perfect amount of light. Even more helpful, when one of us would leave a light on in the far corner of the basement, we could simply press the switch at the top of the stairs and all lights would go out. We could also control them on an app on our phones or on our laptops.

Then, we sold the house and had to figure out how to leave the whole system so the new homeowners would be able to tie these switches to apps on their phones and computers not ours. It took some digging but here are the steps we found to do the trick. The steps are easy and you can move through them quickly in less than 5 minutes.

  1. Open the Lutron app on your phone or computer. If you have these light switches and never took the time to create an account to use them digitally, you might not need to do anything but if you want to make sure, you can download the app now and set them up by creating a new account as indicated starting in Step 8 below and then un-set starting with Step 1 to make sure. You only need steps 1-7 to remove yourself. Start by clicking on ‘wheel” icon in top left corner to open ‘Settings”.
Lutron Caseta App Home Page

2. Within “Settings,” select “Account”.

Caseta App Settings

3. Within “Account”, select “Edit Account” — “Change your account password.”

Lutron Caseta App Account Settings

4. You will be prompted to enter your login information to make these changes.

5. Create a new password.

6. Change your email.

7. You should get this message. “Your account has been updated.” Now you can walk away.

8. If you want to regain access or someone else new to your home needs to get set-up in the app, they would start here. Go to the homescreen on Lutron app and click “Get Started.”

9. You will be prompted to “Install Devices”.

10. Create a new account with the email and password for the new user.

11. Follow these steps with the hardware shown below. Plug the Caseta Bridge into a power outlet and the WiFi router.

12. Tap the button on the Bridge as shown below.

13. You should see the blue wheel below indicating that the bridge is “Discovering your Lutron system”.

14. The next message should indicate that “Your Lutron System is ready!”

15. Press the button on the back of the bridge a second time.

16. You will receive the following message: “This Lutron system has another account. Would you like to remove the old account? Other users will need to sign into the new account.” Select “Confirm.”

17. Name your home and select “Next”.

18. You will be asked “Allow Lutron to access this device’s location?” Select first option: “Allow only while using this app.”

19. Make sure you are in the right time zone.

20. Now you can have some fun playing around with setting scenes and schedules for your needs.

And, there you have it. If you have additional questions, you can always check support out information on the Caseta Wireless website.

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Painting to Sell

When you are prepping your house for sale, there’s always several big debates for chronic DIYers like us: how much to paint, how much to do oneself, how much to hire out, and who to hire. For a recent project, … The post Painting to Sell appeared first on The...

When you are prepping your house for sale, there’s always several big debates for chronic DIYers like us: how much to paint, how much to do oneself, how much to hire out, and who to hire. For a recent project, hiring college kids on Spring Break worked well and gave them some needed spending money but we did have to do some finishing details afterward, like going over the quarter inch of bright green paint that showed above the realtor’s favorite “Amazing Gray” when our good-hearted amateurs taped just shy of the ceiling.

Once you have decided to do what you can yourself (because paint is cheap and labor is not), there are decisions like whether or not to use painter’s tape, what nap of roll to pick, which drop cloth to use (versus an old sheet which either leaks through to the floor or an outdoor tarp which can be slippery) and of course, which length and brand of paintbrush. We are a bit of brush snobs because a little extra money on brushes goes a long way in keeping bristles from being painted into your walls. Soooo many choices, so little time. Oh, and let’s not even begin to mention the paint itself.

Fortunately for you, we did mention paint and painting tools in our podcast on How to Paint Like a Pro. You can also read about picking paint colors in Picking Paint Colors with a professional.

As all good product manufacturers, we found a few new items on the shelves when prepping our house for sale this year. FrogTape now has a yellow Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape with PaintBlock, 1.88″ wide. This is especially helpful when you are trying to get your painting done in a tight time frame and you are painting the wall soon after the trim is dry. You heard me right. Pros told us to paint the trim, especially complicated trim, first. We’ve done it both ways – wall, then trim, but it worked out surprisingly well to do the baseboard first this last go around.

Leave us comments about your favorite story of painting “challenges”. What worked? What didn’t?

Click on the image below to buy your own yellow painter’s tape and any other painting supplies you need!

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Selling Your House During a Global Pandemic

When we (Handyguy Brian and his wife, Sarah) decided to sell our house last year and started prepping it to show, we, like the rest of the world, didn’t realize our dreams might get delayed just a bit in the Spring of 2020. We cleaned out our closets, took a ton of trips to the landfill, painted, re-carpeted, landscaped and had it all ready to go. And then the world shut down. Admittedly for our own benefit but who could have guessed? Despite it all, we had a very helpful realtor who...

When we (Handyguy Brian and his wife, Sarah) decided to sell our house last year and started prepping it to show, we, like the rest of the world, didn’t realize our dreams might get delayed just a bit in the Spring of 2020.

We cleaned out our closets, took a ton of trips to the landfill, painted, re-carpeted, landscaped and had it all ready to go. And then the world shut down. Admittedly for our own benefit but who could have guessed? Despite it all, we had a very helpful realtor who managed to squeeze in filming a professional video of our home before the state mandated a complete shut-down due to COVID-19. We thought we would get a couple of inquiries from the video. I am sure it was helpful, but things didn’t really change until couples could come back in and see the house with their realtor and their face masks. Then, we got an offer in only a week and half. More on that to come since we are still in the process of inspections, appraisals and other steps in the process to close on it and find our dream home with more land in the mountains of Tennessee.

The Handyguys did a previous post and video on Curb Appeal that you might enjoy if you are trying to sell your house this year. In fact, I’ll share the video again here but starting with clean front door and entry-way is a great place to begin.

Did you know Rust-Oleum has a great door paint too? Fade & chip resistant. Check it out to get started on a great home project while you have the time!

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How to Hang Heavy Objects on a Wall

When you’re hanging something heavy, a simple nail probably won’t do the job. Whether it’s an heirloom family mirror or a large painting, you want to be confident it will hang securely on your wall for years to come.The right … The post How to Hang Heavy Objects on a Wall appeared first on The...

When you’re hanging something heavy, a simple nail probably won’t do the job. Whether it’s an heirloom family mirror or a large painting, you want to be confident it will hang securely on your wall for years to come.
The right method for hanging your object depends on the type of wall you have and where you want to hang it. There are several ways to approach this task, depending on whether your wall is plaster, drywall or brick.
If your home was built before World War II, it likely has plaster walls, BobVila.com says. Most newer homes are made with drywall, though homeowners may opt for plaster if they’re looking for a textured or glossy finish. If you’re unsure, you can try pinning a tack into an unobtrusive portion of your wall. If it’s easy to push the tack into the wall to hang up a picture or a poster, it’s likely drywall, BobVila.com says. Plaster is brittle and can’t usually be pierced in this way.
Before trying any of the following methods, check the guidelines on the hardware you purchase to make sure it will be able to withstand the weight of the object you’re trying to hang. If you’re unsure, you may want to hire a professional handyman to hang your picture or mirror.

Thanks to Allstate for sponsoring this show. 

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How to Get Your Lawn Mower Ready for Spring

As the seasons change from winter to spring, you need to make sure your yard tools are ready to work after their winter hibernation. Before you head out to mow the lawn for the first time this spring, watch as the home … The post How to Get Your Lawn Mower Ready for Spring appeared first on The...

As the seasons change from winter to spring, you need to make sure your yard tools are ready to work after their winter hibernation. Before you head out to mow the lawn for the first time this spring, watch as the home improvement specialists The Handyguys share their tips on getting your lawn mower ready.

Thank You to Allstate for sponsoring this content. 

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