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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Kikapu » Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:47 pm

Londonrake wrote:This is a fascinating thread. I need to get more into the automation side. Although, CG, you know when Skynet takes over, all that stuff’s going to come after you in your sleep. Led of course by Robovac. :shock:

Posted from my billion dollar, neural-net 2012 iPad. :(

I can't wait for my blow-up-doll to become fully automated! :D
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Pyrpolizer » Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:07 pm

Mastro Paphitis doesn't need a design or a plan.
He knows everything.
And if he'd blow up the roof or the wall, well... he can patch them later

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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:40 pm

Pyrpolizer wrote:Mastro Paphitis doesn't need a design or a plan.
He knows everything.
And if he'd blow up the roof or the wall, well... he can patch them later

PaphitisJob.png


They were all the power point and wall socket points. They just got moved to the left in line with the fibre optic purely for aesthetic reasons because it will be permanently covered by the cabinet so you won't see all the wall socket points which branch out to every room. All I need to do is plaster the walls. I have a plasterer, or I can do that myself too. The outside of my house has just been painted. Now they are painting the inside. It's about 25% done downstairs and then they will work their way upstairs where the hub is situated. I am using professional painters because painting is one job I have done before but don't want to do again.

Everything that was done was on advice from my security installers which set up all the cameras and alarm systems. They are also experts in home automation. There are sensors everywhere, full perimeter security, and perimeter CCTV on the outside and 4 CCTV on the inside. All controlled on apps and fully automated. 30K worth in security alone.

I could have got them to do it all but I did it myself saving approximately 15K. I enjoyed doing most of it because it keeps me occupied,

Today I took down my electric gates and fence, hired a truck and crane, took it to the sand blaster, and from there it will go to powder coaters. Should get it back in a week. If I have time, I will do the install. If not, I palm it off to my contractors.

I am getting my house ready in case I move to the US one day. I have 2 gay guys as my property managers. it's a very high end property that will fetch about $1500 per week in rent. The house will be leased to a corporate in all likelihood. For executive housing.

And I tell you what. My property managers are fantastic.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:41 pm

Pyrpolizer wrote:Mastro Paphitis doesn't need a design or a plan.
He knows everything.
And if he'd blow up the roof or the wall, well... he can patch them later

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BTW, that patch up job (2 small holes), is about a 10 minute job.

I reckon my wife can do it. I do a lot of work on properties, and I know what I am doing. If you are too dumb to do stupid easy jobs like that the that's your problem. The IT Cabinet was a bit involved but heaven forbid if you don't know how to patch a small hole in a wall, or change some tap washers or the oil in your car. :roll:

Painting I can also do, but I am not that good at it and my house is very large and it will take a lot of time. Plus, it's an old house that has a lot of detail in it, and nice architecture and beautiful wood features, windows, serveries, outdoor areas and so on. My painters have been painting here for 2 months now and they do a much better job than I could ever do. I just don't have the patience for painting.

I am quite at home doing this kind of stuff professionally as well. Of course I don't touch electrical work because I am by the book in terms of getting certificates of compliance. I don't do any joinery or cabinets. But doing some stuff around the house is actually good fun. because you get things the way you want them and it provides for a good sense of accomplishment knowing you did whatever it is with you r own hands. Not for everyone though. you strike me as the kafeneio type. :lol:

Another job I plan to do if I have the time is high a wood floor sander, sand all my floors and polish them. That's a job right up my alley. savings $6K.

After that, I am doing some landscaping too. Paving, hedges, plant some Indian Mertyl, or Japanese maple, and whatever else takes my fancy. Another job right up my alley. Savings $20K

Finally, automation throughout the house through a CBUS. Another one right up my alley. Savings I am not sure, but probably at least $5K

So why wouldn't I keep the $50K in my pocket by doing little bits and pieces? That's probably around 35K to 45K Euro of savings mate. 8)

Looks better in my account than someone elses.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:14 pm

And here is the last project I will be doing.

Once all of the above is complete, I'm going to build a Pompeii Fourno Bravo - similar to the Cyprus Fourno.

So I can cook Kleftiko, lamb shanks, pizza and bake bread.

Why? because I just can. 8)

And I always over engineer things too. For example, when I did all my storm water, I used 125 mm sewerage pipes. :lol:

https://www.fornobravo.com/pompeii-oven ... ven-plans/
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Get Real! » Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:14 pm

Paphitis wrote:I have 2 gay guys as my property managers.

And... have they moved in with you? :?
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:18 pm

Get Real! wrote:
Paphitis wrote:I have 2 gay guys as my property managers.

And... have they moved in with you? :?


No but they are good blokes. very professional, and they know their job. :D

They work for me. And they are so thorough.

I have had them over for dinner and wine with the family.

And they will be coming at our Christmas party if we are allowed to have these things at that time. :lol:
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Pyrpolizer » Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:48 pm

Paphitis wrote: you did whatever it is with you r own hands. Not for everyone though. you strike me as the kafeneio type. :lol:


I didn't expect anything less from you other than getting winded and start writting novels about your "accomplishments".
Modesty is not you trait. Here's a clue for you Paphitis: I can spot the finest deficiencies in someone's work for a reason.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:31 pm

Pyrpolizer wrote:
Paphitis wrote: you did whatever it is with you r own hands. Not for everyone though. you strike me as the kafeneio type. :lol:


I didn't expect anything less from you other than getting winded and start writting novels about your "accomplishments".
Modesty is not you trait. Here's a clue for you Paphitis: I can spot the finest deficiencies in someone's work for a reason.


Oh please! Not a boast.

But yes, it’s fair to say I’m pretty proud of my work. Plus, I like getting ideas from Get Real because he is an IT expert.

I got people I consult here as well, whose professional expertise I do use. They are very good. I use 2 guys - one is Serbian and the other Cypriot actually. My painters are Greek and apprentice Puerto Rican. I use the same people over and over because over the years we have picked our people for their good work.

Get Real always provides a good perspective and I like comparing notes.

All the equipment I used was equipment we used on other projects and which are recommended by our contractors. I have seen these guys do it over and over and over again over the years you just know what to do.

Every one of my projects is a source of pride.

And it’s a really good back up to Aviation as well.

And the only reason why I did this work myself is because I had the time on my hands and could do it. Normally, I wouldn’t have the time, meaning I get others to do all this stuff and pay for it. Which I don’t have a problem with either.

Over the years, I and my old man must have saved hundreds of thousands by doing stuff ourselves to rentals, our homes etc. That’s what we would do and that’s how we got ahead. We borrow, buy, fix, and either rent or sell. Then we got into some small time building and Renovations. It was rewarding for us, most of the time fun as well and creative.

There have even been times you had no choice but to do all the work yourself. Such as the time when we were in debt and paying 19% interest. Survival.
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Re: Get Real: set up a new Home Network and got questions

Postby Paphitis » Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:48 pm

I’ve painted many buildings with my old man. It’s a job I can do, but I don’t like doing.

Doing other stuff though I really do enjoy.

I’ve got a tool shed with all the tools and equipment to do most things. That’s half the battle - having the right tools to do the job.

Again, when I finish off my landscaping, I could use our contractors. They are A Grade. But if I got the time, why can’t I do it? And if I create something nice, why can’t I be proud of it? I save some money too.

It’s enjoyable. I personally encourage people to do stuff like this in their homes. Also, do much information on the net. So many videos from experts who give a good step by step.
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