Author: Chris Heider

Four Questions to Consider About Home Security

What Is the Advantage of Monitored Alarm Systems? The main difference between monitored and unmonitored solutions is whether or not a monitoring station is alerted when an alarm is tripped. With unmonitored systems, you’ll...

Cellular Shades on a Bay Window

With two big bay windows in front of my house, we often felt like we were living in a fishbowl on display for the whole neighborhood. We liked the light, but lacked privacy. In...

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TOJA Grid Modular Pergola System

TOJA Grid is a modular pergola system manufactured in Ontario, Canada. The system includes 14-gauge, powder coated steel hardware and weather-proof sunshades. SInce you purchase the 4×4 lumber locally, you get to decide the...

How to Make a Custom Monogram

How to Make a Custom Monogram

If you watched my Beer Caddy project, I didn’t show any of the detail behind the creation of the monogram and saying on the sides. In this video, I take you behind the scenes...

Beer Caddy

How to Make a Beer Caddy

If you’ve got a beer lover in your life, he or she would definitely love a homemade beer caddy from you. Nothing fancy about this design; it uses standard 1×6 for the ends and...

Alarm System Activation

In this video, I complete the activation of my JAQX system by installing the keypad and hub into their permanent locations. I also call JAQX customer support to activate monitoring. ***LIMITED TIME OFFER*** ►►Free...

How to Plan a Security System

How to Plan a Security System

In this video, you’ll see the process I used to determine where I need sensors for my new alarm system. The drawing tool I used is http://draw.io. It’s free and runs in your browser;...

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Reolink Argus for Neighborhood Hero

World’s First Wire-Free Battery-Powered 1080p Weatherproof Smart Camera Reolink Argus is a completely wireless security camera that connects via WiFi and records to a MicroSD card when it senses motion. In this video, I...

Installing Motion Sensors

Installing Motion Sensors

This video shows everything you need to know about wireless motion sensors that are part of the JAQX Smart Home System. I conduct a bench test, an installation test in my basement and kitchen,...