The Garage Journal http://www.garagejournal.com Just another WordPress weblog Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nest Cam & Self Monitored Security http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/07/nest-cam-self-monitored-security/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/07/nest-cam-self-monitored-security/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:00:45 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2488

I live and work in a fairly remote spot. I mean, we are only 20 minutes from Austin, TX but to get to my shop and home you have to go down a number of small country roads and even a gravel lane of sorts.  When you finally make your way here, you feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere. It’s great. I love it… But, there are times when living in such a location makes you feel pretty vulnerable. If we are out of town, we don’t have neighbors to watch over the joint. And if we are in the house, we aren’t in line of sight with the shop.

Security is huge to us. Both the shop and the house are wired up with security systems. But the thing is, the mainstream security industry hasn’t really caught up with technology. Most require and landline or a cell card for monitoring. Most camera systems that are wifi enabled are unreliable… and most systems just seem to be really unintegrated with modern life.

Nest seems to be heading in the right direction. Their indoor security system is pretty low on features, but what is there gets good reviews. Lately, however, they seem to be making a move towards proving a complete security solution with modern features. A good example of that is this new outdoor camera. You can get em here for around $200. You can also get their indoor units here.

The great thing about these units is that all you really need is a power source and a wifi network. Once hooked up, you have a pretty reliable video source as well as decent self monitoring. The problem is though is that these cameras are purely reactionary. There are no door sensors, there are no window sensors, there are no motion detectors, etc… There is nothing to actually get a bad guy off your property if he does, in fact, get in.

Now, Nest does integrate with some security systems. Both Scout Alarm and GetSafe Home Security claim to integrate well, but I’ve never had experience with either. So… I’m wondering if any of you guys have any experience with self monitored and installed security systems that don’t require a land line or a call block for the monitoring. If you do, let us know how your experience has been…

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Vintage Station Signs http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/07/vintage-station-signs/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/07/vintage-station-signs/#respond Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:42:50 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2482

A very good friend of mine gave me this sign for obvious reasons… All evidence points to it being manufactured in the 1940’s, but here’s the thing – I’ve seen very similar signs in a number of different places across the country. They all share the same typeface, the same colors, and the same build characteristics, but of course, advertise various stations and repair shops. This leads me to believe that someone in the 1940’s and 50’s was selling customizable porcelain signs to service stations across the country.

Does anyone know the details of who was making/selling these and from where?

 

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Happy 4th http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/07/happy-4th/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/07/happy-4th/#respond Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:38:47 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2478

Happy 4th y’all…

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Long Stock Storage http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/06/long-stock-storage/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/06/long-stock-storage/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:39:53 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2474 long

I was fumbling around the Garage Gallery this morning and saw a pretty smart solution for long stock storage. You can see the details here. The user was inspired by the photo above, but actually created a square box solution for more space efficiency. Pretty brilliant to utilize the voided space between joists in such a manner…

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Shipping Container Work Shop http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/06/shipping-container-work-shop/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/06/shipping-container-work-shop/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:44:20 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2471

So I was farting around on YouTube and ran into this kind of commercialized build of a shipping container work shop. I have no need for such a thing, but it did get my mind going… which, in turn, led me to looking for other container builds. Although the production quality sucks, the video above covers what is probably the best I found.

These things are inventive as hell… Anyone ever built one?

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An Unknown Lift http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/an-unknown-lift/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/an-unknown-lift/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 19:57:49 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2468

So a new user just found something pretty cool… It’s a parallel lift of unknown origin, but looks to be built to handle some pretty heavy jobs. Know anything about it?

If so, click here and tell us!

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Who The Hell Is PowerTorque Tools? http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/who-the-hell-is-powertorque-tools/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/who-the-hell-is-powertorque-tools/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 15:35:50 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2461

So I’m in my local O’Reilly Auto Parts store and while waiting on the incompetent parts guy to look up the irrelevant year, make, and model of a part that I was looking for, I peeped something on the “impulse buy” rack that shocked me. A company selling tools under the name of “PowerTorque” had apparently ripped off my great uncle’s wrench design and are now hocking them at O’Reilly.

Check it out.

Rad Chinese made tool, right? Now, dig on the patent my family filed in 1915.

What’s old is now new again… Bastards.

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Rogue Supply Work Benches http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/rogue-supply-work-benches/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/rogue-supply-work-benches/#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 20:38:59 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2458

So these folks have been emailing me for a few weeks about their workbenches. I get a lot of these types of email and frankly, many of them get ignored as how many reviews can I really do before I come off looking like some kind of a flim-flam man?

Anyway, I was looking for something to post about and, on a whim, went to check out these benches. Holy cow… They seem legit. Very heavy duty, seemingly well made, and I love the modular approach that Rogue took. Given what they are, the prices aren’t too terribly out of line either.

Details here.

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A Weird Snap On Box http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/a-weird-snap-on-box/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/05/a-weird-snap-on-box/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 21:23:10 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2449

The other day I was at an old machine shop in Austin and saw the strangest Snap On box. Essentially some form of storage was on three of the four sides – making what was essentially a mobile tool island. You gotta question the functionality of it, but the old fart that was using it said it was the best box he had ever had.

These images are terrible – I stole them off an eBay auction – but they illustrate a point well enough.

Anyone know the story on these? I feel like I’ve seen on on the forum before, but couldn’t find it.

s-l1600 s-l16002 s-l16003 s-l16004

 

 

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A Ferrari Showroom http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/04/a-ferrari-showroom/ http://www.garagejournal.com/2016/04/a-ferrari-showroom/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:16:19 +0000 http://www.garagejournal.com/?p=2447

It’s sort of in fashion to say that “showroom” garages are a good example of excess gone wrong. And I get that line of thinking… I mean, what good is a garage that you can’t get dirty – right? But imagine having the kind of cash that allows a collection of Ferraris and needing a space to keep them all? You wanna grind and weld near a multi-million dollar vintage Ferrari?

Point is, the showroom garage is only lame until you actually need one.

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