Thirty Year Anniversary

The photo below shows what I gave my wife Gina for our 30 year anniversary. She really loved it and it brought tears to her eyes when I showed it to her. The song lyrics is George Strait’s song “I crossed my heart”. Happy Anniversary Babe.


I initially ordered DirecTV from a salesman at our local SAM’S Club. I told him that I had two 4K TV’s and that I wanted two 4K Genie Minis. And my sales work order showed this. Everything was supposed to be wired. I also had installation scheduled for the next day which was great.

The next day the installer game out and he didn’t want to do a wired installation but do a wireless installation. I agreed even though it would cost me $99 extra. I told the installer that I had two 4K TV’s. He had to go back to the warehouse to get the wireless genie’s and about an hour later he showed up and did the installation.

About a week and a half later I tried to view a 4K channel on DirecTV and got error codes. I called DirecTV on a weekend and was told that he had to escalate the problem to tech support and that he would put priority support on the ticket.

Nine days later and I never received a call nor an email from DirecTV so I called and spoke to a representative. She told me it would cost $99 to upgrade to 4K Genie. I explained that I had 4K Genies on the sales work order and that they were supposed to be installed but wasn’t. She said they didn’t do 4K Genies on the initial install so I asked to speak to a supervisor.

After going back and forth with the representative she finally got me to a supervisor. I explained my situation to the supervisor and after going back and forth he finally said that he would have the two 4K Genie’s installed for free but didn’t have any service time slot until about a week and a half later which I agreed to.

A week and a half later the technician came to installed the two 4K Genies which had to be direct wired. Then about another week and a half I got my DirecTV billing. It showed two $99 one time charges for the two 4K Genie’s. So I called DirecTV and spoke to a representative and she said she could not find any notes where the 4k Genie installation was supposed to be free.

So I asked to speak to a supervisor and he also said he could not find any notes where the installation was supposed to be free and that he could not wave the charges. So I am really mad. I also was supposed to get the internet transferred to my name and it was originally in my wife’s name. So the supervisor did the transfer.

Then later my internet rebooted and it no longer worked. I called but was put on hold for 30 minutes and I hung up as I had tickets to see the movie “Over Comer” at the Warren theater in Moore, OK.

After I got home from the movie my internet still didn’t work. I called tech support again and was put on hold for about another 30 minutes. I finally got tech support and she said that the transfer was not finalized so she did the finalization and my internet finally worked again.

Tech support also told me that the supervisor created a new account for the internet with a new login. Why not just transfer it to my existing account? Who knows.

I am very frustrated with AT&T and DirecTV. They lied to me and I will never trust them again. I hope that when my two year contract is up that there will be much better internet providers and my switch to Dish! We will see in two years so I am writing this for a warning to others to not trust AT&T and get people’s names and confirmation email from them.

Bell & Howell Tac Glasses – Not Recommended

I have purchased twice the Bell & Howell Tac Glasses from this website:

Both times the glasses lasted about six months and then the frames broke. Didn’t do anything special to break them. They just broke when I tried to take them off. Below is a photo of the last pair that I purchased. On their website they have no way to review their products so I am doing so here. I do not recommend that you purchase Bell & Howell’s Tac Glasses.

Bell & Howell Tac Glasses
Broken Tac Glasses. Only four months old.

I have since purchases a pair of Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses for Men Women Cycling Running Driving TR033 that I really like and they come with four different lenses (you have to pay extra for a second lense for Bell & Howell sunglasses), a soft case, a hard case, a lanyard, and a lifetime warranty for cheaper than the Bell & Howell Sunglasses. Even bought a second pair for my wife. You can view them here:

Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses for Men Women Cycling Running Driving TR033
Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses

DIY New Onyx Shower

First let me say I have lived in my home now for about 25 years. I had a problem with my tub/shower combination many years ago and again when my son and his family was visiting this last summer. The soap holder on the tiled wall came off and along with it came several tiles. This also revealed that there was mold behind the tiles. So my wife and I decided to remove the bathtub and turn it into a shower only. This not only involved removing the bathtub (which was steel and I had to cut it in half to remove it) but it also involved removing all of the tile and the drywall behind the tile.

Next we searched Lowe’s and Home Depot for a shower assembly that would support cutting out the wall for a large window. Almost every system we looked at said that we could not cut out for a window. Then we found an Onyx system at Lowe’s. They not only said we could cut out the wall for a window but they also sold the window trim in the color of our choice. First this is a DIY project which I was planning on doing myself as a 72 year old male. Second it was a bit more expensive than what we wanted to spend but we decided to get the Onyx system.

We went home and took measurements and looked at the different colors that Onyx offered. We ended up deciding on their “Carmel” color for the shower base, crown molding, soap and shampoo holder, and for the window trim. We also decided on their “Artic” color for the walls and inside corner trim.

We went back to Lowe’s in Moore and our salesman named Roger helped us. We gave him our color choices and measurements and placed our order. Roger said that it would take three weeks for the order to arrive. We also told Roger the shower door that we wanted which was a Arizona Shower Door. Roger said it would also take about three weeks for the shower door to arrive.

Three weeks later the orders arrived. I had already removed the bathtub, tile, and drywall. I had installed cement board on the upper half of the walls but had to wait to do the lower half until the orders came in for the shower base to arrive. Once I installed the shower base I could then finish the cement board on the lower half of the walls. I also painted a water proof coating on the cement boards. The back wall was pretty heavy and I had to ask my son-in-law to help me to cut and position the back wall. Once I had it mounted I could then cut out for the window. Then I installed the side walls, crown molding, window trim, and the soap and shampoo holder. All of this took another two weeks as I was working mainly on the weekends.

Here are the photos of the process and the final out come with the finished shower first. If I can do it then you can do it.


LG LDF7561ST Dishwasher E1 Error

My 5+ year old LG LDF7561ST Dishwasher started giving me an E1 Error which is a water leak. The filters in the bottom was clogged because someone didn’t rinse a pan before putting in the dishwasher. Won’t say who but you can probably guess. I cleaned the filters. Unplugged the dishwasher for awhile and plugged it back it and it still gave me a E1 Error and would not shut off. Did a search on Google and found someone with the same error and they said to pull the dishwasher, tip it forward and backward 45 degrees. So I decided to give it a try and it worked. Before my search I called LG support and they wanted $370 to send someone out to fix it. Sorry LG, did it myself!

My New Front Entry Door Replacement

I decided that it was about time that I replaced my front entry door after 22 years plus my front door was also bent. I decided to replace my storm door also. Lowe’s had a sale on the storm door plus I also got my 10% military discount. Here are the photos of my old front door and storm door.

Front Entry Door

Front Entry Door

Front Storm Door

Front Storm Door

So I purchased a new TermaTru Benchmark entry door and a new Larson storm door from Lowe’s. I first painted the new door frame and replaced the hinges with my oiled bronze hinges. I also purchased a new magnetic door switch to connect to my alarm system.

I had a hard time getting my old frame removed as my old magnetic door switch was embedded in the side of the door frame and it finally broke in half and I was able to remove the door frame. Plus I was doing this by myself which made it harder.

I had a bit of a problem getting my new door frame to fit and finally after sanding the top edges of the new door frame, it finally fitted. I then got the new door frame leveled and set. Then I remounted the new door.

Then my friend came by and we installed the new storm door. Finally got everything calked, insulation sprayed in between the door frame and house, inside door frame reinstalled, and paint touch ups. New doors are below, and even more from Arizona Door Store.

New Front Door

New Front Door

New Storm Door

New Storm Door

We really love our new doors. No more air leaks and cuts down on the outside noise. Plus the new Larson storm door has a screen that comes down when you lower the top window allowing air flow between the back and front of the home. I guess we will also use services from EZ Window Solutions and replace windows, too. Everything took me about 10 hours and was worth it.


Movie, God’s Not Dead 2

We went to the movies at The Warren here in Moore, OK and saw the movie “God’s Not Dead 2“. It was a very good movie and I highly recommend that you see it.

When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble and could expel God from the public square once and for all. You heard all the time about the separation of church and state. Did you know that there is no mention of this in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights?


New Canary Security Device

I added a new Canary security device. If you don’t know what a Canary device is you can view more information from the link below. What it has is a video camera that captures movement within it’s wide lens and stores the video in the cloud. I used to have a Phishing Training at work, so I began to treat all security issues very seriously. It arms itself and disarms itself when ever you leave your home and arrive back home using your cell phone and it’s geolocation. If Canary detects motion while it is armed then it sends you a notice on your cell phone and the video that caused the motion so you can review it and if it is an intruder then it provides links to call the police or medical for fire depending on what it detects. It also shows you the temperature of the room and the humidity and the air quality. I just recently received my Canary and so far I love it.


Here are a few of it’s highlights:

  • See and Hear: Stream real-time video of your home with Canary’s 1080p HD camera, 147 degree wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and high-quality audio.
  • More Than a Camera: Protect your home with Canary’s 90+ dB siren, motion-activated recording, auto-arm/disarm, and optional professional monitoring.
  • HomeHealth Technology: Monitor air quality, temperature, and humidity to help understand how your home might affect your health.
  • Intelligent Notifications: Receive instant video alerts on your iOS or Android device.
  • No Installation/Contracts/Monthly Fees Required: Plug in Canary, connect to the Internet and you’re ready to go. Free secure cloud storage included.

For any issues with locker contact Master Locksmith of New Orleans or call Payless Locksmith.

Contact companies like SixTech Systems for more information.

My Backyard Makeover

I have almost finished phase 1 of my backyard makeover so I thought I would post some photos. This phase 1 is the East half of my backyard and took about one month to complete. I leveled the backyard which required over 200 40lb bags of dirt and about 100 bags of sand. Then I installed a paver base product from Lowe’s. Stain the old grey 16in cement squares using a red stain from Home Depot. Increased the space between each cement square and added paver sand. Finally we purchase new green outdoor carpet from Lowe’s. The expensive part was the paver base product from Lowe’s. Next month I hope to start phase 2 which will be the West half of my backyard.

My Home Automation Experience

First this will be an on going blog about my home automation experience. So check back often to see how things are going. I want to automate some light bulbs, door locks, garage door, window blinds, and some appliances/electronics.

I want to start my home automation my adding a Wink Relay – Smart Home Wall Controller. I first when to Home Depot to pick up a wink relay for $199.95 but when I went to the check out line they wouldn’t give me my 10% military discount. So I said that I wouldn’t purchase the item and instead would order on line at a cheaper cost. I checked with Amazon first but they didn’t have much of discount as they wanted the same $199.95 at first but over time the price dropped about $10. So I tried a few times to purchase one with a bid on eBay but never got the winning bid. Then I found one on eBay that I could purchase and it was only $144.95. So I purchased it and it should be here this weekend.

I also wanted to purchase a GE Link Starter Kit, PLINK-SKIT, Wireless, A19 LED Light Bulb at Home Depot but because they wouldn’t offer me my 10% military discount for the Wind Relay I decided to order on line. I check on eBay and Amazon. Both had them for the same price so I ordered from Amazon as being a prime member on Amazon I get my two day shipping for free. I received my order today. I ordered the starter kit because it is cheaper for two bulbs than if you order two bulbs separately. Also a two bulb pack on Amazon is really high, like the price of three bulbs.

Since I save about $50 ordering the Wink Relay from eBay I also decided to order the Wink Connected Home Hub which I don’t need right now but I will need when I order by window blinds. Again I checked the prices on eBay and Amazon and decided to order from Amazon and I received it today also. I plan on setting up the hub and the light bulbs tonight. So check back in a day or so and I will let you know how the installation and setup went, since you can get the best accessories in home automation  from companies as JFK Electrical online.


I finally got my Wink Hub updated and working. Got my Wink Relay installed also. Now I can control my living room lights and ceiling fan. The lights include the ceiling fan lights and two table lamps.

The two table lamps use the bulbs shown above and can also be dimmed. I purchased the starter kit because with the two light bulbs it is cheaper than purchasing two of the bulbs separately. I didn’t need the controller that comes with the starter kit as I have the Wink Hub.

I also purchased an Egg Minder as shown above. Now I know how many eggs I have at home and which egg is the oldest so you would use the oldest egg first.

My next project is to add an electronic dead bolt on my front door. I will add to this post once I get it installed.


Finally got my Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolts installed.

The install was pretty easy. Just had to replace my existing deadbolts on my front and back doors. Then I connected them to my link relay which also was pretty easy, just follow the instructions in the wink app. I also replaced my lower door knobs with locks with one without a lock. Call Liberty Locksmith of Calgary if you need to replace the locks too.

– Related: 24 Hour Locksmith Las Vegas.

Having the ability to unlock the doors does no good if the lower door knob is also locked. I used the Schlage Passage Levers shown below (or Union Locksmith Las Vegas has answers for you):

My next project is to install a lamp module to control three decorative lamps in our dinning room and have the ability to turn them on at dusk and turn them off at 10 pm automatically. I have the unit on hand, just waiting for the time to install it.


Useful links: Check out Access locksmiths and the emergency locksmith West Palm Beach service.