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Summer “Fun” Has Begun

I usually don’t like this time of year.  This is the time of year when the kids are home, and schedules get really screwed up.  This is also the time of year when it seems like money is getting spent almost as bad as Christmas time.

huskyJust a few weeks ago I decided to get some work done around the house.  My wife requested that I power wash the house, and get some other work done.  Out came my Husky power washing unit that I got a few years back.  My neighbor “B” came out and offered to let me use his power washer.  We also had some trees removed so I had to work around them.  After power washing the house finding where the ants were coming from became easier.  After talking to a few people I found out that the amount of rainfall has made a lot of ants head for their homes as well.

My wife got a fire pit from me for Christmas last year and she has been anxious to use it.  We went to Harbor Freight and purchased a wood splitter.  We probably won’t use it again after this year, but it was worth it just to make her happy.

If I was a bit better off for money I would probably just hire someone to do the things around my house.  I am not against work, but it just never seems to end.

X10 SC1200 Security Alarm Console Review

X10 SC1200

I have recently tried out a new product from X10.  While this isn’t going to tell you what diet pills work best it will tell you about the brand new security console, the SC1200.  For many years I was using a security console that seemed like it was made back in the 70’s.  The new console looks, and operates like a modern piece of technology.

X10 Protector

The Sc1200 has a lcd screen, keypad, tamper alert, and works with wireless, and wired sensors.  It is fully compatible with 90% of the original X10 accessories, and there are even new accessories that you can purchase like a thermostat roll-back unit.  The SC1200 uses 4 AA batteries for battery backup.  It comes with a power supply, and phone cable.  The SC1200 also mounts to a wall without additional hardware, which the Protector unit needed a wall mount that cost additional.

In comparison to the original Protector, the SC1200 is much nicer to look at, seems to have a bit more range than its predecessor.  The new SC1200 also handles a maximum of 32 zones whereas the Protector could only handle 16 zones.  For the most part a large house should be able to work with one unit.  One of the best features that I like is that you can call into the SC1200 and operate the unit as if you were home.  You can arm, disarm, turn lights on, and see what zone got tripped if an alarm went off.  Another great feature is that you can control the delays for entry, exit, dial, and answering.

When using the new techology accessories you gain additional benefits.  The new door/window sensors come ready for wireless, but can also have a wired contact added to it.  X10 has definitelly thought of the user for the new line of hardware.

The only thing that I have found to be a bit annoying with the new system is that the wireless light modules will only work if your house wiring is coupled together between the phases.  This isn’t a major problem, but for someone that just wants to be up, and running this could be a small disappointment.  This was my problem because my WS467 units will not interact with the SC1200 currently, and I have to add a house coupler to get all my modules to work.

I give the SC1200 a 9 out of 10.