Last time we had a power cut the UPS i had gave up. I got a Tripp Lite 1500 VA as a replacement and it was really easy to fit only taking 10 mins. I connected the USB to my server and now the UPS shows up as a battery in windows so i can set the server to shutdown if the battery gets to low.
I have had 2 Nest thermostats since December last year and I have finally got round to getting them installed. I was going to have ago myself, but after seeing the spaghetti wiring that is in the airing cupboard i decided to get a professional to fit them. He got them fitted within a few hours and adding them to the app was easy. I like the option to have the time show when walking near them.
I have made some progress on the Magic Mirror. I have updated to the 8Gb Pi 4 model that i have attached a cooling fan to. I have then got a slimline 240v to USB-C converter to power the Pi. I got a new power supply for the monitor which is inline and not on the plug, i then combined all this with a Meross smart switch. I made these changes so that i could just have 1 cable coming out of the mirror for power and everything else is self contained behind the mirror. I now need to setup the Magic Mirror software on the new Pi and test out the video streaming.
I have always liked the ambilights on the Philips TVs and was looking into alternatives. I found some individually addressable RGB light strips that when combined with the AmbiBox software would take an average of the colour and change the LED to be that colour. I added the strip which had 116 LEDs on to the back of the TV and the results are amazing, it make everything really immersive. You have to set games to be borderless windowed and then the colours can be worked out. The lights refresh at 25FPS and look amazing.
The PiHole in the house was just sat in the server cabinet and plugged into the wall, when the power went off i have a UPS on the internet and the Wifi but the PiHole goes down and i cant use the internet anyway. I decided to upgrade the Pi to an 8Gb Pi 4 model and add POE so that it could be powered by the switch which is connected to the UPS. I got a nice rackmount to make the installation a lot cleaner. It didnt take long to install and worked straight the way.
After having the media PC in the loft for a few months, Ethan and I have been playing on it more and more. We wanted to play newer games and at high quality. I ordered a Zotac GTX 3060 Ti, another 16Gb of Vengeance Pro RAM, a TUF Gaming Aio cooler and a 2Tb NVMe SSD for storing the games on. I installed it all in the case trying to neaten up the cables as i went. I booted the machine up and noticed a difference straight the way, Ethan wanted to test out Rocket League, so i loaded up up, cranked up the graphics settings and it looks great.
I thought it would be good to have a shoe rack as we were just chucking the shoes in a pile in the garage. I had some oak left over from when i added the worktops to the garage. Dad made me the shoe rack with some painted ply and then we fixed it to the wall with some anchor bolts.
I needed some extra storage and i looked at putting that in the garage, but i had some left over wood and decided that i add the extra storage to the shed. The wood i used was a bit overkill for what i needed but i do like the chunky look. It took less than 2 hours to build it all and fits everything i needed with some space to spare.
Rachel has been working hard on the garden, buying and planting pots and arranging them in nice displays. Ethan and I have mowed the lawn and dug a big hole for a tree to be planted. I added some hanging baskets to the back which have grass and ivy in them. Its looking really nice out there now.
I was down to GB left on the server, so it was time to get the new hard disks in. I installed the new 5 drive bay, put the 4 new 12TB hard disks inside it, added the hardware RAID card in and then when i came to power it up the power supply wasnt large enough to power 9 hard disks, so i had to bring a 2nd power supply in to power the new disks. I used robocopy to migrate all of the files from the old software RAID to the new hardware RAID, which worked really well. Once that was done i updated all of the shares and symlinks before shutting the server down, removing all of the old hard drives and adding in a new SSD just for Plex metadata. I now have 37TB of useable space when the drives are in RAID5. While i had the server out i also removed some old cables and drives from the rack to tidy it up before putting the server back in the rack.
The loft hatch needed a trim round it on the outside as it looked a bit of a mess, we cut some skirting board down into architrave and nailed it round the hatch. My Dad made a cover to go inside the loft to stop anyone falling down when people are in the loft. There is a bar clip to hold the cover to the wall so that the ladder can still be used eaily.
I started early this morning to make sure i could get as many jobs done as i could. I started off before 8am by cutting the hedges, i use garden shears so i didnt make too much noise. After clearing up all of the leaves i moved onto cutting up all of the left over wood to fit into my log burner, i used the table saw for this as i could set the size i was cutting and then just push the wood through. When all the wood was cut i cleared out the log store and then restacked it with all the new wood. Once the garage was clear, i hovered it and mopped it to get rid of all the dirt that had built up. I finished off the day by mowing the front and back lawns.
I got Ethan and I an Xbox controller each, installed Steam and Launchbox on the Media PC to act as a frontend to all of my games. I have setup the Media PC to use the optical out into the amplifier and configured it to use DTS for 5.1 gaming. I tried it out with Portal 2 and it sounds great.
Rachel got Ethan and I some gifts for the Lego side of the loft, some storage boxes and 2 shelves.
Dad and I had a goal to get the loft complete today. I started off by giving the walls a 2nd coat of paint, while Dad started building the shelves and desk. I then moved over to wiring up and fitting the speakers, TV and subwoofer before moving onto getting power into the loft. We framed the feature wall, shelf area and amp rack with wood to tie it all together which turned out great. We then fitted the gripper rods, laid the underlay and finally fitted the carpet. The finishing touch was to put in the stools for the desk and the beanbag seats for the TV space. The loft turned out even better than i thought it was going to!
I had left the bottom of the walls and the bottom of the trusses when painting, so i masking taped off the wood and then with a brush painted all of the bare plaster and wood. While i had some paint left over i also gave another coat of paint to all of the trusses.
Ethan helped me in the loft today painting all of the walls. He had his own paint tray, roller and brush and got to work. I had a big roller and got most of the walls and ceiling. After getting the walls painted, i decided to paint all of the trusses, as being wood they stood out to much and i wanted them to blend in with the walls and not be a feature.
Initially we were going to just paint the plasterboards, but after fitting them and seeing the potential to how good the room could be if done properly, we decided to plaster the room. We mixed a bag of plaster at a time, got it onto the walls and then troweled it up, the 1st bag was ok, but as the room started to heat up and the sections we were plastering were getting more complicated the plaster went off quicker which made it really had to trowel up. When we got to the cupboard the plaster was going off as we were putting it on, so we had to get it as smooth as we could. It turned out quite well considering we are not plasters, this is only the 2nd time i have done plastering.
During lunch and after work i went into the loft added all of the anglebead to the corners and laid scrim over each joint, to bridge gaps and help the plaster would adhere.
Dad and I plasterboarded the loft today. It started with having to fold all of the 8x4 plasterboards in half, carrying them from the drive up the stairs and lifting them into the loft. I then started on the walls and Dad started on the ceiling. We had to build a stud wall next to the loft hatch which would have the light switch in it and also separate the space into 2.
I needed a loft ladder so we could get into the loft easily, but i didnt want a cold metal one as they can be quite painful on the feet and also i dont like how they protrude into the loft. I decided to go for a 3 section wooden ladder that is contained within the hatch itself. We had to make the opening a lot longer, but after that fitting was quite easy. After cutting the bottom of the ladder off we got it to the right angle to make walking up easy.
After a few weeks of waiting the 28 plasterboards finally arrived. I have covered them over to make sure they dont get wet until the weekend when i can fit them.
I wired in all of the downlighters today. They were really easy to do, you had to strip a bit of the cable sleeve and then push the cable into a connector block which locks it in place. The actual light can be removed when we board the ceiling and then connected again when we have cut the hole out.
As i am going to be using the old Media PC in the loft to watch films and play on games, i thought i had better update the hardware. I got a AMD Ryzen 5, 6 core, 12 thread CPU on a ROG Strix B450-F motherboard, a Samsung 970 Evo NVME drive, 16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM and a new fully modular EVGA power supply. I needed a keyboard so i got a Microsoft all in one wireless keyboard. I have reused the graphics cards i had and the modular cabling helped keeping the case clean inside. I installed Windows 10 and found a version of the iMon software to get the front screen working.
I got some new parts for my server as i have nearly ran out of disk space and also to get Plex working better. I have a 1Tb Samsung 870 Evo as the Plex metadata and DB drive, then 4 x Western Digital 12Tb WD Gold drives, which I am combining with a Highpoint hardware RAID card in RAID 5, which should leave me with 36Tb of useable storage. I also got an extra 8Gb of RAM and a hotswap drive bay for the 4 drives. I also got replacement fans for all of the ones in the case to increase airflow.
Before we board the loft i wanted to make sure the network cables that were in the loft were working so i wired up the AP, enabled POE on the port and then adopted the AP. I then did the same with the switch. Now the TV, PC and anything else i need have gigabit LAN.
I wired up all of the plugs into a ring, ready to get it connected into the upstairs ring main. I ran all of the speaker, optical, network, HDMI and aerial cables from the AV rack to where they needed to go and then wired them up to the AV amplifier.
To fit the subwoofer box and the AV rack, i had to raise the floor up to the same level as the room as they were designed to fit flush with the wood trim, once that was dine the boxes were securely fixed into place and the insulation cut round them. The 2 access panels were also fitted and finally the TV mount was fixed to the feature wall.
I needed a way to get into the outer parts of the loft where everything is going to be stored, but also didnt want the draft to get through. After lots of thinking and planning, ended up building a removeable panel inside a frame which is going to be covered in insulation at the back. The hole which acts as a handle is covered with a Fire Door sign which stops the draft.
I wanted some nice small speakers for the loft, but still wanted them to sound good. I looked at buying new but didnt want to pay too much given it was going in the loft. I found a nice set of Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1 speakers on eBay and after testing them I am really pleased with how they sound and they are nice and small.
I got a new Unifi Wifi 6 AP as well as a Unifi G3 Instant Camera for the garage. I ran a CAT6 cable behind the wall from the network switch into the loft and then drilled a hole where i wanted to mount the AP. It was easy to adopt once i had enabled POE on the port. I already had a USB extension cable going into the loft, so i just connected the camera to that and mounted it to the ceiling and the Unifi Protect software detected it and then it was easy to adopt. The quality is really good and i like the 2 way talking feature.
I am going to be using my old AV amplifier and Media PC in the loft to provide music and entertainment. I needed to house all of the equipment so i built an AV rack out of the left over wood and made some nice think shelves out of 2x8 for the amp and pc to sit on. I also built a box for the subwoofer which i plan to buy. Once i built them i realised that the AV rack is too heavy to lift, so i had to take it apart to get it into the loft.
I got a delivery of new carpet today, enough to do the room in a nice light grey colour, the new loft ladder arrived as well which when fitted comes with a new hatch and will increase the size of the opening.
There was a gap around the edge of the room where the boards ended but the walls hadnt started yet, I decided to run boards of 6x2 around the outside to cover the gap, but also act as a skirting board which the carpet can go up to. I then used all of the spare wood i had, 4x3 and 7x2 to create a feature wall, alternating between the smaller and larger wood. Standing back looking at the wall and the perimeter it really looks great, better than i had thought it would.
I have spent most of my lunch breaks in the loft making slow progress on insulating the 2 ends. I framed and then insulated the feature wall, then because i am going to be adding lots of planks to the wall, i wanted more places to fix them, i decided that i would batten the wall with a center to center of 300mm, once this was done i insulated in between the battens. For the shelf end i built a similar framework and insulated the wall, there was some gaps and beams running through, so i used fire proof foam fill to close all of the gaps.
I managed to spend a lot of time in the loft today. I added noggins to the bottom of the walls and then insulated the rest of the gap
I finished adding noggins to the wall and then carried up a lot more insulation up. I insulated the rest of the wall panels. Its really starting to come together as a room now, its also a lot warmer in the loft now.
I started adding noggins to the wall supports, ready for when we add the MDF. I started adding some insulation to the walls.
Today i spent a few hours in the loft. I extended the rest of the rafters and then insulated the rest of them.
The paving slabs have been getting really dirty over the winter and so today i borrowed a jet wash off my Dad. Ethan and I started off with the back garden and after they came up so clean, we decided that we would clean the front slabs as well. Ethan loved having a go with the jet wash, the slab cleaner attachment makes it a lot easier to clean as you dont get soaked. When that was done Rachel asked me to clean the stone sills and then the roof on the bay window, they both came out great.
I got a big delivery of Rockwall insulation this week, so today i got half of the packs into the loft and then started extending the depth of the rafters so that i could add insulation between and not have it come into contact with the roof membrane. I used lath to extend the rafters depth. I managed to get half of the rafters insulated and half of the ceiling insulated.
The grass had been getting really long and I have been waiting for a nice day to cut it. Today was nice, so Ethan and I cut the front and the back, while Rachel did some weeding. I was worried that i wouldnt be able to finish it all as i had no spare fuel only what was left inside the mower.
I had a few hours this morning so i decided to work on the loft and added all of the collar ties. This give us space to add lights and also to add insulation which wont come into contact with the roof membrane. I measured the 2 ends and also the middle one and then ran a string line between them all and used a level to make sure everything was straight. I tried 2 sheets of insulation in the roof to see how it fit and i think its going to work well.
We got started on the loft today. We started off by ripping down some larger wood into 3x2. Once we had enough, we carried the wood into the loft and started raising the floor by 3". We raised the floor so that the insulation didnt have to be squashed. Once the floor was raised we carried up the 18mm chipboard and laid them the opposite way to the ceiling joists to give it more strength. We got the floor fully boarded just before lunch. After lunch we started working on the supports to hold the wall panels up and once they were all cut and fixed into place we started thinking about where we wanted to add the collar ties to act as the ceiling.
The building site were about to skip more wood and insulation, so i got this dropped off at my house, which is going to be great for the Lego room. I also planned out what i wanted one of the walls to look like.
I got a message that there was more wood available so I headed over to pick some more up. This time there was lots of planks on huge pallets which i took apart and then stacked in the back of my car.
I have plans for a new project at home. Ethan is really into Lego and said he would like a room to store it all, we dont have the room in the house, but we do have the loft which is empty. Dad had said that there was some wood that was going to be chucked in the skip, so i took the UP and loaded up as much as i could. The wood is nice and was pallets for transporting machinery.
Our front gate swelled up to the point where it wouldnt even open. My Dad made me a new gate, when he dropped it off Ethan and I took it into the shed and sanded it down ready for painting with varnish so that it withstands the weather. By the time we got to hanging the gate it was dark, but using a big light we managed to hang the gate and it closes great.
We wanted to make the garage seem a bit more christmassy, so Rachel and Ethan put my old Christmas tree up and also added some lights, so that if people did some over to drop presents off we could have them in the garage and they wouldnt get too cold or rained on.
Our washing machine failed and we had to get a new one, this is our 3rd washing machine in 5 years. This time we went for the cheapest one that was integrated and could be delivered next day. Its made by Logik and so far is really quiet and does the job.
Today i put a coat of wood primer on the frame. After it had dried i could really see that i needs a good sanding before another coat of primer.
I got the mirror back from Dad today and trial fitted it on the wall to see how its fits, where the power outlet will go and if the light switch will be ok. Its going to fit great by the looks of it
Dad sanded the frame and jointed it all today and it is looking great.
I went over to my Dads tonight to start building the mirror. I decided to use 4inch x 4inch fence post to build it out of, so that i could cut it down to size. We started by measuring everything and then used the bench saw to cut a rebate in for where the mirror goes. Once we had cut everything, we made sure everything was going to fit.
With my day off i decided to get a few jobs done around the house. In the morning i tackled painting the bathroom as when we got the house it was painted cream and we have always wanted it white. I made sure i masked everything off, painted around the edges and then rollered the walls. Once i had cleared everything up and made sure that i hadnt missed any of the wall, i finally got around to fixing the curtain pole which had been slowly pulling out of the wall with the weight of the curtains. I got some really long screws and brown raw-plugs to fix the brackets and it is now nice and level.
It has been a few months since anything has been done on the Magic Mirror project, due to the fact that i was looking for a monitor for a good price. I managed to get a 24inch LG monitor, which i first tried in place to see what it would look like, then tried different pieces of wood to see what depth of wood i needed to cover all the monitors, wires and plugs. I then took the monitor apart so it was just a bare monitor.
I have had some slabs which i cut in half for a while to go down the side of the log store, but hadnt got round to laying them. Dad got me some ready mixed mortar from work, so even though it was raining i got out into the garden and laid the slabs, i waited until the next day to haunch up the sides of the slabs as they were to wet to step on after laying them.
After getting the Lego pen pot for my birthday, i needed to get some stationery to put in it. I got a 30cm buildable ruler, 3 coloured gel pens and a mechanical pencil. The pen pot is not very big so these filled it nicely.
Winter is coming and i wanted to make sure we have the garden in order in case i cant work on the garden, so today Ethan and I cut the hedges on the front, I did the cutting and Ethan cleaned up. I dont want the bushes getting too big, so trying to keep them at the same height. We then did some weeding and mowed the front and back lawn.
We had to remove the old log store when we fixed the fence last weekend, so today we built a new one. I reused the old sides which were made from 6x2, we then cut a wall plate and a beam for the rafters to hang off, we leveled everything off and then cut all of the rafters, added some Tyvek felt before adding the lath. I had some spare tiles and some old tiles from last time, so we tiled the roof, making sure to overlap the fixing holes so there is no leeks. We finished off my flashbanding between the fence and the tiles and then adding some black guttering. Really pleased with how it turns out and we managed to fill it with burnable wood.
Our fence at the side of our house was new when we bought the house and it has gone rotten already. I tried to get in touch with Morris Homes, but they havent done anything about it. I bought 8 4 foot concrete posts which Dad and I have now dug down next to each wooden post and using post-crete have fixed them in place, these concrete posts have then been bolted to the wooden posts. The fence is solid again, we have also straightened it up as much as we can.
When getting something out of the shed i accidentally knocked over a tub of varnish which was meant for the wooden garden items. I didnt want to waste it, so Ethan and I varnished the floor of the shed. It came out really well and looks really nice. Not something i wanted to varnish, but it was better than wasting it.
Rachel wanted an extra plant box for the back garden and after we removed the old fence and gate, we had some spare wood. So Ethan and I decided to reuse the wood and create the plant box. Ethan did really well, hammering in all of the nails and i did the cutting. Hopefully we can get some plants for it now.
The posts in our side fence and gate have gone rotten, originally we were going to just replace the posts, but after Dad built us a new gate on the front, Rachel asked him to build us a fence and gate in the same style. He has built it over the past few weeks and this morning he came over and we remove the old one and fitted the new one. It looks really good and Rachel is really happy with it.
I had been looking for a Wifi light switch for a while, i did look at the bulbs, but having a controller in each bulb is ok, until the bulb breaks and then it costs a lot more to replace a single bulb, where as having the controller in the switch keeps the cost of the bulbs down. The switch is very deep and the backbox in my wall was not deep enough to fit the switch. I got a deep backbox and then chopped out the wall so that the box would fit. Once i had done that, wiring up the switch was easy. I downloaded the app and then setup the switch really quickly, it works really well and is responsive.
Rachel has been getting some accessories bit by bit for the house and as there was quite a few bits to do I got the pictures and hearts hung on the wall. Rachel got some plants and pots which added some life to the shed.
I have been having issues with my broadband for a while, i pay for 60mb, but i have never seen that much, at the start of lockdown i was getting about 30mb which was ok, but the past few weeks it has gotten worse with some days only getting 4mb, which isnt great when you need to be on video call. I phone EE and then sent out a BT engineer. He tested the wiring in the house and the street and then checked the connection in the cabinet. When he left i was up to 57mb which is a huge improvement.
I can see the hedges from my office window and they were in need of cutting, so today Ethan and I cut them. I did the cutting by hand with shears and then Ethan picked all of the cuttings up and put them in the wheelie bin.
Rachel has started using her office more and so we thought it was about time that we make it a bit more homely in there, so Rachel ordered some photo frames and then some nice photos of us all to put in them. Ethan and I put them up on the wall while Rachel was reorganising the room.
I had wanted to create a Magic Mirror for a long time and as we are in lockdown i thought it would be good to show Rachel when i am in meetings, also showing the weather and who is at the door is nice too. I setup a Raspberry Pi with the Magic Mirror software, configured the calendars, weather and camera feeds and then got it looking how i would like. I then took a photo of where i wanted to put the mirror and mocked it up on the computer to get the right size screen.
After building the mud kitchen for Ethan and him playing with it for a while we realised that he couldnt quite reach the utensils that were hanging up, so today Ethan and I built a step in the same design as the mud kitchen itself. It was built from some 3 inch by 3 inch timber and then some wood i had in the log store. It only raises him up 4 inches but it is enough.
When i decided on the equipment for the video conferencing setup, i made sure that i measured everything and got mounts, arms and extendable poles so that when i wasnt using it all, everything would fit behind the monitors and you wouldnt be able to see anything. After using it for a few days, everything fits just like i wanted behind the monitors with the exception of the camera which is on a quick release mount so i do have to remove the camera before folding away the mount.
When joining videos calls in the morning and at the end of the day there isnt enough light in front of me, so i look dark on the camera. I looking into lots of different solutions and in the end i settle for 2 Neewer T120 LED lights, which i have plugged into the mains with a 12v adapter. The 2 adapters are then connected to a Meross smart plug, so that i can turn on the lights from the app on my phone as i dont want to have them on all day. I rewired behind the monitors so that all sockets had their own supply, so i can have the main sockets powered all the time. I made some brackets to hold up the lights out of wood and then Ethan and I painted them white, so they blend in with the backboard. Having tried it out on a call they work really well.
As we park the Mokka in the garage every day, 1 of the tiles right at the front of the garage cracked and then over time it fell apart and i have been meaning to replace it for a while. Ethan and I had to find a replacement tile first as i couldnt remember where i had stored them, we found 1 in the end and started to smash the rest of the tile up. I got to use my new chisel bits for my SDS drill, it got all of the old adhesive off the concrete floor. This time i bedded the tile on silicone to see if it would help and the grouted the gaps around the edge. Ethan was a great help smashing the old tile and then using the sponge to take away any excess grout. Later that evening Rachel parked the car in the garage and the tile didnt even move.
I had been looking at new keyboards for use with my work laptop as i have been using the keyboard for my laptop and it is a pain un-pairing and pairing when i want to switch laptops. I was originally going to get the Microsoft Surface Keyboard, but then i seen the slightly older Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Touch ID. The modern keyboard has rechargeable battery built in and also has a fingerprint scanner built in, so i dont have to keep typing in my password. I was used to a really small keyboard so it took a bit of getting used to, but now i really enjoy typing on it.
Our front gate had gone funny and some of the wood was going rotten, so my Dad offered to build us a new gate. He dropped it off this morning and this afternoon Ethan and I went out to fit it. It didnt take long to fit and it fits great. Rachel had bought a heart to match the one on the front door, so we fitted that to.
The webcam i have had for the last 8 years has started playing up with the sound not working, so i was looking at getting a new webcam when i seen that Canon released some beta drivers that let you use a Digital SLR as a webcam. I have a Canon 70D that i dont use very often so after trying that on a tripod it worked great, but it doesnt do sound. I had a look at reviews on different microphones and as i was only using it for conferencing, i went for the Yanmai SF-777. I got a mount for the camera and the microphone so that i could still keep the clean floating look. The camera is powered from a USB adapter so i dont need to keep changing the batteries. Using it on calls is great, the image quality is great with my lens set to 24mm and the sound from the microphone is great and being a condenser microphone i dont get a lot of background noise.
Over the bank holiday weekend Rachel, Ethan and I ticked off some jobs outside of the house. Ethan and I re laid the slabs at the front of the house as they had all sunk where the ground has moved. We all then cut the hedges on the front as they were starting to look a bit wild. We also mowed the lawn in the back garden and Rachel did all the borders.
I started off by adding sides and then a backing to the base. I then used another old scaffold board to make a back board. I used some 4x1 to make some shelves and then started on the door for the oven. It is made out of 2 inch think wood, so wont easily get broken. We ordered the biggest dog bowl we could for a sink and i cut that out. Rachel had a chalk board which we attached and then i order a utensils rack which i have fixed to the backboard. It was great seeing Ethan enjoying it after we put so much effort in.
Ethan asked me to make him a mud kitchen for the garden and initially i was going to ask my Dad to build it for us, but i thought it would be something that Ethan and I could do together. Dad dropped off any spare wood he had and i gathered all of the spare wood i had and Ethan and I set about building the framework. The top is made from an old scaffold board we had. Ethan was a great help and he sanded all of the wood. At the end of the weekend i had a framework which was all screwed together ready for part 2.
Ethan watched a TV show where they had a bird house and were watching all of the birds come into the garden and he decided he wanted one. We looked at buying one, but thought it would be nice to build one. We gathered all of the wood that we had laying about and set about building a bird house. I did a little sketch on a bit of wood and then went for it. Ethan helped me all day and we ended up build something that is solid and looks cool. I finished it off with a 4 inch stand and 2 roof tiles we had left over, nothing but the best for the birds.
Whenever i want to do some work in the office with another device i cant because i havent got any spare plug sockets that are not under my desk.I removed all of the monitors and then wired up a double socket with 2 USB ports on the backing board, this way it is still accessible but hidden away so you wouldnt know its there. I also got a hotrod technic lego model for the office which looks good.
After our Legoland trip, i took a liking to the Lego keyring holder and also the Lego picture frame. I have the key holder on the wall which is great to know where all the keys are and then i have the picture frame in my office.