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  • Motorized Louvered Pergola

    The louvers are 48” long. I bought 12’ boards and cut into thirds. It’s hard to say what the limit is. I haven’t run into any issues with sagging, as it seems that 48” is ok. Since they are fixed on both sides, I think that sagging may be helped somewhat. I was concerned that any longer louvers could present a problem with the motion mechanism and power transmission. I did consider having an aluminum support bar spanning each louver. This would have added significant cost, but may have allowed 6’ louver spans rather than 4’. The PVC looks the same as the day I bought it. It’s basically impervious to weather. In the 2 years since I’ve had the pergola, we have had a few storms with significant wind and a few snow storms. There’s is no sign of any wear or damage to any part of the pergola o…

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    The louvers are 48” long. I bought 12’ boards and cut into thirds. It’s hard to say what the limit is. I haven’t run into any issues with sagging, as it seems that 48” is ok. Since they are fixed on both sides, I think that sagging may be helped somewhat. I was concerned that any longer louvers could present a problem with the motion mechanism and power transmission. I did consider having an aluminum support bar spanning each louver. This would have added significant cost, but may have allowed 6’ louver spans rather than 4’. The PVC looks the same as the day I bought it. It’s basically impervious to weather. In the 2 years since I’ve had the pergola, we have had a few storms with significant wind and a few snow storms. There’s is no sign of any wear or damage to any part of the pergola or deck (which is PVC also).Let me know if you have any more questions or if you want me to send you more detailed plans or parts.

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  • Motorized Louvered Pergola

    I haven't tried those yet. Seems like a less powerful version of esp.

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  • Motorized Louvered Pergola

    You can use a shelly 1 for something like this, as it is a single channel relay with a dry contact. You would need 1 for every switch. Honestly, I felt the same way as you about ESP. But once you get started, you will never look back. I still use the Shelly relays for high voltage, but for multi channel low voltage setups, there's nothing better than ESP. They are so cheaper and they integrate seamlessly with Home assistant. Just grab one on amazon, and try it out.

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  • Motorized Louvered Pergola

    I did consider stepper motors. They could certainly work, but would require more gears and/or drive train. You would also need to crest some kind of housing to mount the motor, making it more cumbersome. The linear actuators are great because they pivot on both ends, so when the drive arm moves in 2 dimensions (forward/backward and up/down), the linear actuators can handle this motion. I also considered adding rotary encoders to the actuators to give feedback on the exact position of the actuator, but decided it would be too cumbersome and unnecessary. If you have home assistant already, using esphome device is a no brainer. It is so easy to setup and integrate. Just look on esphome website and YouTube for a tutorial. Once it’s added to your home assistant, you will connect relays to the…

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    I did consider stepper motors. They could certainly work, but would require more gears and/or drive train. You would also need to crest some kind of housing to mount the motor, making it more cumbersome. The linear actuators are great because they pivot on both ends, so when the drive arm moves in 2 dimensions (forward/backward and up/down), the linear actuators can handle this motion. I also considered adding rotary encoders to the actuators to give feedback on the exact position of the actuator, but decided it would be too cumbersome and unnecessary. If you have home assistant already, using esphome device is a no brainer. It is so easy to setup and integrate. Just look on esphome website and YouTube for a tutorial. Once it’s added to your home assistant, you will connect relays to the esp device to control your individual components. My system has a relay for each of the louver sets, so they can be controlled individually, and relays controlling the polarity of the electrical supply to the linear actuators. This way, they can run in either direction. In home assistant, I used a “cover” entity to control the directions. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  • coryl397 commented on coryl397's instructable Piano Harp Coffee Table
    Piano Harp Coffee Table

    The project is complete, and I did not video any of the process. Please let me know how else I can help!

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  • Motorized Louvered Pergola

    Thanks! The total cost was about $3,000. $1,000 of which were the louvers themselves. The black hardware was more expensive than standard galvanized framing clips. The white vinyl sleeves add up quickly. This design does not block the rain. The actuator arm would bang into the axles if the louvers would be horizontal enough to touch. You could make it more weatherproof by adding a piece of weather stripping to the underside of each louver, perpendicular to the louver so that when becoming flatter, it touches the neighboring louver.

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  • Motorized Louvered Pergola

    Local deck and railing supplier. Search for PVC lumber sleeve, or plastic decking supplies.

    Thank you!

    Thanks so much! The total cost was around $2,800 for a 12’ x 14’ area. Of that, $1,000 was just the louvers themselves. The framing and sleeves were around $900. The remaining $900 was all the metal, screws/nuts/bolts, and black OZCO hardware. Let me know if you have any more questions!

    Thanks so much.

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  • coryl397 commented on coryl397's instructable Piano Harp Coffee Table

    Thank you so much! �

    Thank you so much!

    Cool idea. Maybe play like a xylophone?

    Thanks a lot. We're really happy how it came out.

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  • I love this! I had a very similar space and transport restriction, and I made a sailboat from an inflatable dinghy I haven't gotten around to posting the instrucable yet.

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