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Nice job. Pretty clean and very good integration !
I done something very similar few years ago when living in France but could not fully use it because my insurance tell me that it was not allowed (if there is some wiring it should be done by a professional).
I m wondering if it is OK in the US to let some homemade device plug in the house all day ? Will your insurance cover if it start a fire ? Did anybody done some research on this ?