All posts by Keith Hirst

About Keith Hirst

Website Development, Raspberry Pi enthusiast and all round fun guy.

First Funding

April 2016 should see the bank account soar for a day or two because of a successful funding from Conwy County Council of course the lions share of it will go straight back to Ty Hapus for the rent but we should have some money left to start up some projects.

Physical Computing Project

The aim of this project is to assist, share, learn, teach. Open up to the fascinating world of physical computing.

So what is physical computing? Physical computing, in the broadest sense, means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. In practical use, the term most often describes handmade art, design or DIY hobby projects that use sensors and micro-controllers to translate analog input to a software system, and/or control electro-mechanical devices such as motors, servos, lighting or other hardware.

Prototyping will be the beginning using the Arduino micro-controller connected to a computer this combines the two practical disciplines of electronics and programming. But it is not hard to learn you can start with a simple blinking LED and move on to a bone crushing robot. Continue reading Physical Computing Project

Wood store

It is a wonder what can be achieved with recycled wood this is one members masterpiece. Built a wood store for their home.


Well done Carol a really great job! Those log ends make really nice coffee table tops.

Home to roost

After an ex-sign-writer  member built a rather excellent layout table it was decided that what we really needed was a woodwork bench, so it was adapted to a three sides workbench by adding extra timber from an old plank and lowered the legs. Someone found an old vice and this was fitted. The bench can be seen in the photo along with the first project for chicken roosting bars. Every thing was made from recycled wood.

Chicken roosting bars

The construction method are self explanatory but if you need more details come down to the shed and meet the gang.

Backs against the wall

This project was to stop the howling wind and rain coming in from the back of the shed. The back of the shed was another roller-shutter door that had come of its tracks and was leaving us exposed to the elements again. We consider several options, the main one was to build a stud wall in font of the shutter similar to the way we dealt with the front of the shed see here However it was felt that it would be subject to vandalism so it was thought ‘lets build it on the inside’. The problem with this was that there would still be rain blown in from the sides and would damage the rockwool insulation. The solution was clear when we found some old linoleum which we cut into strips an tacked this up over the gaps and then we could safely add the insulation.

DSC00454  DSC00455Making sure I get Mike’s best side. By the way Mike spirit-levels do not work well when all you do is lean it against the wall.

We then just needed to clad it using the reclaimed feather edge board and now nice and cosy.


I am not sure how Mike gets in all the photos.

Project Wall

Initially our Ty Hapus Shed was a large garage with a roller shutter at each end, which was DSC00426nice and secure but when we were inside, the roller shutter had to be up leaving us exposed to the elements so it was proposed that we build a wall just behind the front shutter which would act as a barrier to the wind and rain and still allow easy access, the shutter could still be closed at night for security. Continue reading Project Wall

Celebration of Age

On Friday I attended an event staged by Janet Finch-Saunders, A Celebration of Age. There I met and networked with some wonderful people and organisations dedicated to looking out for the aged in our society.

Of course we are not just about the aged:

We are an eclectic group of men and women from various backgrounds with different skills and stories to tell.
Whatever your age, interests, skills or background we have space for you in Men’s Shed Llandudno.

Ages from 18 to Methuselah
Any gender or trans-gender
Any race creed or colour
Any belief or status.

And if you do not fit into any of the above we are looking to work alongside youth groups and children accompanied by parents.

Crest Donation

Crest Co-operative have donated some carpet tiles to keep our tootsies warm and two desks which will be converted into workbenches.

Before that as we were emptying shed one we got to keep two filing cabinets, it is getting there. Mike is going to do some more work on shed 1 this week.

Shed 2

Something great just happened. Conwy Citizen’s Advice have offered us a shed by there premises a:

Eryl Wen
Eryl Place
LL30 2TX

The shed is a double garage so is roughly the same area as shed 1 at Ty Hapus.

We plan to use shed 1 as the dirty shed (gardening, woodworking etc.) and shed 2 as the clean shed (computing, electronics, social etc.)

Shed 2 is currently going through planning for change of use.