I am curios as to what is the most work you have done to Automate something.
I will give you an example. The first light/switch I wanted to automate, that got me started on SmartThings was the light in the family room. It seemed simple, it was just a switched outlet going to a floor lamp. I open it up and realize I don’t have enough wires in the switch box to install the leviton switchs.
It is wired like this:
But this is what I needed
Given it was late January in Ohio, this switch was not going to get Automated for a while. This past weekend, I finally got the switch automated that started it all for me. I had to pull everything out of the one half of the garage, pull off (and break) the peg board on the wall, cut out a 4’X5’ section of drywall, replace both the switch and the plug, run new wire, patch the hole, buy and rehang the peg board and then put the garage all back together. It was an all day job, but it is done. Looking back it seems kind of silly I would go to so much effort to get one switch automated. Even more so when there were options that would work, but would not be as integrated in my opinion. Anyway it got me thinking, has anyone else do as much work to retrofit a switch as I did. I am guessing I am not alone in this.