Recently, I was replacing the battery on a UPS inside my house when I remembered that the ONT power supply for our Telstra Smart Community also can take a backup battery. Having a battery installed in the unit is helpful as it will allow you to make phone calls, use the internet, etc when power is out. It’s a quick 1 minute install provided you have the correct battery on hand.

The Telstra ONT (internal unit) takes a 12V 7.0-7.2Ah Sealed Lead Acid Battery (6 Cells), I picked one of these up from Battery World in Blacktown for about $38. This is also the same battery that is in most home alarm systems, so they’re pretty common.


Installing the battery in the unit itself is very trivial. First of all, locate the power supply unit, for those of you who don’t know what it looks like, here’s a photo.



To open the unit, simply pull the tab at the top down and the unit will pop open (that little tab above the Telstra sticker). and you will have a compartment to put the battery in. As the battery is optional, it is most likely the builders did not install one in your home when it was built. At least, that was the case for us.

You can pop the battery in, attach the red (positive) to the positive terminal on the battery, and negative (black) to the negative terminal.



Turn the power back on, and wait a while to allow your battery to charge. Next time you have a power outage, you can continue to use your phone/surf the net, etc.

Reference for battery: http://www.telstra.com.au/smart-community/download/document/smart-community-battery-1108.pdf


Plantation Shutters

Wow, this site has definitely gone quiet for some time… My bad…

Anyways, we finally got the chance to get plantation shutters for the rest of the house! They look awesome! Thank you to All Blind Solutions for the wonderful installation job! We love it!


As the residents of Stonecutters Ridge start to build up (*teehee* pun intended), hubby and another resident-to-be decided to put their brains together and build a community website with a forum for current and future residents, and future course members.



I believe that the forum will be a great tool to get to know neighbours/future-neighbours/future-course-members, and share experiences, exchange stories, and lots of other fun stuff! Even now at it’s early stages, the forum is flourishing with SCR-ers 😛


just some pics containing “before” & “after” & a lil bit of “in between” 😛

luvin’ it even if it’s not complete yet 🙂


So, after handover, we got our tanks installed! and, after a few weeks, we got our aquarium specialist, Trent from Pristine Aquariums, to set up the fish tank and the sump filter.

i have placed a selection of photos from the set up 😛 we even have a pic of Trent with our tank! 😛 (hmm, i just realised that i don’t have a pic of the done up sump filter… i’ll find one later and put it on here 😛 ).


A month and a bit after handover… geesh, it’s taken me a while to blog about the house or post any more photos of the completed house 😛

So, hubby and i would like to take some time to thank a few people who made going through the build easier:

  • Mark and Colt (at the Wisdom Homes display home, The Ponds) – a big thank you for always being helpful and always eager to answer any questions we had. we knew we could always count on the two of you to answer or discuss anything regarding the house 🙂
  • Anita – thank you for being such a great colour consultant and “middle-woman” for ongoing queries/concerns/requests throughout the build.
  • Ben (SS) – thank you for looking after our build. thanks for being patient with us even when we ring you 5 times a day.
  • the rest of Wisdom Homes – thank you for our beautiful home.
  • Homeone Forums – thank you for all the advice/help/tips and all of your colourful personalities that have helped us get through our build 🙂
  • Stonecutters Ridge
  • our family and friends – thank you for your constant love, help and support

I’m not saying our build was a perfect build. There are still a few little things to keep bugging Wisdom Homes about. But, in all fairness, Wisdom has been very helpful and easy to deal with even though our build is complete. Overall though, we’re quite happy with the house 🙂

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without pics! And here they are, as always 😛

(note: the last two pics are of our done up fish tank with our pretty fishies!)


So, below are just a few pics of what we saw over the weekend 🙂 (i only got to see the house over the weekend due to work times 🙁 )

PCI date: Thursday (17th Dec) — hope it doesn’t get changed anymore…

here’s to gunning for Christmas ’09 in our new house!! 😛


We dropped by the house this morning, and we were faced with a moroka’d house! mmm 😛 and then, we went inside and saw taps and toilets and our bathtub has been installed! 😀 so fab!

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