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May. 29th, 2011 @ 08:04 pm Two Birds with One Stone!
Remember I'm a bit hyper and the reason for the yardwork is, is that I was getting ready to consolodate the insurance policies on the rental house and this one and the agent asked me if I had an alarm system and if I did I'd get a 20% discount so that set my mind in motion and liking gadgets and once or more often getting carried away I tweaked an ADT system very basic hence cheap almost free with the rebate and added a many many camera survelence system around the house and inside a few areas and then wired up ten flood lights around the house controlled by a push button next to my bed by way of a simple relay then added an ancient school bell that you can hear from 8 houses away in the attic with another relay to ring the bell and light the lights it's triggered by the actual alarm sounding which should make anyone run if we actually had any crime around here, but the lighted yard is great for taking the dogs out at night and since they tend to bark at people at the door, or just bark but you walk to the door anyways just to check I put three on the front door and I can sit on my computers and just look up to see if anyways there or to tell them all to be quiet which seldom works lol.

This is seriously an overkill but it also will call if there is a fire unlike the regular house smoke detectors and has a panic button and call an ambulance button if there is an emergency so I don't have to try and juggle a phone talking to 911 while my other two hands are busy.

It's fun to play with!

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Date:May 30th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)


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Wow! Two posts in one day, I am impressed. Dont forget worst case scenario you also have something like a panic room. (Dont know what kind of door, if any, that you have on your bunker but if I know criminals it wouldn't matter, turn off the lights and they are more afraid than you are.

We have no need for a security system where I am even though we have one but it just seems interesting to set them up, cameras and sensors, you know. Well have fun.
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Date:May 30th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)

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I'm already thinking of putting a series of relays to all the inteior lights to kill them if the alarm goes off LOL.

The cameras will send to a smart phone or ipad but I can walk the house blindfolded easy and I left a few things out for security reasons lol but remember I built the house, it might very well have a panic room already...
Date:June 4th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)

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I wasnt thinking about you having built the house. I always thought that building your own house (or at least designing) would give you the opportunity to build all the secret passages and rooms that every boy dreams about. My grandmothers house had 3 or 4 secret rooms and passages that I loved to play in, unfortunately she sold the house. There was one room that connected to all of the between the wall spaces downstairs so you could squeeze through to any room and be behind the wall. The best I have now is just a drop ceiling that the rest of the family does not think about.

By the way, sorry to hear about your back, hope it gets better.
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Date:June 5th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)

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They would have made the house a lot stronger and even if thy didn't have secret doors it would make wiring things in down the road easier so If I ever build another house on my farm, and if I do someone please smack me, the outside will be a foot of reinforced concrete fireproof and hurricane proof with auto shutters safe rooms and passages behind walls to get from floor to floor LOL.

Man I'd love to have seen your grandmas house, mine had a similar one five stories tall and I remember a pantry that once was a set of stair cases and they left the toped five steps in then floored over it or something.

I just work in bursts and I doubt I need surgery I just wanna be sure I'm not getting worse. Most parts of me hurt all the time anyways its like white noise to me, I don't notice it.

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Date:June 12th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I'd really like to get some cameras for around the house here. Did you find some that were fairly inexpensive? I've seen a deal or two on ebay, but that's kind of hit-n-miss.
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Date:June 14th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)


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Here's a good set up you can plg into most monitors and some TV,s and will send to a phone etc over the net...


I personally would call this place...

http://www.zmodo.com/ I got mine from them at half price cause they had a sale on Ebay then had them upgrade it to the max and substituted cat5 cables in place of the thinner ones and you need that in the long run especially if your running long leads or going though attics. They have cables up to 165 feet long and I get no signal loss, the software can detect movement and you can set it to detect and set off a tone or alarm at different times of the day and doesn't trip on steady movement like a fan and you can adjust the sensitity so I have a few of the cameras set up for motion in the middle of the night when not even a mouse should be stirring but automatically disable themselves during the day when the dogs and peoples are walkin about. It also lets you add up to 2 TB's of added memory, has password protection so no one can just switch it off or erase stuff.

I can see the permiter of the house at night even with heavy could cover cause they have infared lighting built in. I should warn you though that you need to mount them in a place you can blast them with a hose or something to clear cobwebs cause the lights draw insects then spiders but I put them way up high, but in places I can get to easily with a ladder and I sprays bug killer around them and its working pretty good. Also try and mount them under eaves so they don't get rained on even though they are weather resistant.

The cameras have the 1/4 inch sony imagers which give me a clear shot all the way to the road and there is a zoom function I can't quite figure out how to work yet so you can snag a license plate from pretty far away.