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Looking for a GOOD driveway alarm...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lango, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Do any of you guys have a good dependable driveway alert in use? I tried one I got from mailorder (Northern) and it only lasted a little over a year. I'm lookin for more bang for my buck. FYI- it'll need to be about 150-200' from the house.
    Lookin online I find plenty to choose from, from the airhose activated type to infrared and on and on.
    I'd appreciate any advice on this. Thanks.
  2. johnrockin
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 184

    from midwest

    i got an old one from the 50s, it plugs into the wall and has a hose that runs across the driveway, came from an old gas station and it works like a champ. i can hear it in the house easy "ding ding"
  3. Section 8
    Joined: Mar 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,050

    Section 8
    from AZ

    I just saw the rubber-hose-ding-ding ones somewhere on line, they still make 'em.

    It's funny you bring this up, 5 minutes ago my dad called to ask me to get him a cheapo one from Harbor Freight when I go there today.
  4. SlamCouver
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 2,002

    from Brazil, IL

    I have a pet raccoon that lives in the tree in front. He's real mean.

    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,467


    buy a pit bull, no more worries
  6. snapper
    Joined: Jan 4, 2004
    Posts: 531

    from PNW

  7. johnrockin
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 184

    from midwest

  8. rc.grimes
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 697

    from Edmond, OK

    From time to time I've wanted to bring home one of the Bin Laden barriers from work. Seen one of them pop up and split a car during a test.....might be excessive but I do hate the paperboy.
  9. Those Milton driveway signals are on Evil bay all the time... I think I've got one, but I'd have to hunt for it.
  10. Thanks, folks. I had no idea the Milton bells were still around.(They don't need 'em at the Quick Trip.)
    That's what I'll get.
  11. Sage
    Joined: Apr 8, 2008
    Posts: 135


    I rigged a 120 decibel siren (really, really loud) up to a standard motion detected dual bulb outdoor light. It's been up for a couple of years now, out in all of the elements here (heat, snow, etc.) and just keeps on working. Not only do I know when someone's coming but it lights up their ass as well! Scares the crap out of some of them. I placed the siren about 75' from the motion detector, hanging on the barn, aimed at the house. The only critical part was having the 12v adapter out of the weather. The best part is that once you've set the sensitivity and time to your liking the siren stays on as long as the lights do.

    Of course, you have to have power at the detector source.

    Got the siren & a 12 volt adapter at Radio Shack. They no longer show it but they do have a 115dB water-resistant car alarm for $20. Might be worth a look.
  12. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,561


    These work good but they eat a lot
  13. spiffy1937
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 733

    from Florida

    Here's our alarms. They can be sleeping on the couch but somehow know whenever anyone is in our driveway.;)

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  14. comp
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 154

    from So. IN.

    i need one that doesn't eat and poop :D
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    he eats and poops but what the hell , hes a good listener and drinkin buddy!
  16. olskool53
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 102

    from CT

  17. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350


    We actually have one of these at the service station i work at, an original from years ago still in active duty...
    Yes, 3 bay old fashioned full serve Sunoco....NO DAMN MINI MART!
    They work very good..200 ft is a lot of bell hose to run though :)

    Honestly, if you went this route, how would you run the hose without damaging it from time to time? Underground until it's at the end of the driveway or something then cross it over?
    After close to 20 years, i've developed a hatred for that damn bell!
    Joined: Nov 17, 2007
    Posts: 381


    i had people stealing stuff out of my work truck so i set up one of those door chimes they have when you walk into 7-11 or wawa for you eastcoasters,and it works great,has a range of 150 yards,i got it from a place called abletronics in cucamonga so cal...
  19. comp
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 154

    from So. IN.

    Joined: Jul 29, 2008
    Posts: 284


    Thats what I got pull in the driveway I will know!
  21. I found it yesterday, Lango, PM me your address if you want it.
  22. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,418

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    I have 2
    One is battery opperated, the other is Dog food fueled.
    the battery opperated one has a motion and heat sensitive eye in it. Think i bought it at Home great. (do need to adjust the sensitivity, it will pick up small animals and set it off)
    the Dog, he hears everything, and will either run over to the window see what it is and bark, or come and get me if he sees someone out front.

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