I've used a fair amount of the X10 stuff for reacting to whatever is
going on around and in my house. The lights which automatically go on
and off when you enter/leave rooms are a fine thing.
X10.com is annoying as hell, but they are cheap.
There are other vendors who sell the X10 stuff.
You would need a chime module, a RF motion detector,
and RF to powerline transceiver.
Visit the comp.home.automation group. Beware the route of home
automation, it leads down the path of much playing. ;)
May no harm befall you,
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I'd avoid wireless (RF) whenever possible. This adds extra complexity,
with the associated loss of reliability. You don't need RF if you can
put the motion-sensor on the side of your house, or the shed is on the
Use carriage bolts to hold the locking device in place. Drill half inch
holes into the hinge end of the door just below the top hinge, just above
the lower hinge and at the center. Insert a couple of snug fitting drill
rods into these holes so that they extend about an inch out of the door.
Drill holes into the door jamb so that when you close the door the drill
rods go into the holes in the jamb. Now if the thief removes the hinge pins
the door still won't come out of the opening.
Install an alarm in the shed as well.
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The cops are right about bolting all the way through the door, especially if
you install a steel plate on the back, too. You'll need to use carriage
bolts so there's nothing for a screwdriver to fit into on the outside.
But, if the door's hinged on the outside, there's still a problem, although
there's a solution of sorts. Is that how the door's mounted?
You may wish to rig a motion detector up at the shed door. The hasp
really should be bolted to a reinforced part of the door. If the doors are
easy to remove then fix the doors.
A determined thief may still get in.
_Locks keep honest people honest._ Make the nut tougher to crack and that
will deter casual miscreants. Previous posts regarding jamb pins on the
hinge side and carriage bolts through a back plate are right on target.
Good suggestions. You have good advice on how to fix the latch part of
the door. Now for the hinges...
Go buy piano hinges. Look it up. There are good online hardware
sources that stock these.
Of course the thief could always just take off a bit of siding to gain
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you can replace the shed with a armored concrete block shelter, with
blast doors, and nuclear bomp plant security measures.....
but it will cost more than the stuff your trying to protect.
some fake security cameras and warning signs should do it
Put a fake doggy door on the shed door. Run a big logging chain into the
shed, attached to a pole outside. Set the biggest dog dish with the biggest
chunks of dog food you can find in front of the shed. Maybe dig a couple of
holes in front of and aside of the shed for effect. Of course none of this
will fool the neighbors wherefrom comes the perpetrators probably.
Do you have a fenced yard? If so, how about a German Shephard? Rottweiler?
I'm half joking, half serious. Good friends of mine live in an area that is
prone to yard thefts. They have a chain link fence and a German Shephard.
They've not been burgled yet.
I took down one of those tubular steel instant tent carport thinguses. It
was a nice one, and cost me about $100. I put up a better sunshade.
Anyway, I had all these galvanized poles, about two inches in diameter and
five to eight feet long.
I stacked them on a shelf I had on the block wall. I rigged a couple of
uprights to hold them in. I rigged pins so that if someone opened the gate
a cord would pull the pins and all of the poles would roll off the shelf and
onto the concrete.
Well, so far I have forgotten once, and my wife has forgotten once to unhook
the cord when going into the enclosure. It scares the holy shit out of you
in the dark, and makes a racket that will wake up most of the neighbors and
dogs within a block. Nothing that can hurt anyone, just really make a
racket that will wake the dead and the motion light comes on.
I had thought of rigging it to a couple of ladders I have to fall over, but
didn't want to kill anyone or hurt my good ladders. That was after I had
been burgled, and wanted revenge, but that passed. Plus, my daughter is a
police officer, and asked what would happen if the police were chasing
someone and got conked. Good point.
You can get creative, make a noisy booby trap, and create an effective safe
deterrent without killing someone or laying yourself bare to a lawsuit. You
just gotta think about it. Standing them up on end with a cord around them
and a pull string would work too, but having them fall about six feet makes
enough racket to just about make you shit your pants. Easy and cheap.
Ya know....with ideas like those metal pipes, you could probably start a
part time business. I love it! Are you any good at rigging doorways with
buckets of water? Think of how many offices have retirement parties each
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