re: "And yes, Radio Shack did sell alarm systems"
I don't believe anyone said RS didn't *sell* alarm systems.
Some (even I) said they didn't *make* them, in response to the words
in your OP:
"Radio Shack no longer *makes* alarm systems..."
Would a dome tight switch from an auto work ?? I put one under my hood
and wired my horn to it. Never lost a battery after that. Did have to go
out at 3:00 am once but they ran like hell when the horn went off ----
There's a product from GE Security called a 3005 "Roller Plunger" contact which
is probably the closest to what you have in terms of size, shape and function.
I sell them online. So does almost every other online alarm store. Here's a
link to the SR-3005 on my website:
If the hole in the woodwork is too shallow for the 3005 you can use the "short"
version of the same switch, called a 3008:
You can get different types of plunger switches from Lee Electric
or any electrical supply house that carries theirs or equivalent
products. The recessed closet door switches can be obtained with
either normally open or normally closed contacts. You can print
out a picture and show it to a salesman at any electrical supply
company and they'll know what you are looking for. You need to
specify open or closed contacts for when the door is open. Lee
Electric has a catalog in PDF format that you can download that
will show you the specs and pictures of the different switches.
Yep, that switch is hard to find at RS. They used to carry it on the card
wall, but no more.
You're talking about the 'pin switch' that is a screw in cylinder that when
the pin is pressed, it doesn't ground out. When the door opens, the switch
I have a remote start on one of my cars, and that was use as the hood
interlock switch. I went EVERYWHERE local looking for one when it broke.
For a while I left it disconnected so my remote start would work.
Anyway, one day I swung into one of those 'car stereo' stores along the
highway that also had a sign up that they install remote starters and they
had a whole drawer of the things. Reasonably priced too.
I did find them online at one the remote starter web sites, but they were
just plain on drugs for what they wanted for the things, and they had a huge
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