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    Any ideas on a filter alarm?

    Iíve put some decent security on to my filter house such as padlocks, security lights, etc but Iím looking for a small alarm now.


    I bought a very simple looking one from Amazon that was just a motion sensor and a speaker and this could be armed by a remote. Worked well for the first day but at 4.30am it went off, woke me up and rushed outside.


    Nothing there. The security lights all round the house were off and nobody around. If someone was anywhere on our property at least one light would be on.


    So I thought maybe rodent set it off. I re-armed it and then sat and waited. Just in case.


    It went off again 10mins later with me watching so I knew then that nothing was around.


    Tested it the next day and it is just cr*p. No idea why it goes off randomly so itís going back. Shame.


    So, has anyone got anything similar installed on their filter houses that works well?

    I'm looking for a simple install and just something that would go off when the filter house lid or door are opened.

    Thanks!


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    depending what house alarm you have you could fit an extra sensor to that,andi

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    Any ideas on a filter alarm?

    Quote Originally Posted by andikoi View Post
    depending what house alarm you have you could fit an extra sensor to that,andi
    Ours is an all wireless one and I tried moving a sensor from one room in to the filter house as a temporary solution but the signal was not strong enough as the main box is at the very front of the house and the pond is directly opposite side of the house and past an outhouse. Just wouldnít connect sadly.

    I guess I could see if I could run a wired sensor but Iíd prefer to have an independent one for the pond just in case the wind rattled the filter lid and sets the whole house alarm off! I wouldnít be popular...

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    I added extra PIRs from my house alarm to the shed and filter pit which are around 100 feet from the control box. They work perfectly.

    If like me you have a lid on your filter pit (or doors I guess), then you can also add a front door or window sensor to it so if they try to prise the lid open the movement will set it off before they get to the stage of completely ruining the lid prior to triggering the PIR.

    The Visonic powermax complete is a good quality wireless house alarm with a long range for PIRs. They are a bugger to set up though which despite being immensely complicated/frustrating to a novice is probably a positive thing.

    This is what they look like:

    https://www.cctvcentral.co.uk/visoni...AaAh9NEALw_wcB


    I also have a powder coated heavy duty metal mesh over the pond which is also padlocked down.
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    cheap and cheerful solution a personal attack arm with the pin cable tied to a the point your worried about opening, no false triggers except by you when you forget its there
    the slow pond build thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowsaw View Post
    cheap and cheerful solution a personal attack arm with the pin cable tied to a the point your worried about opening, no false triggers except by you when you forget its there
    Kinda like a hand grenade booby trap! Like it. Maybe once I remember itís there Iíll change it out for a hand grenade! Would make for a wonderful alarm to wake me up and an added bonus of rendering the would-be thief unconscious thus saving me a job Any ideas on a filter alarm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS2OOO View Post
    I added extra PIRs from my house alarm to the shed and filter pit which are around 100 feet from the control box. They work perfectly.

    If like me you have a lid on your filter pit (or doors I guess), then you can also add a front door or window sensor to it so if they try to prise the lid open the movement will set it off before they get to the stage of completely ruining the lid prior to triggering the PIR.

    The Visonic powermax complete is a good quality wireless house alarm with a long range for PIRs. They are a bugger to set up though which despite being immensely complicated/frustrating to a novice is probably a positive thing.

    This is what they look like:

    https://www.cctvcentral.co.uk/visoni...AaAh9NEALw_wcB


    I also have a powder coated heavy duty metal mesh over the pond which is also padlocked down.
    Interesting system. Not beyond the realms of having this as an extra system to compliment the one we have already.

    The one weíve got now is some super system thing and I have no idea how to adjust it or add to it so Iíd prefer to leave it alone as it does a great job already.

    Iím thinking I could install this for the pond and also the workshop and shed too but would need to be able to keep the pond armed at all times but be able to switch off the shed or workshop separately as my in laws dogs like to sleep in there when they come.

    With the Visonic do you know if you can arm separate sensors without having to arm the whole thing?

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    Iím thinking I could install this for the pond and also the workshop and shed too but would need to be able to keep the pond armed at all times but be able to switch off the shed or workshop separately as my in laws dogs like to sleep in there when they come.

    With the Visonic do you know if you can arm separate sensors without having to arm the whole thing?
    Yes you can. You can assign different sensors to different partitions and then arm and disarm each partition separately, i.e shed on partition 1, garage on partition 2 etc.

    This was the part I found most complicated to set up as you should be able to assign different buttons on the key fob for different partitions but for the life of me I couldn't work it out so with mine the key fob arms everything but if I want to arm individual partitions I have to do it from the key pad.

    Also you'll need to connect it to the phone line so it will ring you if triggered. I spliced mine into the overhead phone line at roof level so if anyone cut the cable going into the house it would still work. BT weren't impressed when they found out!


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    By the way.... All the sensors are pet safe so cats and dogs (unless they are huge) won't trigger the alarm, but a person would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS2OOO View Post
    Yes you can. You can assign different sensors to different partitions and then arm and disarm each partition separately, i.e shed on partition 1, garage on partition 2 etc.

    This was the part I found most complicated to set up as you should be able to assign different buttons on the key fob for different partitions but for the life of me I couldn't work it out so with mine the key fob arms everything but if I want to arm individual partitions I have to do it from the key pad.

    Also you'll need to connect it to the phone line so it will ring you if triggered. I spliced mine into the overhead phone line at roof level so if anyone cut the cable going into the house it would still work. BT weren't impressed when they found out!


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    Sounds like the tech I need here. Thanks, really appreciate the tips! Any ideas on a filter alarm?

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    Just thought I would update this thread with where I have ended up for the moment. I will sort a proper system later this year but for now I have bought this little gadget:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B078YPR4XJ/

    Superb little bit of kit and very cheap. It's a simple window alarm with a remote fob that I have repurposed to go off when someone opens my filter door.

    Works a treat as I have forgotten it's there a few times after installing it and it makes me jump out of my skin when it goes off!!

 

 

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