DIY Perimeter Alarm To Protect Your Home & Camp
A perimeter alarm is an effective way to deter intruders from entering your home or camp. Whether you live in a rural area or an urban one, it’s important to ensure that your home is protected from theft and other criminal activities. Fortunately, you can build a perimeter alarm yourself in no time with a few simple components and tools.
Parts and Tools:
- 2 Reed switches
- 2 Adhesive magnets
- Electrical tape
- Wire Strippers/Crimpers
- Soldering iron and solder
- A Chime
- An Alarm
Step 1: Connect the Reed Switches and Magnets
The first step in creating your perimeter alarm is to connect the two reed switches to the magnets. Begin by attaching one end of each of the reed switches to the magnets. Make sure that they are firmly connected.
Once the reed switches are attached, strip off the insulation from the other end of the wires and twist them together. Wrap each of the twisted wires with electrical tape. You should now have two sets of wires connected to the reed switches.
Step 2: Connect the Chime and Alarm
Now that you have your reed switches and magnets connected, it’s time to connect your chime and alarm. Start by stripping off the insulation from the ends of the wires for your chime and alarm, then twist them together and wrap them with electrical tape.
Once the wires are secured, solder the two sets of wires (one from the reed switches and one from the chime/alarm) to the same terminal on the chime/alarm. This will ensure that the chime and alarm will both be activated if the reed switches are tripped.
Step 3: Install the Magnets and Reed Switches
The next step is to install the magnets and reed switches in the desired locations. Place the reed switches inside the door or window frames and attach them with screws. The magnets should be placed on the opposite side of the frame from the switches.
Once the magnets and reed switches are in place, close the door or window. If the magnets come in contact with the reed switches, it will trigger the alarm and chime.
Step 4: Test the Perimeter Alarm
The last step is to test the perimeter alarm to ensure that it is working properly. Open and close the door or window and make sure that the alarm and chime are activated each time.
Once you have successfully tested the alarm, all that’s left to do is to give it a name and display it proudly! A DIY perimeter alarm can provide a great way to protect your home and camp and give you peace of mind.