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At Your Place--Do Folks Knock, Ring Doorbell or Just Walk Right In?
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WallSal55    Posted 06-22-2002 at 08:32:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
When we lived in town, we had a doorbell that played Westminister. Everyone used it upon arrival. Now that we are in the country, there
are some who just walk right in. Once I bought
a door knocker, and nobody ever used it. Later,
I replaced that with a doorbell chime, white with
a nice large black button. Then I decorated around it with gardening motif--so you have to see
the doorbell, it cannot be missed! I would say
it gets rung very seldom. I have had more company
at my door in 2002, but I am still baffled by
human behavior. I am ready to get a driveway alarm, but would like to find a pleasant sounding
one. If you have one, with a sound you like,
please post the brand name. Thanks. (We got my
MIL one for Christmas, terrible sounding.)

Dave    Posted 04-04-2004 at 15:03:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, I just put up my website called I have been making ELECTOMATS since 1959 and have gone wireless in 1996. Click on you might like what you see. I loved the story about Dexter and swallowing his chew in this forum. Thanks Dave

Rubintropfen    Posted 06-24-2002 at 07:11:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use German Shepherd brand doorbells. I have things set up so anybody who drives up or walks to the house can hear more dogs than they can see. That usually makes them pretty careful.

Redneck    Posted 06-23-2002 at 01:08:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
The door gits knocked on every once in a while,but if the dane or the kerr/bulldog come around first people usually set in the car and wait.If they are in the house,most have learned walking in is a no no.There has been more than a few relitives bayed in the kitchen.Had a bother in law that said he never paid dogs any mind;he was one of the first rescued.
Best I remember was church folks come for their invitin one night.They done good till they reached to shake hands with the wife.They say dogs can sence the true nature of folks.Found out later what the so called preacher was really about.Good dogs.

Ray    Posted 06-23-2002 at 13:26:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
We always lock our doors to prevent this.We also
purchased a four unit infared motion dectector
that beeps in the house when someone walks by it.
Have one at the end of our lane,and 3 around the
house.All work off the same box,no wires.It's
hard to sneak up on me.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-23-2002 at 08:02:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our pig had that same senceing ability too Redneck, she was never wrong either.
Later Bob

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-23-2002 at 08:01:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I allways listen to what my dogs think about people, they have never been wrong yet! Name tags and bullshi** don't get past them. If they don't like them I don't either. Mark H.

Redneck    Posted 06-23-2002 at 18:11:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
You have that right Mark.My mama and daddy always called me Dog Taylor.Seems I always had rather be around my animals than I did people,still that way.I can count my true friends on my fingers and I ain't used them up yet.Coarse I'm open to new ones but to me friendship has to be earned,not given.
I have always trusted my dogs and am very picky in choosing them and letting them choose me.It's like people,there is good and bad in all the breeds.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 06-22-2002 at 20:47:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
At my place in Manhattan folks first ring my telephone from the intercom system in the lobby. I hear a special ring which alerts me that some one is trying to see me. I pick up the phone and find out who is there. I can let that person in by dialing #6. If I don't know or want that person in the building, I hang up my phone. When So and So reaches my door, I unlock two dead bolt locks and a chain link. And voila - It's my landlord here to collect my overdue rent. That being the case, I SLAM MY DOOR and shout GOOD RIDDANCE.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-22-2002 at 22:18:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
You live like those people on TV do in New York! Mark H.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-22-2002 at 17:24:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our gate at the back door is where most stop when the dogs coma a running to it. Most wait for us to come out because the dogs like to put there paws on there sholders and lick there face. Works great most of the time. When they do get past the gate I allways here them saying DOWN Darn'it Down, man look what you just did to my shirt!!! Mark H.

DeadCarp - sitting in your kitchen    Posted 06-22-2002 at 13:27:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a real fancy doorbell Sal - whyncha bring it in so we can look at it? :)

BOSS    Posted 06-22-2002 at 12:00:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just walk around naked all the time, then when people walk in, just stand there and say "Hi". they will never walk in again.....It worked for us, when we were married everybody would walk right in, after being caught a few times, everybody would call first, before they came.
Now that we moved out in the country, some knock, some walk in, they all know beforehand what they are supposed to do. And if they are afraid of dogs, they usually knock, then run back to their cars.

bob ny    Posted 06-22-2002 at 11:39:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
ifin you want them to ring the bell put a sign
please do not ring bell works evrery time

Must be a New England thing    Posted 06-22-2002 at 11:30:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
F14 and Salmoneye describe what happens here in Thornton Gore, NH. Ain't got no doorbell. Anybody as knows us just walks in. Others knock. Doors ain't never locked. Wouldn't know where or even if there's any keys anyway.
BTW, people often ask us "What's a "gore" anyway?" Definition that applies here, according to Webster, is "a small triangular piece of land as where two roads diverge".

Ron/PA    Posted 06-22-2002 at 11:16:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What a way to live, wondering who might walk in next. Seriously most of the time my doors are not locked, but even my own brothers knock before opening the door. They mostly do this just incase I am nekkid,, not that I'm shy, but God they just don't wanna see that!!!
Two things tick me off at my house, people that may have the nerve to WALK RIGHT IN, and people that PULL IN MY DRIVEWAY AND BLOW THE HORN!
You really do have to take a few lessons in being rude!
It works.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:31:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think the biggest part of your problem is those fancy things look too good to use to the neighbours. Anyway in the warm months, both of them, we usually leave the doors open, this makes knocking a challenge so people just holler.
Later Bob

Jake, formerly from the Yukon but now from Kansas    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:41:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bob, how's banana growing over your way?

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:49:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Too hot for our variety, need a good frost every week. Poor crop this year Jake.
Later Bob

Hogman    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:08:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a small bell,about 6" thats hung at eye level. Has a nice handle below tha clapper so one only has to grasp it gently,twiddle it back and forth ( Ya like that "twiddle"?) and let Us know a guest stands before tha portal.
We tell Folks " tha durn things there ta be rung so RUNG it! Do They? Nope,never! One person will give it tha teenest little ding'n open tha door an yell "anybody home" and come on in.

Most just go tap tap on tha door or yell. Spect tha main reason for yellin is by that time tha dawg's eyeballin like for dinner and we figger it's more a call for help.

If We are downstairs They could scream bloody murder without Us hearing. Meantime, our best door bell is tha dawg,realy important since Maw Hog bein very unlike "most" of farm wimmin spends a lot of tha day in from almost ta absolute nakidness.

Jake, formerly from the Yukon but now from Kansas    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:05:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My neighbor, Dexter Denwald, had one of them driveway bells. Didn't like it at all. He said one time he came in the house after pruning banana trees all day (he's a Kansas banana farmer like me) and he had just sat down in his recliner to read the paper when Fenwick Morton came into the drive and "BING BONG" off goes the driveway bell. Well, ol Dexter was nodding off a little and it scared him so bad that he swallowed his chew. Then of course he started coughing and out came his upper plate right into the cat box. He says that now every time he hears a bell he can tast kitty litter. Hope this helps.

Dave    Posted 04-04-2004 at 15:13:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I almost lost it when I read this story. I have been in the door bell business for over 40 years and never have I heard a funnier story than this one. Go to you might like it. Dave

Hogman    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:17:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Say now, I'll hav'ta notefi My 4Th cousin Snodgrass's Uncle Fillister Screw that He has compitition, up ta now He was thinkin He was tha onliest Banana grower in tha State.
They raise many of Em up in tha Yukon?

Jake, formerly from the Yukon but now from Kansas    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:38:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hogman, I know ol Fillister. Yup, he was a real pioneer in banana growing around here. When I lived at Jakes Corner, Y.T. I was farming pineapples and yes the ground was a little rich but cultivating in the snow usually took care of it. I planted some bamboo this spring, too.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:22:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hogman don't you think the muskeg would be a bit rich for their roots?
Later Bob

Hogman    Posted 06-22-2002 at 15:37:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Might have a bonniefried true point there. Spect soil samples would be right helpful.
Biggest problem as I see it is havin That there Cheketta banana Maiden survive tha Skeeters.
Glad ta hear Ya know ole Fillester Jake. He was head of His class in first grade fore takin up bananer growin on His granpaps Wheat farm.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-23-2002 at 08:27:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well Hogman anyone who discoverd how a good frost will make tropical plants produce more is head of any class.
Later Bob

kraig WY    Posted 06-22-2002 at 09:01:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't have a door bell. People would just play with it. Most just walk in. People I don't know would knock. Some times if I sleep a little late I've had people walk in and put on the coffee. No real problem just that you don't set around in you BBDs when you get up.

JoeK    Posted 06-22-2002 at 08:56:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
What you may look into is a a different way to"trigger" your(any)doorbell.You could have your "Westminster Chimes",but other than regular button,it could be triggered by a doormat switch,motion detector,light beam.....Or a "Please Ring" sign and night chain for a bit until visitors get "eddycated"

Salmoneye    Posted 06-22-2002 at 08:53:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here in VT friends and relatives usually bang once on the door and walk in with a healthy 'Hullo?'.
Always at the back or kitchen door.
Anyone that uses the bell or front door is usually someone you do not want or need to talk to.

Here at my place, I see or hear anyone before they get to the house and what I miss the Dog finds...

F14    Posted 06-22-2002 at 08:43:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Family walks right in. Everybody else rings the doorbell. Not that it matters, The Grumpasaurus announces everybody anyway...

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