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Driveway Alerts
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plh_IN    Posted 08-11-2003 at 06:21:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone have a driveway alert installed? I live on a ~1500ft driveway & want to install a device to alert me if someone is coming back to the house. Any input on make/model ect would be very beneficial. Are the "beam" type or the ones w/ the cable across the drive (gravel) better...can the cable type ones be buried?

Thanks for any advice....had a little run-in Sat. night & dont want it to happen again!

River    Posted 08-11-2003 at 12:02:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a unit that senses a change in its magnetic field. It is not supposed to give you false warnings when a deer, dog, etc. passes by.

I'm not sure of the name brand, but a search on the web should uncover it.


Trevor    Posted 08-11-2003 at 10:24:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never posted here before but this one got my attention.

The driveway alert thingies sound like a great idea. It would be nice to now when someone is coming up the lane.

As for the people with gates. Well in my part of the world the only people that have gates across their lanes are CITY people who have moved to the country and think that every car that drives by wants to break into their house.

The sure way to know a City has bought an old farm close to you is that a shiney new tubular gate is installed and "NO TRESPASSING" signs are put all around the property. You will usually meet your new neighbours wandering around YOUR property. They will say HI and ask if it is OK for them to be there, this is of course after they mention how they have been there numberous times and how much they love the area.

Sorry to vent but Gates used to be for keeping livestock in. People should have sense enough to know better.

Times have changed!!

maybe with remarks like t    Posted 08-11-2003 at 19:04:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
they've got good reason to put up a gate.

" People should have sense enough to know better."

Maybe they've got more sense than you know.

markct- disagree trevor    Posted 08-11-2003 at 13:01:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
here we have lived on the same land in the country all my life, my grandparents bought it in the 1940s, never had a need for gates or rocks to keep people out, well over the years we have had to put up gates on every access road into our property, the only one we dont have gated is the main driveway. anywheres that people can drive in to the property has had to have large rocks placed or else some guy in a 4x4 truck will come crashing thru in the night after he leaves the bar, its not city folks blockin there driveways, its city folks that make us block our driveways

Trevor - marct - OK    Posted 08-11-2003 at 13:29:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK I will agree with you about back accesses. You are correct we too have had to close gates that hadn't been closed in 30 years (the trees that grew threw the gates were evidence) that led onto the back of our property.

I was more speaking of the people who put up these big expensive gates that they have to open and close every time they enter and exit their own property. These gates are across their driveways!

I am sorry if I offended anyone but as I said ("in my part of the world")this is the way it is here.

Annie in KY    Posted 08-11-2003 at 16:52:21       [Reply]  [No Email] tell the truth Trevor..We put up our gate to keep our dogs on OUR property and we think it's a good neighbor who doesn't allow their critters to to roam and destroy our neigbors chickens and property. We put the entry code right out there for everyone to use and gain access. I'm sure our country neighbors appreciate that we keep our dogs on our property.

Briarwood    Posted 08-11-2003 at 08:12:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
What a coincidence! We also have a 1500+ft drive and have been surprised when someone pulls right up in front of the house without warning. We didn't want to block off the entrance (did that once with a cable). Just wanted to have a little notice that someone was coming. We found a very reasonably priced system that is simple and is working for us. Cost was only $135.95 and my wife remarked the other day she thinks its the best money we ever spent. It was remarkably easy to install as it is a wireless system. It is suposed to have a range of 1,000 feet but I installed it about 750 feet (about halfway up the lane) on the side of a telephone pole since the signal had to pass through some trees. We have only had the system for a couple of weeks but it is working out better than we expected. Only takes a little 9 volt battery that is suposed to last 2 years. Yes, one night a deer or some other critter did set it off but we do not think that is much of an inconvenience. Although, it becomes a problem because it is on some critter trail, we will change the location. Depending on location, you can set the beam across the drive high enough to pass over most critters. You do need to consider location and whether you will beam down onto the lane or out and across it. If across it, you must be concerned what is beyond the lane that may set it off such as tree branches blowing in the wind. Still, with a little thought in picking the right location, we think it is a great addition for the price. We have the Optex Wireless 1000 system. Check it out here:

It just depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Obviously, this alarm does not keep anyone out, just gives you a little warning that someone is coming. That's all we wanted and it does that well, indeed.


Julie Robertson    Posted 08-29-2003 at 22:38:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You might want to check out a site that has many neat wireless products for rural use, including driveway alerts. It's

Hope this helps you

plh_IN    Posted 08-11-2003 at 08:22:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks! The info you provided sounds exactly like the type of system I'm looking for.

Annie in KY    Posted 08-11-2003 at 06:41:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know someone who has a beam one and they like it (don't know what brand it is though, think they got it at radio shack) It does have some false alerts with squirrels..wind, etc since it's in a heavily wooded area. We have a gate (tubular metal cow gate) at entrance to our drive and last fall dh installed a gate opener for me since I was tired of getting out in the rain to open/close it. (brand is MULE gate opener ran about $500 and extra contollers run about $39) It's the neatest think....remote controlled from the vehichle and has a entry code module mounted on post for others to enter with...but we have the manufacturers entry code posted by the entry keypad for anyone to use if they walk up to the gate (didn't want neighbors to feel like we were trying to keep them away and this way propane man etc. can make deliveries etc.) If we leave for the weekend we can easily change the code to keep people out. (no one can drive around it because it's fenced and heavily wooded) It is battery powered incase power goes out, but we did have to trench a power line up there from the house to power the constant battery charger...power line ran about .80 cents a foot and that can add up.

screaminghollow    Posted 08-11-2003 at 06:38:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a problem with folks skulking around. We got electric fence around the entire property now and when folks come down the driveway, there's a Motion detector in a tree which turns on a flood light on the barn. We generally keep the gate across the driveway closed. Despite all this, we still have an occasional unwanted visitor. Our Britany is very good at barking when someone comes down the driveway, on foot or in a car. We thought about an alert, but I understand the cables under the drive can stop working when the ground freezes or is covered with packed ice and snow. Also, the beam jobs go off every time a deer or dog walks by.

Tom A    Posted 08-11-2003 at 06:32:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not trying to be funny, but my tom turkey lets us all know instantly as soon as anybody comes down the first 20 feet of drive. His noise sets off the dogs barking, and most strangers just start backing out without coming all the way down the drive...ain't nobody sneaking in here!


Yeah Right, Ron/PA    Posted 08-11-2003 at 06:37:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Turkeys, Guinea, Geese, and worst of all are Peacocks. A more natural alarm system has not been developed to my knowledge.
Anyway there are motion detectors that can be used to activate any device you want. Just like motion lights, they can whistle and yell or turn on a light at your house,, but then ya gotta worry about critters crossing the field and setting it off.

Should have been    Posted 08-11-2003 at 07:16:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right,,,,Senior moments stink!

thanks for telling me    Posted 08-11-2003 at 07:19:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read your post about 4 times trying to figure out if/how I'd ticked you off!

thanks, it was driving me crazy

Ron/PA    Posted 08-12-2003 at 07:19:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry, after I came back to read the board I saw what I had typed, and thought "well dummas ya did it again" LOL
Have a good one

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