- Jul 30, 2000
In http://www.hometheaterforum.com/uub/Forum2/HTML/005744.html[*]Exterior sprinklers are controlled by the system and announcements are made when they're activated. Eventually I'm going to put a small weather station on the roof so I can monitor wind speed, rainfall, etc. That way, if it's too windy to water or it has recently rained, the system can automatically postpone watering until a later time. There are others who have scripts (I haven't done this yet, but really want to!) that download the forecast off the net every morning before deciding whether to water. If it calls for rain, the sprinklers don't water that day. A weather station can then measure rainfall in conjunction with this, so if it rained for x amount of time, but not enough to really soak the lawn, the sprinklers could go ahead and run for a shorter amount of time.[*]Most of my houseplants are watered automatically by the system.
I'm guessing that hearing their exact location announced would have any would-be home invaders crapping in their pants well before you showed up with the shotgun!
Max: I'm thinking they wouldn't even enter the house. As soon as the window or door was opened (or broken), the lights would be on in the entire house. It's about a quarter of a second delay; you wouldn't even get the window open more than a couple of inches before they came on. And just approaching the house turns on not only the exterior floodlights, but also the regular exterior lights. That, and my dog (who knows what the doorbell means and runs to the bay window to bark at everyone) are enough to keep most criminals away.
-Ryan (http://www.ryanwright.com )
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