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    Default what is this thing?

    This is at the front entrance of a 12 year old Toll Bros house. Never seen one before.

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    Default Re: what is this thing?

    Maybe a sensor pickup to allow the utility company to remotely read the meter?


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    I would guess an alarm switch, assuming it's roughly waist high.

    Or maybe a motion sensor?


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    Default Re: what is this thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    "When properly adjusted, the IR sensor will operate even when sunlight is directly shining into it."

    Thanks, Micheal. Do they make a lens for garage door sensors as well?

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    Thanks!

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    Wow John, 12 years old, thats like brand new to you isnt it....

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    Default Re: what is this thing?

    Looks like a mini-flat screen TV turned sideways with an aluminum frame to me.

    But then I can be a smart a$$ sometimes.


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    Isn't that a self destruct button in case the house goes into foreclosure.
    You would think they would put it in a more secure spot.
    Of course it is a sensor, but what is it turning on and off


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    I've seen those inside. We recently had clients buy a house where almost every room had them for AV equipment remotes.

    I'm not sure what you would have that would be IR based outside the house though. That would seem a bit odd.


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    Default Re: what is this thing?

    Can anyone tell me why you would need this outside?

    Tom Rees / A Closer Look Home Inspection / Salt Lake City, Utah

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