Door alarms aren't used exclusively for home security. You and your kids can make fun door alarms for imaginative games and creativity. You may not even have to buy anything from the store to create this homemade door alarm. If you do venture to the store, however, the cost is minimal. This article will teach you a fun way to build a door alarm for your child's bedroom or playroom.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
Swing the door open. When it opens about 6 inches have a partner eyeball that location on the ceiling. Measure 6 inches from the outside edge of the door. Use this, and the 6-inch opening as a guide. This is the approximate location for your door alarm.
Screw an eyehook into the ceiling. This should be in the location your partner visually marked out during the door swing test. You should be able to do this with your fingers since most ceilings are made of drywall and easy to penetrate.
Screw another eyehook into the ceiling, only this time, it should be near the edge of the wall. This will allow the string pulley system to work correctly.
Screw in a small hook on the inside wall closest to the door hinges. The hook should be secured upside down so that the open side faces the ground. It should be about 1 1/2 feet away from the door hinges and at least 3 feet off the ground.
Thread the string through the two eyehooks. Leave about 1 1/2 feet of string on the end near the top of the door. Bring the other side down long enough to tie a loop and secure it around the hook.
Tie another loop in the string about 8 inches above the bottom loop. You will use this to "turn off" the child's door alarm.
Tie a small bell to the top end of the string that hangs in front of the door. It should hang in front of the door when the hook secures onto the last loop, and hang well above the door when it secures on the top hook. When the door opens and hits the bell, it will alert children of an arrival.
Tips and warnings
- Since chairs and sharp hooks are needed, it is best to have an adult install the door alarm for kids.
- Don't leave string around babies or toddlers that could accidentally wrap it around their necks.