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New Project: Anti-Robber Pressure Pad

A pressure pad that beeps when someone enters the room.

New Project: Anti-Robber Pressure Pad

Use a simple circuit and paper crafts to make your own burglar alarm! Here’s how.

Steps

Step #1:

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New Project: Anti-Robber Pressure Pad
  • Solder a length of wire to a strip of copper.
  • Make two parts like this.

Step #2:

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New Project: Anti-Robber Pressure Pad

Solder one of the wires to a 9V battery pack.

Step #3:

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New Project: Anti-Robber Pressure Pad
  • Solder a beeper to the other copper strip.
  • Then connect the other side of the beeper to the battery pack.

Step #4:

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New Project: Anti-Robber Pressure Pad
  • Tape one of the strips of copper to an A4 sheet of cardstock. Tape the other copper strip to another card of the same size.
  • Make sure that the two strips of copper are positioned so that they touch each other when the cards are placed back to back.
  • Join the cards with double-sided tape. Use two layers of thick tape to hold the cards far enough apart so that the two copper strips don't touch each other until the cards are pressed together.

Step #5:

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New Project: Anti-Robber Pressure Pad
  • Stick the other sheet of A4 black card on top.
  • Now place it where you want your alarm to sound and wait for someone to walk on it!

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