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A project log for PIR alarm tapper

Get a signal from a PIR motion sensor to drive a siren, independent of the burglar alarm computer.

Niel MalanNiel Malan 12/30/2017 at 16:490 Comments

I've finished this project. Today I soldered up the second board, tested and installed it. 

Connectors.

The slots for the 3-pin connectors with their 3.5 mm pitch pins that didn't fit the Veroboard I made with a Dremel tool with a small, ball-shaped, diamond bit. This went much faster than the method I used on the first board, which was to carve the little slot with a pocket knife. The slots came a out little too wide, which made soldering more difficult. The solder would not naturally make a solder bridge between the pin and the track, because the gap was too wide. I solved this problem with a small, fiddly, U-shaped wire bridge, that I soldered on the tracks. 

A lot of the work on this project went into making these connectors fit. I'd recommend buying the right things. I could also have taken wires from the board to chocolate blocks, but that's really a bit crude, isn't it?. And I had the screw connectors and I wanted to use them.

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