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I helped my uncle who is blind move into his new place today and he did something I never noticed he had before.

Once we got his stuff settled in, he went around to all of the windows with "mini-blinds" in them and attached a small wind chime onto the slats of the window's blinds.

I knew why he did it and it got me thinking about doing it at my home.
If you are in another part of the house and hear the wind chimes clanging you know something is either trying to leave or come through a window. Especially good in summer or spring when the window may be open in the day time and you have part of the blinds closed.

Just though I would pass this along.

And by the way, he has a Remington semi-auto 12 gauge with 0-buck in it. (no one else lives in his house) he figured if an intruder is coming down the hall at night/day, and he blasted a few of those rounds off, he didnt need to see, but he was almost guaranteed a hit.
 

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What if the wind makes the chimes ring?
 

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What if the wind makes the chimes ring?
lol

No, only 50% of the actual window opens.

So, the small wind chimes are on the upper part of the blinds that only cover the window thats NOT open.
 

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If I was related I would not only call before I got in range,I would be whistling all the way up to the door so he knew it was me
 

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If I was related I would not only call before I got in range,I would be whistling all the way up to the door so he knew it was me
No need for that, just dont enter through the window.

I know it sounds like what he does is a bit extreme. But he had to find ways to survive since he worked for 30 years in the violent city of Baltimore. (he chose NOT to go on tax payers disability)
 

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No need for that, just dont enter through the window.

I know it sounds like what he does is a bit extreme. But he had to find ways to survive since he worked for 30 years in the violent city of Baltimore. (he chose NOT to go on tax payers disability)
What is tax payers disability? Did he not pay any FICA during his 30 years employment?
 

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And by the way, he has a Remington semi-auto 12 gauge with 0-buck in it. (no one else lives in his house) he figured if an intruder is coming down the hall at night/day, and he blasted a few of those rounds off, he didnt need to see, but he was almost guaranteed a hit.
Wow... I'm not sure what to say about this. I'm glad he wants to take care of himself, and I'm sure he is capable of doing so but his figuring is way off base and a dangerous of thinking. He is not almost guaranteed anything. Shotguns are not some magical hallway clearing weapons, especially withtypical indoor distances.

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No, only 50% of the actual window opens.

So, the small wind chimes are on the upper part of the blinds that only cover the window thats NOT open.
Have you ever watched a blind hanging from a a window when the wind blows? Even if the lower half only is open, the wind still catches and moves the entire blind. Now, if your uncle doesnt open windows, thats fine and not a bad idea at all. If he likes to air out the house on nice days, he might be asking for trouble.

I'd introduce him to some inexpensive alarms sold at any home improvement store or even Walmart. There are a number of different kinds, some that are motion driven others are magnetic contacts.
 

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BTW, a shotty with 0 buck will not have that much spread in a typical indoor environment.
 

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BTW, a shotty with 0 buck will not have that much spread in a typical indoor environment.
yep...even at 10 - 15 feet (which is where a threat engagement is likely to happen in your home) the pattern couldnt be more than 4 inches, right?

Aaand i would be REALLY worried about the neighbors. Buck COULD go through a wall or two.
 

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What if the wind makes the chimes ring?
Duck down really low... No but these sounds like a good Idea... If that's what works for him and keeps him alive and fighting another day...
 

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I think I know where Sig229 is coming from. My aunt's blind, and she can tell you how your other senses become more discriminating when you lose one. To Sig's uncle, he can probably tell just by hearing whether it's the wind or an intruder , whereas you or I might not.
 

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I like the idea, sure there are other practical ways of securing your home and sure they might work, alarm systems are great if they run off batteries, because electricity does go out especially during storms, blizzards or if a SHTF scenario should happen, but then again batteries do fail also after time, whether solar or whatever type they are.

I applaud your Uncles for ingenuity and using a simple device as a possible alert system. Though I have to agree with a couple of other folks that the chance for an accident is upped considerably. I'm sure though he's been doing this for some time and has the scenario down by now.

I'm also sure that he acute hearing (or I hope so at least:wink:) will make him more aware of footsteps and such since he lives alone and thus he will be more cautious then to just go shooting at wind chimes, I'm sure he's more cautious then that.:smile:
 
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