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Basement door security?

Discussion in 'General' started by beechkingd, May 16, 2020.

  1. beechkingd

    beechkingd Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for the easiest way to get notifications about my walkout basement door being opened/unlocked. I'd like to get a text message. My 12 year old is moving to the basement bedroom and I'd like make sure his friends aren't using it to come in the house vs announcing their presence by coming in the normal way. Later on making sure he isn't sneaking out that way, he needs to learn to sneak out through the garage like every other kid.

    I've looked at some of the systems out there, either electronic deadbolts or door jab sensors. They seem to all have to go to a hub and then to the internet. I don't do smart hubs like alexa or google so some of the security only ones (Z wave etc.) would have to work. Not sure what works best though.
  2. michaelrc51

    michaelrc51 Well-Known Member

    If you want notifications you will have to use some kind of smart hub or alarm system.

    Prob easiest way to monitor the opening would a Ring doorbell setup.

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  3. ChemGuy

    ChemGuy Harden The F%@# Up!

  4. SuddenBraking

    SuddenBraking The Iron Price


    If he and his friends are soaking wet, that's your first clue.
  5. pickled egg

    pickled egg We need moah buttah

    Lutron Hub would likely be the least intrusive system. Expandable and doesn’t have a microphone to listen to your private conversations.

    I’ve been futzing with it for a bit as time allows, got some lighting and a thermostat running through it, I’ll be integrating security through it before school starts back up again.

    If you’re a real baller, you can automate motorized blinds with it too. ;)
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  6. rice r0cket

    rice r0cket Well-Known Member

    Samsung SmartThings hub is probably the most widely used option, it supports both Z-Wave and Zigbee.

    If you're concerned that he's smart enough to figure out that he can take the sensor off the door, there's some recessed ones that you bore into the core of the door, that he probably won't discover until he's 18.

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  7. rice r0cket

    rice r0cket Well-Known Member

    Lutron only does lights and window shades.
  8. beechkingd

    beechkingd Well-Known Member

    He's 12 not sure that would be a real clue.
  9. beechkingd

    beechkingd Well-Known Member

    He is certainly smart enough to defeat it. I was looking into possibly doing one of those hidden recessed sensors, and some sort of deadbolt or visible sensor that he could defeat.
  10. worthless

    worthless Well-Known Member

    You sure you’re going to want a text or notification every time a 12 year old comes in or out of the house?
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  11. Phl218

    Phl218 .

    Fill the lock with JB WELD
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  12. pickled egg

    pickled egg We need moah buttah

    Does it get tiresome being wrong?
  13. michaelrc51

    michaelrc51 Well-Known Member

    You can install a flush mounted contact and then putty or no do over it and repaint. And run wires through the wall.
    Whatever you choose to monitor this device will require a hub or alarm panel.

    Prob your best bet is a camera that will alert you upon motion detection.

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  14. Marid2apterbilt

    Marid2apterbilt Well-Known Member

    Get a connected lock.
    Hubitat Automation Hub. It is based on all local control ability if you don't want it reaching out to the internet.

    Set the door lock to auto relock and event logs.
    Lock the kid out of the event logs Access. He will have to hack the system somehow to get around it.
  15. rice r0cket

    rice r0cket Well-Known Member

  16. pickled egg

    pickled egg We need moah buttah

    Quit while you’re behind.
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  17. GixxerBlade

    GixxerBlade Oh geez

    How good are you with electronics? I can show you how to make a small door sensor using a Particle Photon (https://store.particle.io/products/photon) and a magnetic door sensor and send you texts using IFTTT.
  18. Venom51

    Venom51 John Deere Equipment Expert - Not really

    Break the legs of the first one you catch and leave him on the ground outaide the door to warn the others.
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  19. Sweatypants

    Sweatypants I am so smart! S-M-R-T... I mean S-M-A-R-T!

    what's the point of living in the basement if you can't sneak hunny dips in there on the sly? just buy him a box of condoms instead.
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  20. beechkingd

    beechkingd Well-Known Member

    Since he’s not supposed to use the door unless the house is on fire, yes.

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