Magazine article USA TODAY

Garage Watchdog

Magazine article USA TODAY

Garage Watchdog

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(*) Scenario I: You wake up in the middle of the night wondering whether you remembered to close the garage door. Then, the unpalatable choices are getting out of bed and going to check on it or tossing and turning all night worrying.

Scenario II: You leave the garage door open and your car and/or the contents of the garage are gone in the morning.

Scenario III (the worst-case one): You leave the garage door open and intruders are in your house, leaving you vulnerable to robbery, personal attack, etc.

The solution to these progressively worse nightmares is quite simple: the Wireless Garage Sentry from DesignTech International, Springfield, Va. The device comes in two parts--a sensor that attaches to the inside of the garage door and a receiver that plugs into any electric outlet within the house. The sensor, which operates on a lithium battery, is mounted so that the internal mercury switch is at a 45 [degrees] angle. Any time the status of the door changes (it is opened or closed), the sensor sends a signal to the receiver to update the position information. …

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