If you don’t have the money to spend on an extensive and expensive home security system, you might want to look at the Telko Home Security Alarm Model S002. It’s a motion-activated alarm that operates on a 9-volt battery and offers up to 2,000 square feet of coverage.
The compact device requires no special wiring or installation. It can be mounted on a wall near the door to protect your door and windows with infrared sensors that will detect motion up to 60 feet away in a 110-degree arc.
You program a security code on the digital key pad so the alarm can be activated when you leave the house and turned off when you return. When activated, the alarm sounds a 110-decibel siren. It has a 15 to 30 second alarm delay for entry.
On the side of the device, there’s a small button that you push up to adjust the vertical detection zone so the alarm won’t be set off by pets, says Esa Nieminen of Finn Imports in Los Angeles, which markets the alarm.
Manufactured by Telko Inc. in Laguna Hills, the Telko Model S002 alarm ($39.95, plus $3 shipping and handling; Californians add $2.02 sales tax) has a three-year warranty. To order, send a check or money order to Finn Imports, P.O. Box 691022, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069; (213) 651-1043.
Give Your Dusty Car the Brushoff
Trying to conserve water but still keep your car clean? Consider the California Magic Car Duster, a handy dust mop for your vehicle that will clean off surface dirt and dust with a few quick strokes. You can use it on hoods, roofs, windows, trunks, chrome and more without scratching the surface.
The duster won’t clean a filthy car covered with a lot of road dirt and grease, but it easily takes off light surface dirt and leaves the car as shiny as if you had just left the car wash. The 15-inch mop is made of 100% cotton fibers that have been specially treated with a baked-in paraffin wax. It’s attached to a sturdy, 26-inch handle, making it easy to reach the top of most autos.
California Magic Car Duster ($19.95, plus $3.95 shipping and handling) comes with a vinyl storage case; it can be washed in mild soap and warm water. Order it from California Magic Car Duster Co., 15430 Cabrito Road., Van Nuys, Calif. 91460; in California, (818) 989-4218; outside California, (800) 282-8282. California residents add 6.5% sales tax.
Organizer Puts Jewelry in Its Place
That clutter of earrings on top of your dresser got you stymied? You might want to consider Bangle-Hangall, a wall-hanging jewelry organizer that stores earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
The Bangle-Hangall starter set (suggested retail, $9 to $14) is an 11 1/4-inch long, 9-inch wide, clear polystyrene holder. It has three trays for earrings--holding up to 36 pairs in individual slots--and nine pegs that hold necklaces at the bottom. More trays can be added to the original holder.
Bangle-Hangall was developed by Denver graphic designer Cheryl Meyer, who said she invented the holder after having organizing problems with her own jewelry--the small earrings disappeared and the large ones tangled together.
In Southern California, you can find Bangle-Hangall at a number of Longs drugstores; Sav-On in Corona, Chino and Pomona, and Starcrest Gavilan’s catalogue, (800) 777-0327. If you can’t find it in your area, you can order it ($11, plus $2.50 shipping and handling) from Studio 1712, 1712 Lafayette St., Denver, Colo. 80218; (800) 422-1712.