Anyone use an old school intercom between house and garage?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ChopperCharles, May 25, 2020.

  1. bbrz

    bbrz Been here awhile

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    Had to post some "likes" in this thread from months ago. New fuel for the Wife fodder. She likes some of these ideas.
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    Hit the button, turn it off when you don’t need it or don’t want it listening. They’re handy, but not to everyone’s taste, that’s for sure.
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    Sounds like I must be in a parallel universe where everything is the complete opposite. Have to check around for sashes and goatees.

    Someone gave me an PLC intercom system that uses the house electric lines that I tried using in the basement. All I ever got from upstairs was "can you get me some tea" or "when will dinner be ready?". If you were closer, I'd gladly let you have it.
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    For years, before cell phones I used a bootleg landline extension (the telephone guy gave me the wire and the pole/tree hangers!) to talk on the phone-was ~ 150 yards from the house. The along comes the internet and the phone guy hooked us to whats now a state of the art rural telephone optic fiber network. He casually mentioned that "your phone extention won't work now". I've never really known why and messed around trying to regain the extention then gave up and took it all down. My problem now is leaving my cell phone at the shop, on my tractor, in sawmill tool box, in my pu truck, etc.. :lol2 it's more about I don't use one much than being that forgetful as I take it with me for the safety factor and to have a clock sometimes. Damed thing wont stay in the cupholder on my tractor and falls behind the seat. I've broken my Otter case twice and glued it up.
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  6. Davidprej

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    As per OP "to be able to call me to dinner ". A very good reason, no? :dukegirl
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  7. Road Barnacle

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    Fixed it. This poor guy doesn't even have beer in his garage. I feel so sorry for him.
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  8. ChopperCharles

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  9. ChopperCharles

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    Also, I haven't finished the in-garage kegerator yet. Working on the built-in shelving for the stereo system first. I know, my priorities aren't straight there, but I need tunes to work in the garage, and beer currently stays cold without a fridge if I just leave it outside the garage door.

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  10. bigmadstu

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    I just text the wife from the garage when I'm needing a coffee. Often the replys are not suitable for repeating here though.... lol
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    When I'm in the garage and the wife needs to get a message to me, she either yells or sends a text. I can definitely see where the intercom system would have it's benefits however.
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  12. crazydrummerdude

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    We still use these exact ones at my grandmas house, which have been in service since new. They're probably 100 ft apart.

    If I didn't live alone, I'd have the same set at my house.
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    If you read Charle's posts after this one you will find he doesn't live on that planet either.
    He was 'alienated.'
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    Dinner Bell mounted on house...
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  15. Homedog

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    I used an intercom years ago between the garage and the house so my bride wouldn't have to walk out to talk to me.
    Seemed like a great idea till I went in the house one day and heard the music playing in the garage. Hmmmm.
    The intercom broke the next day.

    I go to the garage to not be bothered.
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  16. dengwynn

    dengwynn AT LARGE

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    I urrently use radio shack wireless intercom stations for the 500 feet to my shops and barns I was suprised that they work so well. 60 years ago I made my own ntercon from a cheap table radio other than the humming it worked well but the need for lots of wire was a problem so I used long extension cords for one in our dance hall which was fine until an idiot from a traveling band plugged the cord into 110 volts.

    The only problem is that my concerned wife will call when i'm not near the intercom and i struggle to go over equipment before she thinks I'm dead.
    So when I call back, she is unhappy that
    (A) I did not answer promptly or
    (B) possibly that I'm not dead.
    And I must explain.
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  17. S/W

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    I had these too, but, I don't understand why, but, my wife wouldn't use them. She would still come out and bang on the door. Now , with cell phones she still bangs on the door.
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    What if you left the door unlocked?
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  19. AZbiker

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    You should bolt a RAM base somewhere on your tractor. Then you could have a rugged solution for your phone.
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  20. S/W

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    I do, she bangs on the door anyway !!!
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