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Repel Mice, Rats, Cats and Squirrels from Car Engine Compartments with Ultrasonic Repeller

by Barbara 19. June 2013 08:55

Question about how to keep animals from chewing up wiring in my parked car.

Q: " How can I keep mice and squirrels from getting under my car and nesting in my car's engine compartment. I live in the mountains of Colorado and do not have a garage. If I leave a vehicle parked for several days, I risk having small animals from nesting or crawling into the underside of my car. I've had to have wiring repaired several times. Thanks. Tom."

Answer: You are not the first person to ask for such a product. Years ago there was a 12 volt product made in China or India that attached to one' car battery and produced ultrasounds to get rid of pest animals under a vehicle. That was never imported.

Now P3 International has an inexpensive under the hood product that runs off C cells. This animal repeller, the P7825 Under Hood Animal Repeller, keeps your engine compartment safer from squirrels, rabbits, rats, martens/sables etc. At higher elevations or in colder weather, rats, cats and other animals seek shelter and warmth in engine compartments. There they chew on cables, wiring harnesses and other expensive parts.

Under Hood Pest Repeller Features

  • Easily mounted: 4 Eight Inch Vinyl Cable Ties Included Plus Two Screws with Plastic Screw Holders
  • Battery operated
  • Water Resistant
  • LED Indicator
  • On/Off Button

Specifications:

  • Frequency: 12kHz
  • Batteries:2 x C Alkaline batteries (not included)
  • Battery Life:6-8 months (longer with alkaline)
  • Dimensions (L x W x H):5 1/8" x 2 1/2" x 1 5/8"
  • Weight:4 oz.

Operation and Instructions:

  1. Open the battery door by unscrewing the metal screw.
  2. Insert Two C size batteries (not included, alkaline or better recommended).
  3. Close door. Unit is ready to use.
  4. Cautions: Avoid high temperature areas such as exhaust manifold. Do not place where unit will interfere with moving parts.
  5. Switch on by depressing and holding on/off button for 2 seconds. LED will light and unit switches on. Switch off if desire by holding button for 2 seconds.
  6. In operation, the unit sounds a 12 kHz frequency tone.
  7. Status LED lights up when unit is activated.
  8. Typical battery life is 1 year or more with alkaline battery.

Thank you for your question. This should help solve your problem.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Questions and Answers About XP3 Deer Avoidance Systems for Motorcycles, Trucks, Cars, Trains

by Barbara 25. October 2012 07:06

Questions about the XP3 Electronic Deer Avoidance Systems.

Q: "I have a friend who has an XP3 Deer Hornet on his motorcycle. I'd like more information before I add one to mine. Please give me information about this system, how it works, etc. Thanks. Tim."

Answer: The XP3 was invented by Otto Jackson after a motorcycling friend hit a deer. Otto has shared several stories with me, even about how he was once riding in Florida and his XP3 hornet kept a runaway bull from hitting his motorcycle. This is information from XP3 about the Hornet. Quantity Discounts Available. Models available for tractor trailer trucks, RV's, Motor Homes, trains, etc.

Q. Is The Hornet a deer whistle?
A. No. The Hornet should not be compared with air activated deer whistles. In the lab and field testing we performed on deer whistles from 1995 to 1998, we found that air activated deer whistles require a minimum of a 48 M.P.H. Direct air flow to produce any measurable sound level. In our opinion, air activated deer whistles have little to no effect on deterring deer/vehicle accidents.
Q. What is The Hornet?
A. The Hornet is a small electrically powered sonic generator which produces a high powered directional sonic wave. This wave can be tracked at 1600 feet and has demonstrated the ability to alert deer and most other animals of an approaching vehicle with sufficient time and distance to avoid deer/vehicle accidents.
Q. What is Wave Variance Tuning?
A. Wave Variance Tuning combines reverberation and reflection of the signal. The sound wave begins to reverberate as it travels through the barrel of The Hornet. The reverberating wave is then reflected off the road surface, creating a virtual sonic echo effect and allowing the sound wave to carry a much longer distance.
Q. Is The Hornet ultra-sonic?
A. The Hornet operates at a fixed frequency of a 5,000 Hz. square wave pattern and uses Sonic Systems' exclusive Wave Variance tuning, which takes a secondary frequency to the 18,000 to 21,000 Hz. range, well within the normal human's hearing.
Q. Can people hear The Hornet?
A. Most animals, including people, hear within the same frequency ranges, although some animals can hear tones several thousand hertz higher. For most people, The Hornet's output falls within the upper end of their range of hearing and is clearly audible. However, some people, primarily older people, have a narrower hearing range and may not be able to hear The Hornet.
Q. When should I use my Hornet?
A. Always use The Hornet when driving in high-risk areas. Remember that deer are most active from dusk until dawn. Always drive with your headlights on in high-risk areas, stay alert and pay attention to the roadside. Be prepared to act quickly at the first sign of an animal. Blow your horn and NEVER swerve into oncoming traffic or attempt to dodge an animal by driving off the road surface.
Q. If I install The Hornet on my vehicle, will I never hit a deer?
A. The Hornet is not a magical device, although it is a highly effective deterrent against deer/vehicle collisions. We estimate, using The Hornet along with driver awareness, will reduce your risk of a deer/vehicle accident by more than 70%. The Hornet was tested on deer accident-prone police and emergency vehicles over a 3-year period with more than 6 million proven accident-free miles before it was brought to market.
Q. Will I hear the sonic wave in my vehicle?
A. You will not hear The Hornet while you are driving or riding. However, you may hear The Hornet when your vehicle is stopped or you enter an enclosed parking structure such as a parking garage. The wave is very directional and will reflect back from any solid object.
Q. Can The Hornet be installed on a motorcycle?
A. Yes. There is a special motorcycle wiring harness available for The Hornet. It consists of a wiring harness with the new weather-tight connector, control switch and inline fuse.
Q. Will The Hornet annoy pets?
A. Like you, pets will be able to hear The Hornet. We recommend you turn your Hornet off while you are operating your vehicle in a confined residential area, campground, etc. Most animals, particularly non-domesticated animals, may react in some fashion to The Hornet.
Q. Will The Hornet bother my cat or dog in the car?
A. No. Just as you cannot hear The Hornet while you are driving, neither will your animals. The Hornet's directional sonic wave is focused ahead of your vehicle.
Q. Can I turn The Hornet on and off?
A. Yes. The Hornet comes with a toggle switch and switch plate to be mounted either underneath your dashboard or in the dash itself. We recommend using the switch so that you may turn The Hornet on when needed and off if you are in a residential area, parking garage, etc.
Q. Why must The Hornet be pointed at the road surface?
A. The Hornet uses the surface of the road as a reflective plane.
Q. Will The Hornet scare the deer away?
A. The Hornet will alert the animal of your approaching vehicle with sufficient time to avoid a costly collision. Deer are a highly skittish animal and will normally react to The Hornet by stopping, looking and listening to determine if they are being threatened.
Q. Is The Hornet hard to install?
A. No. If you are familiar with and can use normal hand tools, you can install The Hornet in 15 minutes or less. If you are capable of mounting driving lights or installing a radio, youcan easily install The Hornet.
Q. Where do I mount The Hornet?
A. The Hornet may be mounted anywhere under the front side of the vehicle where it has an unobstructed, clear view of the road surface. Ideal locations include under the bumper, behind an open pattern grill, on a cross-member, on the radiator shroud, etc.
Q. Can I mount The Hornet inside the car?
A. No. The Hornet is a small sonic generator that produces a very focused wave that must be projected directly ahead of the vehicle for maximum effectiveness. Therefore, it must be mounted outside the vehicle with a clear, unobstructed view of the road surface, facing forward and pointed at a 45-degree angle to the road surface.
Q. If I do not wish to install The Hornet myself, where can I take it for installation?
A. Any car dealership, mechanical garage, or company that installs radios, CB's, fog lights, etc. can install The Hornet within a few minutes.
Q. Will the weather affect The Hornet?
A. No. The Hornet is water-resistant and is not affected by normal high and low temperature conditions. However, The Hornet is not completely waterproof. If it is submerged in water, the driver circuitry can be damaged. In addition, The Hornet should be protected from any direct water flow, such as a high-powered water jet that may be found in a car wash.
Q. When I have my car washed, will it affect The Hornet?
A. No. However, care should be taken to protect The Hornet from any direct water spray into the output barrel using a plastic bag or other simple cover.
Q. Can The Hornet be left on all the time?
A. Yes. However, we recommend using The Hornet primarily in high-risk areas and while driving at night.
Q. What is the effective range of The Hornet?
A. Models V-120 and V-120C have a wave carrying length of 1,700 feet and an effective range of 800 feet. This means that deer will be aware of your oncoming vehicle 800 feet away and, under ideal conditions, will be aware of your vehicle from as far as 1,700 feet away.
Q. What is the life expectancy of The Hornet?
A. The Hornet has proven to be an extremely reliable electronic device. The oldest Hornets have now been in use for five years without failure.
Q. What is the warranty of The Hornet?
A. The Hornet comes with a 90-day limited warranty and a lifetime service policy. If The Hornet fails during the warranty period, the Company will replace it at no cost to you. If The Hornet fails to operate after the warranty period, the Company will repair or replace The Hornet as necessary for a small service charge plus shipping and handling.
Q. Is The Hornet effective on all animals, such as moose, cows, kangaroo, etc.?
A. Not necessarily. The Hornet is very effective with deer due to the fact that deer have extremely keen hearing and are very skittish animals. Deer will hear The Hornet's sonic wave up to 1,700 feet away, allowing them more than ample time to assess where the sound is coming from, determine that there is possible danger, and move away from the road surface.
Q. Can I use The Hornet to keep deer out of my yard?
A. No. The Hornet is effective on a moving vehicle due to the fact that it is an unfamiliar sound to the animal and is not constant. If The Hornet is used in a fixed location, it will be effective for a short period of time until the animal becomes accustomed to the sonic wave.
Q. Will The Hornet affect my vehicle's electrical system?
A. No. The Hornet uses less than 10mA of electrical power,which is less than the dome light in your vehicle.
Q. How do I know if The Hornet is working?
A. Most people will be able to hear the sonic wave when The Hornet is turned on and the vehicle is stopped (with the window rolled down) or parked.
Q. How does the new V-Series differ from the older S-Series?
A. The new Hornet V Models utilize the latest and most reliable electronic technology and do not require grounding to the vehicle chassis. The V Models also come with a 4’ pigtail and a 3.5mm plug which connects to a new wiring harness which is complete with an inline fuse and does not require drilling a hole in the firewall for the control switch.
Q. What is the difference between the models of the V-120 and the V-135 interstate?
A.

The V-120 in black and V-120C in chrome are 120 dB units with a wave carrying length of approximately 1,700 feet. The V-120C Model has the same specifications as the V-120 except it is triple chrome plated which makes it ideal for motorcycles and certain applications where chrome would be wanted.

The V-135 Interstate is a 135 dB unit with a wave carrying length of approximately 2,200 feet. Because of its power and range, the V-135 is designed to be used on interstate highways and rural high-risk areas.

If you have additional questions, let me know and I'll get the answers from Otto. If you care about your life, remember to be alert at all times of deer, moose, elk, etc. and install a Hornet.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Replace CCI Controls 12V Carbon Monoxide Alarms with Safe-T-Alert

by Barbara 26. April 2012 10:09

Question about replacement of CCI Controls carbon monoxide alarms with Safe-T-Alert Models.

Q: "How do I know which carbon monoxide alarms should replace the discontinued CCI controls models?" Thanks. Jim

Answer: Here is a chart provided by Safe-T-Alert. The Safe-T-Alert 65 Series come in flush mount (the 65-542) and in surface mount (the 65-541). Available colors are brown and white.

 

CCI CO Alarm
Safe-T-Alert Replacement
CC-3400.000 Flush Mount 65-542
CC-3400.001 Flush Mount 65-542-BR
CC-3400.003 Flush Mount 65-542
CC-3400.004 Flush Mount 65-542
CC-3400.050 Flush Mount 65-542
CC-3400.051 Flush Mount 65-542
CC-3400.052 Flush Mount 65-542
CC-3400.053 Flush Mount 65-542
CC-3400.060 Surface Mount 65-541
CC-3400-064 Surface Mount 65-541
CC-3400.062 Surface Mount 65-541
CC-3400.063 Surface Mount 65-541
CC-3400.064 Surface Mount 65-541
CC-3400.090 Surface Mount 65-541
CC-3400.091 Surface Mount 65-541
CC-3400.093 Surface Mount 65-541
CC-3400.094 Surface Mount 65-541

All propane and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every 5 years.

65-542 flush mount case dimensions are 6.5” W x 3.5” H x 1 3/8 " deep. A 4 inch wide x 3 inch high cut out is required with a 1 3/8 inch clearance for installation.

Thank you for your question. To find these products on our website, go to www.safehomeproducts.com. Go to the search box. Enter for example Safe-T-Alert of 30-442 in the search and you'll get results fast. Send us email to sales@safehomeproducts.com or phone us if you have more questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Truck Cab Sleeper Compartments Can Save Drivers' Lives

by Barbara 11. May 2011 06:48

Question about the Safe-T-Alert SURFACE Mount 12V RV and Carbon Monoxide Alarm, White, 65-541, the CoStar 9RV Home and RV Carbon Monoxide Alarm and the CoStar 12RV-DB 12V RV CO Alarm 9V Bat. Backup

Q: "Which carbon monoxide alarm would you recommend for use in a truck sleep compartment? I manage a large trucking company and am concerned about carbon monoxide leaking into the sleeper compartments.We have now begun installing auxillary power units so the truck can be heated and cooled when the driver is sleeping. Thanks. Thomas."

Answer: A large trucking company in the Eastern part of the USA began purchasing the Safe-T-Alert SURFACE Mount 12V 65-541 Carbon Monoxide Monitor in 2005. Their initial purchase was 60 units. Since then, as they add new trucks, they purchase new units. And as the sensor life expires for the units, they replace them. This unit also comes in a brown carbon monoxide alarm, the 65-541 Brown.

This is from our customer, dated today, "We had an incident several years ago that involved a driver being overcome by Carbon Monoxide in the sleeper of a truck that required medical treatment. It was traced back to an exhaust leak under the cab. Our safety committee reviewed the incident and decided we should look in to installing CO alarms in the sleeping compartments of the trucks. I did research on several types and choice to use the model/style you offer. Also within the last couple of years we have been installing A.P.U.'s (auxiliary power units) on our trucks. They are used in place of the chassis engine running while cooling and heating the truck when the driver is sleeping. This little internal combustion engine produces CO, and is located lower than the sleeper, so it is an extra safety tool while using those small engines. I hope this gives you a little information on why and where we use them."

The Costar 9RV uses a 9 volt battery. For situations where hardwiring a 12 volt alarm is inconvenient, this is a great unit. It can handle extremes of temperature and humidity. The unit, however, can be removed. The 12V units obviously cannot unless you disconnect the wires. The second Costar unit uses the 9 volt battery if the 12 volt is disconnected for some reason. In a truck sleeper, this is highly unlikely.

I hope this helps with your decision. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer that, if it does not kill, can cause permanent brain damage.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Advantages of New V-120 XP3 Hornet Deer Repeller for Cars and Motorcycles Over Older Models

by Barbara 2. August 2010 08:44

Question about the New XP3 Hornet, Model V-120

Q: "I have an older model of the Hornet electronic deer repeller. I just got a new car. I'd like to know how this model differs so I know if I should buy a new unit or re-install the old one. Thanks. Jack."

Answer: Protection against car deer accidents is easier with the new model. The new Hornet V Models utilize the latest and most reliable electronic technology: you do not have to ground the new unit to the vehicle chassis. The V series Hornets come with a 4' pigtail and a 3.5mm plug that connects via a new weather tight connector to a new wiring harness. The easy mount bracket lets you mount the unit to the license plate bracket. The new automotive wiring harness is 10 feet long and comes complete with an inline fuse. You do not have to drill a hole in the firewall for the control switch as you did with the older version. The combined total length of the new 10' automotive wiring harness and the 4' pigtail wire connected to the V series is 14 feet which makes installation easier.  The most unique feature of the automotive V series Hornets is that the wiring harness does not carry power. The automotive V series switches the ground so a short circuit can never occur. This means you can wrap the wiring harness around and through the door jam without the possiblity of a short circuit. The V series motorcycle harness also has the new weather tight 3.5mm plug and a redesigned switch housing for easy installation.

XP3 Hornet V-120 Black or Chrome Deer Accident Avoidance Features:

  • Sound Pressure Level: 120dB (A.S.)
  • Operating Base Frequency: 4.8 ± 0.5 kHz
  • WV Ultrasonic Wave: 18,000 to 21,000 Hz
  • Wave Carrying Length: 1,600 Ft. ±
  • Effective Range: 700 Ft.
  • Operating Voltage Range: 8-16 VDC
  • Current Consumption: 10mA (max.) at 12 VDC
  • The chrome model is very popular with motorcycle owners and those with more expensive sporty cars.

    The Hornet has a 90 day limited warranty and a lifetime service policy by the manufacturer.

    Thank you for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

    How does a BreakOut Safety Tool Differ from a LifeHammer or Res-Q-Me?

    by Barbara 17. July 2010 06:14

    Question about the Breakout Safety Tool Super Value BK-350

    Q:"How does a BreakOut Safety Tool Differ from a LifeHammer or Res-Q-Me? Thanks, Dave"

    Answer: The BreakOut escape tools come in several models. All are black. Some have LED lights. All can easily slip over your sun visor for easy access in the event of an auto accident or, in the case of the LED units, when you need a map or emergency light. Regardless of the model, each units has two seat belt cutter blades and a two headed unit for glass breaking.

    Only the BreakOut, some models, has an LED light.  The LifeHammer should be permanently mounted in your vehicle within easy reach of the driver and front seat passenger. It is similar to the BreakOut tool as breaking the window requires the user to strike the window with some force using one of the two breaker heads. The Res-Q-Me goes where you go as it fits on your keychain. The Res-Q-Me has a spring loaded head with a force of 12 lbs or less to break out a window.. The BreakOut can be clipped onto either or both of the sun visors on a car, truck or RV.

    The BreakOut is Made in USA, the Res-Q-Me is Made in USA and the LifeHammer is Made in the Netherlands.

    BreakOut Models Include:

    So all are black, can slide over the sun visor, have two stainless steel cutting blades for seat belts, two stainless steel breaker points for entry or exit and a hand grip that works for right or left handed persons.

    We recommend the units with magnets and LED's for those who do more rural travel where lights may be needed to change a tire, etc.

    These units also can be personalized for giveaways with quantity pricing available.

    Thanks you for your question.

    Sincerely, Barbara

    Deer Accident Prevention with the Electronic XP3 Hornet for Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles.

    by Barbara 13. September 2009 06:00

    Question about the XP3 Electronic Deer Hornet to scare deer off roads to avoid car accidents or motorcycle deer accidents.

    Q: "What makes this deer repeller device better than the less expensive "deer horns" you can install on your front bumper? Could I install this myself? I have a motorcycle plus two cars. Some of my friends recommend this device, especially in the fall during rutting season. Please advise." Thanks. Joe.

    Answer: Joe, I will list some basic reasons that this unit is superior over the plastic whistle devices you can fix to your car.

    1. Power: Hornet: Electric sound generator sounds at 120 decibels that carries at least 800 feet in front of the vehicle no matter what your speed. Compare to air being pushed through plastic tubes that make no sound unless you are going 35 mph or gaster.
    2. Mounting Angle: Hornet sound generator, 45 degree angle to road. Plastic whistles: aim straight ahead.
    3. Secure Mount versus glue or tape: Hornet won't be pulled off or broken off in a car wash.
    4. Variable Mounting Height: Hornet: mount 3 inches to 6 feet above the road surface; plastic mount on front
    5. Mounting Damage to Car: With EZ Mount Bracket, the Hornet can be mounted to the license plate holder without drilling a single hole.
    6. Intensity of Sound: Hornet's is the same at any speed. Precision tuned sonic generator produces a high pitched, directional sonic wave that reflects off the road surface of a moving vehicle and produces a virtual sonic echo effect.
    7. Deer and Other Animals Get Advance Warning: Due to intensity of sound. Deer are skittish. More likely to bolt in the other direction if they approach this sound.

    70% less likely to have a deer accident if you install this unit on your vehicle and keep your eyes open.

    Yes, you can install this unit yourself. There is a motorcycle wiring harness kit available which allows installation without any holes being drilled. Most of our motorcycle customers buy the XP3 Hornet in Chrome. The inventor developed this unit after a friend was killed on a motorcycle after hitting a deer and then he himself hit a deer with his car the next week. These units are also installed on train engines particularly in the Northeast and Japan (our sales).

    For motorhomes, RV's and freight trucks, the larger dual horn Interstate Hornet is a better choice as it has an effective range of about 1000 feet. Several large trucking companies are regular customers. In rural areas, especially on interstate highways, these are much superior to the smaller units.

    Thanks for your question. Safe Roads to you from Safe Home Products.

    Sincerely, Barbara

    Does the Back Seat Heater Plug Into the Lighter Socket?

    by Barbara 7. March 2004 11:43

    Question about the Product: Roadworthy ES-TT 3000 Back Seat Heat Plus 1100 btu heater.

    Q:"Does this product hook into the lighter socket or will I need to have it wired into the car? Thanks."

    Answer: Hard wiring this Roadworthy 12V car heater is the only option. The BackSeat car heater or truck heater is a 12V unit that draws 300 watts. There is no cigarette lighter type plug as this would burn out the lighter socket. There is an on-off switch, a heat control, a heat with fan or fan only modes. The vehicle engine MUST run in order to use the heater and fan. The Back Seat Heater is popular for taxis, vans, trucks and vehicles where the heater is not as efficient as the customer would like it to be. We also sell a 24 volt model with a 600 watt power consumption that generates 2100 BTU's with a 25 amp power draw. The Back Seat Heater Plus 24 V requires a 24V electrical system which is common in large construction equipment.

    We do sell a smaller unit that folks like to defrost their side window or warm their feet. The Koolatron Auto Heater, 12 Volt is popular as an instant defroster. This portable car heater draws 160 watts, 13.33 amps, has a 5.5 ft power cord, an automatic safety limit switch, and can be attached either by screws or adhesivea using a mounting plate. People either love it or are disappointed because it doesn't heat up their car like the Back Seat Heater does.

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara