|Few things in everyday suburban life are as annoying as an alarm system that refuses to function.|
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But of course what happened over time is that family members had been raising and lowering them, sometimes leaving them in sloppy configurations. And at one window, some garage equipment had gotten shoved up against the blind, further pushing the bottom rail up against the magnet. And those changes were enough to tip the magnetic balance and make the sensor connection fade in and out unpredictably.
This was the only way to reliably fix the weak link in this failure chain (remember, if the alarm faults and you can't get to your phone, the police come to your house and all heck breaks loose):
|This will prevent a future family member from "forgetting" and leaving the blind in the wrong position, triggering a false alarm.|
|We also have faux wood and real wood blinds in our house. I checked both for metal pieces. The faux wood had a hollow bottom rail, but no metal was visible in there.|
|The real wood blinds had no metal anywhere on or in the rail.|