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     The other day at an inspection I saw a use of a laser beam that I had never seen before.

     Picture a laser pointer like your Home Inspector might use to point out things around the home or take temperatures with-----or the one a lecturer might use to point to things on a power point presentation.  Now mount the thing on the ceiling of your garage pointing straight down.  Sounds pretty strange doesn't it?

Laser Pointer

     Well, if you point the laser in the right place, when you drive your car into the garage and the laser beam hits your dashboard----you will know it is time to stop----before you wipe out the freezer.

The Laser says stop right here

     Pretty cool, yes?  People used to do the same thing with a tennis ball on a string----or a life size cut-out of Marilyn Monroe----I for one will miss Marilyn.

Traffic stopper Marilyn

 

 

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector

 

 

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Comment balloon 35 commentsCharles Buell • September 23 2010 09:16AM

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Interesting idea.....I still have a tennis ball....my dodge truck just barely fits so it is a good thing!  LOL 

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) about 9 years ago

Laser, laser in the sky

Make me stop

I don't know why

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 9 years ago

See lots of Maine home garages with the long clothes line length of rope that you mentioned. A glow in the the dark flourescent green tennis ball knotted on the end at windshield height on each bay for the shorter legged drivers in the family that have trouble knowing where the corners of the mother ship are when space docking. No batteries, no beams. Just a tennis ball served up whenever the car returns, gets put away for the night.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 9 years ago

That's pretty cool.  How much is it?

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) about 9 years ago

That is really cool....I personally just stop when I bump into the freezer (works for me and I haven't wiped it out ....yet).

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) about 9 years ago

so... is the laser on all the time, or is it activated when the garage door opens??  hmmmm???

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

You just have to love American ingenuity! This is a great idea. I know a few people who could benefit from this.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

Charles - I once had a short garage and a long truck.  I just used the wall to tell me when I was fully inside--otherwise the door wouldn't close.  But I do like the Marilyn idea.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 9 years ago

A high-tech way for knowing when to stop... What will they think of next!

Posted by Jason M. Keith, Equal Housing Lender (Caliber Home Loans) about 9 years ago

Deborah, the tennis ball is perhaps the most common method

Glenn, you remember those late night benders?  :)

Andrew---sometimes you just gotta have the latest gadget

Bob, no idea----google :)

Amy, I want to see pictures of the freezer :)

Alan----on all the time

Craig, I see a fair amount of wiped out walls and posts in garages

John, Marilyn is pretty thin----she should fit in there just fine

Jason----someone is always after a better mouse trap

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Pretty creative, Buell.  I hadn't thought of something like this.  And I saw your answer to May's question and wonder if it would be even more effective if it came on automatically (from an electrical standpoint).

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 9 years ago

Jason, pretty much like your garage door opener----I think it stays on all the time----I honestly am not sure.  This all low voltage stuff so I doubt it consumes much electrical current.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

I've seen the tennis ball many, many times. I like the laser much better.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jim, I would have thought you were a Marilyn type  (by the way---I am supposed to be working:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

OK---here is the poop.  They are activated with your garage door opener----and deactivate until you open the door again.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Thats pretty cool!  Great post, and something that doesnt dangle!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) about 9 years ago

What geeky dope would use a laser beam when he has a Marilyn Monroe available for the job?

Oh, she's photoshopped...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Chris, beware of things that dangle

Jay, blasphemy!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

I have this system in my garage and I loved it until the laser started to fade. It is now 1/10 as bright as it was brand new!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 9 years ago

Does that thing run on batteries?  It's cool, there's no question about that, but what a pain in the ass.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 9 years ago

We do the freezer thingy; when it bumps Ooooops time to stop.

Posted by Carl Winters about 9 years ago

And I see you two Mr Charles. This is so fun. My uncle used to go out with her by the way.

Nutsy S. Wallenda,

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Paul, intersting----I wonder why it would fade?

Reuben, it plugs in---low voltage---you can see it plugged into the extension cord in the picture :)

Carl and Ceil----I want to see a picture of that freezer :)

Nutsy, well you are just the Forest Gump of squirrels aren't you

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Just replaced my opener about a month ago that had one of these.  Of course I put it on the wife's side :)  She doesn't like it very well, thinks I'm trying to suggest she's too old and can't park by herself... go figure.  Kids love it more than anything.

Posted by Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Charlie,

Please do not agitate my assistant.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Cool system Charles, now if I could just get the kids stuff out of the garage so I could use it.

 

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 9 years ago

Charles, I have seen the tennis ball, or a 2 x 4 nailed in to the concrete at the spot the tire should roll no further forward but the laser is a new one.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 9 years ago

Joshua---yes I could see that being a problem :)

Steve, agitate Nutsy?  How would he like to go for a ride in my washing machine?

Jack---lots of people have that problem

Steve, I expect we may see more of them----although you can buy a lot of tennis balls and string for $35.00---plus you can use used tennis balls making it even cheaper.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Ok, I see it now.  

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 9 years ago

My Dad this with a tennis ball . . . if he was still around (he's in Heaven now), I would have bought this for a Christmas gift.  Great idea!!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 9 years ago

Valerie----cool

Carla----so you don't need one?  :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

great idea.  But I think if one is  running into things, maybe one should not be driving.  LOL

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) about 9 years ago

Angelia----this thing is essential for anyone driving into their garage while talking on their cell :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

I'll bet some wife put this up to keep her husband from running to the wall AGAIN!

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) about 9 years ago

Barbara, no doubt about it :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

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