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Forum topic by Zuki posted 01-04-2010 12:26 AM 3710 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2010 12:26 AM

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I have been advised (by DW) that I need an intercom for my shop.

She is tired of yelling from the house and me “not hearing her” over the roar of machinery or the scraping of hand sanding. Funny thing is that I have no trouble hearing that lunch is ready. :-)

Anyone have any ideas or have one in their shop? My shop is about 25 feet from the house so some sort of wireless system would be preferred.

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 12:43 AM

I have a very loud bell my sweetheart can ring when I’m running machinery.
But its not wireless.
There are lots of intercoms, bell and flashing lights that can be operated wirelessly, but it ain’t cheap.
It would be economical to bury an electrical cable between the two locations. Burial cable isn’t that expensive. Then put a bell or bright light on it with a button in the house.

Thats one way.


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#2 posted 01-04-2010 12:50 AM

Zuki, get in here and take this garbage out, NOW!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 12:51 AM

Zuki, how about if I just send her a sling shot and a bag of marbles. She WILL get your attention. LOL

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 03:06 AM

I use my cell phone.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#5 posted 01-04-2010 03:13 AM

My “Workshop in the Woods” is just over 100 yards from the house. I purchased several intercoms from Radio Shack that operate thru the household electrical wiring. As long as your house and shop are on the same meter this type of intercom will work. There are wireless intercoms, but the range would be too short.

Cell phones are very iffy in the middle of the Hiawatha National Forest. (In da U.P eh!)

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#6 posted 01-04-2010 03:16 AM

Zuki some one consider this a good thing :)

I kind of have the same problem but for me i have a store at the front of my house and when i am in my shop 100 ft away i have no idea when someone stops in .

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 03:18 AM

if the power to the shop is fed from the house, just have her through the breaker. That will get your attention in a hurry.


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#8 posted 01-04-2010 03:19 AM

She transfers my calls to my cell phone and I have it on vibrate.

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#9 posted 01-04-2010 03:22 AM

Doesn’t matter where I am, even in the next room, my wife calls on the cell pbone :-))

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#10 posted 01-04-2010 03:38 AM

I just bought a Panasonic four phone system. It comes with a base unit and 3 wireless satellites that can be placed in any room or garage you choose. It comes with a built in intercom. It works great. All DW has to do is hit the intercom button and hit whichever number key corresponds to the satellite unit in your garage and your phone rings. They work really well. I bought ours because when the wife is in her sewing room she won’t answer the home phone which isn’t in her room (only her friends call her on our home phone) so when it rings and rings I wind up getting up or coming in the house to answer the phone, the intercom is an added bonus! This fixes the problem, now she has a hand set in her room. The satellites each have a handset charger and they have a really long range. I paid about $100.00 at Best Buy. They also come in a two satillite verson that is a little cheaper

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#11 posted 01-04-2010 01:05 PM

I had the same problem. I resolved it by purchasing a “Motorola Talkabout” 2-way radio system. it comes with rechargeable batteries and a base for recharging. It has a call button that is loud enough to be heard over the power equipment. I picked it up at Canadian Tire on sale for $80.00. Works well; the wife and I like it. I can also use it for other activities/adventures.


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#12 posted 01-04-2010 01:22 PM

I put my cell phone on vibrate and put in my shirt pocket.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 01-04-2010 01:29 PM

Short of a true calamity needing your specific help, why would any partner need to be heard when you’re in the shop?

Like many here, you’ve apparently not sold your true worth in the shop.

I hope you have not become one of the “the wife” posters.

If anything, the shop intercom should have been your idea.


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#14 posted 01-04-2010 02:16 PM

Our non corded phone consists of a base and two extensions. One is in the shop. All have intercom ability.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 01-04-2010 02:41 PM

I just keep my cell phone with me and the Mrs calls when my attention is required. Unfortunately, there are times when I don’t hear that either.

-- Working at Woodworking

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