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OK folks....many of you have asked me for a how-to on my MOTION SENSOR / POWER STRIP hack...so here it is...
PLEASE LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT ELECTRICITY....about enough to really get myself in trouble, I'm not even that sure why this thing works so well. So please be very careful and ask a real electrician to help you. I don't want anyone to fry the pizz out of themselves or the tots that show up at your haunts. PLEASE BE CAREFUL ! ! !




Got all of this at Home Depot. Cost about $35.



I like to use this type of power strip because it's metal and easy to take apart and put back together. Also has surge protection, an on/off switch, and power on light
 

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I am not going to give you a blow by blow verbal description of this wiring, but I will tell you that all the wiring set-up is in the directions that came with the motion sensor.
The bottom line is that you are going to splice in a new type of switch (which is the motion sensor) into the on/off power strip switch. In the end both switches will work.





Make room for the sensor by taking out the last receptacle



 

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I use 3M reflective decal material to seal the front and back of the holes after I take out the receptacle. I know most people do not have the material so you will just have to figure that out on your own. (Maybe stop by a sign shop and ask nicely for a few scraps of vinyl decal material)




I needed this large washer to hold the sensor securely on the strip
 

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Find the wires that go through the switch and cut them open to splice in the new switch (which is the motion detector)
all the wiring set-ups are in the directions that came with the motion sensor.




 

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This is the setting that I use on all my power strips...The "test" mode turns the strip on for 7 seconds.

After you make all your splices, set the sensor and test the strip. (you can see the both power on lights)


I now have 6 of these plus another type that uses 2 wireless sensors to turn on a power strip.
 

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Incredible how to! Simple, concise and lots of photos to help! My hats off to you, and your fabulous technique.
 

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Hey thanks Sickie!! ...You still going to make one?

Haunted Bayou...yes the sensor will turn the power on and off anything that is plugged into the strip...up to 500 watts
 

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Great how-to, beelce. Excellent pix. SI, if you use the plastic power strips with the sockets molded in the cover you'll find that the sockets are all connected by copper bus rails, not wires. I tried the same thing with the flicker strip hack, and would have ended up with all the sockets running the same flicker rate. beelce's hack will certainly work with the molded strips but you may not have room to mount the sensor on the strip.
 

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Terrormaster- You could probably find the reflective tape in any number of retail spots, but really you can use anything you want to cover the holes (cardboard, plastic, rubber, metal, wood....try not to use things like deli meats or cucumbers)...Really I just wanted to cover the holes fast and easy and I have reflective vinyl on hand....An added benefit of the reflective vinyl, is that it is easier for me to find the strips in my woods at night with a flashlight.

Thanks Otaku...Yes I have butchered a plastic strip trying to hack it and it ended up in the parts box
 

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Thank you Beelce!!! I have been very patiently or maybe not so patiently waiting for this. I'm going to put together at least two of these just as soon as I complete my current project. You did a very simple how to that even I can understand.

I have just one question though, I should be able to extend the sensor with longer wires and maybe a short stand of some kind so that the power strip could be inside my coffin and the sensor outside right? Maybe make a hole in the bottom of my coffin and run the sensor through that way?
 

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Buckaneerbabe...you have been more than patient waiting for me to make it happen... My question to you is- why do you need to have an extension for the motion sensor? Just put the whole unit outside the coffin and let the power cords come through the coffin out to the power strip/sensor. I usually cable tie my sensor/strips to a metal post that I drive in the ground.

Hallowennie315 and Dynoflyer.... thanks much
 

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OK I got ya...Sure I think you can extend the sensor wire...let me know how it works.
 

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Here's one I made a couple of years ago. It's the same concept without the power strip. I made it to have a power strip plug into it so it could easily be hung anywhere. It's very easy to make. Everything you need is at your local home store. 1 cord, 1 motion detector, 1 strain relief, 1 junction box and wire nuts. Motion detectors are a killer way to scare the crap out of people.
 
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