Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A new toy

What is this thing called, love? It is a small lead acid battery. Whafor, I hear you ask?


While it hasn't happened for a while, we have at times in the past had someone parking in our tandem car park space so when a remote control was offered to us by the Body Corporate Owners' Corporation at a discounted price including installation, we took up the offer. We've had some terrible verbal interactions with people who have parked in our car parking space. But at least I have never discriminated between sexes, calling out women and men. One bloke threatened to punch me once, but I stood my ground, even though I would have gone down like a sack of spuds. As I said, this was mostly in our early days here. Perhaps word got out, those dudes get nasty if you park in their space.

The only problem now is we can no longer just swing into our car park, but must swing in a bit, reverse and line the car up straight. I gives off a shocking squawking noise if it is interfered with.

I brought the battery up for charging and took a pretty bad video of the bollard in operation. It is controlled by a remote control fob in the car, but we could have chosen to have an app on our phones. As we are now a one car family, the second remote control is put away in our apartment.

33 comments:

  1. That's the kind of gizmo I love, what a great idea!

    XO
    WWW

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  2. What a great idea! I know in condos and apartments this would be amazingly handy! Is it bolted in place?

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    1. Yes Maribeth, bolted to the floor.

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  3. I wouldn't have guessed your new gizmo in hundreds of attempts. Glad it works for you.

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    1. PS: After your video I was offerred clips of celebrities aging badly. How rude.

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    2. All good EC. Lucky you are only a minor celebrity.

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    3. I was offered "animals acting like jerks"! What does that say, I wonder? :)

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    4. Hehe Jenny. What indeed did that mean!

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  4. Thats a great idea and gadget.

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    1. Diane, it is, and we could never be bothered getting out of the car to manually put one up and down.

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  5. Looks good. We have a private garage at our home in Brighton (that we never visit). I once went shopping and left the door open; there's nothing in there to steal. When I returned I found the door down, and discovered someone sleeping inside. He was asked politely to leave (ahem).

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    1. What a laugh Cro. I am sure you said eff off perfectly politely.

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  6. That's a handy sort of thing to have if you need one. I have a garage here now, it's way down in the back corner of the complex, takes a few minutes to walk there and I have it full of stuff I still need but not on a daily basis. It is secured by a hefty padlock.

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    1. That's useful River, your own large junk room.

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  7. Nifty gadget for those who need them!

    PS. Found this article about yesterday's netball mural - https://melbournevixens.com.au/news/feature-articles/first-ever-netball-mural-created-in-melbournes-cbd

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    1. Thanks Cathy. I have updated the post to include the link.

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  8. What a good idea.
    Would be most annoying to find someone else in your parking spot. Have fun with it.

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    1. Margaret, it is kind of a chore to put it up and down and park correctly over it, but worth it for the lack of surprises when return home.

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  9. Absolutely worth it Andrew. Much more of a chore to have a bargy with a parking interloper!

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  10. There is huge competition in town for parking especially at apartment complexes. They number the spots and assign to tenants. They get one spot. Visitor spaces are extremely limited. Sometimes I have to tell people I am unable to trap cats at their complex as there is nowhere I can park without the threat of being towed. In such cases, management must be involved for me to trap, so I am given a pass to display so I won't be towed, or granted a spot for a number of hours.

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    1. Strayer, most apartment blocks here don't have visitor parking, so it is on the street or don't come.

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  11. Huh. Interesting device. I've never seen or heard of one before.

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    1. Sandra, we didn't know of them until the offer was made.

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  12. I get angry if somebodey parks his car just in front of the garage door and I only can get out with a lot of moves forwards and backwards ! The street is so narrow !

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    1. Gattina, very annoying, I am sure, but I guess they are not illegally parked or you would have them booked.

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  13. What a great idea that is. Definitely better than getting in a verbal or physical fight.

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    1. Yep Jenny, the car park business was not pleasant and we behaved over the top, for the reason that it is our property.

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  14. I need one of those because my choko vine is taking over my parking space!!

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    1. Lee, it could be adapted to pump out a shot of poison at the choko when raised or lowered.

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  15. oh that's well cool!!

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