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    You may end up with the cars Honking for the Bus to leave.
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    DIGWDF Bus Detector How-To PDF

    Here's what I distributed to attendees at the Minnesnowda Mini this past weekend. It explains how to make one of these things, although not in tremendous detail. It's a true, DIY seat-of-the-pants project but from the PDF, you should get a pretty good understanding of one way to proceed. The PDF includes a BOM as accurately as I can provide...
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    Set the bus detector's pole out in the yard today. It's just a 7' fence post pole inside a little custom 8" PVC sleeve that I made for it out of various PVC junctions. I greased the pole so I can pull it out after the concrete has set completely because it's a darned snug fit. At the top of the pole is the flat, red mount onto which I'll bolt the detector, which actually will end up being about 5" higher due to the adjustable mount. My target scanning height is the street sign in the background as the buses are at least that tall and the sign is higher than the tops of most automobiles. I think it will also be high enough so it won't get the snowplow's crud when the streets are plowed, and our driveway plowing service never gets this close to the mailbox, so I think it's in a safe spot. We'll find out pretty quickly, but if this pole isn't high enough, it's a simple matter to pull it out and replace it with a taller one.

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    A future year bonus will be that I'll be able to mount some sort of display into the hole later -- after I've chased the buses away, of course...
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    Unrelated question...What's the name of those flowers under your mailbox?
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    Those are day lilies. They grow like weeds and bloom all the time. That patch started with about 3 plants 10 years ago. They come in many colors and are almost completely maintenance free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    Those are day lilies. They grow like weeds and bloom all the time. That patch started with about 3 plants 10 years ago. They come in many colors and are almost completely maintenance free.
    Thanks. I got your reply as I was standing in the middle of the garden center. Perfect timing!
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    They also can be divided and replanted every couple of years. They are a great plant to share with family and friends.
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    Mounted the detector on the pole today for testing. Wirks guuuuud. After I took these photos, I painted the pole white so it will blend into the snow better later on. People will hardly be able to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    Mounted the detector on the pole today for testing. Wirks guuuuud. After I took these photos, I painted the pole white so it will blend into the snow better later on. People will hardly be able to see it.

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    Looks good sir!

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