I am in the HVAC business............I have a customer that owns three houses within one block (not a great neighborhood). In one house......thieves stole the central air conditioner while the house was unrented, and on another of their properties, thieves went in last fall and stripped the central air conditioner of copper/aluminum..........and even destroyed/stripped the furnace of the A coil, ripped out copper water lines etc. I have installed new heat/cool systems in each of these properties. To deter thieves, I have built a cage/fence with a lockable gate around each A/C unit. Here are some pics of the cage/fence with lockable gate that some of you may be interested in promoting and selling in your area. Just remember to take measurements of where the A/C unit will be and keep in mind to leave space so the gate can be opened for servicing. The posts on this are 1" square tube (14 gauge) and capped with 1 " square plastic plugs, the pickets are 3/8 " solid round, horizontal are 1" x 1/2" C channel. The extra length of the posts allow for 12 to 15 " to be set in concrete (if the customer wishes). I charged $285 for this one.....................they picked up, will install and paint it themselves.
Also you may interest them in security bars for windows but be sure to check with local codes as to whether it has to be able to be opened in case of fire. The security bars can be built the same as the A/C cage (or fancier, of course).
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07-02-2007, 02:46 PM #1
Project for new welders (cash maker)
07-02-2007, 02:54 PM #2
thats a cool idea thankswelding...its awsome
07-02-2007, 03:21 PM #3
good idea keep em` coming
07-02-2007, 04:03 PM #4Senior Member
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Interesting idea and excellent execution.
Unfortunately I can almost guarantee that the cage will be going to the same scrap yard as the copper. They will rip that out and take it as well.
Empty property needs a dog. Big dog. Only way.
07-02-2007, 07:56 PM #5Junior Member
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Nice work on the cage. but I agree with phila its just more for them to take. Heck if they are willing to take your screen door,gutters and aluminum siding off while your in the house, I can't see why a cage will deter them. Its nothing short or the catalytic converter theft going on. Sawzalls a going, will cut anything for crack and meth.
07-02-2007, 10:02 PM #6
What if I build a second cage around the first cage to protect it.
06-26-2011, 05:58 PM #7Senior Member
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Besides that, most of the time those things are for landlords and they have no morals when it comes to contractors. They are notorious for taking your idea and shopping it around for the lowest price. I've been on both sides of that conversation btw.