How to Harvest a Piezo Element From a Window Alarm

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Introduction: How to Harvest a Piezo Element From a Window Alarm

About: I live on the east coast of Canada, (New Brunswick). I have been tinkering and building things all my life and still manage to learn something new and exciting every day.

In this short instructable I will demonstrate how I harvest Piezo elements from dollar store window alarms.  Why you ask? Because these things are awesome pickups for guitars or any other acoustic instrument you are building. Also I am doing this to answer a question from a viewer of one of my instructables https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-an-Electric-Guitar/. 

Step 1: Take Things Apart

Open the battery compartment and remove the screw that holds everything together. Pull the back off. Pull the circuit board out and isolate the wires to the piezo.

Step 2: Isolate the Part You Want.

In the movies they would be sweating over which wire to cut first, no such issue here, cut them both at the same time.

Step 3: Remove the Part You Want.

OK, this is the only tricky bit, cutting the plastic housing to get the element out without bending it. A little bend won't hurt anything but you don't want to crack that white disc in the middle.

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    9 Comments

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    fcharest1
    fcharest1

    6 years ago on Introduction

    anyone knows how to make sound with this ? when I plug it to 4.5V no noise is made ?

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    Honhenheim
    Honhenheim

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Dollar stores are your friend, cheap made stuff, with some good insides. Screws, wires, speakers, etc. You can even get solar panels and a rechargable battery from those yard lights. Thank you for this instructable, might come in handy in the future.

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    tmuck
    tmuck

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Friger, you're still my hero. and by the way, i've started designing my electric uke. or (electruke). I can't wait to get to work on building it. :D

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    friger
    friger

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I love the name, quick, patent it.

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    mnmc10
    mnmc10

    9 years ago on Introduction

    this thing will make a noise when the magnet is removed but will turn off once the magnet is put back. you guys have an idea to prolong the sound for a few seconds even if you put back the magnet back? kinda like a delay?

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    arnefl
    arnefl

    9 years ago on Step 3

    And the leftover can be used for lots of things. I have one for a fridge/freezer reminder. I soldered a LED where the piezo used to be and it blinks if either freezer door or refrigerator door is open

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    friger
    friger

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I've never thought of that, great idea.

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    Bongmaster
    Bongmaster

    9 years ago on Introduction

    normally they have a hal effect sensor too, unless they cheapskate

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    Bongmaster
    Bongmaster

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    im guessing the long folded metal pins overlapping each other are the reed switch, so cheap they didnt even bother with a real one O_o