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How can I secure a door with a window right next to it?

My front door has a deadbolt, but right next to the knob/deadbolt is a tall narrow window, so that you can see whoever is outside. This is a security risk as anyone could smash that window and open ...
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moving a security door frame from wall-flush to passageway

i want to move a security door from an entry way, to a hallway entry (no doorway) very near by. i believe they're only really meant to be attached over a door, but is it possible to change that? i'm ...
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What is this kind of security bolt head called, and how can I remove it?

A previous owner fitted the light fitting pictured above, and has not left me a tool to remove the bolt. The bulb has blown so I need to get in to the unit. The head diameter is about 12mm and the gap ...
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Should I lock the door between my garage and my house?

My house has a garage. The garage has a "garage opener" - so when I leave home, I press a button and the gate lowers. There's a door between the garage and house. What level of security do people ...
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How can I install a smart door lock to a Carl f multipoint lock mechanism?

I have just moved to a new house and want to be able to connect my door to my smartthings home hub. I don't know what the specifics of the door mechanism is. Here are some pictures: Can anyone ...
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8 channel camera system - can i put more than 8 cameras?

I purchased a lorex 8 channel camera security system http://m.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-IP-NVR-with-2TB-HDD,-8-1080p-Cameras-with-130-Night-Vision.product.100217003.html. Everything works fine ...
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How can I adjust a door latch so that it engages securely?

My cousin has an external door with a knob lock and a double-deadbolt lock. She prefers not to keep the deadbolt locked. If she goes out through that door, she normally turns the knob, leaving the ...
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How to tell if your locks are bump proof?

I was reading about lock "bumping" where burglars buy 'bump' keys and can open locks very quickly. I was also reading that some locks are bump proof (double chamber perhaps?). My question is: how can ...
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Why energy saving bulb flashes when the switch is off?

I have a energy saving spiral light bulb in my kitchen. In exactly every 27 seconds, the first segment of the bulb faintly flashes when the switch is off. And not once, repeatedly every 27 seconds. ...
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How to protect my home against spying? [closed]

My personal information has been stolen and used to commit fraud a couple of times... vigillence has allowed me to not get hit too badly but it's becomming a real chore, consuming lots of my time. ...
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How can I rig a security system to play a custom sound? [closed]

I'm thinking that for non-confrontational deterrence when a home surveillance system detects an intruder, it would be smarter to play a sound that suggests the home owner is at home (instead of an ...
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How to leave low voltage wiring behind wall?

I am having a new home built and I am putting in my own low voltage wiring. In addition to standard network wiring, I am hoping to install CAT6 wiring for a few potential future tasks: surveillance ...
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Strange White Box in New Apartment

I just moved in my new apartment and there are 3 small white boxes without any label. (There is also a separate smoke detector and a door bell system, so it shouldn't be that) This is how it looks ...
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Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?

OK I had a hard time thinking of a good title but here's the gist of the problem/concern I have which I can't find an answer to anywhere online. Please note that this is a very specific but common ...
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What drill and screws should I use to attach security bar to a concrete wall

I have a few security bars to attach to my garage window. These are the bars: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291320181452?euid=37bd934e70374116905fb2a20e9f7fad&cp=1 I have the Face Fix Brackets. The ...
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How can I improve the security around my house and prevent theft? [duplicate]

My family and I moved to a new residential area. The environment is neither guarded nor gated, therefore security matters are concerning to us e.g. break-ins, theft, kidnapping, etc. Since we moved ...
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Backyard shed with keyed hasp same as house key [closed]

Anyone know if there's a solution for locking a backyard shed, that would let me rekey it to be the same as a normal house key. The shed is a Tuff Shed with double wood doors like this: Currently ...
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How can I secure an outwardly opening front door without damaging anything?

This is a rented house in Japan (single room). It has an outwardly opening front door. The resident (a single woman) has fear of intruder breaking in. Also, damaging/modifying the door or the wall is ...
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How to install 230V Light with Light-activated-resistor?

I am trying to set up light-activated-resistors that activate a light during dark hours. I have bought a ready Chinese thing that apparently contain a driver to change from AC to proper DC output for ...
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Need help with correct wiring when replacing a hardwired smoke detector

I was wondering if someone with some electrical experience or experience with these particular smoke detectors can assist with the replacement process. I have a home security alarm system that has ...
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Rewiring My Security Alarm Power Source

A year or so ago when I got my security system installed, they drilled a whole in my wall under an outlet and mounted a permanent plug there. I would like to reclaim this plug for both convenience ...
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Mouse trap and detector? [closed]

I need a mouse trap which sends a signal when it is activated, because in Finland, there is very strict animal legislation about catching mice. You cannot use glue traps. You can only use those mouse ...
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Window security?

I have noticed that I cannot activate my home security system when a window(s) is/are open without bypassing the window(s) which is/are open. If I keep the window open and bypass it, how can I better ...
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Safe/professional way to transport lumber with just a roof rack

I'm doing some home improvement, and have the necessary skills, tools, etc, for the job. There is one thing I'm lacking: a large pickup truck for transporting lumber. A buddy of mine used to have one, ...
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How should I wire for a security system during construction?

I would like to run wires in anticipation of a future hard-wired security system. However, I have yet to find any information that pulls everything together regarding what is required. From what I ...
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Multi point door lock security and can I use wood screws near it?

I've had a break-in so looking to improve my security. I have what I believe is called a multi point lock - see pic. Basically when you lock the door there are pins at the top and bottom of the door ...
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5800MICRA Transmitter in Door with Transom

I'm installing a home security system based around Honeywell products. I'd like to use 5800MICRA recessed transmitters for all windows/doors to maintain a clean install. Attached is a picture of my ...
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Increasing Range of Night Vision Cameras

Will replacing a regular fluorescent floodlight with and infrared floodlight increase the clarity/range of my night vision cameras? If not, are there other methods to increase clarity/range of my ...
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I want to monitor my radon mitigation system via my security system [closed]

How can I monitor my radon mitigation system via my security system (Honeywell Vista 20P)? Specifically I want to be notified via my security system if the system is not sucking as expected. I do not ...
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Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods

I'd like my 2 sets of outdoor security lights to be dimmable (in all settings) from a single switch. The electrician said he ran one (always on) power line for the motion detectors and another line ...
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What are the best option to Rekey My New House?

I'm closing on my first house on Tuesday and I'm interested in seeing if rekeying my locks is worth the effort. I think my options are: new locks, rekey it myself, and get a locksmith to rekey it. Any ...
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What are best practices to run wires from outside in?

I am installing my own security cameras. My house is pretty stretched out. So I may need about 5-6 cameras in different spots. I am still researching, identify tools I need, different security ...
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Best strategy for video security, package or separate DVR? [closed]

I am considering setting up a video monitoring system for home security. This would include cameras mounted both on the house itself and in 2-3 locations on the grounds. I had originally planned to ...
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Can someone unlock a locked door and lock it back again without the key?

Is it possible for someone to unlock your front door get into your house and then lock the door again without being supplied with a key?
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How can I fit a Schlage lockset in my front door?

I moved into a condo with a Kwikset lockset in the door. I wanted to replace it with a Schlage lockset, but the actual bolt portion of the deadbolt was too large to fit into the pre-drilled hole. If ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light in order to power a security camera?

I have an exterior light (shown below) that I was wondering if I could tap into, in order to power an outdoor IP cam. I understand I would have to pull appart some cables and potentially purchase ...
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Can a locksmith open a deadbolt lock?

I wonder how secure my deadbolt lock is. How difficult is it for a professional to open such a lock?
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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the ...
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Where should carbon monoxide detector be located?

How many carbon monoxide detector is need in house and where it's more strategic to place it? Is it better to place it low close to the ground or high close to the ceiling?
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Is there a way to reuse ADT's alarm sensors without using their central service?

We moved in to a house where previous owners had ADT's alarm system. The board is still there and I'm planning to remove it because it doesn't do anything at the moment. But the (wireless) sensors ...
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Secret documents digital safes without an overriding key? [closed]

Are there any safes which can be opened with a programmable keypad combination or thumb fingerprint but do not come with a key? I am concerned about the fact that if somebody steals my key they will ...
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Rewire Metal Halide Security Light to Use Standard Bulb

I have a Utilitech AHR100-00 http://www.lowes.com/pd_319896-33229-AHR100-00_0__?productId=3435358&Ntt=utilitech+security+light&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dutilitech%2Bsecurity%2Blight&...
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Filling Gap Between External Door Frame and Wall - For Securing Strike Plate Screws

What can I use to fill a gap between a door frame and the wall, at the location where the strike plate screws will be anchored? I recently installed a new external door frame where the wall ended up ...
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Type of wire to be used for alarm system [closed]

I am putting new metal siding on a building that needs to be extremely secure. I am planning on running wire up and down the building before the siding goes up. This is so if someone tries to cut ...
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1answer
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Need help identifying security wiring

I'm in a new construction home, and the builder is basically blowing us off on questions about the wiring (what's that switch/wire/plate for sorts of things). My focus for this Q is the security ...
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How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?

I have a house that sits on about 4 acres of land. There is a very large front yard and an even bigger one in the back. I want to get both power and Ethernet (for security cameras) located at various ...
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Should I use a screw or anchor bolt to hold a metal box to the wall?

Which type of bolt is best for securing a metal box to a wall to prevent it being pulled away: Screw Bolt or Anchor Bolt? And by Screw Bolt I mean this: And by Anchor Bolt I mean this:
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Where do I buy a weather proof combination padlock?

I have a shed that I use a padlock to secure. The last lock I had lasted a year before failing. It cost about $40. My wife prefers combination so she won't need her keys just to work in the yard. I ...
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How do I choose a recessed alarm contact switch?

With so many window and door recessed contact switches, how does one decide the best one for the application? I was leaning towards Ademco 3/8" Diameter Miniature Press Fit Magnetic Contact, for ...
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Unplugging Alarm System

The house I am had an alarm system put in when the house was being built. The previous owners of our house used it but we haven't and all its been is a pain in the butt. Before it would beep when ...