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Are there any alarm system panels, control boxes, etc. that have a kind of API for software to access?

I am basically looking to build an advanced alarm system for my home. I have previously used FrontPoint Security which offers a service through alarm.com. This basically gives me access to arming and ...
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How can we security manage keys for a co-op building?

After having some security incidents in our building, we have decided to change the locks and we are looking at a solution whereby we (co-op board) can give out to residents keys that cannot be ...
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What steps should I take to figure out which alarm model I have and how to go about installing a missing sensor?

My home has a central alarm system with keypad and every door and window set up with a sensor except for 1. This 1 sensor was removed when the previous owners replaced the frame, and it keeps the ...
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Can I use the wiring from a disabled home security system to power wireless cameras?

My home has an old security system which has long been disabled. I'd like to be able to use the wiring for the sensors to possibly provide DC power to some wireless IP security cameras in various ...
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Is there a way to know if the photocell is a switch or a dimmer?

I plan on installing three LED security lights to my home. I would like to have them turn on and off with a photocell. I am going to have a switch and then install the lights in parallel. I am not ...
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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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Can I install a security system myself?

I just bought a new home and it had it professionally pre-wired for a security system. There are cables for sensors on all entry doors. There are some cables for motion detectors as well on the main ...
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Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?

I'm stripping my small 950 sq. ft. 1950's-era home to the studs -- walls and ceiling -- so that I can install a vapor barrier and insulation in the walls and ceiling. While I have the studs available ...
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How secure is a live bamboo fence compare to chain link or barbed wire fences?

We're about to start working on securing our house. One thing we know we need on the back part of our property is a fence of some sort. I'm trying to keep costs down but security up. I know that any ...
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Environmental protection for computer equipment in unheated garage

I live in Minnesota, and I have an unheated, detached garage. I would like to place an "offsite" data backup device (possibly a NAS) in the garage, which I should be easily able to connect to the ...
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Where should I position a recessed contact sensor in a door?

Is there a recommended location on a door to install a recessed contact sensor? I see many installing on the top of the door. Any reason it can't be installed in the bottom corner?
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What can you do to secure a shed door?

Any advice on the best ways to secure a shed door from intruders? I'm considering interlocking hinges, and a bolt-cutter "proof" hasp lock. Anything else I should consider?
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How can I best create a motorcycle tie-down point on or through my cedar fence?

I have this style of fence abutting my driveway (but this is not my fence): Currently, I don't have a good way to attach my motorcycle's inch-thick cable lock to it (or to anything), other than to ...
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How can I replace an integrated security light with a solar powered version?

Above our front door, we have (for want of a better word) a security light. This light can only be controlled by a switch near the front door. The light switch for the is just one of three on the same ...
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How to secure apartment windows with external fire esscape

Recently, a burglar attempted to break in to my apartment by coming up the fire escape and pry open the window. Lucky I heard him and he was scared away when I turn on the light. My apartment is on ...
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How do I install a chain lock on a steel door?

I'm tring to install a chain lock on the inside of my home. I've tried millions of things to get a hole in the steel door. Is a 12 volt drill not powerful enough?
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What to look for in a home security system?

We're in the process of researching home security systems for a house. We're in the process of remodeling (door change, painting, etc), so I'd like to do that at the same time. Our contractor has a ...
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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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what parameters should I look for when choosing an electric deadbolt?

I am looking for electric deadbolts for external steel doors - to place several of them on a door - one on each side (top, bottom, left, right) for extra security. I want to buy just the deadbolt ...
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What the heck is/was this keypad for?

I recently noticed this keypad on our front porch. As far as I can tell, it's not connected to anything. Does anyone know what it was for? A security system perhaps? Garage door?
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How long do batteries typically last in electronic deadbolts?

I'm considering getting a Schlage Plymouth Keypad for our front-door but was curious how long the 9V battery typically lasts. The web site says "3 year battery life" but I'm... skeptical. =) Has ...