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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 ...
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Security for Outswinging Door (Patio) Not Sliding door

I live on the 1st floor (Ground floor) in an apartment complex. The door opens outside into the patio not inside to the apartment. How do I secure the door while we are inside the apartment? Any ...
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Is it worth having two locks in exterior doors?

I've noticed that some places have a lock in the knob and a deadbolt in the exterior doors, and some places have a knob without a lock and just a deadbolt. Is there a benefit to having a lock in the ...
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How do I keep the door jamb moulding from pulling away from the wall when hardware is screwed in?

Total novice here. My wife wants one of those security door guards (a hinged arm that swings open to a point) on the door. I had bought the hardware, but put it off when the provided screws turned out ...
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Is it okay that the earth wire is exposed when installing an outdoor security light?

I have just installed an outdoor security light with a junction box I bought (weatherproof). I wired the old red source wire to the new brown, old black source wire to the new blue in the terminal ...
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How wide can a sliding door be open, before it becomes a security risk?

I have a sliding door in my bedroom that I would like to put a deadbolt in and have it left open at night to let a breeze in, but I don't want anyone to be able to get in while I'm asleep. Is there a ...
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Is this patch panel used for phone, security, or data?

I just moved into a townhouse. Each bedroom has a CAT5e panel on the wall. I've went up in the attic and I can see the blue ethernet cables running from each bedroom to a central location right above ...
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Door lock and unlock based on authorized user proximity

I want to install an electronic lock on my office/workshop that only a specific individual(s) can unlock. I want it to lock every time the door is closed and the room is empty but I do not want to ...
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What type of security sensors should be used in a three bedroom house?

I have just purchased a house and am hoping to install SimpliSafe throughout. I have 3 bedrooms: mine, my children's, and my office. Would window sensors be best in all these rooms, and then motion ...
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How can I remove this screw?

Any one know how to open this screw? Tried pliers but no avail and standard box of security screwdrivers couldnt open it. Here are some more photos
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Home security sensor for windows [closed]

I have aluminum louver style windows all around my house. I would like to know what type of sensor and placement would be necessary for a home security System.
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Home security alarm system in the uk [closed]

Can anyone suggest the best home security alarm? Most famous one is ADT in the uk which is monitored alarm system. Is it non-monitored alarm system much secure than monitored one? Can some one please ...
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How to secure a doggy door from intruders?

I installed a doggy door so that our dog can go in/out when it has to go to the bathroom while we are at work/away. It lets him out into our fenced in backyard. The gates are deadlocked, but ...
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How I can remove this Ingersoll window bolt?

I have a small window with security bolts which have become rusted and unusable. However, I can't see how to remove them without forcing them off and damaging the wood. Anyone seen these types before ...
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Which cylinder door lock shield design is most secure?

I'm planning to place a shield on my front door and would like to know which of the 3 shield designs is the most secure option and why. Basic design characteristics: Top Left: the outside part of ...
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Why aren't my PIR security lights working through my window?

Can any one help? I purchased a solar powered PIR security light, with the intention of putting it inside my kitchen window. The PIR would be inside the window, but this does not work. When I go ...
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Outdoor HD ip camera - what do I need to take into consideration?

I'm in the market for an outdoor weather proof HD IP camera that can be remote controlled from a web-browser and can join a WLAN but gets power over a cable. I'm good with computers but new to the ...
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How should I position a motion sensor?

When planning motion sensor placement for a security system, is it preferable to install it facing windows, or not?
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Is it safe to oil a lock? [duplicate]

I have a very sticky door lock, is it safe to oil it with standard household oil? Will oil degrade the security of the lock in any way? If it's safe, how should I apply the oil?
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What is a safe maximum amount to leave a window open?

We have sash windows and got broken into last week due to poor security (just internal latches). I want to install better locks on the windows to prevent the windows being opened past certain ...
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Will I have to install new cables when converting from a SD CCTV system to HD?

After a breakin soon after moving into our house, we used our cash reserve to improve security. One of these updates was an 8-channel DVR with four external CCTV cameras. The DVR exposes the cameras ...
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How do I secure my house against intruders?

What are some suggestions for securing your house from an intruder? Right now we have a GE Simon XT alarm system, but it doesn't cover breaking a window. We put some PVC pipes in the tracks of the ...
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How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?

I would like to plan for an intrusion detection system in a home that is currently under construction. The home has a walkout basement that is sloping, shown in the rear elevation picture shown below....
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Home security system recommendation [closed]

I want to purchase a DIY wireless home security system. For the moment, I do not want to pay a home monitoring service and prefer to be informed of my alarm status via the Internet (WiFi and cellular)...
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Are garage door locks that cannot be opened from the outside available?

I would like to replace my garage lock with a lock face that does not permit opening it from the outside. I don't have a key to it anyway, and right now it's the weakest link of my home security. I'...
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How do I apply BNC connectors without breaking them?

I have some RG-59 coax cable and I want to terminate it with BNC compression connectors. I bought some compression connectors, and what I think is a pretty good quality compression tool — the Liberty ...
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What type and length of wiring for home security system?

I'm slowly remodeling my house one room at a time. I'm to the point where I need to wire a window for the future alarm system. This post talks about how to wire a home during new construction for a ...
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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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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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What internet-connected home security system options exist?

Background: Old, Hard-to-use Home Security System We moved into a house with an existing "wired" home security system. This system includes an circa-1991 panel from Ademco (model 4140). The wires ...
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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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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 ...