Device for detecting smoke and/or fire.

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How to open this smoke detector in order to change battery?

I need to change battery for my home smoke detector, but I have no idea how to open this model. I found many video tutorial on google, but have not seen any model similar to this one. Does anyone ...
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Smoke Detector Alarm keeps on beeping

I have 6 inter-connected smoke alarms and one of them won't stop beeping. I replaced 4 of these alarms. The 2 I haven't replaced were newer ones installed by the previous owner in 2008. I have ...
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What should I do about this smoke detector that beeps constantly?

My smoke detector beeps constantly when connected. Looks like I need to change the battery. But I have no clue where to put in the battery or how to change. Your help will be appreciated. The unit ...
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Using FPL (18/4 ) cable for 120v Smoke detectors

Currently have 18 smoke detectors inter-connected to a Vista 20 panel with 18/4 FPL cable. We are selling (sold) the house, but have to replace all detectors since they are more than 10 years ...
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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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Is it typical that smoke detectors in adjacent apartments be linked?

I rent the downstairs apt of what used to be a garage. There is one other unit located on the second floor. My smoke alarm was going off frequently without my knowing why. Landlord finally told me ...
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Install fire/smoke alarm directly to stud or in electrical box?

I am installing (6) brand new smoke alarms in my home, including running all new 14/3 wire to each alarm. I have purchased "old work" electrical boxes for all of the alarms. However, the existing ...
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What type of electrical box do I use for a hard-wired smoke detector?

I am considering adding hard-wired smoke detectors to my house. Due to other in-process remodeling projects and the structure of the house, I have access to get behind the drywall at each location ...
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How do I choose between ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms?

I need to change my smoke detectors but I don't know how to choose between ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. I guess that there are pros and cons to choose one or the other. Should I buy a ...
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How to PROPERLY test that your smoke detectors work?

I installed two new smoke detectors in my house a few months ago and have been testing them using the 'test' buttons. Today I decided to give them a more realistic test by placing a burning and then ...
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Why does my smoke detector chirp when my bathroom lights are turned on?

We have an wired smoke detector that is right outside a bathroom. Often, when we turn on the lights in the bathroom, the smoke alarm will chirp. The bathroom used to have a fixture with 4 40-watt ...
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What could cause the battery in a smoke detector to heat up?

One of my smoke detectors was chirping and when I removed the 9V battery, I found it was hot. In fact, it was making a 'cooking' sound. Was it the smoke detector causing the battery to cook itself ...
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Old house--no neutral wire for Nest Protect?

I'm not particularly electrically inclined, but am giving a go to setting up a wired Nest Protect where an old smoke detector was installed. The device says to connect its white wire to the white (or ...
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Is Black & Decker's “Codes for Homeowners” (3rd edition, 2015) a useful resource? [closed]

Is the Black & Decker "Codes for Homeowners" worth buying as a home improvement reference work?
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Turning light on turns power to fire alarm off

I have a ceiling fan connected to a two way switch. When I turn the ceiling fan/light on, the power to the hard wired smoke detector is cut off, whereas turning the fan/light off returns power to the ...
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How can I tell where water is leaking from?

I live in Wyoming and for the past few days we had below zero temperatures and tons of snow. Many people reported pipes breaking but we seemed to be fine. Today it also warmed up a bunch to around the ...
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Can I replace an electric smoke detector with a combo smoke and carbon monoxide detector?

My house has electric smoke detectors wired into an ADT alarm system. I'm not using the alarm system but the smoke detectors seem to work anyway. I'd like to have carbon monoxide detectors too. Can ...
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Can an electrician run wiring to convert battery powered smoke alarms to wired alarms?

I recently purchased a 2001 built condominium unit with original battery powered smoke and CO2 alarms. Since I have to replace all the alarms at this point anyway, I'm curious how invasive a procedure ...
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Integrating hard-wired smoke detectors with fire sprinkler waterflow sensing

If you are in a house with interconnected smoke detectors (hardwired or hardwired/battery combo), can you interconnect them with the waterflow switch for a home fire sprinkler system, or do you need ...
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High pitched beep in house every 15 minutes [duplicate]

Can anyone help? I keep hearing a 3 second high pitched beep but can't quite tell where it is coming from n our lounge where our home theatre system is, i.e. LED TV, receiver, speakers, blu ray ...
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Why would I have two wires feeding one smoke detector?

I found a smoke detector in my house that appears to have two wires feeding it from two different circuits. Is this OK?
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Finding and installing a carbon monoxide/natural gas detector

I am looking at installing a carbon monoxide and natural gas detector on the ceiling of my house. I cannot find one device that combines both types of detection and that is supposed to be mounted in ...
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Should smoke alarms be on AFCI circuit?

I'm migrating my smoke alarms from the main panel to a generator-backed-up subpanel so I'll have fire protection during a power outage. I'm simultaneously replacing the old smoke detectors. I read ...
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Should a fire alarm be installed in the attic?

I installed hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms through the house. I wondered, though, if a fire spread through my attic I might not know about it until the ceiling or roof collapsed. Should I ...
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How do I disable smoke alarms?

I'm going to have a party and I had experiences previously with a smoke machine triggering smoke alarms, so I want to disable them temporarily during the party. How do you do that? This is what the ...
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Efficient way to test smoke detectors

I just got done wiring boxes for my hardwired smoke detector system and am about to start installing detectors. When testing in the end, I heard they sell some test aerosol spray which is the ...
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Smoke detector giving false alerts

At home, we have two smoke detectors: one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. The problem is that the one at the first floor gives a lot of false alerts (and the one at the ground floor ...
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Do modern energy saving light bulbs class as “fluorescent lighting”?

I am about to replace an ageing smoke alarm. The current one is battery powered, but I was thinking that it might be good to replace it with a mains powered one (no need to change battery, cannot be ...
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How can I safely test my (optical) smoke alarm?

My landlord has recently reinstalled my smoke alarm. It is labelled on the smoke alarm as an "Optical" type. The smoke alarm appears to be working - it's powered by both mains electricity and battery ...
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Can I upgrade my hardwired smoke detector in apartment without triggering central alarm? [closed]

I'm living in an apartment building and would like to upgrade one of two detectors in my apartment from an older hardwired detector to the new Nest Protect. I purchased the battery-operated version ...
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What besides smoke might trigger a hardwired smoke detector?

Sometimes my hardwired smoke alarm goes off for a few seconds for no apparent reason. For example I am not cooking or burning any substance. It is 3 years old and has a new battery. Other than ...
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What would cause a hardwired smoke alarm to give one short beep when appliances are turned on?

I have hard wired smoke detectors. I've noticed that when I plug my tablet into a power strip connected to an outlet in my living room it caused the upstairs detector to emit a quick beep. I now ...
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What should I do about water dripping into my smoke detector from the attic after a heavy rain?

I live in the Midwest of the United States, and we not-too-rarely get a large amount of rain coming down at one time both in the spring and sometimes in the fall. Last night was no different (aside ...
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What happens when you test a smoke detector?

When you press the test button on a smoke detector it obviously beeps, but I'm assuming it doesn't just test the speaker. So, how does the test work? I can't see a practical way to release smoke ...
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What to do with these tiny exposed wires?

We discovered a non-functional smoke detector that's hard-wired into the electrical system of the house we recently bought. I removed the smoke detector and am replacing it with a battery operated ...
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What's the signalling voltage on hardwire smoke detectors? Mix and match?

What is the signalling voltage on hardwire smoke detectors? Is it acceptable to mix brands? Is it acceptable to have detectors on different electrical circuits, connected only with an interconnect ...
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If I do not have any fuel burning devices, do I need a carbon monoxide detector?

Is there any reason that a home without any fuel burning devices would need a carbon-monoxide detector?
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How can I install a wired smoke detector without compromising the fire rated sheetrock?

We have a connected garage with a bedroom above. It has proper fire rated sheetrock and a fire rated door. We use it for storage (including some paint and other normal chemicals). For this reason ...
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Where should smoke detectors be located?

In the past, you might have a smoke detector on every floor outside of a bedroom. Now you see a separate smoke detector in each bedroom. Should there also be a detector outside of the bedrooms? What ...
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How do I cap the wires in this electric smoke alarm?

I want to cap these wires with a wire nut so that I can stuff them back up in the ceiling and install a regular, battery-powered smoke alarm. What wires get capped and do I need to do anything with ...
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Why are my smoke detectors going off when I cook?

Seems like every time we cook anything in the oven the fire alarms (in-home system, all connected) go berzerk. is there any way to make them "less sensitive"? We do blow/vaccuum them out gently here ...
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Is it OK to mount a smoke detector vertically?

In my basement I have several lolly columns attached to wooden beams that are supporting the floor joists. On one of these wooden beams I have attached a smoke detector vertically on the side of the ...
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What do I need to do to safely reconnect an A/C-powered smoke detector?

In an unfortunate incident, the plastic plug for one of my A/C-powered smoke detectors became detached from the wires coming out of the ceiling. My ceiling now looks like so (click for full size): ...