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This is actually relatively easy - many hobby shops (eg Maplin in the UK) have kits which require very little technical know-how. I guess the pre-requisites are: Understanding your perimeter - use break sensors on the highest risk areas (doors and easily accessible windows) use motion sensors in key hallways do you include your garage do you include ...


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Alarm You could pick up a magnetic window/door alarm (some more expensive models may also have glass break sensors). If the window is opened, the alarm will sound. Secure the window You could purchase, or make a "security bar" similar to the ones used for sliding doors. This will make it more difficult to open the window, though would not protect ...


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There are several online shops where you can buy anything from a basic wireless security system with peel and stick sensors all the way up to the same panels that professional installers use. If everything is already wired up as you said, then this should be a fairly straightforward DIY project. (One quick note though, even if it looks perfectly wired, you ...


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Most security system have a minimum of 9v DC, but I've seen up to 60v AC or DC, running to the sensors. The concern here is voltage drop as these are extremely low current devices. If you are using magnetic/reed switches, which it sounds like you are, they are unpowered digital switches (either on or off). Digital logic circuit typically require >50% of the ...


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If it is available in the UK, I would go with Z-wave technology. While I have only dealt in the US, I hope this can help. I've sold quite a bit of Z-wave and been trained in installation it's similar to installing regular devices like switches and dimmers. Programming is simple with the remote, and I hear the computer interface makes it easier. In the ...


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You can find all types of power failure alarms online, with a simple search. One such device from Reliance Controls, is the PowerOUT!™ The PowerOUT!™ is a power failure light, power failure alarm and a portable 6-hour LED flashlight. When plugged into a standard 15A, 120V outlet, the PowerOUT!™ will sound an audible alarm and illuminate three ...


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I pre-wired my house for an alarm since the alarm got fitted at the very end. I figured it would reduce the work required for the final install. I installed wires for the motion sensors, reed switches for under-house access, the control panel and the siren. From memory, some units require 6-core (such as the control panel) and some 4-core so I think I just ...


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When we do drywall, if there's a loose wire (e.g. electrical line for a hard-wired dishwasher), we cut a small hole and pull it through during installation. Pretty easy to do while everything is open and you can see both sides of the drywall. Leave plenty of slack so it can be fished through the drywall before it's been attached to the wall, and the hole can ...



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