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Help with hardwired CO Detectors

I have three CO sensors that are over 10 years old and two are beeping to let me know they have gone bad. They are hard-wired into a Concord 4 Series box. The previous owners had a robust alarm system ...
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A better way to wire alarm contacts?

I'm in the process of replacing a wired alarm with the Ring retrofit kit. The wiring for the contacts and sensors is just wires spliced with crimp-on connectors. I'm currently chasing down ...
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Can someone give me advice on the technology I should use in a wireless home security system with the specifics in the description? [closed]

Background information: The valuables I want security for will be in a closet. I want the outdoor cameras to be able to be used for surveillance in an internet and power grid down event for which I ...
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Beeping/chirping sound (one soft, one loud) each minute in ceiling just above wired smoke alarm that is not the smoke alarm itself

A few months ago, I started hearing a quiet mysterious beep around every 1 minute in our basement. We could not find it after an afternoon of standing in different spots and we were 99% sure it was ...
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Why is my smoke alarm chirping even with fresh batteries?

One of our smoke alarms started doing a short chirp every couple of hours. I assumed it was due to a low battery, so I replaced it. Didn’t help still beeping every couple hours. I then unplugged it ...
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Better gas range venting under microwave

My microwave venting is not working Over my gas range. I have no access to vent outside. Is there any type of heavy duty filtering vent available to mount under the microwave or to the wall under the ...
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Fire / smoke detectors with email notifications [closed]

Are there any fire / smoke detectors that can send an email notification when activated? I don't want mobile phone notifications, only email. It's not important if it meets any fire safety regulations ...
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How do I disconnect house alarm power?

How do I disconnect the wires for home alarm located in AC outlet? My system is not monitored. I reside in a townhome, built 2018. I called the company and she instructed me to disconnect the backup ...
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Multiple 4-wire smoke/CO zone questions (Vista 128BPT)

I'm moving in to a house with a Vista 128BPT burglar alarm and I'd really like to add smoke/heat and CO detectors to the system. However, I also really want the smokes/heat detectors to be on ...
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Does this message from the Fire Department suggest the fire suppression and/or alarm system may be sufficiently faulty to endanger life and property? [closed]

Does this message from the Fire Department pasted on the main fire control panel of my apartment building suggest that the fire suppression sprinklers and/or fire detection and/or alarm system may be ...
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Once-weekly alarm from DCS PC1832 alarmsystem

I have a DCS PowerSeries PC1832. This alarm has been working fine for 10 years. But recently, it has developed a quirk: every Wednesday, at 10:07am exactly, the alarm goes off. First the long beep, ...
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Smart/Wi-Fi septic alarm monitors? [closed]

I'm looking for the way to be alerted remotely when I get a septic pump alarm in my summer house. The septic pump is a traditional one, with a buzzer that goes off when the float gets too high and ...
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Why is the interconnect wire with my smoke detector getting DC volts?

My smoke alarms went off yesterday. Verified there was no fire and tried to reset the units with no luck, they would keep alarming. I ended up disconnected them from the hardwire and they would stop ...
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Can I extend panic alarm cable with cat5e and a soldering iron

Currently have one of these installed on a wall, but I want to mount it to the underside of a desk as it looks a bit ugly: I need to extend the alarm cable in order to reach the desk, however I don’t ...
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Why is my Honeywell alarm system not powering down?

I have a circa 2005 Honeywell Vista alarm system that I would like to power down so that the battery alert never goes off. Following the advice on various YouTube videos and this community, I first ...
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I turned a breaker off, and now the security alarm system won’t stop beeping

I turned off a breaker for about an hour. I then heard a low beeping noise, not the full-blown alarm siren. I turned the breaker back on, but the beeping persisted. We called the alarm company. They ...
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DSC PowerSeries alarm panel

I have a DSC PowerSeries alarm pad and the display is now hard to read. Is it possible to just replace the display screen or how hard would it be to upgrade the keypad with a digital touchscreen type ...
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Beeping Alarm in House

We have a mysterious beeping/chirping sound that occurs in the house. It starts in the morning usually. Five beeps in a row at a regular interval, then five beats again after about a minute or so. ...
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Hard wire 5V DC home alarm system to 29V AC Output

I recently purchased and installed a new home alarm system which is supposed to be powered by a USB cable plugged into an adapter rated at AC100-240V input and DC5V 1500mA output. The problem is that ...
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why does my motion detector turns on during startup

i am trying to use a motion detector to turn on a light and small alarm using a smart switch to power it so i can program and use phone to operate problem is when it switches on at night it starts by ...
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Imperial Upright Freezer IFC2111A alarm not working

I have an Imperial Upright Freezer IFC2111A. For years, the alarm has not worked on it. I just had an "open door" incident the other night and lost everything - the alarm never went off. I'm ...
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Is this an Ethernet cable running to my alarm panel?

8 conductor cable, not plugged into anything nor terminated. Thank you! EDIT: Just to clarify, I'd like to use it as an Ethernet cable and it is not currently being used for anything, so I want to see ...
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Water Leak Detector Recommendations - Adjustable Volume and Easy to Silence [closed]

To make a long story short I have an HVAC unit in a small rental property that leaks condensate and in order to apply a fix, we first must catch the leak in the act to better understand root cause. My ...
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What is this thing on my wall? Some sort of alarm?

On the wall in the hallway of my new house is this thing: It's about 6 inches to a side and mounted right at the top of the wall. I assumed it was a wireless chime for a (since removed) doorbell, so ...
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Using rj45 connectors for home alarm wiring

I'm setting up my home alarm (a dsc 1832) using cat5 cables (these were the closest I could find in my country to the specs recommended by the 1832 manual). I've had to make some splits since the cat5 ...
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DSC Power 832 - Security Setup Takeover [closed]

I have a DSC 832 control panel that I see installed in a house I moved to recently. However, I am not sure where to begin to take control of the system. Could someone point me to a starting point? ...
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Unplugged alarm panel - battery died - keypad says low battery

I have a honeywell alarm panel that I believe trickle charges a 12v 4ah casil lead-acid battery. The panel and battery are ~2 years old. It was unplugged while doing a drywall repair and the battery ...
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Can I disable an old security system by disconnecting the transformer?

I switched from my old security alarm to a diy alarm system. I want to completely shut down the old alarm system and keypad. Is I possible to remove the wires of the transformer? I don't know what to ...
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How to get dense smoke from alarm system? [closed]

I'd like to install a smoke machine to try and deter burglars from breaking in to my property however due to the size of it, I'd need two machines which I cannot afford. So, I thought that I'd try my ...
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I want to mount an alarm motion sensor in the corner of a room - what do I need to know?

I have an alarm system that I'm going to fit myself, the motion sensors will be mounted in the corner of the rooms - presumably as the screws are relatively short (maybe a 1 to 1.5 inch long) this is ...
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Can you run an individual wire to link smoke detector together?

In my home, I have a hard-wired smoke detector / fire alarm (https://www.lowes.com/pd/First-Alert-Wireless-Interconnect-AC-Hardwired-120-Volt-Photoelectric-Sensor-Smoke-Detector/1000456469) that is ...
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How do i replace the battery in this smoke detector? It wont stop beeping

Its been beeping for ages and im sick of it, ive tried sliding as it says to but ive had no luck...
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How can I completely shut off / inert my home alarm system?

I am asking more-or-less the same question as in this post: How can I disconnect power to an ADT alarm system? The house has an ADT alarm installed by its previous owner. I am not paying for ...
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Ademco Alarm — identify these things on the wall?

Purchased a home built in 1999 and it has several of these things on the wall that are part of an ADEMCO-made security system. Can you identify what the purpose of these devices? The yellow light ...
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Removing Home Alarm System (UK)

I recently moved into a new home and it has a home alarm system installed. The system appears to be inactive, there's a keypad on the wall downstairs and a larger control unit upstairs - neither of ...
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Very strange alarm test sound that occurs every 34 minutes (video)

There's a very strange test/alarm sound that occurs every 34 minutes. I checked the smoke alarms and replaced the batteries so it's not coming from those. It almost seems to be coming from the ...
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Is it feasible/worth it to recover an alarm system keypad that is unreliable?

Our home has a Paradox brand security system with a keypad: Over the years the keypad had become more and more unreliable to the point where the 0 key was very difficult to press successfully, and ...
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Trigger an alarm with wired smoke detector

I am looking for a solution that would make the wired smoke detector in the apartment downstairs trigger an alarm. The purpose is to be alerted if there is smoke while the tenant is away/in the shower....
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Is it acceptable to run 22/4 security wire along side Cat6 and Coax cables, or is there any possibility for interference?

Security wire is connected to motion/vibration/magnetic sensors and alarm keypad. Can it disrupt the alarm system? or cause speed/performance loss in the cat 6 transmissions?
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Power options for alarm keypad

I'm installing an alarm system and I'd like some help figuring out the best way to provide power to the keypad. The keypad uses a micro USB cable for power. I want to mount the keypad on one side of ...
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Alarms on Doors that have Access to a Pool

I am finishing up renovating my pool and I changed the configuration of the barrier fence I previously had. I now use my house itself as the 4th side to keep the pool deck open (since our kids are ...
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Garage door Versus home security

I had a wireless security system installed by Safetouch (who monitors my system) in place of my existing standard security. A suggested upgrade by their technician. The very next day I get in my car ...
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How to tell if my smoke detector is hardwired or battery powered?

I have a smoke alarm that keeps beeping every 30 minutes or so even after I replaced the battery. I'm thinking it's probably time to replace it. I'm trying to figure out if it's hardwired or battery ...
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install smoke/fire detector in basement

I would like to install smoke detector in the basement, which has the following layout: +----------------------------------------+ | | Small ...
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Removing or re-using doorbell from home alarm system

My home has an alarm system inside that I've never used and don't have much interest in. I don't know if there's a password needed for the panels, and I haven't tried to program them. At some ...
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Can central alarm smoke detectors be used instead of 120v smoke detectors in a new residence?

Code requires that new residential construction have a smoke alarm in each bedroom and outside of each bedroom, and that the smoke alarms be interconnected. (They all go off at once). If you plan to ...
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Exterior Home security/Lighting compatibility

Are there any exteriour security lighting systems via sensor or light you can connect to your exterior home lights for security.. For example if there are sensors I could buy and put around my big ...
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Please help identify thing wired into my home alarm

Wired into my alarm panel per the enclosed photo is a small black-wrapped device wired to the 12V+, - & Earth. What might this be for - voltage stabilisation, noise reduction, ...? Grateful for ...
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What's in my mystery box?

I recently moved into a new house, and as part of trying to understand (at a basic level) how everything is wired and plumbed together I've come across a metal box, on the wall of my kitchen. What is ...
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Home Alarm System Wire Box Placement

I have a new home construction and the home alarm system is being installed. I would like recommendations on the placement of the System Box. I'm thinking in a closet, and mounted on the wall up ...
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