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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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Is there a way to reuse ADT's alarm sensors without using their central service?

We moved in to a house where previous owners had ADT's alarm system. The board is still there and I'm planning to remove it because it doesn't do anything at the moment. But the (wireless) sensors ...
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Can I install a security system myself?

I just bought a new home and it had been 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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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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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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How is pre-wiring done for motion sensors / alarm system in new construction?

In new construction, how is pre-wiring done for alarm systems, when then alarm may not be installed right away (or ever)? It makes sense to me to actually install recessed door contacts (they're only ...
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Nuisance smoke alarms

Recently, four of the six battery-operated smoke alarms in our house have started going off every few days, for no obvious reason. The four that have been going off are of three different models, ...
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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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can someone disarm our ADT alarm system by removing the cable?

We have an ADT alarm system , the other night I heard a neibor saying he could disarm our alarm system .. he tried telling someone ells how to do it .. said it was the 3rd cable to the right or the ...
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How can I disconnect power to an ADT alarm system?

I recently bought a house where the previous owner had an ADT alarm system. Since home alarms are next to useless, I didn't continue the service. Recently, I had a power outage due to hurricane ...
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Alarm turns on after power failure

I have an alarm mounted at home, which I don't use (it was installed by previous owners). The annoying feature is that it turns on after every power failure (i.e. when the power comes back - its ...
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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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Explain different type of fire detector?

I bought a house and just replaced 8 hardwired smoke alarms that were 10+ years old units like this. They had the typical high voltage red/white and red interconnect wires, with thick wires. However ...
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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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Rewiring My Security Alarm Power Source

A year or so ago when I got my security system installed, they drilled a whole in my wall under an outlet and mounted a permanent plug there. I would like to reclaim this plug for both convenience ...
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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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Surveillance System and Home Automation in Europe [closed]

Hi recently bought an independent house, and I was thinking on installing a couple of indoor/outdoor cameras, and some movement sensors connected to an alarm. I also want to monitor my house from the ...
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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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Seeking Alarms Suggestions for open refridgerator

I plan to add this socket to the refridgerator light bulb to enable another device to signal when the refridgerator is open. The fridge is in the garage and the kids seem to leave it open. If you ...
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Opening Ademco Vista 20p panel

(Sorry if this is the wrong site for this question.) I just bought a house which has a Brinks home security system. The service is not active. I believe the main system is an Ademco Vista 20p, or ...
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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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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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How can I troubleshoot faulty carbon monoxide and fire alarms that give false positives?

This is kind of an odd one. Recently, my alarms have been going off. It started a couple weeks ago where my neighbor said the carbon monoxide alarm was going off for 10-15 minutes then stopped. Last ...
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Can I run wireless alarm sensor in same conduit as power?

I need to connect a water flow valve to my wireless alarm. I plan on connecting the water flow switch to a wireless alarm sensor Currently there is a junction box that has power running to it that ...
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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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Please help me with temperature alarm system [closed]

I have a temperature alarm system in my office store room installed approximate 10 years ago by Siemens. This system gives a phone call to my mobile phone when the temperature goes above 25 degree ...
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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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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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4-Wire smoke detectors with home runs

Our house has 10 wired smoke detectors. They are currently 2-wire sensors - but each is on a separate home run back to the panel...each has an EOL resistor at the detector. The old panel (a DMP I ...
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Inheriting an alarm system in our first house

My wife and I just bought our first house and it came with an alarm system already installed. It looks like it's active but we didn't get any information on it when buying the house. What do I need ...
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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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Wood heating - Problems with power failures. Need some advice

My sister uses wood heating in here house. Her heating system has temperature control but of course does not work without electricity. If electricity goes off the temperature can grow ...
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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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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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Smoke alarms start beeping after switching on the mains

I have two smoke alarms in my flat. Recently I had to change the battery for one of them, so I switched off the mains, disconnected the alarm, replaced the battery, tested it, and reconnected the ...
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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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Is it possible to use a single wire smoke alarm with an alarm system?

I'm in the process of installing an alarm system that supports 2 or 4 wire low voltage fire alarms. The house is wired with high voltage single wire smoke alarms. As I understand it, there are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I associate two Z-Wave devices with a 2GIG GC2 alarm panel?

I have a 2GIG GC2 alarm panel. Here's the: User Manual Installer Manual Z-Wave Manual Release Notes The release notes mention that "Device Associations" were added--this should allow me to control ...
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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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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 ...