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Does anyone here have any idea about these service providers? [closed]

I'm searching for home security systems, but I'm not sure what to look or where to start. Could anyone offer any suggestions on systems? Maybe a review of a system you have/had in your home? I'm ...
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Securing a basement suite with door to main floor

I live in a basement suite and the door to the main floor has a lock on the landlords side. Is there a simple way to secure it from my side?
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Running multiple camera cables from outside to indoors, do I use bushing and wall plate?

I'm installing a security camera system. The DVR will be inside, connected to 8 cameras outside. All cables will terminate at the DVR. I have a picture of the cables below. I'm going through a ...
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Deadlock convert (or mod) to smart

I want to convert my entry door to a smart lock, but I haven't found any that are compatible with a jimmy proof deadlock. I've attached an image of my deadlock, and I was hoping someone could point me ...
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Is it safe to run an electrical cable through an insulated exterior wall?

I have a Nest outdoor security camera that I want to place on the outside of my house and I would like to drill through the insulated wall and plug it into an outlet which is directly on the other ...
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How to secure the recording of security camera if internet becomes unavailable and device is stolen?

I am considering installing a Ring or Nest camera and door bell. My question is if for some reason, the internet goes offline and if during that time, these devices are stolen as has happened to other'...
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Clamps for cutting PVC or other circular objects

This is about as simplistic as it gets... They make wood clamps, C clamps, etc, for securing objects with a flat surface that you are about to cut. Whether it's a circular saw, sawzall, jigsaw, ...
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How to keep a window from opening too widely?

I am moving into an apartment, and I have a cat. I need to alter the windows in a way so that it can’t be opened beyond a couple of inches - little enough that there’s no chance of that cat slipping ...
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Question about outswing door on attached toolshed

I have a toolshed attached to my garage with an outswing door. The door appears to be screwed into the moulding instead of the stud. Is this typical for an outswing door (see photos)? Photo album I'...
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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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Is 1/4" overlap, front door to door frame enough to prevent break-in?

In my Mom's gated community, there were some break-ins by robbers who stole jewelry, etc. In both cases, the robber(s) broke in the front door. The police department had a meeting with residents about ...
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Camera system install

I am replacing some old cameras that came with the home to more modern ones. I took apart 1 of the cameras to find this: Now I am guessing the yellow is video, and black and red are power (hot and ...
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Upgrade / Retrofit old security system [closed]

I purchased a building that has an old ADT hard wired alarm system. I have a full set of cameras installed that allows me to monitor the building, so I would like to upgrade the alarm to one of the ...
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Outdoor camera housing angled parallel to wall

Am in need of an outdoor camera housing that would fit under an awning, against a house wall, but follow the curves of those two surfaces (as in a right angled back), which would also have the clear ...
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Does having metal safe increase chances of burglary at home

One of my friends brought a metal safe recently. However he is also worried that burglars somehow know about existence of such safe on house ( either through metal detectors or some other means ). ...
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Is having all locks with the same key a bad idea?

My partner and I have recently bought a house. I'm going to get new door lock cylinders for the front and back door. I'm not sure whether to get them keyed alike. Is it a bad idea to get them so ...
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Is this outside security camera wiring correct or lazy?

We are replacing a defunct security camera system with a new one. I was quoted new wiring for the whole deal, the installers are now trying to not re-wire the whole setup. I now have a second hole ...
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How to add bars or strengthen a sliding door?

I am trying to secure a home, by adding bars to the windows, and metal door to the front, as well as added locks to the garage door. The back door has a glass sliding door. I can strengthen this with ...
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What home security services that monitors Honeywell Lynx systems?

I'm in US. My house has an existing Honeywell Lynx system and sensors. I want to add monitoring service. What home security services are out there that monitors this set up?
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Reusing ADT motion sensors

I bought a 4 level house that had an ADT security system with a motion sensor in every room. I never used it since moving in. But I have a fun project in mind: I'd like to drive my kids nuts when ...
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Name that camera

I have a few cameras around the house that were here before I bought the house. I believe I know which cables belong to them in the utility room, but I've plugged them into a DVR and there seems to be ...
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Exterior Security Camera Base?

My exterior camera system uses this particular cover to hide wired on the siding. We're changing the cameras over to a more modern type (And some of the cameras are defective over their > 15 year use) ...
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Home Security Camera that is easy to turn off

I live in an apartment and want to install security cameras. However, I want the cameras to be activated (ON) only when no one is at the home (or when I want it to be ON). I do not want it to monitor (...
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Security Cameras Don't Display Video Despite Proper Hookup?

My parents purchased a camera system more than a decade ago, and they called someone over to (do something with them? They don't remember...) Anyway, the result was that almost all of the cameras ...
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Calculating Battery Size for 2 Channel NVR Security Camera System

I need to install a security camera system on a United States 110v power circuit that is only on a night. The circuit is using an astronomical clock to turn on power and more accurately measure the ...
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IP Camera suddenly stopped transmitting outside of the network [closed]

I have an IP Camera linked to AngelCam it has been running for over a year. Last night it suddenly went off and I can't understand why. The internal port is 192.168.0.42:80 I have forwarded this port ...
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Ring™ and Swann™ floodlight cameras

I'm thinking about buying either above brand for my home... But I want to modify... I want to know if anyone knows if these camera / sensor outputs can energize a relay. I am planning on turning on ...
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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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How to access Honeywell wireless door/window sensor data?

I recently moved and our new home has several home security sensors, on most doors as well a motion sensor in the home. The sensors were part of an ADP security system which is not currently enabled. ...
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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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In Wall Panel for Security System and Camera Cabling

I'm in the process of overhauling my home network and installing some door and motion sensors. I'd like to drop everything down into the Master bedroom, where I will install a panel that is set in the ...
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Battle of the British Standard BS3621

I am replacing the locks on a property and want to change the deadlock. Firstly there are two depths to the locks: 64 mm (2.5") and 76mm (3") under the same BS3621. After returning the first lock I ...
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Issue with Ademco Security Keypad

I bought the home with Security Ademco Vista Panel from the dealer, but the Keypad's master code is not at it's default "1234". I talked to the dealer, he gave me the Phone # of the previous owner, I ...
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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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ADT security system not responding after factory reset

I have an ADT Safewatch pro 3000, and I recently factory reset it (went to programming menu and typed *97). The screen displayed 97, but it wouldn't let me exit out of the programming menu with *99. ...
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Adapt Porch Light for Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Similar to the question presented here, I was curious, is it possible to adapt the porch light or the cabling where the porch light itself is to covert it over to PoE? For example, are there face ...
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How do I connect outdoor security camera to a power source?

IP Camera has an ethernet cable and a dc12 cable that came with power adapter that plugs into outlet. Where the camera is going to be placed, there is a lamp nearby and power cables going into it, how ...
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How do I prevent my security cameras from being stolen?

I'm in a high theft area and I plan to set-up three IP cameras: two outdoor and one indoor. Stealing the cameras is lucrative if the thieves know what they are doing since: They total around 10,000 ...
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installing security cameras

i want to thank everyone for their replies to my question about wiring. I need to get some security cameras installed but i am worried about raising my electric bill a lot. I have two questions, ...
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Security door with lock guard

I live in a city, and the back door of our condo has a regular wood and glass door that swings inward and a iron security door that swings outward. The security door currently has a deadbolt which un/...
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Security System Sensor Wiring Questions

I just disassembled my wired security system to hook my sensors to a konnected board to self manage through Smartthings. Inside the panel box cover is a listing of the zones. Basement Door Basement ...
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Apartment security system service light is on

I live in an apartment that came with a security system. I've never used the system, but the system has been acting up lately. The system seems to be activating for no apparent reason (producing a ...
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Securing Windows Near Door

I already have a deadbolt keyed lock on my front door, but there is a small vertical window next to it and one above the door that could be broken out and a smaller person could get through or a ...
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Double deadbolt with screw cap

I purchased a Schlage double deadbolt B62N V 619. For my gate. It comes with a special B62 screw and a cap to hide it. How can I secure the cap so it doesn't fall off? I'm tempted to use glue...
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Can I add additional lighting to a standard motion security light?

I have a 2-story house with walkout basement, so my existing under-eave security light is essentially 3 stories above grade in the back. I swapped out the existing 100w flood bulbs in my motion ...
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How to brightly light an entire backyard area with only one electrical box? [closed]

The end goal is a security light for a backyard that provides ~10,000 lumens total output over an area of roughly 85 x 45 feet (26 x 14 meters). The problem is I haven’t found any ready made way to ...
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What are pop-rivet aluminium security bars vulnerable to?

Our landlord is replacing our windows. They've proposed moving from: wooden frame steel security bars screwed into frame to: metal frame aluminium security bars pop rivets Assume we leave our ...
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Using just power from ethernet cable for security camera?

I'm trying to install security cameras around my house. My problem comes when I try to find power for the locations I want to monitor. I have one camera mounted already, but it is 25 feet away from ...
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Should I replace a knob lock when replacing a matching deadbolt? [closed]

I've got three external doors with Callan knob lock and deadbolt sets. The deatbolts on two of the doors have failed due to a part on the inside that has deteriorated. I was hoping to replace the ...
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How can I enlarge a doorknob bore with common tools?

Okay, so I need to replace an old door knob for my mom. I guess she had tried to do it and wound up losing all packaging and the installation instructions, so I have no template for how much larger ...