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What to use for self monitoring a wired security system [closed]

I have an Ademco 4120XM that was installed into a brand new house built in the late 90s. I don’t want to pay a monitoring company to monitor it, so what would be some options to self monitor it? Here ...
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Multiple 2 wire smokes that are wired as home runs

I have a vista panel and 5x System Sensor 2WTA-B 2-Wire. Each smoke has their own 2 wire cable that run back to the panel like a home run. The cable only has two wires and I planed to connect them to ...
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Rebar inside steel tubing for additional security against cutting

I am replacing my existing home window and door security grills with thicker gauge RHS (rectangular hollow section - steel tubing) and I was wondering if rebar inside of RHS would add any meaningful ...
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How to secure wrought iron gate

I have a wrought iron garden gate at the front of my property which grants access to the back of my property via the side of the property. I was burgled last week (fortunately they didn't get ...
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Outward front door security

I live in a condo with 8 units in the building. Half of the residents are gone in April-October and that increases the unit security concerns. The houses in the condo association are spaced apart with ...
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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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How can I fortify a door using wood planks?

I have an interior door which I want to beef up against a more-than-minimally determined adversary. I am on a budget, so I wish to make do with materials I already have on hand, with minimal/no ...
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Does a light bulb socket security camera require the wall switch to be on? [closed]

Does the light switch have to stay on all time for the camera to work? Where I want to place it there are 20 accent lights hooked up to 1 light switch. Are there any workarounds if I don't want to ...
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How to repair, with some degree of strength, the outside corner of an internal doorway

I have a security gate that was mounted to a door frame, not by myself. Unfortunately there were two significant problem: it was mounted very close to the corner, and of more urgent concern, the wrong ...
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How can I make it so that locking a deadbolt switches on the porch light?

I have a detached garage, which was unfortunately the setting for a recent bike heist in my neighborhood. I would like to start locking the garage door at night. The door is a normal metal clad ...
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Can't remove outdoor security light fixture

first time poster and home improvement newbie here, please be gentle. My husband and I are trying to replace a broken outdoor security light that was installed by the previous owner. My husband ...
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Swapping a lock for a double cylinder

This is a european style lock where you turn the handle up for the strike to come out and then turn the little knob underneath to lock it. Can a DIYer convert this lock into the type where a key is ...
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Extend ethernet cable

I have a PoE camera and the wiring is about 3 feet too short. The Ethernet that was pre-wired is about 100 feet and it isn't practical to redo the wiring. How should I extend the cable? The connection ...
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Using an 3 phase rcd with a single phase supply

Europe electrical system user here. TT-grounding system, if that information is needed. At the moment I have a single phase supply, but the panel is ready for three phase power. I plan to switch to ...
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Fitting a door to an unusual frame size?

I’ve inherited this front door that’s seen better days. I’m hoping to replace it with a nice, new, off-the-shelf door (hardwood veneer, solid core). However, the door frame measures 2080 x 915mm and ...
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Will standard deadbolts and door knobs work on a 7/8" thick security door?

This will be my first time replacing deadbolts and door knobs, and I want to make sure I get the right size. The distance between the edge of the door and the center of the deadbolt I need to replace ...
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Proper "Grommet" For PoE Cabling Into Attic From Exterior?

I'm going to be installing a number of security cameras around the house exterior. The plan is to run the ethernet cabling for them through these holes, through the attic, and down into the room with ...
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Permanently disable security system

We moved house about a year ago. The previous owner had an alarm system, which we assumed was inactive, but whenever we lose/regain power, the panels beep intermittently. We've somehow armed the ...
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How to prevent removal of cross-cut bolts for security? [closed]

This is the opposite to a common DIY question, where people have a stripped or rusted screw or bolt and want to unscrew it. In my case, I've just built a bike shed. It's held together by thin bolts ...
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How much weight does a horizontal light socket hold?

I have a porch light that is flush mounted with the sockets pointed sideways. In order to hang a light bulb camera, I would need to install a socket extender to get the correct angle. That would ...
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Removing window bars without obvious screw heads

In preparation for my house being painted, I'd like to remove the security bars (a.k.a. burglar bars) from the garage window. I'd have expected them to be screwed or bolted to the wood trim, possibly ...
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Installing security cameras in a mobile home with no attic [closed]

My aunt has bought some DVR security cameras to install in her mobile home (Trailer). The house has NO attic, just a tin roof. The house does have a very easily accessible "crawlspace", ...
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Simple solution to let you know if you have not locked your closed door

I am wondering how is it possible that there's no popular solution yet, for letting you know if you have forgotten to lock your exterior door. I am not talking about a door left open - I am talking ...
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Can an indoor camera be placed in the eave of a house and continue to function?

I'm thinking about placing an indoor camera outside under the eave of the house. I'm hoping that it will be covered enough by the roof and partially by the house. Maybe even extend the dimensions with ...
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Adding another lock to my exterior door? Any issues structurally

I have a house that was built in 1975, and I plan to add another lock, a deadbolt lock, to my front door. Since the door has glasses on them, I wanted to know if it is structurally sound to add ...
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What’s the proper way to lead the powerline of a security camera from the front porch into the house?

I purchased a Wyze cam v3, and I plan to anchor it there (yellow arrow). Because this is a wired security camera. I must lead a powerline into the house. I thought about leading the usb power line (a ...
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Fix Video & Power Wire for Security Camera

Is it possible to fix power & video wires for the security camera shown below? This wire was originally divided into two wires ... one for power (that goes to an adapter) and one for video that ...
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What size replacement screw to get for a Rosslaire Security Keypad?

I have a Rosslaire Security Keypad (AC-Q41HB Anti-Vandal Backlit PIN Standalone Controller) for my side door. The screw the holds that holds the keypad tight on the back panel got lost (the small ...
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Unusual triangular pinned security screw

Does anyone recognise this security screw? Found in South West England on a playground gate.
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Need a peephole camera without modifying peephole [closed]

I searched almost everywhere. Here is my issue. I live in an apt. I cannot modify or remove the peephole. I can't add a video doorbells of any kind. I am looking to see how I can put a camera on the ...
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Motion Sensors Don't Work Through Glass — Is There a Workaround?

For one of my security cameras, I don't want it to be outside, exposed to the elements, bugs, birds, and mainly, people who could tamper with it, break it, or steal it. I currently have it behind a ...
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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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How to prevent security cameras from being jammed? [closed]

We have some really old rose bushes in the front yard that were growing very well, however someone keeps cutting branches from it everyday. Since it's winter, we don't even understand why they would ...
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Detecting unauthorized access to storage room [closed]

I have a storage room in my apartment block (each apartment in the building has a private storage room in the basement). I suspect that someone may have entered there, maybe the landlord who lives in ...
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Replacement solution for burglar bars for externally hinged casement windows (shutters or similar)

Burglar bars are pretty common here, in Indonesia. I have some on my bedroom window. However I really hate them and want to remove them. Here is the inside for comparison I would still like to have ...
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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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Why do my CCTV Camera Images Go Fuzzy for Hours?

Ok, sometimes my home security camera produces this image: Sometimes for hours or days on end it will show: This is a big deal, because I spent considerable time running the Siamese cables to the ...
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Anchoring CAT6 cable and a cameras to hardie plank

I am going to drill through hardie plank to run CAT6 to a camera. The run outside the house will be about 10' to 12'. Total run is about 30'. I wanted to ask if I am going about this the correct way. ...
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Proper Insulation or Casing for Running BNC Camera Cable Outdoors in the Cold

I am installing closed circuit surveillance cameras outdoors in a very cold climate (reaching as low as - 30 deg. Celsius). What would be a sufficient way to protect the wires in this climate? I plan ...
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Which door is strongest?

I'm comparing two security doors. The first option is aluminum: It uses Meshtec which from what I've read is pretty much impossible to get through. However, from what I've read, aluminum is a lot ...
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How can I extend a storm door frame that was cut short?

The frame (z bar) was cut a little too short. I had my friend install the door for me and he cut it exactly to 80 1/8" on both sides. Is there something I can put here like a flexible piece of ...
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how can I better secure from unwanted entry, some odd windows?

I have some odd windows at the house that are not common slide up double hung windows. See diagram below 'awning' and 'hoppers'. They are about 2 foot square made of wood with plexiglass. I know I ...
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What are my options for plugging holes in soffit for security cameras?

I've recently installed some security cameras, but due to attic access through the soffit, I ended out having to drill some holes away from where the cameras were actually mounted. What are my options ...
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Keypads of home security devices from Ademco and Honeywell

When I bought my house there were two home security devices installed, one was Ademco and the other, Honeywell (see pics below). I didn't pay attention to them and didn't ask the former owner ...
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Ethernet routing, through-wall conduits

I'm looking to install a PoE camera system. The system comes with 8 cameras and the Ethernet cables will mostly be routed on ceilings and walls (not within them). I have some questions about making ...
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Is there a built in adjustment to limit how far these crank windows open?

I need to prevent these windows from opening too wide. I have a plan to drill into the bracket and insert a bolt to limit the range of motion, but before I start modifying I want to rule out a built ...
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How do I make these Gama Sonic lanterns theft-proof? [closed]

Does anybody have a good idea on how to secure these solar lights? I've mounted these to some brick posts in front of my house and a few have been stolen. The first time the thieves were able to ...
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Can Invisible Dog Fence Wire be run in same Conduit with Cat6 for POE Cameras without Interference?

I am pulling 300' runs of Cat5 or Cat6 for POE security cameras. In the same ditch will be a 2" conduit with fiber runs for high-speed internet service. My client wants to add an invisible dog ...
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Where to check for neighbors stealing power?

I recently bought a 900 sq ft house (84m²) and the electricity bill is insane, saying I'm using 4000 kWh per month. Winters are mild, the temperature floats to around 25°F (-5°C) at night, not much ...
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