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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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Wire identification for a 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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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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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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How do I make these Gama Sonic lanterns theft-proof?

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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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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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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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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ADT security system not responding after factory reset

I have an ADT Safewatch Pro 3000, and I recently reset it to factory settings (I went to the programming menu and typed *97). The screen displayed 97, but it wouldn't let me exit out of the ...
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Should I use a screw or anchor bolt to hold a metal box to the wall?

Which type of bolt is best for securing a metal box to a wall to prevent it being pulled away: Screw Bolt or Anchor Bolt? And by Screw Bolt I mean this: And by Anchor Bolt I mean this: (source: ...
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How can I troubleshoot faulty motion-sensor security lights on a timer?

I have around 5 security lights with motion sensor around the house but they are not working, and I couldn't figure out where the switches are. Finally, in the garage I found this timer (attached). I ...
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DSC Power 832 - Security Setup Takeover

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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Safe/professional way to transport lumber with just a roof rack

I'm doing some home improvement, and have the necessary skills, tools, etc, for the job. There is one thing I'm lacking: a large pickup truck for transporting lumber. A buddy of mine used to have one, ...
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Can I put more than 8 cameras on an 8 channel camera system? [closed]

I purchased a Lorex 8 channel camera security system. Everything works fine however, I would like to add additional cameras. Can this be done using a POE switch? The POE switch comes with 5 ports ...
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Why is a steel security door safe if they can break the glass, slide their hand in, and unlock the door?

OK I had a hard time thinking of a good title but here's the gist of the problem/concern I have which I can't find an answer to anywhere online. Please note that this is a very specific but common ...
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Can't get sofit sections to fully rejoin/overlap - okay?

My security camera is mounted under my garage's overhang (the Ethernet run originally installed by a Tech). After i installed my security camera and moved the wires around, I was having trouble ...
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How can I secure a door with a window right next to it?

My front door has a deadbolt, but right next to the knob/deadbolt is a tall narrow window, so that you can see whoever is outside. This is a security risk as anyone could smash that window and open ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light in order to power a security camera?

I have an exterior light (shown below) that I was wondering if I could tap into, in order to power an outdoor IP cam. I understand I would have to pull appart some cables and potentially purchase ...
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How to secure opening to prevent access?

We have a 14" space between our garage and our neighbor's block wall. It leads to an alley in the back of our house. It's just wide enough for someone to fit through if they want to enter from ...
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Is there a replacement mailbox lock that is more pry-resistant?

The communal curbside mailboxes at my townhouse frequently are pried open. (The unit is a Salsbury Industries, Aluminum 3504ASU Surface Mounted Vertical Mailbox with 4 Doors and USPS Access). I know ...
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Locking a metal gate with a deadbolt

I'm having a metal fence custom-made that will have a regular (pedestrian) gate as well as a double gate for vehicles. I'd like to install deadbolts on both gates for better security than other ...
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Cheap system to keep mice from drowning in a pool?

Sometimes small mice end up jumping into my pool and drowning. I should install a cover, but in the meantime does anyone have an easier system? I have one of those off-ramps for small animals already, ...
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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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Install outdoor power cable for Arlo Pro 2

Tired of going up and down to recharge battery for my arlo pro 2 in the front door, I am thinking to install a power cable for it, e.g., this. However, not sure what is the best way, here are two ...
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Thoughts on Home Security Camera Location [closed]

We are building a new home and now is the time to run CAT5/6 for IP cameras I have planned. The system can support more than 4 cameras, but that's what I'm think of starting with for now. I've marked ...
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Should my security cameras be raised up under the soffit for weather protection? [closed]

I installed 2 outdoor security cameras. But now that I've look at them, I wonder if I should move them under up higher to where the roof meets the wall in order to shield them from the elements. I've ...
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What would be the cleanest way to wire a wyze security camera from a light switch in a staircase?

I am planning to install a wyze security camera at the top of a staircase. There is a light switch right there I can draw from. Was thinking about wiring a romex from the light switch to the ceiling. ...
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Hard-wiring my Temporary power pole to my job site

Wife and I purchased an unfinished house just before covid. The majority of work remaining is unlicensed and cosmetic (doors, trim, paint, floors etc.), which I can do myself. In the last 2 months we'...
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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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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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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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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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How long do batteries typically last in electronic deadbolts?

I'm considering getting a Schlage Plymouth Keypad for our front-door but was curious how long the 9V battery typically lasts. The web site says "3 year battery life" but I'm... skeptical. =) Has ...
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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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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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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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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) ...