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Which cylinder door lock shield design is most secure?

I'm planning to place a shield on my front door and would like to know which of the 3 shield designs is the most secure option and why. Basic design characteristics: Top Left: the outside part of ...
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Locating security system base unit

I was looking at buying a security system with 60 foot wired cameras (Night Owl, at Sam's Club). That would mean the main system console would be upstairs, or even in the attic, a long way from my ...
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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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Are garage door locks that cannot be opened from the outside available?

I would like to replace my garage lock with a lock face that does not permit opening it from the outside. I don't have a key to it anyway, and right now it's the weakest link of my home security. I'...
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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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Replacing a doorbell that controls the gate

We have a gate in a city with an intercom button on it. When guests push the button, it rings upstairs, and then we can talk with them or let them in with the press of a button. The button appears to ...
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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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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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How can I secure windows which have been bypassed in my security system because they're open?

I have noticed that I cannot activate my home security system when a window(s) is/are open without bypassing the window(s) which is/are open. If I keep the window open and bypass it, how can I better ...
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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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Any issues drilling into the exterior surface of a slate covered chimney

I have just bought a nest security camera and the perfect vantage point for mounting happens to be the front facing surface of the chimney which provides a good view of the entire front of the house, ...
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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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What is this kind of security bolt head called, and how can I remove it?

A previous owner fitted the light fitting pictured above, and has not left me a tool to remove the bolt. The bulb has blown so I need to get in to the unit. The head diameter is about 12mm and the gap ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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How to tell if your locks are bump proof?

I was reading about lock "bumping" where burglars buy 'bump' keys and can open locks very quickly. I was also reading that some locks are bump proof (double chamber perhaps?). My question is: how can ...
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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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How can I secure an outwardly opening front door without damaging anything?

This is a rented house in Japan (single room). It has an outwardly opening front door. The resident (a single woman) has fear of intruder breaking in. Also, damaging/modifying the door or the wall is ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What kind of sensor will detect a car outside the end of my driveway?

Seeing a car loitering off the end of our driveway, on a shared gravel driveway. I want to put in a security light to discourage this. PIR sensors will not work well because they use heat, and a car ...
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Can a locksmith open a deadbolt lock?

I wonder how secure my deadbolt lock is. How difficult is it for a professional to open such a lock?
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Does home security system only link to wire-powered smoke detector but not the battery-powered ones?

Currently my home has battery-powered smoke/CO detectors, I wonder if in the future I am setting up a home monitoring security system with commercial company for the whole house (to detect things like ...
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Installing Motion Sensor Security Light Over My Garage

I want to find a power source for a sensor light over my garage. The closest options I see are a dual wall outlet that is being used for a fluorescent light and my garage door opener and a circular ...
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Outward opening bedroom door without a lock

I rent a room in a private home and cannot change the doorknob, but I would like to be able to secure my room from others staying in the home. Is there a way to secure an outward opening interior door ...
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How can I prevent pets from passing through an open window?

We live in a 6th floor and we have a huge sliding glass window that we like to open. The issue is that we have cats, so my concern is that if we leave the window open, one of the cats will jump out ...
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Should I use round or rectangular electrical boxes for stubbing exterior security cameras?

I'm building a new house and can't afford the cameras now, but I want to install the boxes on the exterior of the house and run Cat6 cable to them for PoE IP cameras at a later date. It is much easier ...
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How to attach a security camera to an existing box?

Our house was wired for security cameras, when we moved in, and I'm now getting around to install the cameras on some of the corners. However, the cameras and the separate mounts on sale today all ...
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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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Jack and Jill bathroom locks

What kind of locks do I get for a jack and jill bathroom so that you can have privacy in the bathroom as well as in both bedrooms?
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How can I unscrew this protected screw?

I think this was used to secure a weapon in the property I bought. It is like a flat drive, but only clockwise. One of four fixing was with a normal screw, which I removed.
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Can I install a switch on my overhead door opener's circuit for added security?

Garage doors in our neighborhood are being opened by a master code. Can an electrician wire the light switch to shut off power to the garage, so the door doesn't open at night or when we are away? I ...
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Installing security camera outdoors

My friend is planning on installing some security cameras on the outside of his house and I'll be helping him. I have a few questions: How do we avoid drilling through wires and pipes? Is there a ...
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How many of these items does the electrician put in?

Planning for a new construction. For the interior walls does the electrician: a. put in the orange tube for running future technology wires? b. wire for cat 6 Ethernet cabling for hard wire computer ...
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Can't calibrate infrared motion detector

I've installed a mains-switching infrared sensor unit, Cybertech LFMS-WH. It doesn't say passive sensing anywhere, but I think it is passive. The lamp switching part of the circuit works properly and ...
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8 channel camera system - can i put more than 8 cameras?

I purchased a lorex 8 channel camera security system http://m.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-IP-NVR-with-2TB-HDD,-8-1080p-Cameras-with-130-Night-Vision.product.100217003.html. Everything works fine ...
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How to measure Voltage without disturbing the circuit?

I have an old alarm system which I'm trying to modernize. We don't use it for anything at the moment. My desire it to hook it to a Spark Particle that I have and use it to monitor some of the door ...