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how to protect outdoor cables

I've installed some outdoor security cameras and ran the Cat5e cables along the outside of the walls. Now I want to protect the parts where the cables are exposed to the sun. What are my options? I ...
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placement of security cameras

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 type of home security system does not expose cameras to hackers? [closed]

All of the home security systems available at Walmart seem to rely on the Internet. Users can check their cameras via the Internet on their phones or work computers. This seems to introduce a ...
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Replacing a doorbell that controls the gate [on hold]

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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Lock can be opened with credit card even when deadlatch is fully depressed

I just installed a standard deadlatch, very much like this: The problem is, it can be opened from the outside with a credit card. Of course, a properly installed deadlatch should make this ...
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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 the ...
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Home security alarm set off when breakers shut off!

I have a DSC Power 832 PC5010 security system in my home. Although I have not armed the system since I purchased the house this past year, the alarm was set off recently when an electrician shut off ...
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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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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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Lots of security cameras but no DVR, what one do i get? [closed]

I recently purchased a 4 acre property, and the seller left all of his security cameras but took the dvrs. There's at least 10 cameras. Some are newer models but there some that look to be from 4-5 ...
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Is it possible to access an internet enabled cctv camera only over wifi

I want to buy some CCTV cameras and I'm wondering if I can get an internet enabled one and access it from my own computer/iPad/phone only over wifi? Is this possible? Or does it have to be connected ...
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Supervised smoke detector

I am installing a security system (Honeywell/Ademco Vista 15p), and trying to figure out an installation of a 4-wire smoke detector. According to the installation manual (http://www....
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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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How do I trace a damaged security system wire?

I have a hard wired security system. I just finished hanging drywall. During the process, I apparently damaged a wire to either one of 4 windows or the door because I am getting a fault in the ...
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Suggestion to “Networkify” a dumb USB Security Camera

Some background: I live in a small condo complex where we're having an issue with our collective back yard getting an unsightly amount of uncollected dog turds. The HOA board decided to put up a ...
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Key stuck in Security Door

My home door is a Security Door using this type of mechanism . The lock itself is about 20 years old and i now have a key stuck in it. The key is on the inside and will rotate almost 90° in both ...
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Searching for replacement keys for specific window lock

I have this window lock on two of the windows in my flat: The key required for this is hexagonal, and it has a pin hole in the centre. Here is the lock in context: Does anyone recognise the lock, ...
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CCTV camera / PIR security light intereferance

I have recently installed a CCTV system at home which is working perfectly. The system consists of a KARE® 8CH Digital Video Recorder CCTV Camera System (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KF55Y42/ref=...
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How can I power IP camera from same lan cable as wifi AP over POE?

I want to mount IP camera on my house , problem is that I do not want to drill into isolation or have cables hanging around house. There is already one lan cable mounted and connected to wifi ap which ...
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Setting up an automatic camera system

I would like to set up a camera system in my new apartment. The setup i would like would be 2 camera's that would record for 10 minutes whenever the door opens. It be nice if i could record the video ...
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How do you protect your home while restaining your front door?

I have been wanting to restain my front door. It is old and there is a lot of damage caused by heat and moisture. I know it takes some time and multiple coats of stain and poly to do it right, but it ...
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Suggestions for securing the garage

I need to upgrade my garage, because there's been a break in and there sure as duck be another one soon (typo intended, no profanities here, even though I'm entitled to it as a victim of my bike being ...
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How can I adjust a door latch so that it engages securely?

My cousin has an external door with a knob lock and a double-deadbolt lock. She prefers not to keep the deadbolt locked. If she goes out through that door, she normally turns the knob, leaving the ...
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How to protect my home against spying? [closed]

My personal information has been stolen and used to commit fraud a couple of times... vigillence has allowed me to not get hit too badly but it's becomming a real chore, consuming lots of my time. ...
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How to leave low voltage wiring behind wall?

I am having a new home built and I am putting in my own low voltage wiring. In addition to standard network wiring, I am hoping to install CAT6 wiring for a few potential future tasks: surveillance ...
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Strange White Box in New Apartment

I just moved in my new apartment and there are 3 small white boxes without any label. (There is also a separate smoke detector and a door bell system, so it shouldn't be that) This is how it looks ...
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What drill and screws should I use to attach security bar to a concrete wall

I have a few security bars to attach to my garage window. These are the bars: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291320181452?euid=37bd934e70374116905fb2a20e9f7fad&cp=1 I have the Face Fix Brackets. The ...
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How can I improve the security around my house and prevent theft? [duplicate]

My family and I moved to a new residential area. The environment is neither guarded nor gated, therefore security matters are concerning to us e.g. break-ins, theft, kidnapping, etc. Since we moved ...
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Backyard shed with keyed hasp same as house key [closed]

Anyone know if there's a solution for locking a backyard shed, that would let me rekey it to be the same as a normal house key. The shed is a Tuff Shed with double wood doors like this: Currently ...
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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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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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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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Mouse trap and detector? [closed]

I need a mouse trap which sends a signal when it is activated, because in Finland, there is very strict animal legislation about catching mice. You cannot use glue traps. You can only use those mouse ...
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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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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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5800MICRA Transmitter in Door with Transom

I'm installing a home security system based around Honeywell products. I'd like to use 5800MICRA recessed transmitters for all windows/doors to maintain a clean install. Attached is a picture of my ...
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Multi point door lock security and can I use wood screws near it?

I've had a break-in so looking to improve my security. I have what I believe is called a multi point lock - see pic. Basically when you lock the door there are pins at the top and bottom of the door ...
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Increasing Range of Night Vision Cameras

Will replacing a regular fluorescent floodlight with and infrared floodlight increase the clarity/range of my night vision cameras? If not, are there other methods to increase clarity/range of my ...
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Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods

I'd like my 2 sets of outdoor security lights to be dimmable (in all settings) from a single switch. The electrician said he ran one (always on) power line for the motion detectors and another line ...
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What are the best option to Rekey My New House?

I'm closing on my first house on Tuesday and I'm interested in seeing if rekeying my locks is worth the effort. I think my options are: new locks, rekey it myself, and get a locksmith to rekey it. Any ...
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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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What are best practices to run wires from outside in?

I am installing my own security cameras. My house is pretty stretched out. So I may need about 5-6 cameras in different spots. I am still researching, identify tools I need, different security ...
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Best strategy for video security, package or separate DVR? [closed]

I am considering setting up a video monitoring system for home security. This would include cameras mounted both on the house itself and in 2-3 locations on the grounds. I had originally planned to ...
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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the door ...
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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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Secret documents digital safes without an overriding key? [closed]

Are there any safes which can be opened with a programmable keypad combination or thumb fingerprint but do not come with a key? I am concerned about the fact that if somebody steals my key they will ...
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Filling Gap Between External Door Frame and Wall - For Securing Strike Plate Screws

What can I use to fill a gap between a door frame and the wall, at the location where the strike plate screws will be anchored? I recently installed a new external door frame where the wall ended up ...
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Should I lock the door between my garage and my house?

My house has a garage. The garage has a "garage opener" - so when I leave home, I press a button and the gate lowers. There's a door between the garage and house. What level of security do people ...
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Need help identifying security wiring

I'm in a new construction home, and the builder is basically blowing us off on questions about the wiring (what's that switch/wire/plate for sorts of things). My focus for this Q is the security ...
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How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?

I have a house that sits on about 4 acres of land. There is a very large front yard and an even bigger one in the back. I want to get both power and Ethernet (for security cameras) located at various ...