Questions tagged [smoke-detectors]

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Smoke detectors & backup generators

My home was built in 2014; California code requires hardwired smoke detectors. I also have a 10kW Generac whole-house standby generator. Whenever I lose power, every smoke alarm in the house gets ...
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Chirping from a hard-wired fire alarm

I know that when you hear a periodic chirping noise from smoke detectors, it means the battery needs to be replaced. I had been hearing such a chirping noise in my apartment building for a few hours, ...
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Wiring smokes in series: one smoke beeps a lot

We wired three smokes. However, every so often (but always in the middle of the night) one of them starts beeping. I suspect that it is not actually being powered by electricity, but off the battery. ...
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Nest Protect Expiration Date

I just bought a set of Nest Protects and after opening the first one I noticed that its manufacture date was almost a year ago and that the expiration date was 10 years from the manufacture date, not ...
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Counting Smoke Detector Wires In Junction Box

I want to connect a wire to get power for for a ceiling fan to an existing junction box in the attic that is used right now only for a smoke detector. Box currently has a 12-3 wire coming in, and the ...
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Combine Lights on one switch and remove smoke detector from switch

Experts, I've got a weird wiring situation in my kitchen (just bought the house). "A" (a dimmer) in the picture controls both a light (let's call it light "X") and (wait for it) the smoke detector! ...
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Over-enthusiastic smoke detector

The hard-wired smoke detectors in my house all were well beyond their rated expiration. So I replaced them all. I now need to keep a broom handy whenever I use my oven or broiler -- the smoke detector ...
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Is it permissible to install a low-voltage fixture over an existing ceiling box?

I inherited an installation of several wired AC smoke detectors. They're three-wire units (AC hot/neutral, plus an interconnect wire). At some point a previous installer removed one of the detectors, ...
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electrical - preparing smoke detectors for rough inspection

To get past the rough inspection, should I have the wiring for smoke detectors just pulled through the ceiling box (and stripped, pigtailed etc) or should I have the mounting bracket (for the detector)...
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4-Wire smoke detectors with home runs

Our house has 10 wired smoke detectors. They are currently 2-wire sensors - but each is on a separate home run back to the panel...each has an EOL resistor at the detector. The old panel (a DMP I ...
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Smoke Detector Alarm keeps on beeping

I have 6 inter-connected smoke alarms and one of them won't stop beeping. I replaced 4 of these alarms. The 2 I haven't replaced were newer ones installed by the previous owner in 2008. I have ...
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Is it typical that smoke detectors in adjacent apartments be linked?

I rent the downstairs apt of what used to be a garage. There is one other unit located on the second floor. My smoke alarm was going off frequently without my knowing why. Landlord finally told me ...
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Turning light on turns power to fire alarm off

I have a ceiling fan connected to a two way switch. When I turn the ceiling fan/light on, the power to the hard wired smoke detector is cut off, whereas turning the fan/light off returns power to the ...
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Why would I have two wires feeding one smoke detector?

I found a smoke detector in my house that appears to have two wires feeding it from two different circuits. Is this OK?
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Repurposing smoke detector power as fixture power

I removed a wired smoke detector and replaced it with a popular wifi-enabled battery-powered model. I'm left with a box that has: a black wire a white wire a red wire a ground I'm assuming the ...
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Red wire in ceiling box: traveler or smoke alarm interconnect?

I have an electrical box in the ceiling, currently with all the wires capped and a blank faceplate over it. Two cables coming in, both with four conductors (black, white, red, and bare). I don't know ...
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Smoke alarms start beeping after switching on the mains

I have two smoke alarms in my flat. Recently I had to change the battery for one of them, so I switched off the mains, disconnected the alarm, replaced the battery, tested it, and reconnected the ...
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Can I mount a smoke alarm using magnets?

I am installing smoke alarms in my 1930s house. I'd rather not drill into the plaster at this time, but I want to get them mounted. I have drywall beads along the top of all my walls, so I was ...
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Two identical fire alarms- different pitch

I recently purchased a twin pack of Kidde smoke detectors. One thing I noticed is that one sounds off at a slightly higher pitch than the other. A friend purchased two detectors of the same mode as ...
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one-too-many smoke detector cavities?

There are two cavities in the wall. I want to replace the old smoke detector. Questions: (1) What's the big metal square thing on the right in the lower cavity, and did the lower cavity once house a ...
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Testing a wired smoke detector system, with in-ceiling fire suppression - how to test detectors

...without setting off the sprinklers? I'm not sure wired detectors (on 3 floors of a condo) are connected to the in-ceiling fire sprinklers, so... How do I determine the detectors are all working/...
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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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High pitched beep in house every 15 minutes [duplicate]

Can anyone help? I keep hearing a 3 second high pitched beep but can't quite tell where it is coming from n our lounge where our home theatre system is, i.e. LED TV, receiver, speakers, blu ray player,...
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Is it possible to use a single wire smoke alarm with an alarm system?

I'm in the process of installing an alarm system that supports 2 or 4 wire low voltage fire alarms. The house is wired with high voltage single wire smoke alarms. As I understand it, there are ...
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Old house--no neutral wire for Nest Protect?

I'm not particularly electrically inclined, but am giving a go to setting up a wired Nest Protect where an old smoke detector was installed. The device says to connect its white wire to the white (or ...
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What is this electrical device?

At 3:30 am a couple days ago, the smoke detectors went off. Not the 'low battery' noise, but full alarm triggering the others to sound off as well. I checked around, and with no actual issue, pulled ...
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Smoke detectors are on dedicated circuit, how can I add a light to that circuit?

The smoke detectors are currently wired to each other (2 wire) on a dedicated circuit. We want to add something that gets used often, so that we'll notice if the circuit has tripped. We would like ...
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Smoke detectors (wired/wireless) - how much is enough

Our house is fairly new (2013 build year). We moved in 2016. On the second floor we have 3 wireless smoke detectors and 1 wired and on the first floor we have 1 wired smoke detector and 2 wireless. ...
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Do there exist smoke detectors with detached silencers?

I'm looking to replace a smoke detector for my kitchen, and I was wondering whether anyone had designed a smoke detector with a remote silence feature. The traditional method of keeping a stool or a ...
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Trigger an alarm with wired smoke detector

I am looking for a solution that would make the wired smoke detector in the apartment downstairs trigger an alarm. The purpose is to be alerted if there is smoke while the tenant is away/in the shower....
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How can we disable an unused smoke detector?

We have wired ADT smoke detectors now. Our old free standing detector is chirping. How can we disable it without taking it off the wall?
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How can I verify the integrity of smoke detector interconnect wires?

I inherited an existing installation of four smoke/CO detectors. They are all First Alert 3-wire AC-powered units. The test button on each detector produces some weird behaviors: Some detectors only ...
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Using FPL (18/4 ) cable for 120v Smoke detectors

Currently have 18 smoke detectors inter-connected to a Vista 20 panel with 18/4 FPL cable. We are selling (sold) the house, but have to replace all detectors since they are more than 10 years (...
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Efficient way to test smoke detectors

I just got done wiring boxes for my hardwired smoke detector system and am about to start installing detectors. When testing in the end, I heard they sell some test aerosol spray which is the ...
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How can I safely test my (optical) smoke alarm?

My landlord has recently reinstalled my smoke alarm. It is labelled on the smoke alarm as an "Optical" type. The smoke alarm appears to be working - it's powered by both mains electricity and battery ...
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Smoke detector at highest point of pitched ceiling - good or bad?

I have several smoke detectors in my house - all of which I can reach with a ladder - except one. It is at the highest point of the pitched ceiling in the entry way of my house. A person that is 6'5"...
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Can a smoke detector circuit be GFCI and CAFCI protected?

I purchased a dual GFCI/CAFCI circuit breaker to place on my circuit that contains only smoke, CO, and heat detectors inside my house. Is there anything wrong with this or can I install it to have ...
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Help installing Nest Smoke/Co alarm to capped ceiling light wires

I am trying to install a Nest Protect (co/smoke alarm) and need to connect a black wire to the power line (which is the the one with the red cap after I used a voltage detector) and the white wire to ...
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Is Black & Decker's “Codes for Homeowners” (3rd edition, 2015) a useful resource? [closed]

Is the Black & Decker "Codes for Homeowners" worth buying as a home improvement reference work?
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Finding and installing a carbon monoxide/natural gas detector

I am looking at installing a carbon monoxide and natural gas detector on the ceiling of my house. I cannot find one device that combines both types of detection and that is supposed to be mounted in ...
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Can I upgrade my hardwired smoke detector in apartment without triggering central alarm? [closed]

I'm living in an apartment building and would like to upgrade one of two detectors in my apartment from an older hardwired detector to the new Nest Protect. I purchased the battery-operated version ...
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Can a smoke alarm with cut wires cause a fire?

Can a smoke alarm with cut wires cause a fire? Not, that it might not detect a fire (I don't expect it to any more), but that the smoke detector itself may cause a fire. For my specific case, I cut ...
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How do i replace the battery in this smoke detector? It wont stop beeping

Its been beeping for ages and im sick of it, ive tried sliding as it says to but ive had no luck...
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Replacing an interconnected fire detector triggers the fire detectors in the rest of the house

I bought a Kidde KN-COSM-IBA to replace a 6 years old Firex i4618A detector that won't quit chirping even after battery replaced. Both the old and new detectors has the same wire quick connector that ...
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How to interconnect Kidde smoke/co combo detectors Mod# KN-cope_IC with Edwards Heat detectors Mod# CR-135-2 using relay SM120X

How do you wire the above units so the smoke/co detectors will all ring when heat detectors are activated. The heat detectors are a two wire hook-up. Existing wiring to heat detectors is existing and ...
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Smoke detector giving false alerts

At home, we have two smoke detectors: one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. The problem is that the one at the first floor gives a lot of false alerts (and the one at the ground floor ...
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How do I disable smoke alarms?

I'm going to have a party and I had experiences previously with a smoke machine triggering smoke alarms, so I want to disable them temporarily during the party. How do you do that? This is what the ...

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