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AWK 06-13-2011 04:35 PM

Question about clock outlets and/or recessed plugs
 
Hey - question everyone.....Do they make a recessed plug (like a clock outlet for hiding the plug and cord behind a clock or picture) big enough for an a/c adapter? I'm putting an alarm system in my condo and would like to put a recessed plug behind the keypad panel to fit the a/c adapter. Any ideas? thanks.

gregzoll 06-13-2011 04:53 PM

No, not for a transformer to convert AC to DC, if that is what you are talking about.

AWK 06-13-2011 05:07 PM

Recessed Plug
 
I need a recessed receptacle thats deep enough to hold the 1 1/2" deep, 3" long and 2" wide adapter plug (like you plug in the wall from an electric shaver). The ones I have seen are not that deep or wide enough to conceal the adapter and make it flush with the wall. Let me know if that makes sense.

gregzoll 06-13-2011 05:37 PM

Still no, there is nothing out there that will accept a transformer. The reason they do not want the transformer behind the panel, is because they get warm, and need to be able to be disconnected from the AC power when needed for maintenance, or replacement. Placing behind the panel kind of makes it difficult to perform said activities. If you are worried about someone pulling the plug, that is what the battery back up is for.

NJMarine 06-13-2011 05:40 PM

Most times the transformewr is located near the actual alarm panel.

kbsparky 06-13-2011 05:49 PM

Mount it inside the alarm panel. A simple handy box with an outlet in it is usually sufficient.

AWK 06-13-2011 05:49 PM

Yeah, I was afraid my idea might not work, mainly because of the heat it can put out. I'll just have to relocate the alarm keypad panel where I can plug it in normally - thanks for all the help people!:)

brric 06-13-2011 06:32 PM

Are you talking about the keypad or the control panel? No alarm system keypad that I am familiar with requires a transformer.

AWK 06-13-2011 09:21 PM

The control panel I have contains the keypad (keypads by themselves are usually battery powered)

Speedy Petey 06-13-2011 10:07 PM

Arlington Industries

Speedy Petey 06-13-2011 10:10 PM

http://www.arlcatalog.com/Fan_Specia...nstruction.htm

Probably not deep enough though for a wall wart.

Red Squirrel 06-13-2011 10:17 PM

You could make a hole in the wall and install the plug inside it, I don't think this would be against code. The keypad would then cover said hole, or maybe a picture could. In fact I'd just put the keypad and plug in a custom recessed enclosure and have a picture over it. The picture would have hinges and just swing open like a door. Put a fake keypad at the entrance.

Security101 06-13-2011 11:59 PM

Your best bet is to extend the wire to a regular receptacle.

You can add to the wire by splicing some 18 awg wire to it. Fishing that new wire is not terribly hard especially if you do some Googling for instructions.

This would allow you to mount it like we do - direct to the wall - and the wires are in the wall. If you can locate it just above a receptacle, fishing it is easy, otherwise you'll need to do some drilling from the attic or basement if available to get your wire to an available receptacle.

Jim

AWK 06-14-2011 12:37 AM

Thank you Speedy Petey for the link - I'll measure and see if it will work. Security101, I think that routing it to a regular plug might end up being my best option. The security system is made by Skylink (SC100), so it's not an elaborate or professionally monitored system, but it provides some security for my condo. Thank you for your recommendation.

Speedy Petey 06-14-2011 05:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Security101 (Post 666991)
Your best bet is to extend the wire to a regular receptacle.

You can add to the wire by splicing some 18 awg wire to it. Fishing that new wire is not terribly hard especially if you do some Googling for instructions.

This would allow you to mount it like we do - direct to the wall - and the wires are in the wall. If you can locate it just above a receptacle, fishing it is easy, otherwise you'll need to do some drilling from the attic or basement if available to get your wire to an available receptacle.

Jim

Fishing cord like that is not terribly legal though. :whistling2:


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