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Old 09-17-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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Smoke detector placement questions.


I have 5 hardwired to reinstall now. It's been 5 or 6 years since I put them in the first time, and I seem to have forgotten a few rules for placement.
How close to the doorways for the bedrooms?
What rooms MUST they be installed in?
How far can I drop them down the wall from the ceiling?
The wife needs to be able to reach them and since the ceilings went up a foot, ceiling mounting is out of the question now.

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Old 09-17-2010, 02:28 PM   #2
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One in each bedroom
One on each floor
Here CO detector also required on each floor
So I bought combo units


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Also found this diagram
some looks like overkill....Pro setup

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Hmmm, before, I needed one in each bedroom and one in the hallway and that was it for the elec. inspection.
I don't think I need one in the living room or dining room, baths or kitchen, do I???

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And... no lower than 12" from the ceiling? She'll never be able to reach that without a stool....

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I guess I may as well put them flat to the ceilings then, at least it'll allow a 'stick' to push it (the "hush" button) easier than if on a wall.

Ah well.... Po)

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That first pic seems to show them centrally located in the rooms, this is best?
I'm at the point right now, I can put them anywhere.

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The 2nd pic is a Pro setup
Shows some additional components not needed
My smokes for the most part are near the bedroom doors
All are on the ceilings...just easier for wiring

All that is required as far as I know:
1 in each bedroom, 1 on each floor in the central location - hallway for bedrooms

My last house I had 3 smokes within 10' of each other due to the bedroom setup...4th was not that much further away
Next owner took all but one out since there was a wood stove in the house
Too many times they would go off when opening the door to load the wood stove
House was very small...912 sq ft
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I'd like to put a cage a round them so humans do not take the batteries out!!!
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I'd like to put a cage a round them so humans do not take the batteries out!!!
We're talking about HARDWIRED detectors, (yes, I know they have batteries too) not plain battery ones. Now put the bottle down and pay attention.
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The one house I wired start to finish included the mistake of having an SD too close to the bathroom door in a hallway. I was a glorified "helper" and the boss had me move the box (after drywall was in) as code stated it had to be "X" number of feet from a bathroom to avoid, IIRC, "nuisance tripping" or some such term... but that was quite some years ago...

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One in common hallway and each one in the bedroom and one in basement if you have it and you will need one CO alarm on each floor as well.

There may addtional local codes it may come up so run by the inspector what they required.

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There may addtional local codes it may come up so run by the inspector what they required.

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Are the smoke alarms part of the electrical code inspection or building code inspection?
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Around here, they need to be inspected by the electrical inspector.

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My last house the hard wired were inspected by Electric Inspector
To sell the house they needed to be inspected by the FD & certificate issued that they are in working order

I also had the false trip from steam from the shower
I moved the bathroom door out 2' to be level w/hallway wall
Also installed a new hard wired CO/smoke
No false trips since

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