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Old 09-18-2010, 08:39 AM   #16
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Anyone know HOW far away from the bathroom door they should be? I want NO mistakes here, and of course, no false alarms either. Po)

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Old 09-18-2010, 09:39 AM   #17
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Mine is 3' away from the bathroom door
So 5' away from where the door was originally
Turning the fan on also eliminates the problem
...even if its just on for a few minutes
I don't use the fan while I'm taking a shower
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And... no lower than 12" from the ceiling? She'll never be able to reach that without a stool....DM
For out-of-reach locations you can get smoke alarms that can be reset with a programmable TV remote. You can also get alarms that will continually flash an LED if the battery is low... much easier to identify than the type that "chirp" intermittently.
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:24 AM   #19
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That's the thing, I'm poor.... lol also, I already HAVE the old smokers, so they'll be going right back up with a couple of slight modifications. ($33 for 50 ft. of SD wire.... *sheesh*)

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Old 09-18-2010, 02:10 PM   #20
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Along with what everyone else has contributed, do not locate within 3' of a duct register or ceiling paddle fan.

They will be more effective on a ceiling than wall mount simply because the smoke spreads across the ceiling before banking down. Also smoke reliability gets worse the older the detector is. Ten years is the recommended lifespan.
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Thanks Jim, I've been putting this off until this thread ran for a while.
I'm hoping it will cover most, if not all, of my bases. Po)

Thanks for the ceiling fan info, that could have been a booboo!

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Are the smoke alarms part of the electrical code inspection or building code inspection?


Majorty of the time it will fall in the Electrical Inspector but few local area may have building inspector they will look into that as well.

Let me add the other tibbit along the way if you are on 2005 and later NEC code cycle any hardwired smoke alarm it have to be on AFCI circuit due the AFCI requirement.

So be prepared to do that when you run new smoke alarm circuits and I know it will happend one way or other.

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I put mine on AFCI
I have a ceiling fan in every bedroom
So mine are about 32-36" from the fans
Small bedrooms...
I would have had to try to snake a wire into a far corner
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Welp. THANKS to all who helped me out here and in all the other electric threads I needed answered.
Smoke detectors are all in, all wiring and switches and fixtures in and hanging, so tomorrow I call the inspector and get my little green sticker!
woohoo! On to the next challenge..... the furnace....

Thanks again guys!

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