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  1. Electrical
    I have an old ADT alarm system (1990). Quite a few years ago, the system was deactivated because an alarm kept going off. I wanted to get rid of the old, yellowed button pad in our hallway. I cut the wires to the pad (red,yellow, green, black) and also disconnected the same wires at the control...
  2. Remodeling
    Hoping for some help here... I have dropped my ceiling about 3 inches (from the original concrete ceiling) in order to fit wiring and pot lights between the new drywall and original concrete. Mounted on the original concrete ceiling is a smoke detector and heat detector. I am thinking to cut...
  3. Electrical
    Hello, getting great advice from this forum and I'd like to post another question. So my existing installation has a number of quirks which is making things difficult as I to make some changes. I have some window sensors that are doubled up onto the same zone. I understand this isn't too...
  4. Electrical
    Hello, I'm trying to reprogram parts of my Vista 50P security system (move some zones between 2 partitions) and have hit a roadblock due to confusion about authorization/access. My 2 user codes are only level 3. I don't have a master code but for some reason my user code 1 allows me to...
  5. Electrical
    Hi, I just replaced one of my wired smoke alarms on our top floor with wired/battery back up. Flicked the power back on and the the unit started to sound its alarm as did my other unit on the main floor. 1. Do the two units have to be the same? The new unit is battery back up the other unit is...
  6. Appliances
    I have hardwired smoke alarms in my house. 4 in bedrooms/hallway upstairs, 1 on my main floor in my dining room and 1 in my basement. About 6 months ago my dining room and basement alarms started beeping once every 38 seconds. I installed new batteries but it wouldn't stop so I unhooked them. I...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    Posting for safety and awareness for those that may have these and did not know. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Kidde-Recalls-Smoke-and-Combination-SmokeCO-Alarms/
  8. General DIY Discussions
    Hey everyone - We just bought our first house (yay debt!) and currently there is no alarm and we want a little piece of mind. Have a small dog and a 4 year old, the neighborhood is a great neighborhood and very quiet but the criminals know that too. I see kits all over the internet for a few...
  9. Electrical
    Hello all. I am working on a septic Alarm project (I currently don't have an alarm). I have become convinced that PVC conduit from the house to the septic pump tank is the best way to go. In that conduit, as I understand it, I want to run #12 stranded THHN. So for power to the pump the wires...
  10. Electrical
    Okay long story short, bought a flipped house. The people who flipped it had replaced the back door as it had been water damaged. (With really nice hurricane doors) Problem... When the replaced the frame they didn't run new alarm contacts through the frame, to add this my exterior walls are...
  11. Electrical
    I'm installing a control panel in my garage with a run in conduit I recently buried. The distance between the main panel and garage controller is about 100'. What size control wire do I need - 22/4 or 18/4?
  12. Electrical
    Freezer is plugged into GFCI outlet in basement. I have an alarm plugged into it (that contains a battery) but the sound doesn't last long and it's fairly anemic. DOES there exist a GFCI outlet, or device to replace the GFCI recepticle itself, that will throw a loud alarm powered by the house...
  13. Electrical
    Hello all. I need to know how to properly hard wire together 2 smoke detectors on the same floor so that if one detects a fire, both of them will set off their alarms. I have heard that you a need 3 wire cable to go between both alarms, but I don't know for sure what I need. Also, what...
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