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How to install a wireless alarm system for your
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Wireless home alarm system with all
attachment accessories needed for the house (usually comes with
Small straight edge/ruler
Power drill with the appropriate bit
Other tools as per the alarm system
One of the most dramatically effective ways of
protecting your home from a burglary is through the installation of
a home alarm system. A good alarm system, along with the
public posting of security signs exhibiting the presence of an alarm
system in your house, can go a long way in not only protecting your
home, but also getting a discount on your homeowner's insurance
premium; an insurance discount is especially viable if the alarm
system is actively monitored by a security system for a monthly fee,
though such a monitoring service is not necessary for the effect of
a burglary deterrent if you must do without such a service. In this instance, the installation of a
wireless home alarm system is discussed.
Caution: Of course, when dealing with sharp
objects, such as a screwdriver, make sure you take precautions.
Installing a wireless home alarm system can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
Consult the alarm
system manufacturer's instructions when first attempting to
decide where the alarm system keypad control device will be in
the house. Ideally, the alarm system keypad control device
should be kept out of view, near your entrance door (but control
device still out of sight), and be heard and accessed relatively
easy even at night. If your entrance door is transparent in that it
has panels of glass, keep the control device away from this door
and out of sight. Suffice it to say, the control device
should also be away from clearly potential items that burglars
might first lay their eyes on, such as a television set and appliances.
How an alarm system keypad control device is installed on a wall may
differ slightly between one manufacturer and another. In the
case of using screw anchors to hang the control device, consider the
following as may be applicable to your situation and permitted
according to the alarm system manufacturer's instructions:
Using a tape measure, measure the distance that spans between the top screw hole and
bottom screw hole of the backside of the control device,
and then use this distance measurement to determine, and then
actually puncture with an awl (if you have one), the holes--with such a measurement
distance span--in the wall area of where the
control device will be installed. (Depending on the type of control
device, you may have more than two screw holes in the backside of
such a device, and you should plan accordingly.) (Should you find it
necessary, using a straight edge or ruler, you can mark where the
two holes will be in the wall with a pencil or awl, and then use a
power drill with an appropriate bit to drill in such holes.
Watch out for existing wiring. Use a carpenter's level as may
be necessary to make sure the installation of the control device on
the wall is level.)
backside of the alarm system keypad control device over and onto these
screws so that the sticking-out screw heads lock into the
device's backside holes, all so that the device becomes
securely attached to the wall. See the manufacturer's
instructions for further information.
Next, per the
manufacturer's instructions, using the (other) screws usually
provided with the alarm system, install all the sensor
transmitters on all doors and windows of all levels of the
house. As to the windows and doors, the following general installation pattern
for each should be done: The door frame
or window frame should be attached with the sensor transmitter and
the magnetic switch should be attached to either the door or
sash/window that moves. (Though, if this is not the case
with your system, don't be alarmed, as some alarm system
manufacturers use different mounting devices for sensors and
corresponding switches; check with your manufacturer's
instructions.) Each sensor should be aligned with the
corresponding magnetic switch, being about no more than a half
an inch apart when either the door or window is shut.
Then, attach shock sensors to windows and doors with glass panels, and have
these shock sensors connected to their respective sensor transmitters so
that potentially any shock impact created by a burglar can
trigger the alarm system to initiate the sounding of its siren
and alert neighbors, and, if applicable, a security monitoring staff to a possible house
breach. These shock sensors should be properly attached
with the provided adhesives. After applying the adhesives
in connecting all shock sensors, in consulting the alarm system
manufacturer's instructions, make sure the actual sensor
transmitters are calibrated to the appropriate alarm setting.
Add any extras,
such as motion detectors inside the house (at hallways, etc.)
and outside, per the alarm system manufacturer's instructions.
Install the alarm
system siren outside on part of the house that is not
necessarily easily reachable for a burglar, but, at the same
time, is at a location that still permits the siren to be heard
by neighbors and others around the block. Follow the alarm
system manufacturer's instructions for this siren installation.
Conduct any sort
of digital setup of the alarm system keypad control device per
the manufacturer's instructions.
Important note: Test the alarm system initially after
installation, and then regularly test it thereafter. See the
alarm system manufacturer's instructions for further information.
That's what it takes to install a wireless alarm
system for your home.
Handyman Zone Team
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