Friday, September 13, 2013

How to Install Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Fig.1 The kits
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
9-volt battery (1 in each detector)
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Fiberglass ladder
Smoke Detector

I was called by a Mr. Applehumber in Santa Clarita, California. They were selling their home and moving up to Colorado. After the Realtor checked their beautiful home, she requested a huge laundry list of repairs. Jim wanted all the bedrooms to have new carbon monoxide detectors installed and test the existing smoke detectors. 

This post shows the ten steps to install carbon monoxide detectors and to test the existing smoke detectors. 

Step 1: All the smoke detectors had to have their 9-volt battery replaced. The hard wired smoke detectors all worked fine except they did not match the new white carbon monoxide detectors. Above fig.1 shows a new carbon monoxide detector and smoke detector complete kits. 
Step 2: Fig.2 shows a fiberglass ladder was used in all the installation of the carbon monoxide detectors and testing of the smoke detectors. The new carbon monoxide base needs to be placed into wall anchors. Just follow the simple directions to insert a 9-volt battery into smoke detectors. At the back of the box are complete directions on how to place each detector for installation in bedrooms, hallways, living rooms as necessary for your protection.
Fig.2 Ladder under detector

Step 3: If the system is hard wired, meaning that the home has an extra power source for each detector, then the unit must be placed at this location. 
Step 4: Fig.3 shows the cream colored detector is for smoke and the white detector is for Carbon Monoxide.
Fig.3 Fire and smoke detectors

Step 5: Fig.4 shows the largest bedroom the smoke detector was missing and placed on the wall. 
Step 6: Fig.5 shows a close-up shot of the bedroom detector.
Fig.4 Bedroom 
Fig.5 Bedroom wall
Step 7: Fig.6 shows another bedroom where a new carbon monoxide detectors placed on the ceiling.

Fig.6 Bedroom

Step 8: Fig.7 shows a close-up shot of the smoke detectors. The green power light is lit showing the unit is working.
Fig.7 green light show power

Step 9: Fig.8 shows a finger is pressing the test button of the carbon monoxide detectors. You know it's working if the detector sends a high pitch sound through the unit. It's really loud, watch your ears.

Fig.8 Test button

Step 10: Why was this job done? It's the new law when in Santa Clarita, California. When selling your home you have to bring it to code and you must install a carbon monoxide detector to save people from home disasters. If for some reason your old or new detectors do not have the instructions, click here and get the proper directions.

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