Locating security wiring

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Locating security wiring

our 2004 house has wires to the windows and doors.
where are the other ends?
attic? crawlspace? garage?
is there usually a box?
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If you are finding alarm wires at doors and windows.... then yes.... there would have to be a control panel location. If no box.... at least wires. Typical locations are basement and closets anywhere in the house. Attic is typically too hot.
 
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Most common location is the master bedroom closet.
 
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Mr Ron.... in NJ it's shoehorned in the front coat closet.
 
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Here, in FL, that's usually the second choice, generally for post construction installs...
 
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Reminds me of the song " i been everywhere man...."!
thanks for your help
PS in the hall closet is what looks like a transformer, i assume that is for the doorbell.
 
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If there has never been a system installed, if the prewire was done correctly, there will be a blank cover plate over where the wires should converge.
 
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In the Wash. DC area, the preferred place is somewhere in the basement. I'm guessing there aren't many (any?) basements in FL, which would explain why Ron doesn't see many panels installed there. I grew up in basement-rare country much like FL, eastern NC, where the water table was too near the surface to make basements feasible.

Anon125, it might help if you mention what part of the country you're in. Might make a difference.

There's a surprising list of factors that make a difference about how a prewire _might_ be done. I once worked for one local company whose owner liked to _hide_ the control panel, and didn't keep records of where they were---sometimes I'd have to spend the first hour or more of a service call just finding the CP, for what could have been a 5-minute job.

Thankfully, that kind of thinking wasn't that common and you probably won't have that much trouble.
 
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PS in the hall closet is what looks like a transformer, i assume that is for the doorbell.
If it plugs into a receptacle...... that could be for an alarm. See what it says on it.
Doorbell transformers are usually mounted at the electric panel.
 
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We are British Columbia Canada (north of Seattle)
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That is a setup for a door bell. One wire goes to the switch and the other to the chime.
 
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Thanks for identifiying it as a doorbell thing.
the other wires hunt continues!
But we did find a switch in the hall closet! dunno what it is for. not the outside light
 
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Sometimes, on new construction, lazy drywall hangers will simply wall the security wires up. If you attic is navigable, you might be able to follow the security wires to where they converge, so you know where to look below (assuming attic routing).
 
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Go on eBay and search for "wire locator". The cheapies work pretty well. Will find wires behind drywall.
 
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Search for "wire tone for kit". They are also the best way to identify the individual wires once you find the home run.
 
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