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Sounds like they used telephone cable which has...

Sounds like they used telephone cable which has solid conductors. Small gauge solid conductors were not my first choice where there was a possibility of vibration or flexing.

Wiring is usually...
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Sounds like its a Communications Fail (Test...

Sounds like its a Communications Fail (Test signal not acknowledged). Have you recently discontinued alarm monitoring, changed your phone service or had any phone work done at your home?
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I've been retired for some time, but double check...

I've been retired for some time, but double check 40 thru 46 (account numbers) and 60 thru 76 (report codes). IIRC ADT blocked access to the phone numbers in the panel so it can't be hijacked. If...
09-23-19, 11:05 AM
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And the threads may be oddball just to keep...

And the threads may be oddball just to keep someone from doing something that could damage the unit.
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I suspect you're experiencing HVAC imbalance; too...

I suspect you're experiencing HVAC imbalance; too much pressure inside the building may cause certain doors to bind when trying to retract the latch. This is usually seen as doors not closing far...
09-06-19, 03:06 PM
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Take note! It's OK to connect 18 ga wire to a 15...

Take note! It's OK to connect 18 ga wire to a 15 Amp circuit when the 18 ga is part of a listed assembly; but you cannot extend that 18 gague wire. May seem like it's splitting hairs, but it is...
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Image is not viewable. See here...

Image is not viewable. See here (https://www.doityourself.com/forum/residential-commercial-security-devices-door-knobs-locks-keys-dead-bolts/602952-putting-pictures-your-post.html) to learn about...
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I agree about the "legality" of the installation...

I agree about the "legality" of the installation shown. And I noticed something missing from the instructions: Anything indicating an approval by a NRTL.

Personally, I would go to the supplier...
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What is the operating system on the machine that...

What is the operating system on the machine that connects?
What is the operating system on the machine that does not connect?
What happens if you swap the two machines locations? (Signal strength)
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Dollars to Donuts your smoke detectors are 10...

Dollars to Donuts your smoke detectors are 10 years old or older and are due for replacement. Buy the necessary number of system smoke detectors and install them. Then remove the 120V smokes and...
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This goes back quite a while, but I did not have...

This goes back quite a while, but I did not have good luck putting anything other than keypads on a Honeywell keypad buss. Maybe they've improved it since then.
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Residential sprinklers are different from...

Residential sprinklers are different from commercial systems. For example, plastic pipe can be used, as long as it's listed for the purpose. Short of requiring off-premise monitoring, a local bell...
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I'm long retired and not too familiar with...

I'm long retired and not too familiar with Schlage residential, but here goes.
1. Vewing the "shank" of the inside knob from the door edge, look for a spring loaded retainer that can be depressed...
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I can't tell much from the picture but I'll...

I can't tell much from the picture but I'll hazard a guess or two.

1. An occupancy sensor. A motion detector to automatically turn the lights on when it detects motion in the room, keep them on...
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Dell laptop power supplies have a "chip" that the...

Dell laptop power supplies have a "chip" that the operating system looks for. If it doesn't see it, you'll get the message you described (and it won't charge the battery!). They sometimes fail but...
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Sounds like it's the wrong switch; OP has a...

Sounds like it's the wrong switch; OP has a Normally Closed switch and a Normally Open switch is needed. Don't forget that National Electrical Manufacturer's Association definitions are likely used....
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I would look at moving the router to the first...

I would look at moving the router to the first floor. Video can put a load on wireless and when you attenuate an already low-power signal, ...
You're also correct about the garage door and soffit. ...
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It could also be that something powered from the...

It could also be that something powered from the panel occasionally drawing excess current (failing device or burgeoning short), dropping voltage enough to reset the microprocessor.
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No location in your profile so I don't know...

No location in your profile so I don't know whether or not you're in North America.


1. Do you have a Voice Over IP phone line? Few communicators work well with VOIP (if they work at all).
2....
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Premise wiring for a Party Line needed a ground...

Premise wiring for a Party Line needed a ground at the sets and the yellow was often grounded for that purpose.
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This reply was added with Firefox. I did have to...

This reply was added with Firefox. I did have to change the site's Editor Mode on the right side of the grey reply screen.
05-22-19, 04:31 AM
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Oh I believe you fully on batteries in the COLD. ...

Oh I believe you fully on batteries in the COLD. Why do automotive batteries specify Cold Cranking Amps? Because in really cold temperatures, the battery's ability to provide power is reduced. Why...
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If the problem is the latchbolt, they are readily...

If the problem is the latchbolt, they are readily available. If the interior sets are Kwikset, you can "borrow" a latchbolt from an interior door and get a replacement later.

If its not the...
05-15-19, 04:29 PM
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As Casual Joe mentions, mastic from old tape is...

As Casual Joe mentions, mastic from old tape is extremely messy. For that very reason I always used White or Grey tape for anything permanent. Still messy but nowhere near as objectionable if it...
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Many (if not most) individual LEDs operate at 3-5...

Many (if not most) individual LEDs operate at 3-5 VDC. Despite what the website says, I doubt very seriously they operate directly from 220 VAC. They can be made to operate at different voltage by...
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