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Since the problems began while working on the...

Since the problems began while working on the auxiliary power board, I would remove that from the circuit. What does it do? Provide power t the sirens? Extra power to run the three alpha keypads?...
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keypad not responding after five keystrokes is...

keypad not responding after five keystrokes is also a symptom of more than one keypad using the same address.

Lightly press around the LCD screen and letters/numbers may appear as they should if...
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Here you go: Default Screen (Custom Message...

Here you go:

Default Screen (Custom Message Display)
Normally, when the system is in the disarmed state, the following display is present on the keypad.
Part or all of the above message can be...
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Posted By tpring

Are you running the 5828 on batteries or...

Are you running the 5828 on batteries or transformer?



All that is required is to set house id [in v20 and 5828] and panel type.
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Posted By tpring

I think you answered your own question. ...

I think you answered your own question.

Smokes do not report EOL and that is what the panel thinks it is.

I would suggest programming an output to fire the horn.
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"So, is the system that I provided above has...

"So, is the system that I provided above has analog cameras? Do you tell by the cable which is BNC?"


BNC-based camera systems can be either analog or digital. A 'digital coax' system can be...
Forum: Water Heaters
08-25-17, 08:18 PM
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Posted By tpring

Expansion Tank question

Why is an expansion tank recommended/required if your water heater has already has a relief valve in case of pressure build-up?


Recently had a water heater installed in a 60's-era house and was...
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Posted By tpring

I would start by removing everything [all wiring]...

I would start by removing everything [all wiring] except a keypad [on a short piece of wiring] to see if it still happens. Then add back wiring one device at a time to see if it returns.
Forum: Water Heaters
08-07-17, 11:23 PM
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Posted By tpring

Thanks Furd, Typically I've had to go to the...

Thanks Furd,

Typically I've had to go to the city [Renton] -- Going to stick with the 50 gal.

P.S. The permit/inspection for my hot tub was a bit stressful.
Forum: Water Heaters
08-06-17, 05:30 PM
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Sizing new water heater

Looking at replacing 15+ yr old GE gas water heater that will not light any more. Have already pulled out the igniter assembly to make sure it is clean and still, it only sparks, no flame. Temp has...
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Posted By tpring

Only one way to find out. Not sure those...

Only one way to find out.

Not sure those panels can be locked out of installer code access.
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Sounds like ShortyLong has 'the key to opening...

Sounds like ShortyLong has 'the key to opening the lock'.

I'll bet using the first four digits of his suggestion will allow you access to user codes and programming.
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As a technician, I have to say that I would be...

As a technician, I have to say that I would be embarrassed to say that was my work.

1 - the Altronix power supply is not even mounted on the spongy double-sided tape -- it is just sort of floating...
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Posted By tpring

Make sure you have enough power -- Three...

Make sure you have enough power -- Three touchscreen keypads requires nearly one amp and a 20P only supplies 600mA.
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Posted By tpring

That is a wide open question and very subjective....

That is a wide open question and very subjective.

Try a search on her favorite search engine -- The first thing to decide if a system is even needed.
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Yes, many times, [I disable zone 1 reporting]...

Yes, many times, [I disable zone 1 reporting] hasn't failed me yet.

Not sure what happens internally on the board. Picked it up from another poster [SameBigChief] a few years ago.

Not "the...
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Posted By tpring

You can put a 4-wire smoke on zone 1 and get it...

You can put a 4-wire smoke on zone 1 and get it to reset, though not the traditional way.

You wire the red and black to zone 1 terminals [paying attention to polarity] with a 2k resistor and the...
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Posted By tpring

Yes, but I recommend using another power source.

Yes, but I recommend using another power source.
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Posted By tpring

I would suggest drilling a large hole (3/4")...

I would suggest drilling a large hole (3/4") through the framing/header then once the door goes in it is much easier to line up and pre-drill the hole (3/8") in the door jamb.

That should give you...
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Posted By tpring

no rules on just one indoor siren -- run wires...

no rules on just one indoor siren -- run wires for multiple. Some can fit in single-gang boxes.

You can think about an exterior strobe, too.
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Posted By tpring

Did you not try a new battery as the first step...

Did you not try a new battery as the first step in troubleshooting?
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Posted By tpring

If your system has any wireless devices, just put...

If your system has any wireless devices, just put a keyfob [or a sticky note] next to the door.

If no wireless, program the door as an entry door, to give you time to disarm.

If it is an old...
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Posted By tpring

Thanks for the information.

Thanks for the information.
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Posted By tpring

Smoke detector audible requirement

AHJ's require all smokes to sound during an alarm, not just one.

Does anyone know how to get a Vista20 to comply?

Whether it is through 2-wire or 4-wire smokes [preferably 4-wire]..
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Posted By tpring

1- even though you have dial tone at the panel...

1- even though you have dial tone at the panel make sure that it is actually coming from the red/green and not the other two wires.

2 - if you are using a buttset to check, try using it to dial...
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