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  1. Vortigern

    What fire alarm system do you recommend

    Just wonder if there are any recommendations for a fire alarm system. A simple system conventional. It is a building (mosque) quite small as it goes around 100 sq m. 10 smokes one heat for kitchen. Three break glass, two sounders. So quite a small system. I have arranged the wiring for sounders...
  2. R

    Cable Stapler for Alarm and Cat5e Cable.

    Can anyone recommend a decent cable stapler. The lads in work use the Rapid ones, but I don’t like them. I’ve used a Tacwise one which is okay. But I’ve seen an Arrow and Dewalt one. But if anyone could help that would be great.
  3. D

    Normal for a house alarm to be on upstairs lighting circuit?

    For a few weeks I've had my upstairs lighting circuit on and off at the board, not noticed anything. Last week my decorator buried some of the cables coming out of the alarm box (just above my fuse box/consumer unit). When I now switch on the upstairs lighting circuit, there's a red light on my...
  4. N

    Fire alarm randomly went off

    Hi all, my fire alarm randomly went off for about 15 seconds last night, fastest I've shot out of bed for a while and my back feels it today 😂. No sign of smoke, new batteries about a month ago and its also wired. Pushed the test button today and all working fine. Now I'm worried incase it goes...
  5. T

    Alarm Control Panel

    Good evening all, I was just wondering if anyone could lend a word of advice/help. I am not very good at DIY unfortunately I am a first time buyer having moved in around 3 weeks ago and today virgin media come to install my internet, however I think he has drilled through the wall close to...
  6. P

    Fire/intruder alarm installation Perth/Dundee area

    Looking for any recommendation on who to get to install a fire and intruder alarm for a remote site (we won't be present most of the week) between Dundee and Perth, Scotland. Actual system is really simple as only one room, two doors, one window, but it needs to be remotely monitored by...
  7. S

    Protec Fire alarm

    I have some protec fire alarm items for sale if anyone has use or need for them. 3 manual call points 4 sounder bases 3 optical smoke detectors Thanks
  8. A

    Fire alarm qualification

    Hi guys, I am a fully qualified electrician nvq 3 gold card blah blah boring. I was looking at doing the tavcom practical fire alarm installation btec level 3 qual. Its very in depth etc but a bit expensive. Do any of you reccomend a particular course that's recognised? I just like the fact...
  9. R

    Short Circuit Fault On Honeywell Flex 100 alarm

    Hey, We are putting in a Honeywell flex alarm. It's all wired in (following the manual). The problem is that all the sensors are coming up as having a short circuit and I can't work out why. I've wired it up with my friend (who is an electrician) and we really can't work out the problem...
  10. D

    Residential Fire alarm installation west London

    I need a fire alarm installing in a house that was converted into flats 30 years ago. It comprises 3 units. Ground floor and basement maisonette, 1st floor flat, 2nd floor flat. There is a communal entrance hall and internal staircase serving the front doors of each unit. The fire risk...
  11. Lister1987

    Check Understanding; Minimum alarm requirements for private rent sector

    Just want someone to sanity check me here; my understanding is that battery powered detectors are not permitted in the private rent sector - they're fine if you own/live in the property yourself but the minute it becomes private rent then the minimum requirement is LD3 - Mains Powered (with or...
  12. bigspark17

    Homeywell notifier fire alarm

    Wanting to do more fire alarm testing and a communal centre where i work have asked me to test there system. Problem it is a honeywell notifire who are closed protocol which could be a problem im guessing if anything untoward sprang up on the test i will have trouble with any reprogramming of...
  13. S

    UK Alarm

    Hi all, I’ve just wired an alarm system for my house but don’t have a clue which alarm system to fit in terms of brand. Need some recommendations please?
  14. W

    Domestic fire alarm issue

    Hi all I have a small problem with a job im doing, 2 first floor flats above a shop with separate landlords area for the 2x flats which is a small stairwell out to a door on the street I have first fixed both flats, they will be each on their own single phase supply from the communal landlords...
  15. H

    Fire alarm installer not providing full commissioning documentation

    Our management company comprising five flats, of which I am the Secretary, had an electrician install a fire alarm system last October to satisfy the local authority. It was a wireless system and comprised various smoke detectors, sounders, break glass units etc. He was paid in full. Our...
  16. J

    Advice on basic alarm.

    Hi. I've been asked to fit an alarm that will give audible/visual warning if an infra red beam is broken between 2 points. It will be in a warehouse environment fitted indoors and I plan to fit them about 5m high to steel uprights about 15m apart. This is a standalone alarm only not part of...
  17. R

    Wanted Alarm Panels for Practice Rig

    I am looking for some old Alarm Panels to make a practice rig, if anyone has any going spare? We use mainly Galaxy and Scantronic in work, but it would mean buying new systems as they tend to bin the old systems from customers houses as they are beyond repair. It will also come in handy for...
  18. R

    Old Alarm Panels

    I’m looking to get some old Alarm Panels such as Honeywell Galaxy and Scantronic. As I am looking to make my own practice rig at home to get familiar with the panels and how to wire them. Could be a long shot if anyone has any they are willing to sell?
  19. R

    Honeywell accenta gen4 alarm.

    My Alarm has went off randomly last couple of nights, when I enter into engineer mode to look through the menu options there is certain options that are missing. When I’m in engineer mode I get 0 = walk test 1= alarm test Then it’s goes to number 4= date and time And there is other ones...
  20. S


    Morning all, I’ve recently bought a new house with an old alarm system that didn’t work and was located in the downstairs toilet. I’ve rewired it and located The Alarm Panel in the first floor landing cupboard Going on the system are the following: Surface mounted contact to be fitted to the...
  21. B

    Settings on veritas r8 alarm

    Apologies if this is the wrong forum thread. I have installed myself a Texecom veritas alarm system. it’s either the r8 plus or excel, as it has a shared manual and no mention on the remote control panel. I initially was trying to change the part set bell delay, but concluded it’s not...
  22. P

    Wiring a Reason 8 bell box to a Galaxy dimensions alarm panel

    Hi chaps I have a Reason 8 bell box and I want to wore it to my galaxy dimensions alarm panel . Can anyone help me as the alarm panel has 4 connections - a picture of a bell ?and a Aux and a GND ? The Readin 8 has 5 connections. Can anyone advise me where to wire what . Thanks in advance guys ...
  23. T

    Gardtec 595 alarm issue

    My wifes been decorating and removed the cover of a pir sensor. Alarm went off as it should. However after replacing cover the alarm wont set and keypad displays check hall PIR. I have come across these snapped wires to what im guessing...
  24. S

    Alarm Panel Fault

    Hi All Wondering if someone can help. I've recently been receiving a fault with my Accenta G4 alarm Panel. All was previously working with it until one day its froze, so powered it down and back up and it's been stuck at "Accenta G4 RKP F131-01-111" on the screen and I am unable to do anything...
  25. N


    Hello all just wondered if anybody could help on this... I have a Pyronix alarm fitted with 2 room sensors and 2 door sensors. I've been working away and when got home the housing estate has put all new back doors in. My wife said the workers did not remove the shock sensor off the back door...
  26. happysteve

    Is there a standard battery for alarm system contol panels?

    (Domestic) I don't touch alarms, out of my area of expertise. However, while doing other electrical work, quite often I'll switch off the circuit (or board) and the alarm will go off, always due to the fact that the backup battery in the control panel is dead. Restore power, alarm stops. My...
  27. A

    Does sealing of a penetration of a exterior wall of a house need to be fire proof?

    I am running a conduit of cat5 inside, from basement of a house going through the exterior wall to a detached garage. I was just curious as someone in a home depot store had mentioned in order to seal the hole, made in the exterior wall of the house for the exterior electrical box, it needs to...
  28. N

    Can you hide a fire alarm panel in a commercial premises?

    Fire alarm panel currently installed in a high street premises signed off by building regs. Looking to install a stud partition in-front of all electrical services (including the fire panel) which are access via an unsecured hinged wall panel. Does this still meet regulations? Can anyone help...
  29. G

    Risco Lightsys 2 keeps triggering every morning

    I have a Lightsys 2 installed and it has been working fine for a few years. Two weeks ago it started triggering every morning around the same time (but not exactly it could be within 2-3 minutes different) at the same zone every time. Eventually I have disconnected the sensors (volume sensors)...
  30. driverman

    Existing Burglar Alarm High Wycombe Bucks

    Hi Guys. I'm not an alarm installer. Existing alarm system installed approx 20 years ago by me at Sisters. It's an old Electricity Board (later Square one) type System. It's not worked for a few years due to Fault displayed on end panel, therefore not used. PIR's led's work. LED's on outside...
  31. happyhippydad

    Smoke alarms and regulations.

    I am fitting a heat detector in a new kitchen. The rest of the house has battery smoke detectors. I have quoted to update all smoke detectors to mains powered and radio linked. However, is it only my new work that has to comply? In other words do I have to update all other alarms? I guess my...
  32. happyhippydad

    Can radio linked smoke alarms be on different circuits, including a ring?

    I have just been to look at a job were the builder has started the first fix as I was unable to be there. He has forgotten to put in a cable to the heat detector in the kitchen, partly my responsibility as I should have reminded him more fully. My plan is to have it radio linked to the hallway...
  33. A

    AFDD requirement and smoke alarms 18th ed

    Am I correct in thinking under the 18th edition for a new build property an AFDD is compulsory or is this not the case if risk assessed? I am still yet to complete my 18th ed. Also for new build properties is it still ok to hard wire smoke and fire detectors off lighting circuits under 18th...
  34. S

    Home Burglar Alarm / CCTV / Alexa

    Hi All, First post so please go easy... Having not installed an alarm system for the last 7 years (it was a wired system), the internet seems awash with wireless systems. Can anyone recommend a domestic system that is all of (if possible) the following: 1) Wired 2) Can incorporate CCTV 3)...
  35. B

    Domestic electric fires

    I recently purchased a Dimplex Yeo 20 electric fire, and I'm trying to find out what type of original bars are fitted. Dimpex went site is very poor so no luck there likewise with Amazon questions when raised after purchase from them. My question is are the Infra-red silicon elements advertised...
  36. Lister1987

    Wanted Looking for a copy of Electrician's Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems - Electrical Regulations (2nd Edition) - ISBN:9781849197632

    I'm after a copy of this book but everywhere i'm looking I can't find a single copy (new) and am seeing listings for £200+ for used copies. I understand it's a discontinued book and that the publication of the 3rd Edition has been pushed back to 2020 due to Grenfell Tower tragedy, which is...
  37. D

    Fire alarm loop test

    How to perform this test and it's resulted meaning
  38. A

    fire rated LED light covers

    Am hoping you can help Following an integral garage conversion, I am after a couple of fire hoods to cover some LED ceiling spotlights. The lights are in a plaster boarded ceiling which has a garage roof void above (the room is part of an integral garage conversion). Lights are around 150mm dia...
  39. M

    Alarm system Arictech CD34 - mobile (SIM) alarm transmission

    Hello, I have an ARITECH alarm system CD 34 with currently an alarm transmission using fixed telephone line (RD6201) and voice extension (4 audio messages broadcast when the connection is established). Question: I would like to delete the fixed line (terrestrial) and use a SIM card transmission...
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