1. pe2dave

    Smoke alarm. Changing from mains to battery.

    Removing a 20 yo smoke alarm, wired in. Two cables coming through a rafter 'hole', fastened into the alarm. Chocolate block (whatever they are called these days) used to connect the alarm to the incoming mains. Question: Entire chocolate block (5 connections) won't go through the rafter hole...
  2. G

    Alarm reset required???

    Hello, I’m doing a kitchen extension rewrite for a customer and they’ve recently moved in with an existing alarm system in place. They have the setting code but the alarm system is not accepting the code and showing reset required as the kid was removed when they were investigating why it...
  3. N

    Fire Alarm- Earth Fault on Loop (XP95)

    Hello, Would welcome any advice- We have an earth fault to a fire alarm loop, everything connected is XP95 and there are isolators in many bases and call points.. Is there a hints/tips way to find this, without having to gain access everywhere. Would splitting the loop, powering the half that...
  4. Grangewood

    Inspecting and Certifying Fire Alarm System

    Good Morning .. I’m after some advice please. I have a contract with a company for Various Electrical Systems. The Company has an Old Style Automated Fire Alarm System installed around 2000 which I have examined, the System itself is in good order but fails by Current Standards. I did advise and...
  5. J

    Fire alarm problems

    Hi everyone, We are working in a large property with a 4 zone fire alarm system installed. The fire panel gave up and the customer has purchased a Ctec 4 zone twin flex one which I told them to buy as Ive fitted them before but only with AlarmSense sounders/smokes. The old system was a...
  6. spud1

    What are the requirements for interfacing a new gas supply with a commercial buildings fire alarm system ?

    Hi Im working in a staffed residential home (for severe learning difficulties/disabilities residents) they have a new onsite tanked gas supply being installed to supply two domestic sized gas boilers in seperate locations, which will replace the existing big oil fired boiler. I need to clarify...
  7. H

    Driveway alarm with security lighting and audible chime

    I'm looking for some driveway security, The plan is for a gated front garden, with sensors to active all the security lights and an audible chime. Best to stick with wired products as the driveway is being done anyway.
  8. Vortigern

    Timeguard disabled toilet alarm EASZKN problems

    Having installed the named item above I am having a problem with it. First off I have followed the wiring diagram they give. When all the parts are connected it is in an alarm state. I have faithfully followed the installation instructions and spoken with tech support who have given up on the...
  9. wsoppitt

    cheap / mid range burglar alarm system.

    Been asked to supply and fit a cheap / mid range burglar alarm system. remote keypad and 6 pir sensors , any suggestions for an easy to use system as client is elderly with limited hearing / sight. thanks all
  10. Midwest

    Mixing Manufacturers fire alarm devices

    At my place of work, some of the properties have D2 smoke & heat detectors. They link into a warden call system via relay base. We need to replace one of these bases, as it’s faulty. This particular alarm manufacturer has discontinued their relays. I found out that some of these bases were...
  11. J

    Aico smoke alarms and Texecom house alarm

    I am in the process of getting my house rewired and I forget to think about adding smoke alarms and a burglar alarm. As the house is getting a total redecoration then it would be worthwhile to do it now. I have been on the Aico website but it all seems a bit confusing - radio linked, audo...
  12. L

    Domestic heat/smoke alarm mains powered from different lighting circuits?

    Hi folks, Friend is currently renovating his house, including a loft conversion. He had originally hoped to go with Grade F1 (tamper proof batteries) radio interlinked alarms. However architect has stipulated all alarms must be Grade D (mains powered with battery back-up), but can be still be...
  13. T

    240V AC & red alarm cable run together

    Hi Guys, Wonder if I may ask a question? Is it permissible to run the red fire alarm cable with the mains T&E cable, though holes and in the same trunking? I thought alarms were 24V and that ELV, data, telephone etc & LV should be kept separate? Maybe there is an exemption for fire alarm...
  14. Lister1987

    Wanting to get my head around fire detection and alarm systems...

    Can anyone recommend any good links, books, materials (Aside from bs 5839-1) for getting an understanding and looking into how these systems are devised, wired, maintained and such like? I know there was the IET Electricians Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems - 2nd Edition, however I...
  15. D

    UK Need to work on my home alarm system

    Hi all, I'd be most grateful for any advice please. We have a G3 alarm with an Accenta remote control panel. I'm doing some renovation work and need to extend some of the alarm wiring and, while I'm at it, replace the well-worn keypad. My question is this: can I work on the main control...
  16. Robertbaker63

    which fire alarm certificate for additional detectors in village hall extension

    got to add in some breakglasses, ceiling detector and sounder to an existing fire 12v fire alarm system in a local village hall as theve put a new room on the side which cerrtificate would i have to fill out? im a full napit member
  17. 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...
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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?
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. 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...
  34. 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?
  35. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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...
  40. 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...
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