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Can you recommend a smoke detector/alarm for my home?

I need to replace some smoke detectors/alarms. I've never had to worry about it before-my old house had hard-wired ones, now I need some that are battery operated. I need one for my basement, one for my stairwell, and one for my hallway. I just don't know what features to look for, or what brands might be better. I don't want to spend a fortune, but quality is more important than price for this purchase. Something less than $75 each is what I'm looking for, but I just don't know if I can trust those $12 ones I see at the hardware stores.


My brother has a viper alarm. It works great, I love the remote start feature. If you want everything(alarm and remote start) get the Viper 5701. It is cheap since its been out for 2-3 years. The newer version is the Viper 5901 which a better looking remote and better distance(1 mile). The newest model which is about to come out, if not already out, is the Viper HD model. This model has a color screen but is more expensive. Check vipers site for some ideas.
Unfortunately ( or fortunately depending on your point of view) most monitored alarm systems will go into a trouble condition when communication is lost, and that is what is causing your beep from the keypad. I recommend that you contact a local alarm technician who can come in and service your system. If he is familiar with the make and model of your system, in less than an hour he can reconfigure your alarm so it functions normally unmonitored. If you connect your system to the telephone jack it will not call the police. It will attempt to connect with the alarm monitoring company, but without a service contract they will probably do little more than to follow up with a phone call, probably in the hope that you will resume service with them. I have worked in the electronic security business for more than 40 years. I know that all alarm companies make most of their business from the recurring monitoring revenue generated by people with alarms installed in their homes and businesses. Although I strongly believe in my industry, and in monitored alarms. I also respect anyone who chooses to not have their system monitored, and I hope that any alarm company you contact (including Brinks) will offer you that same respect. In the meantime you can stop the beeping by powering your system down completely. You should be able to open the main alarm panel (not the keypad) and disconnect the large battery inside by pulling off one of the wires from the battery terminal, and also unplug the system transformer from the power outlet. Then get out the phone book and start calling some of the local independant alarm dealers in your area. If you don't want to risk getting pressured into signing a monitoring contract then stay away from the big companies like Brinks, and ADT, or Chubb, and find a nice friendly independant alarm dealer. If you need help finding a responsible dealer, then call the NBFAA in the USA, or CANASA in Canada.
Go to your passengers seat look under the seat there should be a wire going from the seat under the floor mat just disconnect that wire if you cant see the wire try taking the seat off there should only be 4 bolts holding it down.

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