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Jerry Hardy

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I was a Building Contractor along with owning rental properties where I did most of the repairs myself. Its my pleasure to pass on to you some of the methods I had used in the past. Hopefully, this will save you the expense of hiring a professional to do the work.

Mounting Fire Alarm

Mounting Fire Alarm Procedures:

1. Choose location

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A fire alarm should be installed  in areas such as the bedrooms for the safety of the occupants while asleep. Install the alarm either on the wall near the ceiling or on the ceiling.

2. Mark and drill mounting holes

After removing the alarm cover, hold the alarm against the wall or ceiling in the area where its going be installed. Using a pencil, make a mark at the two holes where the mounting screws will attach. Using a drill, make a hole somewhat smaller than the plastic screw anchors that come with the alarm. If a drill is not available and the mounting surface is drywall, you can use a small Phillips screwdriver, tapping it though the drywall with a hammer using light taps.

3. Insert plastic screw anchors

Once the holes are made for mounting the fire alarm, insert the plastic anchors by pushing them into the holes by hand or tapping lightly with a hammer.

4. Install the alarm

Next, place the fire alarm in position and attach with the two mounting screws.

5. Insert the battery and test11905797_s,fire alarm

Remove the fire alarm battery cover and insert the battery. All fire alarms have a test and mute buttom on the outer surface of the alarm. Standing on a stool or using a broom stick handle, push down on the test button until you hear the alarm go off. If it does not sound, return it to the dealer for a replacement.

6. Use of the hush button

If the alarm sounds while cooking or showering, push down on the hush button to silence it.  Do not remove the battery under any circumstances. In some states there is a fine placed on the tenant of a rental dwelling if they remove the battery.


Since fire alarms are installed in areas of the home, which in some cases are out of sight of the occupants, they are not given the proper attention. Once every month they should be tested by pressing the sound button either by hand or for convenience, using a broomstick handle. If the alarm does not sound, replace the battery. Fire alarm beeping is an indication that the battery is weak and should be replaced.  Regardless, always replace the battery once a year if it is not a Titanium battery.  A good time signal to use for battery replacement is when you reset your clock every year. After ten years, discard the alarm and install a new one.

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