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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Homesteading. (Note that this BB is part of a four-part choose your own adventure called Little List. You must complete four Badge Bits in the Little List.)

In this Badge Bit, you will install a smoke detector.



Some articles on smoke detector installation:
  - Installing and Maintaining Smoke Alarms
  - Install Hard-wired or Battery Powered Smoke Alarms
  - Installing Smoke Alarms
  - Install Hard-wired Smoke Detectors



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4LrmEmL-rE



To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - you must install a smoke detector

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the location for the smoke detector
   - a progress picture of the installation
   - an after picture of the location for the smoke detector
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Note there are a couple of different families.

Ionizing - Uses radioactive element) More responsive to flaming fires.
(infographic)

Photoelectric - (Uses LED element) More responsive to smouldering fires.
(infographic)

Which is "best" is up for debate and you may want to do a combination of both, based on which type of fire would be most expected.
For instance when I did my house I used mainly photoelectric detectors, figuring that the greatest danger would be from electrical shorts smoking away, but I used an ionizing detector instead near the wood stove
in case something bursts into flame.  In my attached pump-house I installed both (attached to the main system) as I want to keep "an eye" on things since it has a heater and I don't want hidden problems getting out of control.


 
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I put a smoke detector in the guest bedroom.
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Location in corner above door
Location in corner above door
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Screwing on the baseplate
Screwing on the baseplate
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Ta da! And the door doesn't even hit it :)
Ta da! And the door doesn't even hit it :)
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I'm looking for something pithy to say but fire isn't a joking matter.  

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Installing a new smoke in my main hallway. I've been slacking at this location for a few years now, Glad this convinced me to get off my butt and install it.
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Kudos to our fire department which gives one of these to every address at no additional charge.  
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Instead of fixing the ceiling mounted, electric integrated fire alarm when it malfunctioned, my landlord handed me a wall-mounted battery powered fire alarm after ripping out the original. Well, lemonade out of lemons, it lets me do this BB.

I don't trust how long it will work since they gave me a used one, so I went with the mounting method that allows for a quick replacement if need be.
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The chosen spot
The chosen spot
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Mounting screw
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Alarm in place
Alarm in place
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Here's my smoke alarm install submission...
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Bare area ready for alarm. Ceilings are quite high in this area so ladder was needed.
Bare area ready for alarm. Ceilings are quite high in this area so ladder was needed.
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Installing the mounting bracket for the smoke alarm.
Installing the mounting bracket for the smoke alarm.
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Installed smoke alarm, tested and ready.
Installed smoke alarm, tested and ready.
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Here is my submission for the Homesteading - Sand for Straw points - Install a Smoke Detector BB.

I decided to install two combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in my converted shipping container house.  My house has two rooms and the first unit is installed in the office/kitchen area near the south-end window and about 6 feet south of the wood stove.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided:
   - a before picture of the location for the smoke detector
   - a progress picture of the installation
   - an after picture of the location for the smoke detector
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Before install - south end window above desk
Before install - south end window above desk
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progress photo - mounting bracket installed
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after photo - CO/Smoke alarm unit installed
after photo - CO/Smoke alarm unit installed
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Here is my submission for the Homesteading - Sand for Straw points - Install a Smoke Detector BB.

I decided to install two combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in my converted shipping container house.  My house has two rooms with an interior door and wall providing temperature and privacy separation.  The first unit is installed in the bedroom area about half-way between the interior wall/door and the north-end window.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided:
   - a before picture of the location for the smoke detector
   - a progress picture of the installation
   - an after picture of the location for the smoke detector
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two smoke and CO Alarm units
two smoke and CO Alarm units
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"bedroom" ceiling - fan is over bed - notice light on left for orientation in install photos
"bedroom" ceiling - fan is over bed - notice light on left for orientation in install photos
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mounting bracket installed
mounting bracket installed
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batteries installed
batteries installed
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unit mounted on bracket and tested - after photo
unit mounted on bracket and tested - after photo
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Installed a smoke detector
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I installed a Smoke detector




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put one on the stairs close to the fireplace
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A nice easy one to tick off the list. Looks like there used to be one where I put it but now it's there to stay!
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Location selected
Location selected
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During install
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Baseplate on
Baseplate on
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Done and done
Done and done
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The smoke detector upstairs was expired and needed to be replaced. It is a hardwired detector, so I replaced it with a hardwired smoke/CO detector that has a battery backup as well. (I replaced upstairs that I am submitting for the CO detector BB.)
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The old expired detector.
The old expired detector.
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The new smoke/CO detector.
The new smoke/CO detector.
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The old detector removed.
The old detector removed.
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The baseplate for the new detector installed.
The baseplate for the new detector installed.
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Installed and working.
Installed and working.
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I bought 4 additional smoke detectors to install in various rooms that didn't have them in my home.
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Empty ceiling.
Empty ceiling.
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Installing anchors
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Putting the detector up
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Install complete
Install complete
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The Scottish Government recently brought in new legislation about fire alarm requirements so it seemed a perfect opportunity to complete this BB!

This alarm was installed in my kitchen.
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Fire alarm assembled, activated and tested
Fire alarm assembled, activated and tested
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Bare ceiling in kitchen
Bare ceiling in kitchen
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Fire alarm installed
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Hooking up the detector to the base
Hooking up the detector to the base
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Installed a smoke detector in my master bedroom
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done!
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Needed a smoke detector in the bedroom.
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Future spot for the detector
Future spot for the detector
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Battery in
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Ready and safer
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I bought a security system and made sure to include an additional smoke detector. Had to put the holes at a weird angle to make the detector align correctly.
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Before
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Anchors in
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Mounting plate on
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Smoke detector installed
Smoke detector installed
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Hello. I installed a smoke detector in my she shed. It's going inbetween floors, just in case.
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drilling in the marked holes
drilling in the marked holes
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two drills and all the equipment laid out
two drills and all the equipment laid out
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battery going in
battery going in
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installed and tested!
installed and tested!
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I installed a new smoke detector with 10 year battery and tested it. This house has a decommissioned alarm system that used to network the smoke detectors, so it is not wired for 120v detectors with signal wire.  That is preferred because then all of the smoke detectors will alert simultaneously, but this battery only stand-alone smoke detector is better than nothing. It also has an exit light feature which is pretty cool.

Video is of me testing it after install.
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Mounting plate installed
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Complete
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installed and tested smoke detector (with a new battery!) in between living room & family room
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must install a smoke detector


To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
  - a before picture of the location for the smoke detector
See attached.
  - a progress picture of the installation
See attached.
  - an after picture of the location for the smoke detector
See attached.
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My state requires sealed 10 year batteries, the plan is to install this one in the laundry room today.
My state requires sealed 10 year batteries, the plan is to install this one in the laundry room today.
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Plan is to go in this corner. It is located in a small room with the washer and dryer. The dryer electric hookup is in line with the planned mounting spot.
Plan is to go in this corner. It is located in a small room with the washer and dryer. The dryer electric hookup is in line with the planned mounting spot.
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Mount on the wall, next step is to secure the screws and then mount the fire alarm.
Mount on the wall, next step is to secure the screws and then mount the fire alarm.
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Installed and functional.
Installed and functional.
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We bought a smoke detector that also serves as a carbon monoxide detector.

After reading the installation menu carefully we decided to place it in the room where the stove is but not too close.
We'll only need one alarm as we don't have doors but arches separating rooms.
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Dear Timothy

I'd like to contest the rejection of my BB submission, as

1. this is also a smoke detector
2. this requirement of not being allowed 2-in-1 is not stated in the rules of the BB
3. isn't permaculture design encouraging to combine multiple functions of an element?
 
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I realize my wording is a little wonky, my apologies.

The 2 in 1 detector is fine, the issue is using the same installation for two separate BBs. The intent of the BBs is having two separate unique installations. It could be two 2 in 1s, but giving one event double credit is not the intent of the BBs. I gave credit to the CO detector BB for this particular install.
 
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We had an ugly old smoke detector in our dining room, and It didn't work any more, so I replaced it.
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old broken smoke detector
old broken smoke detector
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old vs new
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Done!
Done!
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