Archives for: November 2007, 04


  10:59:43 am, by The Dreamer   , 459 words  
Categories: Home, Safety & Security

Wireless Smoke Alarm


As I was doing my annual battery replacement in my smoke detectors and testing them, the thought struck me of what I might have to do if I needed to replace them.

The condo just as stand alone battery powered smoke alarms, while my previous apartments had AC powered with battery backup interconnected smoke alarms. While kind of annoying having all the alarms go off when one goes off, it isn't a bad thing. Except when trying to figure out which one set off the others.

I didn't know they had battery backup, until one of the batteries ran down and it had the most obnoxious chirp...and random. Meaning it would chirp once for seemingly no reason and I'd have no idea where it came from when I got to the location. It wasn't until it got worse, that it would chirp frequently enough for me to figure out that it was coming from the smoke alarm. Then came figuring out how to get at the battery compartment and finding a battery for it. Didn't occur to me that I should probably have called the landlord to fix it....

The only problem with interconnected smoke alarms, was in my previous apartment, there was smoke detector by the kitchen area and a smoke detector by the living room...but if I burned something (or just made something that was smokey....the apartment has a recirc range hood, which blows out towards the smoke detectors), it was more often that it was the smoke detector by the living room that detected it. Perhaps because the A/C register blows across the detector by the kitchen.

The condo also has a recirc range hood, of course, though it doesn't blow straight to the smoke detector and the filter new enough that it is effective. I should make a note to see where to get replacement carbon filters for it....

Anyways, I wondered to myself if there were such things as wireless interconnected smoke detectors, so I wouldn't have to deal with running wires. And, a quick Google search yielded the answer :))

Not sure I'll take the plunge right away, while the current ones I haven't had a (nuisance) trip in the almost 1.5 years that I've been here. Of course, maybe that's a reason why I shouldn't not consider interconnected smoke alarms. Plus according to the site, it has alarm has a light to indicate that its the unit that tripped.

Guess I'll add it to the list....

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  10:20:55 am, by The Dreamer   , 365 words  
Categories: General, Samsung HLN4365W1

The Late DST of 2007

Well, nothing significant to having to update clocks for the time change this year. Didn't see any issues last week, except at work were a few forgotten machines that hadn't gotten retired on schedule switched off of DST early :D

I'm sure I missed a few clocks somewhere, but that's normal.

But, once again it is time to check the lamp timer on my Samsung HLN4365W1....gotta write down somewhere that the sequence is POWER-MUTE-1-8-2-POWER and that I need to be on an active input before I do get to the service menu.

Anyways...the timer reports that 5937 hours.

For a few months, it has seemed that the screen isn't as bright as it used to be (also seems to take some time to reach its full brightness) I've been debating whether I should replace the lamp. Perhaps I'll do it some day, but not this weekend.

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  01:37:28 am, by The Dreamer   , 31 words  
Categories: Stuff

NightWalker - Oval(tm) Walking Light


Was a piece of junk....never got to use it, it stopped working before I got that chance. Like it can't handle the rigors of being carried in my jacket pocket....


Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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