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Old 01-29-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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Is it Monday again and no one told me??

When your smoke detectors are all hard-wired together, and something (NOT a fire... dust, dog hair, Pixie Dust??) sets one of them off, maybe even a malfunction... but you can't make the cursed things stop shrieking by using the button-pushing-doohickey in the middle... then you start to wonder if there really is something wrong.

This leads to an entertaining half-hour standing in the driveway freezing to death with the dog while the firefighters check the house out and figure out how to turn the dang alarms off. Then the firefighters inform you that all is well, but they don't know what went wrong either - try changing the batteries in all the alarms, but if they continue to go off, they may have to be replaced. Oh joy.

And - for what it is worth - my dog is not fond of Big Red Firetrucks, and he REALLY doesn't like firefighters in full turn-out gear.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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We've had that problem as well. I unfortunately found out in the middle of the night when it starts once it usually continues. And one always activated the others for us. How our ds and dd ever slept through it a few different nights I'll never know.

We had to have ours replaced you should probably just go ahead and do the same to be safe. I think they've warned you.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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We had to get one replaced because of that, too. Ours started going off at 6:00 am on a day that the high was 17, so we were all standing outside in our jammies while DH looked around for a fire. We had just moved across the country for DH's work and were living in an apartment while our old house sold, so we had to wait until the maintenance worker got around to coming over that afternoon. We had figured out which one always started the process by then, since they'd been sounding for hours off and on all day, so he replaced that one, and all was well after that.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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When your smoke detectors are all hard-wired together, and something (NOT a fire... dust, dog hair, Pixie Dust??) sets one of them off, maybe even a malfunction... but you can't make the cursed things stop shrieking by using the button-pushing-doohickey in the middle... then you start to wonder if there really is something wrong.

This leads to an entertaining half-hour standing in the driveway freezing to death with the dog while the firefighters check the house out and figure out how to turn the dang alarms off. Then the firefighters inform you that all is well, but they don't know what went wrong either - try changing the batteries in all the alarms, but if they continue to go off, they may have to be replaced. Oh joy.

And - for what it is worth - my dog is not fond of Big Red Firetrucks, and he REALLY doesn't like firefighters in full turn-out gear.
The rule!!! Why do people not follow the rule??

We had the same problem...only we live in NJ and the smoke detectors started going off while we were vacationing in Idaho and a friend was staying at our house, dog sitting! She called and wanted to know how to turn them off. Ummmm....we had no clue, having bought the house just a few years ago and knowing that they were hard-wired.

When we got home, DH called the manufacturer and they told him that each unit had a life span of about 5 years. When their life span is up, they will screech as if there was a fire in the home. Well, ours were at least 7 years old, so when we got home he replaced them all. We haven't had any screeching since.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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Every time we visit my mom's house on vacation, this ALWAYS happens! She insists that it doesn't happen when we are no there. Her's talks and says "warning, warning" then it beeps...it is so annoying, and always happens at least twice during our stay (and always in the middle of the night. We don't smoke (and neither does she), but she lives alone, and maybe with the four of us there we kick up dust or something??
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