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Replacing Old Smoke Detectors

How do connect the wires for a new smoke detector? Identifying Smoke Detectors and Wiring to ensure proper compatibility.

Wiring Smoke Detectors
Electrical Question: How do connect the wires for a new smoke detector?

This electrical wiring question came from: Jim, a Homeowner from Dallas,Texas.
Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Jim.

How to Wire a New Smoke Detector

Application: Installing or Replacing a Smoke Detector.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience and the number of smoke detectors and access to them.
Precaution: Smoke Detectors are required by code to be installed in specific areas of the home. Never remove or leave a smoke detector disconnected or never leave the smoke detector circuit power off.
Notice: Smoke detector type alarms should be tested frequently to make sure they are functioning correctly.Installing or upgrading electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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