Adding Smoke Detectors to Our New Addition
Timothy in Minnesota asks: I am adding 2 smoke detectors to our new addition. The older part of our house has smoke detectors in 4 locations.
Electrical Question: How can I wire in more smoke detectors to the existing smoke detectors.
I am adding 2 smoke detectors to our new addition. The older part of our house has smoke detectors in 4 locations.
Can I tap into any one of them with my 14-3 wire, or do I have to tap into the last one on the run.
This electrical wiring question came from Timothy, a Other in PINE RIVER, Minnesota.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Timothy.
How to add More Smoke Detectors
Application: Wiring additional Smoke Detectors.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the , turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in PINE RIVER, Minnesota. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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Add Another Smoke Detector
This electrical wiring project is about adding smoke detectors in a new home addition.
- Timothy, from what you have described, more smoke detectors may be added anywhere with the existing smoke detector circuit using 3-wire Type-NM (or the Romex brand), and matching the existing wire size.
- The connections of the new wiring should match the existing connections, color to color. Be sure to test the smoke detectors after the installation is complete.
Please see the following articles that will assist you:
How to Test and Repair a Smoke Detector Circuit
How to Repair Smoke Detector Wiring Problems: Hardwired Smoke Detectors with Battery Back Up, Testing and Troubleshooting a Hardwired Smoke Detector Circuit.
Smoke Detectors for the Home
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Wiring a Smoke Detector in a Basement
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