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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    Smoke alarm was eeping gently. Figured the 9V battery was dying so I replaced it. Now, when I reconnect the apparatus it screams loudly and forever.


    Archie: the alarm spaceship with 3 tiny prongs protruding: a pair and one solo

    Jughead: catcher's mitt disk countersunk into the ceiling with 3 short wires dangling down

    Betty: little plastic connector dangling by Jughead's wires and having slots where Archie slides in

    I noticed Betty had only 2 of 3 wires from Jughead connected, so I tried her both that way and with the third wire shoved in where it seemed to fit. Archie screams either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Smoke alarm was eeping gently. Figured the 9V battery was dying so I replaced it. Now, when I reconnect the apparatus it screams loudly and forever.


    Archie: the alarm spaceship with 3 tiny prongs protruding: a pair and one solo

    Jughead: catcher's mitt disk countersunk into the ceiling with 3 short wires dangling down

    Betty: little plastic connector dangling by Jughead's wires and having slots where Archie slides in

    I noticed Betty had only 2 of 3 wires from Jughead connected, so I tried her both that way and with the third wire shoved in where it seemed to fit. Archie screams either way.
    Hardwired? Maybe you need to get a new one or you've failed to notice that your new abode is burning down around you.

    In that case, as my Hebrew friends would say "Lech lecha!"
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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Hardwired? Maybe you need to get a new one or you've failed to notice that your new abode is burning down around you.

    In that case, say my Hebrew friends would say "Lech lecha!"
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    You guys are a lot of help...
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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Well, had an interesting one last night.

    An outlet in the family room, with a turned off lamp plugged into it was warm to the touch. Unplugged the lamp and waited a couple of hours.

    Wall around outlet box was not warm (good sign) and the heater duct is 6' away, so ruled out leaky duct work.

    Wall outlets are not supposed to be warm to the touch. So I replaced the outlet.

    Problem solved.

    4į outside. Pipes still good.
    If the lamp wasn't on, how was there any amperage draw to warm the outlet? Was it arcing? and why would it if there was no current draw at the recept?
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    If the lamp wasn't on, how was there any amperage draw to warm the outlet? Was it arcing? and why would it if there was no current draw at the recept?
    That outlet is as old as the house (33 yrs). Only thing I can figure was something broke/got old inside the outlet and caused current to flow.

    It had 2 black and 2 white wires attached via the push holes in the back of the outlet. In the new outlet, I attached the wires using the screws.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    You guys are a lot of help...
    How old is the smoke alarm? >10 years or if you donít know, time to replace it. Some are 7 years.

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    Re: The Home Improvement Thread. Successes and Failures

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    That outlet is as old as the house (33 yrs). Only thing I can figure was something broke/got old inside the outlet and caused current to flow.

    It had 2 black and 2 white wires attached via the push holes in the back of the outlet. In the new outlet, I attached the wires using the screws.
    So there could have been current draw down the line thru those backstabbed connections. Good move using the screw connections, back stabs are better than they used to but still prone to loose connections. If there was something in outlet arcing you would have seen and probably smelled the evidence. Where the outgoing wires went is where your current draw was and the back stabs were loose causing some resistance and therefore heat..

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