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31Jan/090

The first of …one-million trips to the hardware store -Fire and Locks

So if you don't know, We will get the keys to our new home in about 2 days. This is a new chapter in kellykeeton.com which will get a new section on the nerd blog for HomeOwnership. I will share the blood sweat and tears and the nerd about owning a house.

Today I spend my first $200 dollars at home depot.. Kelly what can you do with 200dollars you ask? You might think I could buy a 2m/440 antenna I have been wanting... nope. I purchased two deadbolts with matching door handles, and 3 smoke alarms.

Now you might know that I am big on lock security, I have found a cool item from KwickSetlocks, which formally I am not a fan of. But they have these new ANSI1-BumpProtectionLocks that are real smooth, I read some of the lock-picking notes onthem and peoplesay they are good and at least "worthy of a bump stop logo" good enough for me. Butwhat really sold me was that I can rekey the locks myself with just a new key. Thisis real smooth as I can now give out keys loose keys and add doors with no locksmithfor re-key or problems of security.

My new Smokedetectors took up the remaning 100 of my trip, I got 2 units for hallway use withAC backup, and one CO/Fire unit with AC and backup. I chose these units because thetwo I can put in the 1st floor and wire them in the attic, the CO/Fire I can try tofigure out how to wire near the furnace in the basement. It will be a real pain towire up for sure, but I feel the extra value of having two floor alarming to be alarge benifit. Also if I can hardwire them I can ignore the 9volts and steal themfor a emergency electronic project.  I do know that the consumer (Homedepot)CO2 detectors are not anywhere as good as the professional ones, I will have to lookinto that for the future if we ever have kids (7 years katie) BTW did you know thatthe CO2 detectors are only good for 5-7 years if they start chirping for no reasonthey are dead. I think fire is the same way, I never knew that I just whacked themin my last apartment till they shutup.

They have wireless units that will alarm in synch wireless, but my problem there iswith HF/VHF radios I dont want my damn fire alarms popping in when I do finally finishthat radio project.

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