When someone makes a purchase, they often find that they have forgotten things or assumed they were in the packaging. Home security systems are one of those birds in the automation industry that does not always comes with every supply need to install.

Magnets, Magnets, So Many Magnets

Depending on the type of security a homeowner is looking for while shopping, different magnetic sensors are available and placement requires different tools.

Window mounted transmitters are the norm. Placing magnetic sensors are up to the homeowner’s specs, and the measurements are different from home to home.  A tape measure is helpful when deciding on how far about the sensors are placed to garner the feeling of safety.

Not all windows are the same. A hand drill may be required if a homeowner has casement windows. Plunger contacts do not work well with windows that are already difficult to open and close. Instead, recessed sensors are likely going to be the best option. Drilling, marking, and running the transmitter requires a set amount of tools to succeed.

If the hidden contacts and transmitter are not appealing to the homeowner, then a different configuration is required. Plunger contacts on sliding doors and double hung windows are more comfortable and more visually appealing to some consumers.  Drilling holes may still be necessary, but options are always a positive thing.

When a door or window opens, the plunger triggers a separate transmitter, which then sends a signal to the control panel. To install a plunger, drill a hole for the plunger and another hole in the drywall for the wires. If you paint it to match the wall, the transmitter will be barely noticeable.

Pondering Power Sources

Every home security system is different. Every consumer varies in the same way. Finding the perfect fit takes more than assumptions.

  • “Low vol,” or low voltage systems, are not directly linked to a home’s energy source. Its power comes from the transformer. An AC adapter and a backup battery are likely in the panel box.
  • When the power goes out, or is cut off, the backup battery kicks in and takes over, so a home is not without security The kick of it kicking in, however, is that the homeowner insures there is a backup and that it is readily available to take over if the transformer goes bad, unplugged, or is affected by a power outage.
  • Transformers usually are 16 volts and a two-pronged device that is the size of a human fist. It is easy to install in any room that the consumer prefers. A screwdriver is a requirement for most installations and one knowing which is where troubleshooting comes into factor.

The most common types of screwdrivers in the US are  Phillips head and slot head. Then there’s the less common Torx or star head, a super cool six-pointed star-shaped head,               which is used on things that need to get very tight.

  • Regardless of voltage, backup batteries are changed every few years as best practice. If a home is more prone to outages, it may require changing out every two years or less. No one wants to lose protection because of a forgotten detail.

Summation Of Tools

Having the adequate tools to install a security system DIY style is the key to a successful installation.

  • 4-in-1 Screwdriver
  • Set of Drill Bits
  • Cordless Drill/Driver
  • Hammer
  • Pry Bar
  • Wire Stripper/Cutter

Professional technicians Protect America are available to answer questions and assist with step-by-step instructions on how to install a new home security system.