Quiz: Do you know how to install a home security system?
You've decided to improve your home's safety with a security system. It's a great investment, but you don't want to also pay for installation. An experienced do-it-yourself-er should have no problem with this project, but take our quiz first to see how secure you are with installing a home security system on your own.
What is the main benefit of using a battery-operated alarm system?
They are inexpensive.
They work even during a power outage.
They require the least amount of maintenance.
What is the most critical maintenance requirement of a battery-operated alarm system?
The wiring must be cleaned regularly.
The system must be rewired annually.
The batteries must be replaced regularly.
A magnet switch alarm system is an example of what type of electrical systems?
What is the purpose of the magnetic component of a magnet switch device?
to conduct electricity
to keep the door or window locked
to keep the metal switch in place
Once the alarm has been tripped, how do you silence it?
You must shut whichever door or window you opened.
You must reset the alarm with a key.
You must destroy the sounding mechanism.
The first step in installing the alarm system is to install what?
the sounding mechanism
the switch boxes
To which section of a door should the magnet be attached?
the door itself
the door frame
the door knob
Fire sensors should be set to respond at what temperature?
100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)
130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius)
160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius)
If you want to secure areas of the house that are usually very hot, to what temperature should the sensors be set?
190 degrees Fahrenheit (88 degrees Celsius)
212 degrees Fahrenheit (99 degrees Celsius)
225 degrees Fahrenheit (107 degrees Celsius)
Which type of tape can you use to cause the alarm to sound if someone breaks one of the windows in your home?
conductive foil tape
If you are going to mount the sounding mechanism outdoors, you should make sure it has which of these?
weather-resistant and tamperproof case
façade that matches the rest of the exterior
What's wrong with installing the sounding mechanism in a closet or other confined space?
You might not be able to hear the alarm.
It will be very inconvenient to turn off the alarm.
The electric system might cause clothing to catch fire.
When wiring the alarm, how much exposed wiring should you work with?
0.75 inches (1.9 centimeters)
1.5 inches (3.75 centimeters)
3 inches (7.5 centimeters)
When you wire the battery to the sounding mechanism, what color wire should you use for the positive charge?
What type of battery will you like be using for your security system?
The circuit that runs to and through every switch will be what color?
If you've finished installing the system, turned the key to on, and the alarm sounds, what should you do?
Tear out the entire system and install a new system from scratch.
Check to see that all trigger points are closed and that all magnet boxes are within range of their switch boxes.
Turn the key to off; you've finished installing the system.
About how often should you test your alarm system?
once a week
once a month
once a year
The standby current for the entry detection switch circuit is approximately how much?
1/10 of an amp
1/100 of an amp
1/1000 of an amp
One way to improve your security is to add which of these?