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Quiz: Do you know how to install a home security system?
by Staff
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?

  • open circuit
  • closed-circuit
  • multidirectional circuit

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 magnets
  • 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?

  • duct tape
  • conductive foil tape
  • electrical 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
  • remote control

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?

  • black
  • red
  • green

What type of battery will you like be using for your security system?

  • 6-volt
  • 9-volt
  • 12-volt

The circuit that runs to and through every switch will be what color?

  • silver
  • copper
  • green

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?

  • Buy a mean guard dog.
  • Attach some lights and a radio to various timers.
  • Purchase a firearm.