Be Alerted to Dangerous Smoke in Your HVAC Ducts

APC SM-501-N In-Duct Smoke Detector


Don’t wait until it’s too late!


Your heating and air conditioning system does a great job of moving air throughout your home – but what if there’s a system malfunction or a fire? You don’t want your HVAC system spreading the smoke and combustion gasses to other areas, you want the system to shut down and notify you. This in-duct smoke detector will do just that. Using a sampling tube, it constantly tests the air inside your HVAC system, looking for smoke and combustion gasses. When everything is normal, there’s a flashing green LED on the unit. When it detects these harmful elements, it lights a red LED and energizes its two relay outputs. One can be connected to a strobe light or siren, and one can be used to shut down your HVAC system.

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Easy-to-Program Door Lock with Up to 1,000 Individual Users

TimePilot 2904 CrossOver X25 iButton Keypad Door Lock - Stainless Steel
Heavy-duty construction makes this door lock suitable for all weather conditions. Its reversible handle allows it be installed as a left or right hand handle. The keypad allows for access through the built-in keypad, an iButton, or both. iButtons are about the same size as a traditional key but contains a programmed computer chip for greater security measures. Programming is done through HomePilot software, sold separately. The HomePilot software can be used to program all your CrossOver locks and iButtons in a matter of minutes. Up to 1,000 iButtons or 100 key codes can be programmed to the X25 door lock. Restriction can be placed on each user, only allowing access between certain times on specific days. These restrictions can be especially useful for maids, handymen, temporary houseguest, and more. An audit trail lets you see exactly who is entering your home and at what times.

The door lock can also be programmed to automatically lock or unlock at certain times of the day. Other modes of operation include storehouse, which automatically locks the door after it has been unlock, or classroom, which keeps the door unlocked until it receives the lock command. A panic button is located on the inside of the lock door – one simple touch will lock to door from the inside. The door lock requires the use of four AA batteries, sold separately. A fresh set of batteries can operate more than 10,000 openings. When the batteries begin to run low, the door lock alerts you so you can be sure your home will always remain secure. Read more

Holiday DIY: Wireless INSTEON water sensor that can trigger a text message when it’s time to water your Christmas tree!

Wireless INSTEON water sensor that can trigger a text message when it’s time to water your Christmas tree!

A dead Christmas tree means a major fire hazard in your home. Less important, but still incredibly annoying are pine needles. This project (being very similar to the Water Detector Project from the other day) will send you a text reminder when it’s time to water your tree. This means less sap in your hair from constantly checking your water levels, and fewer crushed presents under the tree.

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Discreetly Control Audio/Video Equipment Hidden Inside Cabinets

Calrad 92-152-10 Single IR Flashing Emitter (10-Pack)

  • Repeats IR commands to ensure hidden home theater devices receive signals
  • Flashing LED indicates that commands are being transmitted
  • Small, low-profile design

Control your home theater system without it being out in the open. With this IR emitter, you’ll be able to store your equipment inside cabinets, keeping them hidden behind doors or even in other rooms. The emitter’s small design keeps it discreet but will give you the power to turn on your DVD player, increase the volume on your surround sound, and more. This package includes 10 emitters, however, these emitters can be purchased individually as well. Alternatively, Calrad does offer emitters with dual heads too, available individually or in a 10-pack.

To complete an IR receiver system you will need to add either a 2-Port or 6-Port IR Connecting Block, and an IR receiver, available in a in-wall tube style receiver, QuickPort/Keystone/Snap-in style receiver, surface mount receiver or a Decora-style receiver; connecting blocks and receivers each sold separately. Read more

Determine How Much Moisture is Lingering Inside Wooden Items

Extech Instruments MO220 Moisture Meter

-8 calibration scales for measuring up to 170 wood species
-Includes a heavy-duty remote probe for use on hard surfaces
-Also includes a temperature probe for automatically temperature compensated readings
-Adjustable auto power off settings
-Low battery indicator

This moisture meter can measure the amount of moisture located in wood materials. It also includes a remote handpress moisture probe for use on hard surfaces. A temperature probe increases accuracy by adding automatic temperature compensation (ATC) to your measurements. The meter automatically calibrates itself so you will get correct readings every time. Its memory contains eight wood groups with calibrations for 170 wood species. Readings are clearly displayed on the LCD display. Two AAA batteries (included) are required for operation. A low battery indicator informs you when battery level gets low. The meter also features adjustable automatic off times to prolong battery life.

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