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Friday, December 02, 2005


Why do @#$%&! smoke detector batteries only die in the middle of the night!? Seriously, who here has ever had the infamous low-battery chirp begin at, say, noon? It doesn't happen. I swear, these things are programmed to only start chirping at 2:15 AM.


Blogger Darren said...

OH MY GOD! It's ridiculously true! And in new houses, where it's now code that there has to be a smoke detector in every bedroom as well as in the hallways, you get to play the game of follow-the-sound-through-the-house. You hear the stupid beep, then run to where you think you heard it from, and stand there and wait for it to happen again, hoping you got the right one but not quite sure because there are so many of the stupid things so close together. Drives me friggin' nuts.

What's worse, now, is that since they're still doing construction over here, a lot of the houses around us have electricity and have their smoke detectors installed, but they haven't put in batteries, yet. So all night long, if you step outside (or open a window), you hear, "Beep...beep beep....beep....beep beep beep...." and so forth. That's enough to drive a man to insanity...

12/02/2005 8:03 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

Wait. With the new code, you have to have a detector installed in every bedroom AND the hallways? That's insanity.

And yes, the waltz that's performed to find the affected detector is ridiculous. You think that they could just make the little red light blink so that you could find it easily. How much energy does THAT consume. I mean, I think the light on my Pink Floyd "Pulse" boxed for about two years before it finally died.

At least last night I knew the detecotr was right outside my bedroom because of the proximity of the sound and noise. Just hearing it chirp made me bolt upright in bed and I couldn't fall asleep until about two hours after I took the batteries out.

12/02/2005 8:15 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

Oh yeah. With the new code, there has to be one in every bedroom, AND they have to be hardwired with battery backup. So even if you take the battery out, it still beeps. It only stops beeping when you put a new battery in. Also, with them being hardwired, it means that if one of them is actually set off, they ALL go off, which I guess is good in an ACTUAL fire, but if you set off the smoke alarm by accident, it sucks because there's no way to just unplug the one that's going off. You just have to wait for the smoke or whatever to clear enough for them to stop.

12/02/2005 11:21 PM  

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