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Ben Reed 09-26-2008 23:28

So my stupid smoke detector's going off for no reason
 
Looked around just to be safe, nothing that should have legitimately set it off was anywhere to be found.

Can't unplug the damn thing because it violates apartment safety code.

So much for a quiet evening...

Feel free to chime in about how it's actually a fire and you hope I burn to death. Not like I would, because fire is afraid of Ben Reed.

claudius 09-26-2008 23:29

Replace the battery.

Baby Bew 09-26-2008 23:29

Replace the smoke detector.

Noumenon 09-26-2008 23:29

Maybe you won't wake up when you succumb to the odorless CO.

Mr.Beverage 09-26-2008 23:29

youre on fire ben

Yaason 09-26-2008 23:30

i dont think somebody from your apartments will bust in as soon as you pull out one of the wires. then again, i dont know where you live.

bonepuppet 09-26-2008 23:30

those expeiments you've been running , are you using the explosive biochemicals we talked about or the halucinogenic ones?

edit - world domination has it's price

^RAIN^ 09-26-2008 23:32

It violates apartment code but you can't use the apartment if its constantly going off. Unplug it or remove the batteries. Deal with it when you have the time.

Ben Reed 09-26-2008 23:32

Quote:

Originally Posted by claudius (Post 13745926)
Replace the battery.

Can't do that. Maintainence has to do that. It's retarded, I know.

^RAIN^ 09-26-2008 23:33

How are they going to know?

Ben Reed 09-26-2008 23:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by Noumenon (Post 13745929)
Maybe you won't wake up when you succumb to the odorless CO.

No gas lines in here. This is Florida, after all.

I'm not sure how long it takes carbon monoxide to knock you out, but this has been going on for almost 15 minutes now, so I'm pretty sure I should be unconscious by now. Being as I'm not, I'm almost certain it's not a gas leak. :f

Reno 09-26-2008 23:34

It's an everything's OK alarm.

GriDLoK 09-26-2008 23:36

maybe there is dust or something in the sensors, try vacuuming it :shrug:

Ben Reed 09-26-2008 23:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by ^RAIN^ (Post 13745953)
How are they going to know?

Meh. I'd rather not risk it. My foresight's not exactly keen.

Plus, I would assume they'd at least keep a brief log about swapping out the batteries and crap.

What kind of batteries do smoke detectors take, anyway? I'm not even sure I have the proper kind.

GriDLoK 09-26-2008 23:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reno (Post 13745956)
It's an everything's OK alarm.

DO NOT BE ALARMED
EVERYTHING IS FINE
GO BACK TO WORK

GreyGhost 09-26-2008 23:41

If you have some canned air, blow it out, might have some dust or a spider web in the sensor.

Reno 09-26-2008 23:42

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ben Reed (Post 13745963)
Meh. I'd rather not risk it. My foresight's not exactly keen.

Plus, I would assume they'd at least keep a brief log about swapping out the batteries and crap.

What kind of batteries do smoke detectors take, anyway? I'm not even sure I have the proper kind.

9V

If the alarm is going off (like really going off) it's not a low battery.

If it's beeping every 30 seconds it's a low battery.

Urshilikai 09-26-2008 23:50

Don't they sometimes also have a detector for carbon monoxide built in?

MajorChaos 09-26-2008 23:51

We dont need no water let the mother ****er burn, burn mother ****er, burn.

Jungle Fish 09-26-2008 23:51

don't they sometimes have detectors for that strange cancer causing radiation that makes you impotent, although i heard if you can hear it you have a 99% probability that you will never achieve an erection again.

Vance 09-26-2008 23:55

you said u cant unplug it? does that mean theres wires going to it to power it?

MrGone 09-26-2008 23:56

Your building requires maintenance to replace a smoke detector battery? That's ridiculous. If you can't open it up to remove the battery, smash it until it ceases and call maintenance to replace the whole detector.

Baby Bew 09-26-2008 23:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vance (Post 13746037)
you said u cant unplug it? does that mean theres wires going to it to power it?

Cut the green wire!

Ben Reed 09-27-2008 00:00

UPDATE: I tried removing the battery, but the detector's still going -- as I suspected, the battery's just a backup. I would try replacing it with a new one, but I have no 9V batteries handy, so I just put the old one back in.

And yes, the detector is going full force, in earnest, only stopping to "catch its breath" for 10-20 second intervals before blasting forth again.

And yes, I have checked everywhere in my apartment, and there is no conceivable legitimate reason, fire or CO-related, that it should be going off. If it was the OMG SILENT KILLER, I'm pretty sure I'd be dead by this point, because we're past the half-hour mark now. :D

I'd go out to get a battery, but I have no car, I'm not sure how late the buses run, and most of the convenience stores/pharmacies within walking distance are probably closed by now (retarded this close to the college, I know)

As for smashing the damn thing...if I was paying the rent on my own dime, I think I could take any heat that would result from minor tampering with the fire equipment. But since it's my parents' dime, I naturally have to exercise a fair bit of prudence in whatever I do here.

bonepuppet 09-27-2008 00:01

knock if off the ceiling , tell the maintenance guy that it was an accident. then he will have a real job to do

MrGone 09-27-2008 00:01

Violence is the only logical answer at this point

Kerosene31 09-27-2008 00:01

If you can get it off, it should have a plug somewhere that is easy to disconnect.

Flyersfan 09-27-2008 00:02

stop watching anime and buy a battery

what are you 8

Baby Bew 09-27-2008 00:03

Wait no cut the blue one.

Flyersfan 09-27-2008 00:04

also get a job and pay your own rent

what the ****

Vance 09-27-2008 00:05

if that is going to keep you up cant you call someone whos on call 24/7 to come fix that ****?

Ben Reed 09-27-2008 00:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyersfan (Post 13746073)
stop watching anime and buy a battery

what are you 8

Read the above.

Walgreens 3 blocks down the street is closed.

No car, so I'd be hoofing it at least four times that distance to the nearest convenience store.

And there's no guarantee that a fresh battery will shut it up, either, because removing the old one didn't even turn it off.

Bad_CRC 09-27-2008 00:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by GriDLoK (Post 13745960)
maybe there is dust or something in the sensors, try vacuuming it :shrug:


Ben Reed 09-27-2008 00:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyersfan (Post 13746080)
also get a job and pay your own rent

what the ****

Working on that, actually. 2 more terms and I join the job hunt.

MrGone 09-27-2008 00:11

It'll probably keep half the people on your floor up with you if you don't do something about it.

If you're not allowed to touch your smoke detector you probably don't have access to your room's breakers, either, so if there's no on-call maintenance staff get yourself a broom handle and beat it until candy comes out

Gon 09-27-2008 00:12

is there a wire going in to the ceiling

if so disconnect it and call maintenance in the morning

this is pretty pathetic ben reed

Bad_CRC 09-27-2008 00:13

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Vance 09-27-2008 00:13

could be a dirty detector if its optical

usually when a backup goes bad it gives a warning, not a constant chiming

you have no way to test the backup battery?

DrSupey 09-27-2008 00:14

Are you sure its a smoke detector?

It could be a douche alarm. Is suicidetaxi anywhere nearby?

Vance 09-27-2008 00:16

if u cant call maintenance i think u can call the fire department and ask what you can do, afaik they regulate that **** anyway


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