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Vance 09-27-2008 00:55

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

MrGone 09-27-2008 00:56

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 09-27-2008 00:58


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 01:00

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 01:01

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 01:01

Violence is the only logical answer at this point

Kerosene31 09-27-2008 01:01

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

Flyersfan 09-27-2008 01:02

stop watching anime and buy a battery

what are you 8

Baby Bew 09-27-2008 01:03

Wait no cut the blue one.

Flyersfan 09-27-2008 01:04

also get a job and pay your own rent

what the ****

Vance 09-27-2008 01:05

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 01:09


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 01:11


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

Ben Reed 09-27-2008 01:11


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 01:11

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 01:12

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 01:13

Vance 09-27-2008 01:13

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 01:14

Are you sure its a smoke detector?

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

Vance 09-27-2008 01:16

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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