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by El Chupacabra
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: Anyone know what this horn is?
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Anyone know what this horn is?

It is indeed an older Edwards horn. This model appears to be the predecessor to the well-known 360-series Adaptahorn. A similar horn (model 311-F) can be seen on this page . A few months ago, I saw an IBM-branded version of this device listed on eBay. I wouldn't be surprised if other companies had a...
by El Chupacabra
Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Amseco BZ-50P, got any information on it?
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Re: Amseco BZ-50P, got any information on it?

Very nice find! That horn is also at the very top of my list of wanted alarms. I’d love to get my hands on a Pyrotronics-branded version, but they seem to be incredibly hard to find. Not sure if this information is something anyone would need, but the Amseco BZ-50P also seems to be just a rebranded ...
by El Chupacabra
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1061
Views: 206527

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

Another building at my university received an upgrade during the summer. The building in question featured what was perhaps the oldest remaining system on campus. The previous system consisted of an Edwards Custom 6500 (judging by the annunciator at the main entrance) with older 270-SPOs, 6200-serie...
by El Chupacabra
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)
Replies: 1812
Views: 317418

Re: Fire Alarms in Buildings (2.0)

I recently visited a local high-rise office building that features an interesting combination of devices. This building originally had a 1980s Honeywell voice-evac system with bilingual FM950 pull stations and 8" Arnscott Electronics speakers. In the last 3 to 4 years, a new Notifier system was inst...
by El Chupacabra
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What rare devices do you have?
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: What rare devices do you have?

- Edwards 270-SPOTB pull station (dual-action 270-SPO with an additional tamper switch for the front cover) - Notifier FM-9551S pull station (perhaps the rarest recently-made device I own) - Kidde MP1 pull station - IBM 4252-1 pull station - Honeywell S464D1000 pull station - Edwards 279L pull stati...
by El Chupacabra
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Have you ever seen a pull station mounted high up?
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Have you ever seen a pull station mounted high up?

One of the highest-mounted pull stations I've seen is the Simplex T-bar pictured below. I can't really estimate the height of the pull station in relation to the floor, but as evidenced by the photo, the top of the 4251-20 is pretty much at the same level as the bottom edge of the bell. These device...
by El Chupacabra
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Other Collections
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Other Collections

I've been collecting world banknotes since 2001/2002 and now have 7 binders of paper money from all continents. I'm particularly interested in older notes from Canada, Europe (pre-Euro, with a focus on France) and Overseas France (former French colonies such as French Indochina or French West Africa...
by El Chupacabra
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1061
Views: 206527

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

Today, I heard this system sounding during a false alarm. I only heard the first stage signal (60 BPM chime) as the alarm had been initiated a few floors below mine. After about one minute, an automatic bilingual message was broadcast, indicating that the fire alarm had been activated on the 18th f...
by El Chupacabra
Sat May 18, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What is the oldest system you have seen in operation?
Replies: 30
Views: 1744

Re: What is the oldest system you have seen in operation?

The oldest active system I've seen was a Simplex 4208 at my university's sports building. This system was original to the building (1972) and was replaced in 2017.
by El Chupacabra
Wed May 08, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1061
Views: 206527

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

After staying in a high-rise hotel, those kinds of systems have always interested me. What floor were you on? I was on the 26th floor during the alarm. I've been told that the second stage alarm automatically sounds on the floor where the alarm was initiated (along with the floors above and below) ...
by El Chupacabra
Wed May 08, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: What alarm do you have at work/school
Replies: 1061
Views: 206527

Re: What alarm do you have at work/school

I recently started a new job in a high-rise office building that features a brand-new Simplex 4100ES system (replacing what appears to have been an EST system). The pull stations are two-stage T-bars with bilingual lettering (most of which display the new Simplex logo) mounted near Simplex firefight...
by El Chupacabra
Tue May 07, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Popular Fire Alarm Brands in Your Area
Replies: 32
Views: 1882

Re: Popular Fire Alarm Brands in Your Area

My area has a pretty good balance of brands, making it quite difficult to identify a specific order of popularity. Here are the five most common brands, according to my very unscientific observations. EST : Common in pretty much every type of building. EST products are especially popular in resident...
by El Chupacabra
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Humor - Fire alarm vocabulary
Replies: 38
Views: 1840

Re: Humor - Fire alarm vocabulary

Alexis_T wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:17 pm
Edwards Adapt-A-Bell: Isn't it pretty? (belle meaning "beautiful" in French, get it?)
This made me think of another one in French.

Pyr-A-Larm (pr.): The worst alarm (pire alarme).

Seriously, though, Pyr-A-Larm is a rather unfortunate-sounding name when pronounced in French.
by El Chupacabra
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: No fire alarms in 20-story building?
Replies: 17
Views: 1101

Re: No fire alarms in 20-story building?

Coincidentally, I came across a similar situation at the Gershwin Theatre (also in New York City) about ten years ago. It was quite surprising to notice a lack of noticeable fire alarm devices in a theatre featuring nearly 2000 seats.
by El Chupacabra
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: General Fire Alarm Media
Topic: new Edwards EST-4 panel
Replies: 3
Views: 1322

Re: new Edwards EST-4 panel

Nice-looking panel! If those displays are indeed touchscreens (as they appear to be, judging by the minimal presence of buttons), this seems to be a pretty big upgrade from the EST3. At this point, the EST3 has been EST's flagship system for about 22 years, so it's refreshing to see some newness in ...