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by htsmi
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: EST2 Dialers Keep Failing
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: EST2 Dialers Keep Failing

DL2 dialers are that bad. You also may have gotten transient voltage from lightning on your phone lines if you have copper into the building. If you're lucky enough to find a new one that's been sitting on the shelf, that's probably your best bet. No component of the EST2 can be considered reliable ...
by htsmi
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: FCI 7100 series piezo replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: FCI 7100 series piezo replacement

Sorry for the late reply, it is possible that this module will work in this situation. I sent you a PDF with some documentation, but Gamewell-FCI sent these piezo modules to distributors in 2008 for a recall with some boards manufactured in mid 2007 where the piezo did not work properly. According t...
by htsmi
Thu May 30, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: why do we have to do fire drills once a month
Replies: 19
Views: 472

Re: why do we have to do fire drills once a month

No, it's not just you, these rules don't apply to colleges and universities. NFPA 101 considers them a business or assembly occupancy, which have no fire drill requirements, unless the AHJ says otherwise. They are required in college dorms however, but it appears there is not a required frequency, j...
by htsmi
Tue May 28, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: why do we have to do fire drills once a month
Replies: 19
Views: 472

Re: why do we have to do fire drills once a month

Required in NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) 15.7.2.3 for educational occupancies: Emergency egress drills shall be conducted as follows: (1) Not less than one emergency egress drill shall be conducted every month the facility is in session, unless both of the following criteria are met: (a) In climates ...
by htsmi
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: Getting Asterisk / alarmreceiver to read DTMF digits properly.
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Getting Asterisk / alarmreceiver to read DTMF digits properly.

You may be able to try listening in on the phone "conversation" and recording it to a wav file. This page has some suggestions for how to do that on the analog phone lines, or there may be way to do it within Asterisk. You could then analyze it with a program like Audacity to see if it is actually s...
by htsmi
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Why does the EST QuickStart get so much hate?
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Re: Why does the EST QuickStart get so much hate?

I don't like that the database of the EST panel can't be uploaded all . So it's hard to do things about old project . It is possible on the QuickStart. I have done it. Just not the EST2/EST3 and other brand variants like MIR2. QuickStart can also be programmed without need for a license key. But ye...
by htsmi
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: Getting Asterisk / alarmreceiver to read DTMF digits properly.
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: Getting Asterisk / alarmreceiver to read DTMF digits properly.

This is a neat little project. I have yet to try it because I don't have the proper hardware, but it could potentially be useful in the field for troubleshooting dialer communications. I've also been thinking about a little open source coding project that would use a voice modem or sound card to "li...
by htsmi
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Fire Block Foam or Caulk
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Fire Block Foam or Caulk

Yes, as EdwardsFan states, it must be rated and listed for the intended purpose. Never use general purpose caulking or insulation. There are many fire stop products available, be certain that the specifications meet what the building design requires and the F-rating meets or exceeds the fire rating ...
by htsmi
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Device mismatch on FCI and Silent Knight SLC
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: Device mismatch on FCI and Silent Knight SLC

In my experience, Silent Knight panels will show a trouble when you have an FCI device connected to them. Not sure about the reverse though. Supposedly the 7100 actually works with any brand of device since it operates in CLIP mode and does not check the vendor ID. Haven't tried it though. Obviously...
by htsmi
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: New construction code question
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: New construction code question

Some colleagues of mine have been in a similar situation with an AHJ. Our interpretation is that occupant notification is always required in apartment buildings when there is a sprinkler system. The exception that the AHJ is citing is for a "manual fire alarm system," which we believe only affects t...
by htsmi
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Alternatives to System Sensor for Notifier notification
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Alternatives to System Sensor for Notifier notification

The Wheelock LED3 series would probably be a good bet if you don't need many higher candela devices. Wheelock sync is built into Notifier panels. The EST Genesis series is the lowest profile but aren't great for non-EST systems because no-one but EST has built-in sync for them. The ceiling ones are ...
by htsmi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: NEW Fire-Lite ES series Control Panels
Replies: 15
Views: 1752

Re: NEW Fire-Lite ES series Control Panels

Cabinet size didn’t change. It’s the same as the Ms panels. The door is the only change. Yeah, you're actually right. It's still a little large for my taste. The 30-year old Miniscan that this one replaced was about half the size. But almost all panels currently on the market are larger than I thin...
by htsmi
Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: NEW Fire-Lite ES series Control Panels
Replies: 15
Views: 1752

Re: NEW Fire-Lite ES series Control Panels

Yeah, I've installed one of the ES-50s and had some of the same issues: non-standard USB cable, very slow start-up, comes with no documentation so I had to squint at my phone for an hour. Luckily I didn't have one that was bad out of the box. It works alright for the application but has some qualiti...
by htsmi
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm Help
Topic: FCI 7200 “ALRET” trouble
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Re: FCI 7200 “ALRET” trouble

Is this an addressable duct detector? If so, there are some options under the "Sensr" section of the main menu to drift-compensate ("Comp.") one sensor or re-initialize all sensors ("Init."). These may be worth giving a try, my guess (having only dealt with many 7100s and E3s) is they should at leas...
by htsmi
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Fire Alarm General Discussion
Topic: Strange fire alarm upgrade at the local Aldi storr
Replies: 30
Views: 1145

Re: Strange fire alarm upgrade at the local Aldi storr

Yes, or I wouldn't be at all surprised if the contractors did something they shouldn't have and the fire marshal is not aware of it. I'd be kind of tempted to send a little note over to them.

I wonder if the panel is in trouble.