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Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:57 pm

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mytechtime wrote:I've sold many as props, too. I think the reason why is they are very common and have been produced for a long time so they blend in with a lot of time periods. They're also cheap.
Interesting, and yes they are CHEAP!!
Yeah. I did a search and you can get one online for under $20. What's crazy is how many places in Canada are still installing them.
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Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:58 pm

EST still has them in their product line. It's one of the longest-running pull station lines ever, and I don't see it being discontinued anytime soon. As long as there's still a demand for them, whether it be in buildings or movie or TV sets, EST will sell them, and they'll sell them cheap.
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Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:04 am

missj_73 wrote:It also could have been a fg777d model. They look the same to me. Too bad Im unable to post this as it is from a VHS tape (yes Im that old. LOL!!!) I can't find this scene on youtube.
Was the test button white or clear? Also it was probably dubbed as both alarms had piezos (I had a FG888D in my old house that was quite a nuisance).
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Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:48 am

The test button was clear. I had a feeling the sound was dubbed because any of those Family Gards I have ever come across had piezos. I never found piezos annoying. Squealers on the other hand were downright annoying and scary sounding. No way to ignore them and they always got the job done in getting attention.
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Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:03 pm

missj_73 wrote:The test button was clear. I had a feeling the sound was dubbed because any of those Family Gards I have ever come across had piezos. I never found piezos annoying. Squealers on the other hand were downright annoying and scary sounding. No way to ignore them and they always got the job done in getting attention.
It's an FG888D then. And I grew up with squeakers so I'd much rather have those than piezos ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but that's just my 2¢
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Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:16 pm

Oh okay I never knew they were different models much less the test buttons but I take it the FG777D is the earlier model. Learn something every day. I guess everyone is different. I grew up with those darn squeakers and was freaked out mainly by my parents Dicon. They also had a Sears early one and a Westclox smoke signal. Which ones did you have in your house? Even though I never liked how they sounded I think they were way more effective in getting ones attention. The Dicon had a very high pitched squeal that would make anyone jump 10 feet in the air. No way to ignore it.
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Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:59 pm

missj_73 wrote:Oh okay I never knew they were different models much less the test buttons but I take it the FG777D is the earlier model. Learn something every day. I guess everyone is different. I grew up with those darn squeakers and was freaked out mainly by my parents Dicon. They also had a Sears early one and a Westclox smoke signal. Which ones did you have in your house? Even though I never liked how they sounded I think they were way more effective in getting ones attention. The Dicon had a very high pitched squeal that would make anyone jump 10 feet in the air. No way to ignore it.
I had one FG888D, a Kidde i9030, and 2 apparently rare AC only BRK 1769ACI's that had really raspy horns that were oddly pleasant to listen to. Here's a video of one in case you haven't seen it yet: http://youtu.be/Rf7RSsSVZ94
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Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:44 am

Thanks and yep I have seen that video before. Not a very pleasant sound that's for sure. But that would definitely get ones attention.
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Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:54 pm

On the "Girl Meets World" episode "Girl Meets True Maya," the fire alarm goes off in the school on the show. They show a newer Wheelock MT horn/strobe with the strobe flashing, but they used the sound of a 10" bell ringing in Continuous. That was REALLY inaccurate. They should've at least shown a bell/strobe flashing, or dub in the sound of a Wheelock MT horn. Maya is blamed for setting off the alarm, but then it's announced on the intercom that it was just a problem with the alarm system.
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Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:32 pm

Hey, on a show called "Better Call Saul" I found a Simplex 4100ES in a black-ish cabinet with a huge screen :D. I also saw them use an EST Quickstart as a lighting control panel -_- xD
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Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:08 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GPWny1l7g4
Amazon Echo short - been appearing on TV as a compilation of the others.
Anyway it has a 5/6 smoke alarm SFX.
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Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:25 pm

In the episode "Adam Ruins Housing" of Adam Ruins Everything during the part about AirBNB he pulls some type of Simplex TBar and also pulls a sprinkler out of the ceiling. No alarm sounds nor does any water flow when the sprinkler is removed, although the guys reaction is kind of funny

It can be seen in the video on CH linked below at about 1:40

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Tue May 09, 2017 2:22 pm

Hi everyone, I recently purchased the complete second season (1977/1978) of Eight Is Enough and one of the episodes titled Children Of The Groom part 2 (original airdate November 9th, 1977) features a brief scene with what I do believe is an old Honeywell TC49 smoke detector. Most likely a battery unit but hard to tell. The sound it makes as sounds like it is dubbed in. I would love to post this video on here but I don't know exactly how to transfer video from a DVD onto my computer. I have tried though. If someone can help me that is great. This is probably the earliest that smoke detectors have appeared on TV shows or movies at least from what I have seen. I could be wrong though. Sometime next month I will get getting the complete third season of this show and there is another episode titled You Won't Have Nicholas To Kick Around Anymore (original airdate November 29th, 1978) that features a GE Home Sentry. Not sure of the exact model though but is the square unit with the red test button and the sound is definitely dubbed in on this one. I would love to post that video when the time comes. I grew up watching the original series of Eight Is Enough (1977-1981). So far I only have the first two seasons.
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Fri May 12, 2017 2:47 pm

A recent commercial for Cotton Tails toilet paper has a Simplex 4090-2 6" bell going off at the start.
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