Kevtistic's Alarm/Bell/Detector Collection

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BigKayCea
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:19 pm

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My first Simplex products have entered the collection! This is my Simplex 2099-9754 pull station, which I bought "new used" with its original packaging, breaker rod, manual, mounting screws, and keys!

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The Simplex t-bar is one of the most recognizable fire alarm devices in both the professional and casual fields, with production dating as far back as the 1960s, with few cosmetic changes. This is also my first device to come with a key.

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This pull station is still in production today, and also comes in dual-action or break-glass variants.

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According to the manual, this pull station was manufactured circa 1991. Although it was kept outside, its good cosmetic condition was likely due to staying in a box most of the time.

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I inserted the breaker rod that came with the device as a demonstration of how it would break if the t-bar was pulled down. Since it was the only rod, I chose to keep it intact.

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A look at the original packaging and accessories.

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Last up is my Simplex 4903-9168 speaker/strobe! There are multiple versions of the Simplex 4903-series available, including versions with electromechanical horns, white-colored units, and ceiling-mount units.

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This green asterisk on the strobe lens indicates that the strobe intensity is rated for 15 candela. It pulses at a rate of 60 flashes per minute. Different candela rates are available, with different shapes and colors to represent them.

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Like my Simplex t-bar, this unit came with its original packaging, along with mounting screws inside the white bag for mounting.
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:34 pm

Really great additions to your collection! I hope that you get more soon!
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:49 pm

I've recently acquired two vintage devices for the collection, including my first burglar alarm!

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This is my "Canton Son Inc." residential smoke alarm, model number unknown. It strikes me a little bit as to how small the packaging is (no larger than a deck of cards), and the alarm's design is one of the strangest I've ever seen.

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It looks like a cross between a rotary phone dial, a lighter, and a novelty tin. To break things down, the 'rotary phone dial' is actually a piezo to project the sound through. The 'lighter' components are actually used to test the alarm to ensure it's in working condition (it runs on a C battery). Lastly, the 'novelty tin' appearance has a metal piece on the back to wall-mount the device as well as a tab on the side to open up the device.

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The alarm comes with all its original packaging. According to the instruction manual, the device can be tested by pushing up on the metal bar at the bottom. In normal operation, the alarm will sound if the temperature inside the room reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

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This is my "Alarm-Guard Model 280" burglar alarm, which is designed for residential applications. The company and model number are all guesses. It comes with a detachable metal chain and hook that is meant to attach onto a door or window. It runs on two AA batteries, and it most likely sounds the piezo by sensing motion. One unique thing about this device is that the piezo's tone quality can be adjusted due to the possible risk of the sound mechanisms loosening. It also comes packaged with screws.
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Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:47 pm

Those devices sure do look very interesting! You keep on getting great finds for yourself!
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