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Old 07-05-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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I am doing a re-wire of all the outlets in a house, the lighting has already been done by someone else a few years ago. Is it required to install interconnected smoke detectors? It currently has battery operated ones.
Im thinking that if they aren't part of my scope then they are fine to leave how they are.

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It's not an NEC issue. It would be covered by your building or fire codes. Here, it's under the state fire code and all fire alarm and smoke detectors are inspected by the local fire marshall or fire department. Check your municipal offices for the answer.

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okay thanks for the info. I will give them a call when they open up.
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In CA, if you are doing a service upgrade you are usually required to have battery smokes. If you have a certain percentage of wallboard removed, you are required to install interconnected. if you are just swaping out recepts, no IC smokes are needed.
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try to sell the customer the 120v interconnected ones, explain to them its to their advantage to have it done now.
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Don't forget about the carbon monoxide detectors!!
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I talked to the inspector this morning and yeah, not required for me to install interconnected smoke detectors. I did give a price if they would like them installed as well
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i had a customer today who insisted on battery operated smokes only. after i mentioned that mom would wake to a detector that went off in her daughter's room (due to interlock), the customer quickly saw things my way. the only reason he wanted battery operated only is because his went off once and he couldn't get them to stop.
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i had a customer today who insisted on battery operated smokes only. after i mentioned that mom would wake to a detector that went off in her daughter's room (due to interlock), the customer quickly saw things my way. the only reason he wanted battery operated only is because his went off once and he couldn't get them to stop.
There are wireless interconnected smoke/CO detectors should they really want to go that way.
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There are wireless interconnected smoke/CO detectors should they really want to go that way.
I didn't know they had wireless one. That may be a great solution on some remodels!
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I installed some wired interconnected smoke/CO2 detectors on a new construction trim-out...easiest part of the whole job.

Around here, if you pull a permit EI mandates smoke detectors of some sort or he won't pass.

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