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    Default Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    I don't know if anyone can tell from this angle but does anyone know what this might be ? 100 year old home

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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Looks like the remains of an old smoke alarm (smoke detectors with alarms are smoke alarms).

    May it rest in peace in a landfill someplace after it is removed for the installation of a new one.

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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Looks like the remains of an old smoke alarm (smoke detectors with alarms are smoke alarms).

    May it rest in peace in a landfill someplace after it is removed for the installation of a new one.


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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Sorry Jerry, I don't think it is a smoke alarm. I do not see a sounder.
    Also, most smoke alarms would not have that kind or wiring.
    Although I'm not sure I think it's a photo-electric smoke "Detector".
    The large black piece looks to be the photo detection chamber.
    One thing has me confused, I have never seen one with a black base.

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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    Sorry Jerry, I don't think it is a smoke alarm. I do not see a sounder.
    Also, most smoke alarms would not have that kind or wiring.
    Rick, you know more about smoke alarms/detectors than I do - I contemplated that the sounder was part of the removed piece.

    One thing has me confused, I have never seen one with a black base.
    Neither have I, but I don't see why some might not have been made black in the earlier days ... back in the 70's and 80s maybe.

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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    The OP posted another photo of what looked like an old school motion sensor. Likely that this photo was from the same house, so maybe this is an old school smoke or heat detector.


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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Why, is it in an old school?

    Maybe it was a bad boy detector.

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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    If it's a 100 year old smoke detector wouldn't it be coal fired?
    I don't see anywhere to stoke the steam generator to produce DC current?

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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Scheuerer View Post
    I don't know if anyone can tell from this angle but does anyone know what this might be ? 100 year old home
    Where was it located?

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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ROBERT YOUNG View Post
    If it's a 100 year old smoke detector wouldn't it be coal fired?
    I don't see anywhere to stoke the steam generator to produce DC current?
    hallway upstairs


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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Scheuerer View Post
    hallway upstairs
    Wall or ceiling?

    Same home as the motion detector behind the electrical outlet plate you posted on another thread?
    If so, one may hypothesis it is a motion detector as well.
    Sorry for the poor image.
    motion sensor.JPG

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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ROBERT YOUNG View Post
    Wall or ceiling?

    Same home as the motion detector behind the electrical outlet plate you posted on another thread?
    If so, one may hypothesis it is a motion detector as well.
    Sorry for the poor image.
    motion sensor.JPG
    sorry ....ceiling


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    Default Re: Is this an old school smoke detector ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Scheuerer View Post
    sorry ....ceiling
    Don't be sorry.
    I doubt you said anything too offencive.
    I didn't pick up on it anyway.

    And even if you did.
    I am quite sure ceilings don't have emotions.

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