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    Default Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    I need help indentifying the device in the attached picture. I assume it is either a smoke or carbon detector but could't tell. The house was built in 1974 and there was only one other detector (obviously a smoke)installed in the hallway along with this one. Other than "do not paint" there were no markings I could see on this one. I tried to twist the cover off with light pressure, but no going. There was a propane fired log set installed in the living room. The house had no security system installed.

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    Default Re: Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    It is a UFO.

    Go back, make sure it is de-energized in case it is line voltage(120v), and get the darn thing down. Try putting slight upward pressure on the device as you twist.


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    Default Re: Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Foster View Post
    I need help indentifying the device in the attached picture. I assume it is either a smoke or carbon detector but could't tell. The house was built in 1974 and there was only one other detector (obviously a smoke)installed in the hallway along with this one. Other than "do not paint" there were no markings I could see on this one. I tried to twist the cover off with light pressure, but no going. There was a propane fired log set installed in the living room. The house had no security system installed.

    Thanks.
    I do not recognize it so I can't say for sure.

    All smoke and CO detectors that I am familiar with have an LED indicator.
    I do not see that on this one.
    Heat detectors do not have LED indicators.
    So I think it's a heat detector.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Foster View Post
    I need help indentifying the device in the attached picture. I assume it is either a smoke or carbon detector but could't tell. The house was built in 1974 and there was only one other detector (obviously a smoke)installed in the hallway along with this one. Other than "do not paint" there were no markings I could see on this one. I tried to twist the cover off with light pressure, but no going. There was a propane fired log set installed in the living room. The house had no security system installed.

    Thanks.
    It resembles a heat detector. But, I have never seem one with a white cap. The ones I am used to seeing have a silver "button" similar to gold/white one in your photo.

    Is is much smaller than the average sized somke/co detector?.

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    Default Re: Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Wow. Great catch!

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    Default Re: Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Thank you for all the replies ...

    Rick ... I owe you one for making go from not knowing anything to looking like a genius.


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    Default Re: Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    The article says it may be a heat detector, then it shows a pic of the UFO agin. I don't get it. Did it fly from there?

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    Default Re: Is this a Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Foster View Post
    Thank you for all the replies ...

    Rick ... I owe you one for making go from not knowing anything to looking like a genius.
    Glad I could help

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