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    Default Unknown Gizmo?

    One of these was low on the wall of some of the interior areas in today's inspection of a higher end condo. Does anyone know what it is? My clients are asking me, and I told them I didn't know, but that I had access to some of the best home inspection experts who would probably be able to tell me what it is. I was of course talking about the people on this forum. Thanks in advance for your help in identifying this thing for my clients.

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    Default Re: Unknown Gizmo?

    High on ceilings or walls is typically/usually smoke/fire/co detectors.
    Just guessing but, being positioned low on a wall might indicate an atmospheric sensor. IE: sniffer. Temperature/gas/vapor/oxygen sensor would be my best guess.

    Refer to condo association/syndicate or building's maintenance personnel.

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    Default Re: Unknown Gizmo?

    The place had regular smoke detectors on the ceilings. We were speculating either part of the security system, or possibly some kind of pest deterrent device.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Chambers View Post
    One of these was low on the wall of some of the interior areas in today's inspection of a higher end condo. Does anyone know what it is? My clients are asking me, and I told them I didn't know, but that I had access to some of the best home inspection experts who would probably be able to tell me what it is. I was of course talking about the people on this forum. Thanks in advance for your help in identifying this thing for my clients.
    Looks like a speaker for an alarm.

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    Default Re: Unknown Gizmo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar Alquist View Post
    Looks like a speaker for an alarm.
    That is standard wall outlet size, although I guess it could be something like that. They're miniaturizing everything else.


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    Default Re: Unknown Gizmo?

    Could be a cover for speaker or coax wiring. Newer construction has a lot of pre-wired distribution cables to different rooms. I think I would have taken out my phillips screwdriver and removed the cover to see what was behind the plate.


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    Default Re: Unknown Gizmo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Burnett View Post
    Could be a cover for speaker or coax wiring. Newer construction has a lot of pre-wired distribution cables to different rooms. I think I would have taken out my phillips screwdriver and removed the cover to see what was behind the plate.
    Well, although I've been known to do just that, the one I took the photos of was located in a hallway, not where you'd normally want speaker or coax wiring.


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    Default Re: Unknown Gizmo?

    low to the floor -- hmmm

    Stabbing in the dark here .................... ( pun intended)

    low wattage night light ??


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