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Question DetailsAsked on 9/28/2016

Las vegas i need a smoke detector battery changed on a high ceiling

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Answered 2 years ago by Member Services

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Like James says a Handyman (for about $50-75 minimum charge in your area probably) can do it. Since this should be an annual thing, you might consider whether that alarm can be moved to somewhere you can reach and still provide adequate coverage for the area. Or a friend with ladder.


I have also seen cases where high alarms like this were apparently installed on the wall, but were actually mounted on the back of a metal junction box or breaker panel box mounted in the wall behind the surface drywall and with its cover plate accessible from the attic or upstairs closet or such. Configured so the alarm is mounted to the drywall or panelling in the room, but so the battery wires (and 110/120V wires if hardwired) run through the drywall into the junction box(s) where they can be accessed,, and the 9V battery sits in the junction box where it can be changed from behind the alarm. If running 120V and battery both the 120V and 9V wiring have to be in separate junction boxes by code.


I have also seen cases where they mounted picture frame hanging wire on the back of a battery-only (not hard-wired) alarm and hung it on a picture hanger hook, and rigged an extended lightbulb changer pole (about $25-50 depending on reach) - the type with prongs to change recessed lighting bulbs - to hold the alarm to put it up there. Grabbing it again takes a hook or protrusion on the pole to slip up behind the alarm to grab and lift the wire, or is another story - a two-person job to have one person knock it off the alarm off the hanger with the pole and the other to catch it as it falls - or set up furniture under it with a sheet or blanket stretched between to act as a fireman's net to catch it after you knock it free.


Did one installation of about 10 alarms in a summer camp main assembly hall/ messhall/ loft dry/canned food storage room with open 20' loft ceilings where we mounted a rigid wire loop on the back of the alarm (being sure it cannot short out anything in the alarm) that stuck up above it about 6 inches, and then used a swimming pool lifesaving metal reach pole with a coathook taped to it to snag the wire loop and lift it up and off the picture hanger hood, same way to put it back after changing batteries.


Another alternative for battery-only unit would be to mount it to a backing panel that is then mounted to a sash cord or decorative rope on a pulley in a corner or maybe partly obscured behind the end of drapes or such - to use the rope and pulley to lower it and put it up as needed - though of course the rope and small pulley would always show.


One other possibility, especially if elderly or disabled - many fire departments will replace such batteries for you. Call their NON-EMERGENCY number to ask.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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