Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: N.W. Washington
Re: Garage Fire Detection
Ditto to what Mark said, use a 135* heat detector in the garage, then you will get no nuisance alarms which are dangerous themselves, it gives you the "boy the cried wolf" syndrome, you won't take the alarm serious.
One thing I will add, since the shop is attached to the house, you should have an alarm, but an alarm is a life safety device only, while thats definately needed esp. in your case, consider looking into a sprinkler system as well. While an alarm saves your life, a sprinkler saves your property, although obviously secondary to your life, definately a concern.
Just use a "wet" system (always under water pressure) with a 135* head, in conjunction with an alarm, and you really are protected from total loss.
I install fire alarms in buildings as an electrician, so I have experience with that, but I actually discussed the whole sprinkler deal with a sprinkler fitter I worked with. He said it's a great idea (for the reasons I mentioned) and he's done a few in homes in fact, on the side. The head (water) pressure in a home is plenty sufficient, and the whole job is fairly simple, it's something I plan on having done eventually myself.
Just something to consider.
1968 rs, with an old school, antiquated "junkyard, never even had the valve covers off" 354" SB2.2 pump gas motor........
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