Saturday, July 10, 2021

Of Smokers And Smoke Alarms

It's a do-stuff-around-the-house-day today.

First, I'm smoking a brisket for a party with friends tomorrow.

Its going to be a 12-hour cook, using pecan and hickory wood.

Tomorrow morning, I'm getting up early to smoke ribs to add to the party as well.

As for smoke alarms, did you now they don't last forever?  A couple of ours, both in the kids' bedrooms, died just about simultaneously, both with a weak electronic shriek and then nothing, and no change of batteries did a thing.

Turns out they were manufactured in 2007, and the average detector is good for 10 years, so we're a bit over life expectancy, and definitely got some decent use out of them. 

I switched them out today for combo carbon monoxide/smoke detectors with sealed 10-year batteries.  I then replaced the remaining battery change ones with a couple more sealed detectors.  No more biannual fire alarm battery changes now.


Of course, they had different mounting systems because no fire alarm manufacturer can coordinate on a standard mount. This gets annoying. 

Then, finding out the prior owners of the house, who installed the battery ones just before they sold the house to us did not use drywall anchors, but just screws added to the fun.   Well its done now, and these are now properly installed and anchored.

So that's done,  and its time to check on the smoker again and then to do a little work and some IFR studying for the written test as there's an absolute to understand, know how to apply, and retain.


drjim said...

Oh, GROAN.....the people we bought this house from didn't use drywall anchors on a lot of the "new" things they added, like towel racks, toilet paper holders, and curtain rods.

I went to grab a towel from the rack the first week here, and the rack came out of the wall with the towel.

Same with the curtain rods when we went to hang the new curtains....

Old NFO said...

Gah...yeah, HATE people that were too lazy to use anchors... Good luck with the brisket! Remember, fat side down!!! ;-)

ProudHillbilly said...

Yup. Just replaced all mine last year. Because bip...bip...bip...

Aaron said...

drjim: Yep the lack of anchors everywhere is a pain.

Old NFO: I know, the lack of anchors was very annoying. Brisket was done fat side down and came out fantastic. Ribs are smoking as we speak.

ProudHillbilly: Yep, they do need to be changed over time.