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Valvin V100L Keeps Toilets from "Running and Running" in Standard Tank Toilets

by Barbara 15. July 2018 10:01

Question: "Is there a device that can prevent toilet tanks from continuously leaking water through the tank flapper? Our guest room toilet ran for days before we realized the flapper had not sealed. Our water bill was double what it should have been." Thanks. from Mary.

Answer: Yes, the Valvin V100L is a toilet leak protection system that can easily prevent this problem. This intelligent fill valve is easily installed: does not require a plumber. Detects a fill valve leak, an open flapper or a partial flapper leak. The controller stops the leak. The colored indicator light shows where the leak is.

Works with single and dual flush toilets with standard tanks. includes fill valve, water float, controller, water tank sensor, float bowl and solenoid. Powered by a 9 volt battery (not included) Has a low battery warning light. Cost is about $75 plus shipping.

Thanks for your question.

Dr. Frog Croaks When House Plants Need Water or Use Drip Irrigation Plant Sitters

by Barbara 14. May 2012 07:40

Question about plant moisture sensors.

Q: "Do you sell any products that sense when a plant needs to be watered? I seem to either forget to water my African violets or over water them. Thanks. Sue"

Answer: Safe Home does sell an electronic moisture sensor for plants. This product is called Dr. Frog.Doctor Frog Water Alarm, Electronic Plant Moisture Meter uses twin metal probes that are attached to an electronic moisture sensor. Although water resistant, Dr Frog™ must be removed when you water your plant. Re-insert afterwards. Avoid immersing Doctor Frog™ in water even briefly. Battery life is up to 1 year with normal use. Of course, if you ignore Dr. Frog's alarm, the batteries ( two G10 batteries) will not last very long. There is a light sensor so Dr. Frog won't wake you up at night. Otherwise he will croak for 3 seconds every 10 seconds. 6 month limited manufacturer's warranty. As seen on HGTV's "I Want That."

Other options for keeping your plants adequately watered include:

  • Cobra Co Plant Sitter Water System, Indoor or Outdoor UseCeramic moisture sensor releases drip irrigation to your house plants or outdoor deck plants whether you are home or away. Just remember to refill the one quart tank of the CobraCo(R) Plant Sitter Water System once a week or every two weeks. The Plant Sitter automatically provides water and fertilizer to house or deck plants. The one quart tank and ceramic sensor fit almost any planter. For the average sized plant, the CobraCo Plant Sitter provides drip irrigation as needed to water plants for up to 3 weeks. Great for the elderly or invalids who can enjoy plants without the fuss of watering. No need for a house sitter for short vacations! For longer ones, your house sitter needs to refill only once per week or every second week.
  • CobraCo Plant Sitter Terra Cotta Replacement Ceramic Watering Sensors that work with any container of water.Drip irrigation for house plants. Plant sits up to 3 weeks. Fits almost any planter.Use year-round or for vacations. Great for house plant promotion.The CobraCo(R) Ceramic Watering Sensor provides automatic watering of house plants. The sensors come in a 3-pack and will work with any container of water. The drip time is approximately 6 to 10 hours per water sensor. Keep your plants at the proper moisture level with these ceramic water sensors.

Thank you for your question. These products should keep your thumb "green."

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

ToppleStop Furniture Safety Straps Secure TVs and Furniture For Kid Safety

by Barbara 10. February 2012 08:50

Question about keeping TV sets from injuring or killing children using furniture securing devices.

Q:"In the USA Today on February 9, 2012, a news article talked about 4 children killed or critically injured in the Chicago area when TV's fell on them. How can I make sure my children are safe? We have one old style television and a big screen that sits on a table. Thanks. Sara.

Answer: TV's can injure or kill children. Even small sets when knocked off a tall dresser are dangerous. In 2010 or 2011 Consumer Reports recommended ToppleStop furniture and TV straps for securing furniture. Each set of Topple Stops has two straps, one secures to a wall stud on one to the TV set or the stand. One accident was when a TV set sat on a flimsy aquarium stand. TV sets must be on a heavy piece of furniture with slip resistant feet and a low center of gravity. Children also like to pull out dresser drawers and try to clim to the top: a disaster waiting to happen.

So Topple Stops are furniture straps that you attach to the back of solidly set furniture and secure to wall studs behind the furniture. Topple Stops let you anchor appliances and furniture that weighs up to 400 lbs. For items that weigh up to 200 lbs. install a minimum of 1 kit with two point attaching. You need two kits or four point attachment for objects that weigh 200 to 400 lbs. Remember that nothing substitutes for parental supervision.

For metal units, you attach Topple Stop half with an adhesive pad to a dry surface cleaned with isopropyl alcohol (that gets off any residual grease). Then you attach the other half to a wall stud.

For wooden units, the preferred attachment method is using #8 x 1 inch wood screws to attach the fasteners to the frame or the inside edges top or sides of the furniture.

The wall attachment requires using #10 x 2 inch wood screws to the wall studs behind the furniture. If studs are metal, use t-bar anchors to toggle bolts. You can use wall anchors if each has a minimum holding strength of 100 pounds.

Heavy Duty ToppleStop Furniture Fastening System Kit Contents:

  • Two (2) grey Thumb Lock fasteners, 2" long by one wide with 3/4" lock lever. Use with wood screws or 3M VHB adhesive attachment. (Bonding Times: Wait four hours before adding strap. Adhesive fully bonds after 72 hours.)
  • Two (2) 12" long, 3/4" wide grey locking strap with grommet for wood screw attachment.
  • Four (4) #8 x 1" wood screws for furniture attachment    Two (2) #10 x 2" wood screws for wood wall stud attachment.

Thumb lock fastener attaches to locking strap. Fastener can be moved and locked in either direction on the strap. Lift locking lever to "open." Lock fastener on strap by pushing lever down firmly. Note: Thumb Lock adhesive is non-hardening. Fasteners can be removed without damaging surface if slowly and gently pried off with appropriate tool.Suggestion: Install when children are not present, i.e. asleep for the night.

We also recommend Topple Stops for use in day care centers, hotels, motels, etc. to increase safety and reduce liability insurance costs.

Product Performance Warranty: This product does NOT replace child supervision. This product is only intended to help or reduce movement of equipment during jarring movement. It is common understanding that fastened equipment should fare better during jarring movement than equipment that is not fastened, helping to reduce the amount of damage and injury that could result. No warranty can be properly applied to the performance of the products due to the uncertainty of forces generated, and numerous variables involved in a jarring event, or natural disaster. Products that are defective in material and workmanship prior to installation of the product will be replaced. The user or third party installer accepts liability for injury, loss, or damage, direct or consequential, arising from use or misuse or inability to use the product.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Reasons to Install Sensaphone Remote Monitors Instead of Typical Security Systems

by Barbara 6. January 2012 07:13

Question about advantages of Sensaphone Remote Monitoring Systems over security systems by national or local alarm and security companies.

Q: "We are building a new data center. Our choices are between a national or local alarm and security company with monthly monitoring fees or a Sensaphone system. We want to monitor power, temperature and humidity. We are also concerned about possible water leaks onto the flooring and being able to lower the thermostat in the room if one of the units begins to overheat. Which system do you recommend? Thanks. Bill."

Answer: For a data center, we would recommend the Sensaphone IMS-1000 Internet Remote Monitor, IMS-1002 or Sensaphone IMS-4000 PowerGate2 Outlet Switcher IMS-4302IMS-4000 unit over the Sensaphone Web600 Web-Monitor Alarm, No Land Line Needed. The WEB600 is a great starter solution with accessories like a battery back up, a temperature probe, a zone water detector and a humidity transmitter.  However, when you are talking a larger computer room or data center, you are talking about tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment that keep your business operational 24/7.

Sensaphone Systems offer these advantages:

  • No Monthly Monitoring Fees: you buy the product and programs it to notify directly any employee or employees you choose without the cost of a central service that runs at least several hundred dollars annually.
  • Real Sensor Values: Universal inputs read actual temperature values and more.
  • Battery Backup: Either included or an inexpensive option.
  • Maximum Flexibility: Notifications using custom voice phone calls, emails, faxes, text messages, SNMP traps, etc. Communication is via land phone lines, cell phones, Ethernet or satellite.
  • Remote Access: You can program remotely whether a phone line product, a web-based products or a satellite product.
  • No Dependencies: stand alone solutions mean you get direct communication without a central service, computer or server in the middle.
  • Field Proven in Sensitive Applications: Proven reliability and validity in emergency response materials, military weapons systems, medicines, Homeland security, etc.
  • Innovation: In-house engineering. Three US patents for unique technologies. Constantly working to make products more powerful and easier to use.
  • Easy to Use: Simple, clear set up and maintenance. You don't have to be an electronics genius! Some products like the IMS series even automatically detect the sensor you've connected and configure it for you. The owners manuals are extensive and clear to follow. Telephone technical support is there, unlimited and toll free.
  • Made in the USA:  Yes! Sensaphone is made in Pennsylvania. All engineering design, manufacturing, servicing, testing and support are here in the USA.

For your data center, Safe Home recommends you choose the IMS-1002 model and then choose from the 9 sensors listed:

If a sensor is disconnected, you will get an alert. Each sensor is continuously monitored by the IMS parent unit. Cat-5 jacks and cables make it easier to connect to remote sensors using existing structured cabling.

The data logging includes a time stamped collection of input values that can be viewed and graphed. Plus you will get a detailed event history of user logins, telephone calles, etc. It is possible to add video integration to have an image sent of the condition that tripped the alarm. This is web-based monitoring with a traditional phone line, too.

You can place the IMS-1000 or IMS-4000 into your server rack. There are no moving parts in the IMS-1000 series units: each is complately standalone with its own internal battery back up.

Please contact us if you have additional questions. Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

NextBolt Keyless Biometric Deadbolt Locks for Home Security and Business Security.

by Barbara 15. October 2011 05:22

Question about whether to buy the NextBolt NX3 EZ-Mount Biometric Deadbolt Lock, Oil Rubbed Bronze, NextBolt Biometric Deadbolt NX4 Secure Mount Oil Rubbed Bronze or the NextBolt NX5 High Security Polished Brass Deadbolt.

Q: "Which Actuator Systems deadbolt lock should I buy for my home and for my business? I don't see Bioaxxis locks for sale anymore. These fingerprint dealbolts appear similar. I want a replacement for my front door deadbolt at home. That way my wife, my children and I won't have to bother with carrying keys.  I prefer the oil rubbed bronzoe. And with many new employees, I would like to do away with giving out keys at my business.  Please help me decide. Thanks. Tom."

Answer; The best way to help you decide is to tell you the differences between the three types of deadbolt locks that use keyless fingerprint recognition technology. I will also explain about the lever handle door lock that Actuator Systems makes for higher security.

NextBolt NX3 EZ-Mount Biometric Deadbolt Lock, Oil Rubbed Bronze, The fastest, easiest substitute deadbolt lock for your home outside doors. This units operates in temperatures from -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Direct replacement for current deadbolt lock. Just remove the old one and install this one.
  • Five-pin tumbler rekeyable keyway
  • 99 maximum users
  • Dimensions ( L x W x D )  6'' x 3'' x 1.4''
  • Operates for thousands of openings on one set of 4 AA batteries.

NextBolt Biometric Deadbolt NX4 Secure Mount Oil Rubbed Bronze : Operation temperatures: -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Secure mount: two screws go through two holes connecting the front and back plates of the lock: Requires a drill to make holes in door.
  • Other wise, same features as above.

NextBolt NX5 High Security Polished Brass Deadbolt: Operation temperatures: -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Eight-pin tumbler re-keyable key way 
  • Other wise, same features as above.

Features Common to All Three Deadbolt Locks:

  • Deadbolt opens in less than a second
  • Impact Alarm:a high-pitched alarm sounds if intruder attempts to enter. Product Warranty Period - Two (2) Years
  • Includes three nickel plated brass keys
  • Solid brass cylinder plug
  • One inch brass deadbolt with case-hardened steel roller pin
  • 2 3/8'' (60mm) & 2 3/4'' (70mm); 2 3/8'' (60mm) or 2 3/4'' (70mm) individual backset optional
  • ANSI Grade deadbolt
  • Weatherproof - Fully resistant to rain, snow, temperature extremes, humidity, UV and dust.
  • Up to 99 users.
  • Add and delete users individually
  • Elegant and contemporary appearance.
  • Non-Handed - will fit any left or right handed door up to 2 ¼” thick.
  • Sliding weather cover triggers sensor to power on automatically.
  • Sliding weather cover also triggers deadbolt to re-engage (no tricky buttons to push or PIN Codes to recall).
  • Power: 4 AA batteries
  • Battery operation with low battery alert - non-volatile memory will not delete stored fingerprints (even if batteries expire)
  • UL, CE, ANSI & FCC approved.
  • Product Warranty Period - Two (2) Years

The lever handle door lock is more sophisticated. The ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome features fingerprint lock technology, User ID, PIN technology and key technology. This commercial type lock has been tested for over two million cycles. Use with fingerprint only or with PIN only or with a combination of two identification types. Depending upon how many employees you have, this might be a great solution for your front and back doors to your business. The other deadbolt locks would limit access not only to your home but also to a computer room, your private office, a storage room, etc.  Many people use the NX3 for gun closet security.

ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome Features and Specifications :Operating Temperature Range : -40F to 150 F

  • 3rd Generation Biometric Lock for Residential/Commercial applications
  • Finish : Satin Chrome
  • Fingerprint Scanning : CMOS Optical Sensor or Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor Sensor.
  • Verification Type :1 to N (PIN or fingerprint only), 1 to 1 (User ID + FP or PIN), Scanning Time : <1 second
  • Recognition Time : <1 second/user
  • False Accept Rate (FAR): < .001%
  • False Reject Rate (FRR): < .01%
  • Dimensions : 1.5" D x 3" W x 9.5" L
  • Weight : 11 lbs
  • Door Thickness : 1 1/2" ~ 2"
  • Cylinder : Removable commercial grade 6-pin rim cylinder
  • Keyway : SC4 keyway (3 keys included)
  • Clutch Design : Free-wheeling
  • Backlight : Night view backlit PIN keypad for easy use
  • Access Time : 5 seconds access time before door re-locks
  • Adjustable Backset : 2 3/8 inches and 2 3/4 inches
  • Operating Temperature Range : -40F to 150 F
  • 100% Weatherproof : This lock can be placed in adverse weather without the fear of damage caused by moisture, snow, dust, UV, or humidity
  • Power Supply : Four (4) AA batteries to operate. Lithium-AA batteries are recommended for longest life.
  • Estimated battery life is 12,000 to 21,000 cycles
  • Has Low battery alert
  • Power Supply Option : Lock can also be hardwired to run full-time on AC by standard 12V DC power supply
  • Non-volatile memory :  When batteries are removed or replaced, memory will not be lost, meaning users need not be re-enrolled.
  • Impact Alarm Feature : A screeching alarm will sound, If lock is attacked and loses contact with the door  Non-handed design,
  • Heavy Duty components : Rated to over 2 Million cycles
  • UL-Listed, ANSI Grade 2 tubular latch with 3-hour UL fire-rating
  • ADA and HIPAA compliant
  • User: Up to 1,000 PIN code users (any PIN-code length per user), or up to 1,000 fingerprint users
  • Each user can be set up with any of several access methods, per user, per lock
  • Easy to delete or register individual users
  • Access Modes : Fast Touch and Go 1:N Mode (1 to Many),  High-Security Access (1:1), User ID+PIN,   User ID+Fingerprint,  PIN only
  • Access Control features : Open Mode, Timed Lock Access, Timed User Access, Import Records, Export Records
  • Two program methods: at the lock using the LCD or at a PC using the PCMU (not included)
  • Optional PC Management Upgrade lets you program all locks and all users at a PC with a high resolution fingerprint scanner (not included) so One (1) GB flashdrive can be used to program all the lockds and download audit trail records so you know where, when and who accessed the door or building.
  • Warranty: 2 Years.

Thank you for your question. Unless you are in a very dangerous neighborhood, either the Nextbolt NX4 o4 NX3 would be great choices. These come in satin nickel, oil rubbed brass or polished brass, For your office situation, you may want to install either of these locks on interior room doors where you want access limited. For the building doors of your business, either the NX4 or the NX5 is a great choice. If you have many employees or contractors, have valuable data and/or materials  and want more control, then choose the ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome. Models in other finishes should be available in the near future.

Sincerely, Barbara