I have recently had a number of break-ins at a rental property I am trying to renovate. I have been doing a total rewire since the house was built in 1900 and still has a couple of exterior fuse panels on the back porch (it was a duplex I'm converting back into a single family house) A day after I had the house ready for rough wiring inspection thieves broke into the 6' crawlspace and cut and stole all of the wire running under the house. I secured the crawlspace a little better, had the house rewired and nearly ready for inspection again and the thieves returned, broke off the lock and cut the wire again...I'm fed up and need a security system (at least temporarily).
I'm looking at the DSC 1832. I want to put a motion sensor under the house near the new wire breaker box where all of the wires come under the house with both a siren under and outside of the house. I also purchased a couple of pepper spray release traps that work off of the12VDC bell signal(one for under the house and one for in the house). I plan on placing another motion sensor in the house in the hall where the breaker panel is located because that is where the thieves will most likely go if they can't get in under the house. (I put a serious lock mechanism on the door to get under the house).
Here are my questions/problems:
- To pass the rough wiring inspection, I will most likely have to remove the old fuse boxes from the house leaving the house without power for a few weeks until I can get the sheetrock completed and the final wiring inspected and passed. What are my options for powering the security system during this time? I thought about using a 12V car battery somehow but I'm not sure how to go about it at this point. Has anyone out there run into having to power your alarm system for an extended amount of time without power to the house?
- Will the DSC be able to drive 2 sirens and 2 pepper spray traps without some type of aux power supply? The pepper spray traps use just a few mA to power an audible countdown timer and then 800mA to power the solenoid for 30 seconds while the pepper spray is dispersed. The sirens will be standard interior and exterior sirens but I will attempt to get sirens with a lower amp draw.
Does DSC sell an Aux power supply to fit into the control panel?
- This brings up another question. I will have 2 pepper spray traps but i don't want them both to go off. Can I control 2 seperate 12V bells based on what zones are triggered with the DSC?
- Based on the info above, will the DSC be the best choice or would a VISTA 20P or other system be better?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I have never installed a security system but i have done other electonic projects and I'm not usually firghtened by wiring diagrams and instructions.