Recommended Wire Gauge for Alarm Sensor Installation

Recommended Wire Gauge for Alarm Sensor Installation


Hey, DIY-ers. This is Bryce from Alarm Grid. And today, we’re going to be
learning about which wire gauge sizes to use with wiring an
alarm sensor to your panel. There are two wire gauge
sizes that we recommend using. It is the 22/4 and the 18/4. Each can be used to wire up
different sensors and power up different devices. But we recommend the
22/4 for wiring up motion detectors, door contacts,
window contacts, glass breaks, while the 18/4 we recommend
using for powering up devices and wiring them to
the transformer, and also for smoke, fire,
and carbon detectors. You can buy these two products
at your local hardware store so that you can customize
them to the size that you need to fish
them through the walls. The reason that we recommend
the 22/4 for the door contacts, window contents, glass
breaks, motion detectors, is because they’re
a tad bit skinnier, and it’s easier to
wire through the walls, and wire through
the house, and fish through walls, to be able
to make it to the panel. The 18/4 is a little
more sturdier. As you see, it’s a tad bit
thicker, more insulated, and better be used with powering
devices, and also making sure that those life safety
devices are safe and won’t be damaged easily. So you always want to make
sure that the smoke, carbons, and fires are the most secure,
because those potentially save your life at any moment. When using wires, make sure
that you grab a wire stripper. Even though it looks
like a wrench or that, it’s a wire stripper. It has the different
gauges on it, so that it is able
to strip the wires and show the coppers
that you’ll be needing to wire up the devices to. So on this one, we have
30, 28, 26, 24, 22 gauge. So we’re able to strip
this 22/4 wire easily. You place the wire in
the gauge, place it flat, take it down, push
down a little bit– always make sure not
to go down too hard, or you’re basically
just cutting wire. And it won’t be good, and
it will cause a short. And then, you’ll have to
rewire everything later. So you take it, turn just a
tad, get it straight through, and then push off. Take your thumb and then push. And as you see, the
wire’s completely shown. Now that you have
these exposed, you’re able to wire these
up to the devices so that they are able
to be used at the panel, and seen in the panel. So if you have a motion
detector, door contact, window contact, you’re able
to get these now wired up and back to the panel. This will also power
the devices so they’re able to be used
and seen, as well. Always make sure to check
out how much power outage that your panel can
put out, so you’re seeing the amps
and the voltages, and making sure that you’re
not pulling too much power and shorting the panel. If you find this
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