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Set up garage keypad

Change the light bulb in your foyer

Winterize your hose bibs

Light the pilot light on your fireplace

Get connected to a human when you call customer service

Service your smoke detectors

Q: How do I change the light bulbs in the octagonal fixture in my foyer?

A: Although it does not look like it, there is room for most people to get into the light fixture through the opening in the bottom. Once your hand is inside the fixture, unscrewing the burnt out bulb and screwing in a new one is easy.

Q: How do I winterize my hose bibs?


  1. Remove the hose from the hose bib to allow water to drain out.

  2. Turn off clockwise the cutoff valve(s) to the bib, which is located inside your home. 

  3. Turn the hose bib counter-clockwise and leave it open through the winter.

  4. The turn off valve(s) inside your house has a bleed plug located on the side of the valve; water will drip from this area for a short time while the cap or plug is being removed.  Allow the water to drain completely from the bleed plugs. You may want to have a small bucket to catch the water.

  5. The hose bib has a vacuum breaker attached to it. Push the collar up to break the vacuum. This will allow the water to drain from the hose bib.

Q: How do I light the pilot light on my fireplace?

A: Click this link for the instructions from the Heatilator Company.


Q: How can I speak to a human when contacting customer service?

A: Click the link to go to the Gethuman 500 database. Find the company and follow the directions.


Q: How do I change the batteries in my smoke detector?

A:  Changing Smoke Detector Batteries By Michael Braiwick (As published in the Falls Run Gazette, May 2007)

Download the FIREX smoke detector manual in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format


It’s that time again – time to change your smoke detector batteries.  Don’t delay; it’s an easy process if you follow the steps listed here.  These steps will synchronize all the smoke detectors so they will run off the house electricity – thus dramatically increasing detector battery life.


Slide the cover plate off and remove the old battery.


When installing the new 9-volt battery, pay attention to the diagram inside the smoke detector to align the positive and negative connectors.


Slide the cover plate back onto the smoke detector.


Push and hold the button on the smoke detector for about five seconds.  There will be a series of different beeps as you hold the button.  When all the smoke detectors in the house begin to beep together, release the button.


Wait one to five minutes for the smoke detector to beep twice.  When it beeps twice, the smoke detector is set.


Go to the next smoke detector and repeat steps 1-5.