alarm wiring under wood floor ? help

jeannette10January 14, 2014

We finally decided to go with an engineered wood floor for our living room.

Our house is about 40 years old and the alarm system is wired. This means that there is a cable under our current carpet which crosses the room from the entry way to the window.

How do we deal with this cable ? we can't really glue the hardwood floor on top of it ?

What is done in this situation ?
Thank you for any help or advice you may have.

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You can very easily make a cut in the substrate with a circular saw and bury the cable in the cut.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 10:54PM
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Thanks for responding, Glenn.
We have a cement floor underneath the current carpet. Is that the same thing as the "substrate" ?
I just hope it's not too costly.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 11:43PM
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Cutting the concrete is messy and probably more expensive. But its an option. Have you looked into having it rerouted? Or is that not viable?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 9:36PM
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Most wiring for alarm contacts is just a pair of 22 gauge wires in a jacket, so it's very small. If this is what you have, I'd just rereoute (or replace) it along the edge of the floor and hide it in the gap between the flooring and the wall, underneath the base molding.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 8:18PM
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Thank you everyone.
We found a floor installer who says he can reroute the alarm wire around the perimeter of the room. It will be hidden under the 1/4 round/base shoe.
The other solution would be to install 2 wireless sensors at the 2 windows. This can also be done at a cost of about $200.
We're going to try to keep the same wire and re-routing it along the walls.
I hope it works.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 8:52PM
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