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Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
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Experience:  30 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License
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Installing smoke alarms and in one of the old alarms, third

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installing smoke alarms and in one of the old alarms, third wire from the alarm (yellow) was not connected at all to the house and there is a pink wire instead of red. So for my new smoke alarm I will logically connect black to black, white to white, and red from the new alarm to the pink wire?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Is there anything else important you think the Electrician should know?
Customer: it seemed it was not connected to the other hard-wired alarms. Maybe because we had two remodels
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question.

1) Yes, splice as follows:

Alarm Black to house black

Alarm White to house white

2) Most likely, the pink wire is being used for the inter-connected wire to other hard-wired smokes in the home. I recommend that you drop a few of the other hard-wired smokes in the home and confirm if the inter-communicated wire on those alarms are also spliced to a pink wire. If so, then splice the new alarm red to the house pink.

Reply back and let me know how you make out..............Thanks.............Kevin:)

Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.

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