DIY Carbon Monoxide Detector


You cannot see, smell or taste carbon monoxide -- qualities that make it a particularly dangerous poison. Overexposure can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision and possibly death. You can detect carbon monoxide only by using a carbon monoxide detector. Any appliance in your home that uses flammable fuels can be a source for carbon monoxide poisoning. Place carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home to ensure that you have adequate protection. You do not need special skills or tools to install a carbon monoxide detector.

Things You'll Need

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Tape
  • Wall anchors
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector near but not in a room that has a water heater or heating unit.

  • Place the carbon monoxide detector's base template on the wall with tape. Mark the screw locations on the wall with a pencil.

  • Drill holes where you marked the screw locations in Step 2 with a drill and drill bit. Follow the manufacturer's directions for the specific drill bit size. Insert the wall anchors provided in the kit into the wall.

  • Drive screws into the wall anchor with a drill. Make sure to leave the screw heads a little bit away from the wall -- sticking out of the wall -- and slide the mounting plate over the screw heads. Tighten the screws with the drill.

  • Snap the carbon monoxide detector into place with your hands.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may wish to place your CO detectors next to your smoke detectors.
  • Replace CO detectors every two years.

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