How to Install Outdoor Security Cameras

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A security camera is able to monitor an area of your yard so that an intruder can be detected. You can install an outdoor security camera yourself, providing that you have purchased a wireless video camera transmission kit and a few other supplies from a security supply store or hobby shop. A few tools will be needed as well, but most homes will have them on hand already. You will not need to tear up the lawn because the camera will get its power from one of the power outlets that are on the outside wall of most homes.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera rail
  • Outdoor camera housing
  • Ruler
  • Wire strippers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Weather-resistant electric extension cord, 20 feet
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape
  • Camera tripod
  • Pliers
  • Bonding glue

Place the camera rail that comes with the outdoor camera housing horizontally on a table with the tripod screw facing up. Screw the tripod screw into the bottom of the wireless video camera to seat the two together.

Strip a half inch of insulation off both ends of the two wires included with the outdoor camera housing using a wire strippers. Insert an end of one of the wires into one of the two holes at the back of the camera -- a tab must first be pressed in. Release the tab to grip the end of the wire. Repeat this with another wire and the other hole, which is next to the one you just inserted a wire into.

Place the outdoor housing face up on the table. Remove the screws from the side with the Phillips screwdriver. Lift the cover off the outdoor housing, and place it aside.

Place the camera in the outdoor housing, rail side down, so that the lens faces toward the transparent cover at one end. Align the rail with the groove. Move the rail forward so that the front of the camera’s lens is up against the transparent cover. Screw through the holes in the side of the rail to secure it to the bottom of the outdoor housing -- use a Phillips screwdriver for this.

Press in on the tab on the power block at the other end of the outdoor housing that is farthest from you. Insert the exposed end of the wire attached to the camera farthest from you into the hole. Release the tab. Press in on the other tab on the power block. Insert the exposed end of the other wire attached to the camera into the hole, and release the tab.

Cut off the female socket at one end of the weather-resistant electric extension cord. Slit between the two wires at the end with the blade of a utility knife. Pull the wires apart with your hands. Strip a half inch of insulation from the ends of the two wires with wire strippers.

Push the two wires through the back hole in the outdoor housing -- you may need to punch out a metal disc with your fingers first. Press in on the tab on the other side of the power block farthest from you. Insert the exposed end of one of the wires into the hole and release the tab. Press in on the other tab on the power block, insert the exposed end of the other wire into the hole and release the tab. Tape the inside of the hole with duct tape to cover the hole.

Place the cover back on the outdoor housing, and reattach the screws. Decide on the area of your front or back yard that you will be monitoring with a wireless video security camera. Stand a camera tripod at this location. Screw the camera tripod’s top-mounted screw into the tripod hole at the bottom of the outdoor housing -- if there is no tripod hole at the bottom of the outdoor housing, twist off the tripod screw from the tripod with a pliers, apply bonding glue to the top of the tripod and place the bottom of the outdoor housing against the glue.

Plug the AC socket at the end of the weather-resistant electric extension cord into the wall outlet on the wall to supply the camera with power.

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