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  1. Matt Ion

    Matt Ion Guest

    My wife is taking a property-insurance course as part of her underwriting
    certification, and is struggling a bit right now with the alarm portion...
    specifically, her study guide dives right into full-on "high-low balanced"
    ULC-spec designs with NO information on the basics of alarm operation...
    needless to say, not having any background in electronics at all, she's having
    trouble grasping a lot of this.

    Wondering if anyone can point out some online tutorials on basic electronics and
    alarm operation that might help her out?

    TIA.
     
  2. Matt Ion

    Matt Ion Guest

  3. Jim

    Jim Guest


    I think she'd be better off, going to the library and getting a book on
    basic alarm systems. I'd guess, now with the internet the ultimate
    source of everything you ever wanted to know about everything, that
    some of the books would be outdated. But, as you said, she doesn't need
    to know as much as a tech. There used to be some pretty basic books out
    there on alarm systems she could probably breeze through in a few
    nights of reading.

    Here's another little suggestion. When my kids were in high school and
    had to write on a subject they knew little about, we'd go into the
    childrens section and check out as many books as we could on the
    subject. After reading this simplistic and basic information, we'd
    later go back and were then better able to pick books at their level
    they could make use of. They always got good marks using this method. I
    should say "we" always got good marks :)
     
  4. Matt Ion

    Matt Ion Guest

    Well, I know I've seen some online electronics tutorials that had nifty
    animated-current-flow and animated-switch-and-relay-action graphics and what
    not, and figured that would help her more understand what's going on.

    Just can't remember any of those sites, or find them again in a number of
    searches (damn Google's advertising-favored sorting, most of the top hits are
    book ads).
     
  5. Tommy

    Tommy Guest

  6. Matt Ion

    Matt Ion Guest

  7. FIRETEK

    FIRETEK Guest

    She shouldn't worry about it overly much. My insurance agent can quote ULC
    spec'd designs all day long and doesn't understand any of the concepts
    behind them. If you gave him a panel and a long distance card with "two
    hours" of prepaid time to Sara's Soda, he'd only wind up more confused than
    ever. In the end, all they look for is an official looking certificate.
     
  8. Matt Ion

    Matt Ion Guest

    Yes, but she needs to understand it well enough to answer the questions on the
    insurance certification exam. The study material, as I said, *starts off* with
    a high-low balanced circuit with C-form relay wiring, but with no electronics
    background, none of that makes any sense to her.

    Whether she retains any of it after the exam is another matter.
     
  9. Matt Ion

    Matt Ion Guest

    I have, a bit... however, knowing something and being able to impart that
    knowledge to another in an intelligible manner are two entirely separate things.

    This is why I'm trying to find something online that's better-written... as I've
    noted before, I have seen electronics tutorials online that have animated
    circuit diagrams where the user can toggle onscreen switches and see the results
    in current flow, etc., but have been unable to find them again... this is the
    sort of thing I'm looking for.
     
  10. alarman

    alarman Guest

    Here are a couple:
    http://www.andythelwell.com/blobz/

    http://www.schoolscience.co.uk/content/3/physics/circuits/circh1pg1.html

    js
     
  11. Matt,

    Here's a website that your wife may find helpful.
    http://home.howstuffworks.com/burglar-alarm.htm

    Best of luck.

    Regards,
    Robert L Bass

    Bass Home Electronics
    www.BassBurglarAlarms.com
    941-866-1100
     
  12. Petem

    Petem Guest

    You don't have a wife for asking such question

    even if I teach computer stuff at night as a second job,I am not able to
    teach one bit about computer to my wife...

    and why is it like that? simple,as soon that you repeat anything she will
    say: I am not dumb you told me that before...so you go on and now she
    complaint that your too fast,cause you don't repeat anymore,I've been able
    to teach a 62 years old electrician on how to to install its whole OS on his
    pc.in a 60 hour class,and at the first class he was not even able to find
    the power switch on the IBM machine in front of him..

    But a man CANT teach anything technical to his wife....that's like trying to
    make a Jewish mother say that she was wrong on anything in front of her
    kids....
     
  13. Crash Gordon

    Crash Gordon Guest

    Oh brother ain't that the truth!

    My wife wanted me to teach her Photoshop in one night. Why? Because you have
    it on your machine, so I want to use it to print family pics...uh ok..but
    that's a bit of an over-kill, why don't you use Picture It...it's on your
    machine already. Why? You think I'm dumb? No, but it took me 6 months to
    learn PS. Well, that means I can learn it in 3. Ok, so what do you need me
    for? To teach me. Well, no one taught me...so you're on your own and we'll
    have a contest in 3 months :)



    | You don't have a wife for asking such question
    |
    | even if I teach computer stuff at night as a second job,I am not able to
    | teach one bit about computer to my wife...
    |
    | and why is it like that? simple,as soon that you repeat anything she will
    | say: I am not dumb you told me that before...so you go on and now she
    | complaint that your too fast,cause you don't repeat anymore,I've been able
    | to teach a 62 years old electrician on how to to install its whole OS on
    his
    | pc.in a 60 hour class,and at the first class he was not even able to find
    | the power switch on the IBM machine in front of him..
    |
    | But a man CANT teach anything technical to his wife....that's like trying
    to
    | make a Jewish mother say that she was wrong on anything in front of her
    | kids....
    |
    |
    | "G. Morgan" <> a écrit dans le message de | ...
    | > On Mon, 27 Nov 2006 22:58:16 GMT, Matt Ion <>
    | > wrote:
    | >
    | >>
    | >>Yes, but she needs to understand it well enough to answer the questions
    on
    | >>the
    | >>insurance certification exam. The study material, as I said, *starts
    off*
    | >>with
    | >>a high-low balanced circuit with C-form relay wiring, but with no
    | >>electronics
    | >>background, none of that makes any sense to her.
    | >>
    | >>Whether she retains any of it after the exam is another matter.
    | >
    | >
    | > Why don't YOU tutor her?
    | >
    | > --
    | >
    | > -Graham
    | >
    | > (delete the double e's to email)
    |
    |
     
  14. Matt Ion

    Matt Ion Guest

    Thanks... for all the crap everyone else lays on Bass here, this has been the
    single most useful response I've had yet (and I can't believe I didn't think to
    check howstuffworks.com before).

    Alarman's second link is good too.
     
  15. Petem

    Petem Guest

    LOL

    that's the spirit!!
     
  16. Matt Ion

    Matt Ion Guest

    Well, her study material has pretty good detail on all the different TYPES of
    protection - PIRs, photoelectric, pressure mats, magnetic, mechanical and
    mercury switches, in-wall wire mesh, etc. Mostly just concerned with
    familiarizing her with the /basics/ of alarm systems, like NO vs. NC loops, EOL
    resistors, and such.

    She went through the howstuffworks section last night and I think that's got her
    sorted out. Thanks, all!
     
  17. The website provides what the OP's wife needs, a basic understanding of
    alarm systems presented in layman's terms.

    Regards,
    Robert L Bass

    ======================>
    Bass Home Electronics
    The Online DIY Store
    www.BassBurglarAlarms.com
    941-866-1100
    ======================>
     
  18. I think that's got her sorted out. Thanks, all!

    You're most welcome.

    Regards,
    Robert L Bass

    ========================>
    Bass Home Electronics
    The Online DIY Store
    www.BassBurglarAlarms.com
    941-866-1100
    ========================>
     
  19. Mark Leuck

    Mark Leuck Guest

    You seem to have a thing with jewish people, first you want to kill them now
    you make fun of them
     
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