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    Smoke help Jun 14, 2015

    Hi Reed Anderson, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? Which model detector (if possible) and on what kind of system, eg, Radionics 4112, Bosch 9112GV2, etc. Thanks!



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