Here’s a day-after-Christmas-chore to avoid at all costs. Do it before Christmas. I swore I changed my smoke detector batteries last year. Or maybe it was the year before. There are like, 40 or so. OK, so maybe not that many, but it sure felt like it this time.
And it was a lot more complicated than last year for some reason. So maybe I just dreamed I did it. Today was more like a nightmare. Just getting started was a mystery because it took a while just to figure out I had to twist the smoke detector clear off the ceiling base.
Then it got worse. I tried googling the instructions but they don’t exist. Here’s my travail in steps for the PI2010 and KN-COSM-IBA Kidde smoke detector models:
In order to see the picture galleries of photos or powerpoint slides, click on one of the slides (in this case start with the one in the top left hand corner because this is a step-by-step), which will open up the presentation to fill the screen. Use the arrow buttons to scroll left and right through the slides and see the captions at the bottom. I took the pictures using my new smartphone!
The Kidde model PI2010. Make eye contact and don’t back down!
The model KN-COSM-IBA…not as tame as it looks.
Two AA batteries hiding in there when you get that sliding door open (shouldn’t have to take it off the ceiling so–hahahahahahah!
You gotta pinch the outside doohickeys or the back won’t come off.
Finally! Freed from the ceiling–but you’re not done yet.
Remember that the unit twists on an off.
Try reading the instructions…I double-dog dare you!
Use a screwdriver to gently pop the tab on the battery cover. If you try this with your fingernail…be ready to say goodbye to it. What’s that red thing?
The Kidde web site says the instructions for changing the battery are on the inside of the cover. Hahahahahahah!
Flip the battery out using the strip of cellophane.
Take the black cover off the battery terminal.
You can toss the battery terminal cover.
Take a close look at that red post.
Make sure you got the battery terminals oriented in the correct position.
You have to push the red post down with the battery as you install it. Otherwise the battery cover won’t close. Having fun?
Make sure you’re pushing in the correct direction or you’ll break the post. Of course I didn’t break it!
It pretty much works the same way for the other model, only there are two red posts.
Why there have to be two red posts–two AA batteries.
Remember to push the batteries against the red post in the correct direction. Then snap the battery door shut and throw the blasted thing in the garbage! Just kidding; twist it back on the base in the ceiling. Don’t touch those bare wires up there!