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QUESTION: Hello, we had a lightning strike nearby and one of my keyboards failed.  I'd like to replace it - do you know where I can get one?

regards,

Inman Lanier

ANSWER: Hello Inman, and thanks for writing.

It's often hard to find replacement parts for older panels, but I think you may be in luck!

If you go to this website:

http://www.tech-man.com/forsale.asp

According to the list, there are 7 XL-1218 Keypads available. I'm sure that they're used, but at the listed price ($15), I'd say it's worth a chance.

The fellow who runs this site is Jim Rojas, and his contact information is at the bottom of the page. He's in the Tampa area.

I hope this helps!

Best Regards,

Dave

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QUESTION: Yes, I briefly had my hopes up with them the other day - alas there are none there.

Oh, well. Thanks anyway

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Ah, I'm sorry to hear that.

Here's another source I found. I've never dealt with them, but they say on the web page that there's no charge for looking:

http://www.discontinuedalarmparts.com/

If after your search, you want to replace your control and keypads with current products, oftentimes it is less expensive than you might think. The key is that you can usually re-use all of the current alarm wiring and protective devices.

There are alarm kits that include control, keypad, battery, and siren. You could add a second keypad.

A lot of do-it-yourself-type folks do this, and they're able to figure out the programming mostly on their own.

You can see examples of these kits here (I'm not a shill for any vendor; this site just has  a good selection and decent prices):

http://alarmsuperstore.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=161

I hope this helps!

Best Regards,

Dave

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The design and application of burglary and fire systems for homes and businesses. Helping alarm owners understand how their system works. Helping to troubleshoot false alarm problems. Questions about monitoring issues.

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Over a quarter century in the industry. Experience in installation, service, and monitoring centers. Training manager for a national protective services company; director of education and training for a national trade organization for for alarm dealers.

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