|Package contents: sensor, magnet, small screws and instructions.|
The physical install seemed like it would be straight forward but before I started drilling holes in my door frame I needed to be sure the sensor would pair with my Almond+.
Pairing the Sensor
The first step here was to remove the cover so that I could pull the battery saver tape. It would be nice if you could do that without removing the cover but no dice. I set my Almond+ into pairing mode, pulled the strip, watched the LED light up and... no love. Ok, time for the directions. A quick scan of the directions indicated that the device does not start up in pairing mode, you need to push the little Z Wave button with a paperclip. I put my Almond+ back into pairing mode and then I pushed the Z Wave button and bingo, done!
|Screen shot of the configured sensor from the Almond app.|
With the pairing finished, it was time to move on to the physical install. First up I had to drill a 3/4 inch wide hole in my door trim. I chose to do this along the top of the door because of the way my door fits into the trim. The clearance on the long side of the door is pretty tight, while the clearance along the top is more loose. I think it would have worked on either side, but since I had the clearance, I took advantage.
|One hole drilled into the top trim of my door frame.|
Next I dry fit the sensor into the hole to see if I had drilled the hole deep enough. The sensor mostly fit, but it did not fit flush, so I drilled slightly deeper and tried again and that did the trick. Notice that there are three holes in the cap of the sensor, two for screws and the center hole for pushing the Z Wave button with a paperclip.
|The dry fit sensor before I added the screws to hold it in place.|
The last step for the sensor install was to add the two small screws. Again, notice the center hole to reach the Z Wave button.
|One sensor, fully installed.|
Next up, I needed a hole for the magnet. This time I used the same bit to drill a shallow hole into the top of the door. Again, I did a quick dry fit and found I needed to make the hole a little deeper before I got the fit I wanted. Super simple.
|There's a hole in my door...|
Push the magnet into the hole.
|Now the hole has a nice magnetic cap...|
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about this sensor or the install process feel free to leave me a comment.