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Installing, troubleshooting or repairing a doorbell.

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Window Shutters covering doorbell

My wife would like to install decorative window shutters on the window next to the front door. This type of shutter is simply bolted into the wall, and won't be able to move after installation. The ...
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Doorbell switch internals

Attached is a picture of a doorbell push button wiring. What are these circuit components (circled with red) for? Isn't this just a simple mechanical switch?
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Connecting RING Video Doorbell to Friedland 454 chime unit

I have a Friedland 454 unit, with a front and rear bell push, mains wired in (no batteries). It is correctly wired as per Haggis post with a front and back bellpush. The terminals are numbered, ...
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What are these transformers in my garage for and how do I disconnect them?

I just bought a house and there are two transformers in the garage. I'm trying to figure out what they do. The house was built in 2014 and located in San Mateo, California. I suspect one of them is ...
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Interference or feedback on intercom

Periodically, the speaker on my intercom system in my apartment emits a sound similar to a 1 kHz tone like so The Intercom unit is a “Jeron” pictured here (front) And back It seems another savvy ...
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Blowing up a doorbell transformer

My house is a 117 year old masterpiece of evolving building codes and improvisation. One of the things I expect to do at some point in the future is get a doorbell camera, though it's not on the ...
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Replacing middle of circuit outlet with doorbell transformer

I am replacing an outlet in the middle of a run with doorbell transformer. The outlet is not required for code and the transformer is one that is rated to be installed in a 2 gang box. Yes, I will be ...
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Wiring low voltage doorbell wire through exterior wall and studs

I currently have a battery powered doorbell that I would like to replace with a hardwired doorbell. Problem is, my house is not wired for a doorbell. My solution is to replace the outlet in the ...
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Is 31v too much for a Ring doorbell calling for 24v?

I recently bought a Ring Doorbell. Electrical requirements show it needs a maximum of 24vac. When I tested the voltage on my current doorbell, it read 31vac. Is this too much for the Ring's circuitry? ...
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Old Chime box popping noise

My wired doorbell started making a "pop" sound every 15 seconds about 10 days ago. The sound is coming from the speaker. I've checked all of the connections and nothing is loose. The noise ...
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Doorbell chime resistance

I have replaced an old intercom in my top floor flat (which was always rubbish and crackly) with minimalist approach. A basic ding dong chime that’s nice and loud and a light switch to open the door ...
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Doorbell has no voltage, but chime wires always have voltage

I just moved to a new place and trying to fix the doorbell. There are 2 doors, frond and back, neither one is working. I found a doorbell wire image on Google: However, it's very strange to see the ...
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Can i use Existing Light fitting to power video doorbell?

---UK HOME--- I have the feeling the answer is going to be no but let's see. Currently i only have a light switch and ceiling light in my front porch and no power socket. I want to install a video ...
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Momentary switch - press once needs to give 5 seconds of power

Electronics is not my forte, so bear with me on the nomenclature. Backstory We have an old house and my wife bought me some old butler bells to get going as our door bell. I found a motor which turns ...
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Need suggestions about installing nest hello doorbell with no existing wires

I bought a nest hello doorbell and then just realized my existing doorbell is wireless... And also an interesting thing is inside the house, in addition to those wireless chimes plugged on outlet, ...
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Replacing Doorbell Transformer

I currently bought a Ring Doorbell and am trying to locate my transformer that powers it since it is unable to activate my indoor chimes. I'm in a condo and do not have access to the attic but do to ...
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Doorbell transformer - Installed in panel -doesn't work when green is connected?

Earlier today I replaced my doorbell transformer in preparation to install video doorbells. The old transformer was connected outside the main panel, and only had 2 wires. One to hot, and the other ...
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Transformer going into receptacle obstructed by board behind it

I am in the process of upgrading my doorbell transformer. (I am the fella from yesterday with the question about broken off back stabbed wires, registered with a proper account this time) In addition ...
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Is it safe to use a receptacle with wires broken off in the backstab connectors?

I bought a new doorbell which required me replacing my transformer. My current transformer is attached to a receptacle that sits right below my panel. Turned the power off to it, unscrewed it, found ...
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Is it ok to pigtail different gauge transformer wires with a 15 amp circuit?

I have a 15 amp breaker that’s used for my foyer/family room. The builders double tapped that breaker to add a 16V-10VA transformer for the doorbell to the side of the service panel via a knockout. ...
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Why doesn't my doorbell have power at the button?

I tried to install a wired doorbell which has a camera. I did some online research and learned that it requires a transformer and I checked that a transformer is already there by the breaker panel. I ...
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Installing old doorbell chime (6 to 10v AC or 3-6v DC) with Ring 16v transformer

I live in a very old house and unfortunately when renovating, the construction crew broke my old doorbell chime. I managed to find a similar chime but I am not sure it will work with my Ring doorbell: ...
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Where to put my doorbell transformer for new wired doorbell in old house?

I used to have an old whole house intercom system with an integrated transformer inside the kitchen wall, far from the front doorbell. For the new basic doorbell, I was planning to power the doorbell ...
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Doorbell won't stop ringing

The other day I was on my front porch painting my shutters and I was painting the one next to my Ring doorbell. After about 10 minutes of standing in front the Ring, my doorbell began ringing over and ...
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Smart doorbell transformer issues

I installed a new video doorbell and found that the exisiting doorbell transformer did not provide enough power. I upgraded the transformer to a 24v40a. When I check voltage at the doorbell wires ...
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Doorbell transformer wiring to an electrical outlet?

I just bought a new doorbell transformer (24V 40VA), to replace for current one (10V 5VA) because I bought a video doorbell. I'm don't have any experience with electricity but I'm willing to learn (...
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Doorbell wires are numbered rather than labelled 'Front', 'Rear', & 'Transformer'. Which is which?

I'm trying to install a Ring Doorbell Pro. The instructions to connect to the existing doorbell assume that the wires in the chime of the existing doorbell are labeled 'Front', 'Rear', & '...
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Cover & sound-suppression for doorbell transformer in utility closet

This transformer is installed in the utility closet of a 1970's condo. Notice the wad of cut paper sheets pinched between transformer and the wall plate. This is an attempt at halting a low-tone ...
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How to automate an/this intercom?

I have the following intercom: Unfortunately there is no brand/type/what-so-ever. However, it seems to be very simple: There are 4 wires coming out of the wall (white, green, red, black) out of which ...
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Tried to move my doorbell over a few feet but now it constantly rings like a school fire alarm

I bought one of those older looking doorbell replicas. It's brand new but it's designed to look like the older models. It has the long tubes that hang about 3ft from the box. In order to make this ...
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Why might we have 3 twin wires in our doorbell chime?

We're currently looking to replace our wired doorbell, but before doing so I wanted to understand the existing wiring - unfortunately I don't! We have a transformer next to our consumer unit supplying ...
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Where to mount RING doorbell?

I had a RING doorbell at our last house mounted on the wood siding. At our new house, there is a doorbell in a narrow channel with brick on one side and a metal door with plastic trim on the other. As ...
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Why do I have two doorbell transformers?

I'm trying to debug why one of my doorbells isn't working, but to keep things simple, today I'm just trying to understand the reasoning and implications of what I see at the electrical box. Background:...
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Confused about strange wiring to Friedland No. 454 doorbell

I recently bought a house that has an existing Friedland No. 454 doorbell chime with two buttons. According to my wife, both doorbells worked when we moved in but one stopped working within days. The ...
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Is this a correct installation for a doorbell transformer

Transformer originally installed by builder 20 years ago behind the chime box. I'm installing a 16v 30va transformer for a Eufy video doorbell. Can I just replace the transformer as is or do I need a ...
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Diagnosing doorbell transformer voltage drop

UPDATE: The plot thickens. I measured 2.5V at the door even with the wires completely disconnected from the transformer. So, the transformer is contributing to the voltage difference but not solely. ...
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What Transformer for Smart video Doorbell

I’m wiring a new smart doorbell camera (Eufy brand) It’s intended to replace an existing doorbell, but I don’t have one, so I will be wiring it from scratch. The manual says “make sure the transformer ...
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Is this the transformer for my door chime?

I'm looking to install Ring Pro doorbell. I have looked around the junction box for a transformer and couldn't seem to find one this is the inside of the chime. If this isn't it where could it be ?
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Install doorbell transformer on round junction box

Recently installed a Ring doorbell but realized that I need to hardwire a transformer to it. There's no existing transformer, so I'm thinking of wiring the transformer from the front door light (120v)....
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How do I connect the chime unit with my doorbell camera?

I bought an Amcrest AD110 doorbell camera. I installed and it works but I noticed pressing the button does not ring the doorbell. I can't figure out how I am meant to wire this. Here's the ...
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Google Nest doorbell install - 6 wires

I’m trying to install a nest video doorbell, however I’m unsure how to wire it up as I cannot find a relevant wiring diagram. I have a Friedland 106 doorbell with one doorbell button at the front door....
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Doorbell Transformer

Trying to install a nest doorbell but need to change the transformer. I believe I found it here but it is attached to a switch next to the furnace. When I unhooked the wires the doorbell stopped ...
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Doorbell transformer is this it?

I am going nuts trying to find my doorbell transformer. Someone suggested it may be this. But doesn't look like one to me. Is it? If not any suggestions where it may be?
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How do I make my doorbell not connected to a light switch?

The transformer for my wired doorbell is connected to a light junction box. The doorbell works just fine if the light (which the transformer is connected to) is turned on using the wall switch. If the ...
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Can a doorbell transformer be installed outdoors in a protected location?

We have an outdoor electrical outlet w/ two knockouts. I was going to add the doorbell transformer in there but I couldn't find out if it is code to have the transformer in a dry outdoor place. It is ...
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Can somebody help me understand this door chime wiring?

I have this inside an old door chime which seems redundant. (UK) I plan to decommission this door chime, but would like to understand the wiring first. Particularly if it is connected to the mains ...
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Rear doorbell not working

A neighbor ask me to help him figure out why his back doorbell isn't working. When I arrived, the back door button was gone. I know you should just be able to touch the wires together to get the chime ...
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exposed doorbell transformer inside a walk in closet

We recently moved into an apartment with the doorbell transformer exposed. The concern is that the transformer has been mounted in a walk-in closet, directly between shelving where clothing should be ...
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How to attach a doorbell transformer to a plastic junction box?

My son's doorbell isn't working, I'm not getting any voltage, and I traced the wiring to the transformer located in the basement behind a finished ceiling used for a light fixture. I would like to ...
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Rewiring for doorbell, is idea up to code?

Behind my doorbell panel, a 24VAC transformer is currently wired into mains (USA) using wire nuts. I am interested in tapping into mains to power an IoT device that would integrate with the doorbell (...