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Installing, troubleshooting or repairing a doorbell.

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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 (...
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Replacing old doorbell transformer - wiring

This morning I opened up my main breaker box to replace the old doorbell transformer. I thought this would be a straightforward job but didn't account for confusing wiring of the old transformer setup....
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Doorbell Transformer?

Looking to update our transformer so we can install the Nest Hello. I believe I found it but wanted to verify if this looks correct?
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Ring Doorbell - upgrade chime and transformer?

My SO purchased a Ring Video Doorbell Pro for our home recently. I began researching, and it states that the ring requires a power source that supplies a minimum of 16 volts AC at ~20 volt-amps when ...
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What’s the four wires to the intercom bell / speaker?

Hi, I had an old intercom system and I removed the bell/chime at the front door. I am now looking to install a ring door bell. But I have to deal with the 4 wires, which one is what? How do I know for ...
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Why doesn't a doorbell work after a power outage?

My friend has a simply wired doorbell. Front door only. The doorbell stopped working after a power outage. Power came back on - no doorbell. I checked all the wiring - doorbell at the front door to ...
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Replacing a doorbell transformer attached to power extension bar

My doorbell transformer (picture attached) is determined to be dead because the output voltage is zero, while power socket voltage from the junction box is about 122. Thus, the doorbell transformer ...
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Is it common to see building wire used for a doorbell?

I'm trying to install a new video doorbell. Found the transformer in the attic, attached to the attic outlet. There are two 2-wire bell wiring runs from the transformer - one to the chime and the ...
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Apartment entrance intercom

Does anyone know how an old apartment intercom with door unlocker works? When I open it I see 2 wire connected to it. The way it works is very simple: if someone at the building entrance pushes my ...
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Wired to Wireless Doorbell

I am looking at replacing my doorbell (original to the house, circa 1978) with something more modern looking. Now, the problem I have is that most of the modern doorbells are wireless. Mine is wired......
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Use Zapier Webhooks with Doorbird D202 http(s) Calls Function

Inside the Doorbird Administration Settings there is a section called "https(s) Calls". Is this where you should enter a Zapier Webhook URL to listen for events such as Doorbell? Here is the config ...
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Nest Hello Has Power but Doesn't (Often) Ring Indoor Chime?

I recently installed a Nest Hello doorbell and have run into an issue where the interior chime almost never rings. I say almost because exactly once in all my testing did it ring on the interior. I ...
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Nest Door Bell Works Fine but Mechanical Doesn't

We recently installed a nest door bell it is working fine but, the plunger on the mechanical door bell barely moves and doesn't ring. We did verify the door bell transform is a 16 volt transformer. ...
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Is this old doorbell 12V or 220V?

Is this doorbell 220V or 12V ? Is it AC or DC ? Any DIY replacement ideas ? I have spare electronics
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Do I need to replace the door chime when installing Ring Pro?

I’m looking to get a Ring Doorbell Pro and I know I need to replace my doorbell transformer, but someone in this online forum suggested replacing the mechanical door chime (which is as old as my 35 yo ...
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Installing Ring Doorbell Pro -How to replace doorbell transformer with this setup or bypass?

I am in the market for a Ring doorbell and was googling on how to find a doorbell transformer. I believe I have found it - but it’s attached to the furnace switch. The wires connected to the ...
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6 wire doorbell chime installation with Google Nest doorbell

I'm trying to install a Google Nest doorbell. I opened up the doorbell chime, and it looks nothing like the diagrams I've found online. I have no clue how to install the chime connector, which is ...
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Extending or increasing volume of a quiet doorbell [closed]

I have an old analog doorbell - there is a button for my apartment outside, and two wires come to where the chime is. When someone presses the button, a solenoid pulls back a little metal thingy with ...
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Doorbell transformer location problem

I need to find my doorbell transformer in order to change it for a more powerfull one (ring pro doorbell). I have opened the chime and i can see the transformer wire going in my basement, i did follow ...
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Swann HD Doorbell

I want to hardwire my Swann HD doorbell, rather than using it's in built battery. Can I use an existing cable which supplies 18Vac 1.25amp from a powerplug, whereas 16-24Vac 1amp is specified in the ...
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Is it normal for a doorbell transformer to be warm and make noise?

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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Installing Nest Hello Doorbell

So my problem with this has nothing to do with the electronics - it's strictly a physical one. The problem I'm having is that whoever wired my existing doorbell left about 1" of wire, with no give, ...