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A 10 minute Doorbell job that turned into a complete failure

Discussion in 'General Off Topic Forums' started by Hajidub, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Hajidub

    Hajidub Chihuahua/Pug = Chug Subscriber

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    So my in-laws call me to install one of those video doorbells, no problem mom. Drill, mount the new bracket, wire it up (red and white wire), no power to the unit. Oh btw, she mentions the regular doorbell stopped working about 5 years ago. Call my son and have him bring my multimeter. No voltage at the doorbell. Move on to the chime box, get connectivity to the button, get connectivity to the t-former. Oh the chime must be crap. Drive across town, buy a new one at Home Depot. Remount, wire up, and still nothing. Maybe I wired it wrong (which is next to impossible) so I hard wire the doorbell so it should always be on, nothing. I ask where their transformer for the doorbell is, no idea house was built in 84'. I pull a large lightswitch cover off to see if it's close to the button, check the crawlspace, and the attic, nothing. Even pulled the fuse box metal casing off the garage door to see if they stuck in there, nope. I told them an electrician with the tools to trace the wiring might have better luck, btw this was 4 hours into the 10 minute job.
     

     

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  2. grillebilly

    grillebilly Empty Head Subscriber

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  3. usedto

    usedto Lunatic Member

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    Our transformer is located above the walk-in door in the garage.
     
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  4. SolderIron

    SolderIron Super Member

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    I bet it is covered over by the sheet rock. If you looked and can't find it, it will be cheaper and quicker to hook up a new transformer (10-20 bucks if you don't already have one in the junk box).
     
  5. jcamero

    jcamero Who are you people anyway? Subscriber

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    My transformer was in the basement right next to a light bulb fixture.
    Usually a 10min. job takes at least 3 trips to the hardware store.
     
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  6. Hajidub

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    I found mine, it’s attached to the on/off light switch mounted on my furnace. I bet in laws is also since the chime box is directly above their furnace in the crawl space.
     
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  7. trinhsman

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    It’s called: THE HIDDEN BUMMER FACTOR
     
  8. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

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    My door bell install went sideways as well but at least I can claim (eventual) success. My original transformer was miles (or so it seems) away from the button and chime. Mounted the new transfo, it didn't work. The original wiring had broken somewhere. New wire, still no joy. The wire hookup diagram was not helpful and I suspect wrong. The old transfo went back in and after some trial and error, it worked.
     
  9. UncleBingo

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    Yep... my transformer is by the furnace and the chime is in the stairwell ceiling (of all accursed places...).
     
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  10. mfrench

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    In my old house, it was buried in the wall, under the drywall, mounted to the opposite side of the stud as the outlet jnction box was mounted to. They drilled through the junction box, and stud, and ran wire from the j.box, to the transformer, and covered it all over.
    This played havoc with the front room stereo system; constant buzzing issues. Made me crazy. Then the outlet died, and I needed to replace it. When I opened the j.box, to remove the outlet, I found the extra wire set; and, on the opposite side of a wall, inside a closet, behind a bunch of stuff, was evidence of where there had been a cut made in the drywall, so I opened it and found the transformer; Stereo buzz issue solved.

    New place: mystery item. not yet found.
     
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  11. kaplang

    kaplang Works for me ! Subscriber

    Door knocker. Low tech.
     
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