How do I Add a Second Doorbell Ringer?

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Doorbells notify you when a visitor is at the front door, but a doorbell can be hard to hear when you are in an upstairs room or on the back patio. Installing a second doorbell chime at another location in the house can help to solve this dilemma and prevent leaving visitors out on the front step.

Things You'll Need

  • 30-watt transformer
  • Doorbell chime
  • Wire pull
  • Small handsaw
  • Locate the breaker box and identify the transformer. Take care because one side of the transformer is connected to the house 110 volt current.

  • Turn off the circuit breaker that controls the transformer. Determine the wattage rating of the transformer. To operate two chimes, the transformer needs to have a wattage rating of 30. If necessary, replace the transformer with a 30-watt transformer.

  • Refer to the wiring diagram that comes with the new doorbell chime and attach the wires that come with the new chime appropriately. One end of one wire should connect to the transformer and one end of the other to the original doorbell chime.

  • Cut a small hole in the wall with a small handsaw where the new chime will be mounted and thread a wire pull, which can be rented from local rental stores, down through the wall. Connect the wires from the basement to the wire pull and begin to pull them through the wall.

  • Connect the wires to the new doorbell chime when they have been pulled to the location for the doorbell chime by following the manufacturer's wiring diagram.

  • Turn the circuit breaker back on to the transformer and test the chimes by ringing the doorbell.

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