Assuming you're not buying lighted doorbell buttons from
McLowesDepotBigBoxChinaMartSuperstore and all wiring connections are
tight, it sounds like your transformer voltage is too high.
Also, make certain the electrician is a real licensed electrician.
There are a lot of hacks out there calling themselves electricians.
On Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:18:15 PM UTC-6, email@example.com wrote:
The contractor here in town has apprentices that may be called in to a job.
They don't have to be under direct supervision either. As long as they wor
k under a certified electrician. I have gotten my share of hacks...and have
complained (when I had to call in electricians for institutional work).
Those licenses don't mean much around here. We did not need to be licensed
at work, but some got their license to do outside work. There was one that
had to take the test 3 times. I would not hire him to change a battery in
a one cell flashlight.
I worked at a plant that ran 24/7 as an electrician with a mechanic as
trouble shooters at night and week ends. The mechanic was not too good at
finding a problem , but could strip down and rebuild almost anything. He
had been there much longer than I had. Not too many wanted to work with
him. It took me about a year to learn how to tell the problem with his
equipment. After that I enjoyed working with him. Many times we would work
together on problems. I would tell him what I thought the problem was and he
would take out the bad parts and replace them at a fast pace. Repaired a
lot that the day crew would leave for us and the two of us got a good
reputation of the ones to call for problems.
No good deed goes unpunished! :>
I was project manager for a subcontracted defense dept project at
one of my first jobs: Get the production line up and running,
then move on to REAL engineering.
I would get a panicked call from Manufacturing every 8-12 weeks.
"We seem to have a quality problem! We can't get ANY of the systems
we've built, working!"
Didn't take long to realize that the guy responsible for testing
them would simply swap boards until he had a system that passed
all the tests. Then ship the completed unit.
Leaving any "bad" boards in his "collection".
Until the only boards that remained were ALL bad boards (regardless
of how severe/insignificant the particular problems may have been).
"No, you don't have a MANUFACTURING problem. Failure rates are
exactly what they should be! You have a TEST problem! And, HIS
Of course, they never wanted to deal with that "problem" and would
just cajole me into getting the remaining systems up and running
(so they wouldn't incur performance penalties).
Then, the problem would repeat a couple of months later.
I wonder what they did after I left the firm? :>
Worked as a QC chief for a major photofinisher (remember them?) fresh out of
college. We ran start up and shut down tests each day to determine whether
we needed to tweak the color developer or color bleach based on the test.
One machine on the line baffled us. It would seem to go out of whack at
night when the line was shut down. Turns out that to be helpful, the tech
running that machine did the start up and shut down tests at the same time
each morning to save effort and turned in the night test as if she had just
done it. She didn't have any clue as to WHY we tested and so didn't even
understand why what she did was wrong!
Slow, useless and expensive - you can have all 3 at once.
After I let him go he used me as a reference (give you a ckue how
clueless he was?) and I told the prospective employer "I can in all
honestly say, you can consider yourself lucky if you can get the man
to work for you"
He didn't get the job.
You didn't ruffle any feathers as far as I am concerned or could see.
It may or may not be easy to find out where the transformer is located
depending on the layout and type of house that you have. For example, if
you happen to have a house with a basement that is not finished and has open
ceilings and an electric panel in the basement, you can probably easily find
the transformer and the doorbell wiring. That's because so most of the
electrical wiring circuits are visible just by looking at the ceiling and
the electric panel. And, if that is what you have, you can probably look
under the front door area in the basement (unless the front door is over a
porch that is not over the basement area) and you may see thinner doorbell
wires coming into the basement under near the door area. You can usually
follow them back to a transformer.
If you Google "doorbell transformer" and then click on Google Images, you'll
see lots of photos of doorbell transformers. Some of the photos show the
transformers attached to the side of an electrical junction box. Often the
transformer is attached to a junction box, and the 110-volt power to the
transformer is coming from inside the box. Coming off of the transformer
are the smaller low voltage doorbell wires.
If you happen to have the above situation, and you can see the transformer
and doorbell wires, then installing a whole new doorbell system will be easy
since all of the wires are visible. Then the handyman/woman, an
electrician, or you (if you are feeling brave) can just switch out the
components of the old doorbell system with the new one using all of the
existing wiring. It eliminates having to run any new wires.
Or, since you said you were able to contact the manufacturer of your
doorbell system, you may be able to try to buy another replacement doorbell
switch that is made by the same manufacturer and try using that and see how
long it lasts.
If you can trace a wire with two actual copper conductors from either the b
ell itself or from the doorbell pushbutton back to the vicinity of the fuse
/circuit breaker box, that would lead you to the transformer. The transfor
mer may be mounted on the top/bottom/sides of the fuse box, or may be mount
ed on a 4 inch square electrical box. The transformer is about 2 inches sq
uare, and the wire with the two conductors from the doorbell or pushbutton
most likely will terminate on 2 screws that are part of the transformer its
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