Your bell transformer is attached to the front hall fixture, but you're not
going to see the R&W low voltage wires in the fixture junction box as they
are on the "load" (16 volt) side of the transformer, which is probably
mounted to the outside of that lighting outlet box. It is possible that
there is a constant live feed in that outlet box and the bell transformer
was inadvertently connected to the switched leg instead
Yes, that's right. Maybe 3 inches by 3 by 3, or so. Often grey
shaped ends with a black middle, a couple screws on one side with the
thin wires, and heavy wires on the other side, that disappear into
what ever the transformer is mounted to.
Sometimes they are mounted to the breaker box, but mine is on a joist
in the ceiling of the basement attached to a light fixture box, but on
the other side of the laundry room from the breaker box. OTOH, if it
is in one of the regular places, it would be hard to imange how they
managed to wire it into the front light.
Most houses are built along with other houses on the same block, even
if they don't look alike. Maybe your neighbors have already dealt
with this, and can tell you where to find things. I suppose there
might have been more than one crew so some houses might be more
standard than others.
If you ever find those two thin wires somewhere, you'll be well on
your way to solving this.
For what it is worth, mine is in the attic, hung off the box feeding the
bathroom and hall lights. Only six feet or so from the ringer. Sounds like
they put it on the same switched circuit as the light, which means it is
probably near the door, assuming a typical switch leg down from the box on
the porch. Where is the inside chime? I'd bet the transformer is either in
attic like mine, or in a box in a closet, somewhere close by. It may be in a
papered or painted over housing, or even in the same box as the ringer.
A doorbell-- so that is what that is. Every time we go to look for where
that music is coming from, somebody comes to the door! Seriously, can
you find any wires going to the doorbell swich, and to the bell itself.
If you can find either, trace it down and it should lead you to the
tranformer. If the transformer is in a spot that is too hard to access,
just go buy a new one-- only a few dollars- and hook it up to a constant
source of 120 volts wherever is easiest. One low voltage wire from the
transformer will go straight to the bell, and the other to the switch
and then back to the bll. Good luck Larry
On Wed, 7 Feb 2007 18:10:19 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org (lp13-30) wrote:
Uncle Jed, there goes that music agin, I bet somebody is at the door.
Jethro (Beverly Hillbillies)
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
Yup, the Beverly Hillbillies is what I was referrring to. IMO, that is
by far the funniest show that has ever been on TV, period. It is hard to
believe it has been 44 years since it began, and it is just as funny
today as it was then. Larry
Those shows are related. There's a third relative called Petticoat
As to doorbells, my grandmother had trouble with telling which door it
was for when someone rung the bell, and they had often given up by the
time she'd checked all the doors. I fixed that by adding an electronic
buzzer I had, across the FRONT solenoid (so it worked only with the
front door). The buzzer I had was a pulsating one and required DC, so
I added a rectifier and capacitor to it. Now when someone's at the
front door, you hear the ding-dong as well as BEEP!! BEEP! BEEP beep
bip bp. Easy to know what door to go to.
That house has since been sold twice. I've been in it since then and
that thing is still there.
And if it came on today, they wouldn't let it on. It is not politically
correct, and profiles minorities in a derogatory way. If you think of it, a
lot of the old shows wouldn't be PC correct enough to make it through the
network screeners today.
The other day, I watched Blazing Saddles. Blazing Saddles would not be
allowed today, and I wonder how this was allowed back then. They cut out
the fart scene around the campfire, but left in the doobie smoking scenes in
the marshall's office.
I can't believe I got so many replies on this very serious problem and
question I had regarding my faulty wired front door bell!
I haven't had such a good laugh reading them in such a long time!
We have lived in this same house since June of 1981 with this same
faulty wired door bell and for some strange reason I thought it might
be time to finally see if I could rectify the problem. I guess
because the bell is mounted on the wall in our front entry way hallway
and I just took it down the other day to repaper the wall.
What I should have done was to just fill in the little hole in the
wall where the wires come through and paper over the dang thing and be
done with it. No one has ever come to the house in the past 26 years
and complained that our door bell doesn't work.
I guess I could still take the stupid bell back off the wall and hang
a picture over the little hole............
Thanks for the many ideas - it made my day!
I wonder where Ellie May is? Out by the ce-ment pond?
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