I have the same door chime (ding-dong) that they use in all the TV shows
and commercials. Every time their door chime rings, I wonder if mine is
ringing. How can I change the sound. It is a Nutone chime, with two
vertical bars struck by a double ended plunger. The vertical bars are
next to two reverberation chambers each about 6" high.
I have a hacksaw, blowtorch, sledge hammer - all the delicate
instruments that might be required.
It could be a little simpler. Try taping or gluing something (like penny or
small washer) to one or the other of the bars. That might change the tone
enough for you. It may even be enough to just put some glue or tape on the
bar w/o anything else.
A more permenent change would be cut one or both of the bars a littke
shorter. That'd be a job for the hacksaw, but if you didn't like the
results you'd probably end up replacing the entire thing.
Of course, the suggestion of replacing it is always an option. Go over to
Lowes and try them all out and find one that sounds different. Then if you
aren't satisfied with the #1 and #2 above simply replace it (of course that
would take a screw driver and some other tools besides the ones you've
I have the same sort of door chime. Since I don't watch TV a lot, that's not
a problem. What does drive me nearly out of my skull is that a certain
electronic disturbance will make it ring ANOTHER chime, often repeatedly. When
BellSouth was working on my telephone line 25 feet away, the chime was almost
constant--I finally put the receiver in the guest bedroom under several towels
and closed the door.
On the chime you should have 3 or 4 terminals, at least 2 of which have wires
One should read "common".
One should read FRONT
One should read REAR
The 4th, if you have it, should read SIDE
Remove the wire from "FRONT" (which causes ding-dong) to REAR - and you'll get
either dong-ding or just a dong.
Do NOT connect it to the "side" door terminal, or all you'll be left with is a
We like it when that happens in our house because it gives us some comic
Our cat Darwin tries to escape for a romp outside as often as he can. He
knows he has a chance to stage a breakout when the doorbell rings, and he
hasn't learned the difference between the ones on TV and our "real" one.
It's a hoot to watch him wake up and go into his "lurk near the door" act
whenever that happens.
Lately, automation has been making inroads into the feline workplace around
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can smile when things are going wrong, you've thought of someone to
Lift the cover off, and wrap a rubber band around the chimes. Either around
one chime, or the other, or between the two. Gives you a lower, and more
pleasant note. Plan B is duct tape or bandaid on the chime, to give it a bit
more weight, and dampen it.
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