My mom mentioned to me the other day that her life was getting too peaceful and undisturbed. She had long stretches of time uninterrupted by visitors or loud bells clanging through her house. And then we figured why…
Her doorbell was broken.
I pulled out my cape and magnifying glass, because surely we could fix this problem. A dead battery or loose wire must be the culprit! But what we found was even more mystifying.
The doorbell button on her front door was wireless…
(You can see the old wires tucked to the side behind the bracket, not attached to anything.)
…but the actual bell part of the door bell, was definitely not.
We thought long and hard about the problem, and then just said, “Hell with this, let’s get a new one.” (I know just the place… thanks, True Value.)
Ironically, the button was the exact same as the one on the door. No clue as to where the matching bell was though, so we decided to install a whole new unit.
From taking the old button off we found that the bracket was attached with two screws, and the cover just got snapped in place.
The bell was a bit trickier…
I’ve been zapped once by a phone line and half of my body went numb, so I’m understandably cautious when dealing with wires that may or may not be hot. We solved this by wrapping our had in an oven mit and sweater before cutting the wires (which were not hot, by the way.)
Mom prepped the new bell by putting in batteries and picking out her favorite tune.
I used the template to mark the holes for the new anchors, but I missed one key step…
I just assumed the top edge of the paper lined up with the top of the bell for screw placement. This was a poor assumption.
And then, even better, instead of getting a measuring tape and marking the correct location of the holes, apparently I thought I could eyeball it.
Yeah, go ahead and laugh. I don’t know what I was thinking, but the next thing you see on here will be me patching over that old outlet box.
So the doorbell works (annoyingly well) but the wall needs patching now. I’m not sure if we can call this one a win. Plus now I’m plagued by questions about what happened to the other doorbell? Did the previous owner take the bell without the button? What on earth do you do with a button-less doorbell?
I’m at a loss, people.
Disclaimer: I’m the least sane member of a group of people affectionately known as the True Value Blog Squad. They make cool stuff, I install a lot of plumbing fixtures. True value compensated me for my time as a Squad member, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still say whatever I want on this little corner of the internet. My mom will only say nice things about them now that she got a new doorbell and hole in her wall though.
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