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Converting a wired to a wireless doorbell



 
 
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Old November 20th 11, 07:49 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Converting a wired to a wireless doorbell

I'm trying to remove surface mounted wires in the hall (1905 single
skin brick built house, limited trunking opportunities available,
don't ask!) so the wired doorbell is coming out.

However, SWMBO likes the very loud traditional ringer that the
existing one has. It is powered from a transformer which outputs 8V /
1A. Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system? Presumably a bog
standard 9V battery would ring the bell sufficiently?

Cheers!

Matt
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Old November 20th 11, 08:18 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On Nov 20, 7:49*pm, larkim wrote:

I'm trying to remove surface mounted wires in the hall (1905 single
skin brick built house, limited trunking opportunities available,
don't ask!) so the wired doorbell is coming out.

However, SWMBO likes the very loud traditional ringer that the
existing one has. *It is powered from a transformer which outputs 8V /
1A. *Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system?


not afaik

Presumably a bog
standard 9V battery would ring the bell sufficiently?


yes, if its not an ac only bell.

Cheers!

Matt


Enamelled copper wire will work in 1mm of plaster channel depth.

http://wiki.diyfaq.org.uk/index.php?title=Doorbell


NT
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Old November 21st 11, 09:20 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Converting a wired to a wireless doorbell

I suppose one could make the connections into a feature, like some kind of
metal decorative rail with another wire inside it.

However, I'd imagine with a bit of ingenuity, and some knowledge one might
be able to operate a relay instead of the electronic ding inside a bought
radio doorbell. Many of these seem to be designed with portable in mind, ie,
the dinger is worn for the hard of hearing.
I understand there are devices which control vibrators as in mobile phones
or lighte for the Deaf, so a look into this kind of product might be a rich
vein, but they won't be cheap.

Brian

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On Nov 20, 7:49 pm, larkim wrote:

I'm trying to remove surface mounted wires in the hall (1905 single
skin brick built house, limited trunking opportunities available,
don't ask!) so the wired doorbell is coming out.

However, SWMBO likes the very loud traditional ringer that the
existing one has. It is powered from a transformer which outputs 8V /
1A. Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system?


not afaik

Presumably a bog
standard 9V battery would ring the bell sufficiently?


yes, if its not an ac only bell.

Cheers!

Matt


Enamelled copper wire will work in 1mm of plaster channel depth.

http://wiki.diyfaq.org.uk/index.php?title=Doorbell


NT


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Old November 21st 11, 11:25 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On Nov 20, 7:49*pm, larkim wrote:

I'm trying to remove surface mounted wires in the hall (1905 single
skin brick built house, limited trunking opportunities available,
don't ask!) so the wired doorbell is coming out.

However, SWMBO likes the very loud traditional ringer that the
existing one has. *It is powered from a transformer which outputs 8V /
1A. *Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system?


not afaik


I'm thinking it can't be that hard to convert a wireless doorbell into
some sort of remote controlled relay.

A quick search turned up this, as the first obvious result:

http://www.hackersbench.com/Projects/ding-dong/main.html
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Old November 21st 11, 12:22 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On Nov 21, 11:25*am, chris French
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On Nov 20, 7:49*pm, larkim wrote:


I'm trying to remove surface mounted wires in the hall (1905 single
skin brick built house, limited trunking opportunities available,
don't ask!) so the wired doorbell is coming out.


However, SWMBO likes the very loud traditional ringer that the
existing one has. *It is powered from a transformer which outputs 8V /
1A. *Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system?


not afaik


I'm thinking it can't be that hard to convert a wireless doorbell into
some sort of remote controlled relay.

A quick search turned up this, as the first obvious result:

http://www.hackersbench.com/Projects/ding-dong/main.html
--
Chris French


Cheers. I'm thinking that the answer might be just to buy a new one
that just works loud enough! I wired up a 9V battery to the bell last
night and that works (unsurprisingly!), but for 20 or so it seems you
can pick up wireless doorbells from B&Q, so I'll go and test out their
display today and see where I get to (or rather, whether SWMBO is
happy. At least I can do side by side comparisons - "can you hear
this one, how about this one" by using the 9V battery.

Matt
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Old November 21st 11, 12:50 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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"larkim" wrote in message
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I'm trying to remove surface mounted wires in the hall (1905 single
skin brick built house, limited trunking opportunities available,
don't ask!) so the wired doorbell is coming out.

However, SWMBO likes the very loud traditional ringer that the
existing one has. It is powered from a transformer which outputs 8V /
1A. Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system? Presumably a bog
standard 9V battery would ring the bell sufficiently?


Could you use the cheapest wireless doorbell you can find and hack the bell
part to trigger the existing bell? I would have thought that switching or
solid state switching should be possible.

Paul DS

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Old November 21st 11, 05:01 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Converting a wired to a wireless doorbell

On 21/11/2011 12:22, larkim wrote:
On Nov 21, 11:25 am, chris
wrote:
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On Nov 20, 7:49 pm, wrote:


I'm trying to remove surface mounted wires in the hall (1905 single
skin brick built house, limited trunking opportunities available,
don't ask!) so the wired doorbell is coming out.


However, SWMBO likes the very loud traditional ringer that the
existing one has. It is powered from a transformer which outputs 8V /
1A. Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system?


not afaik


I'm thinking it can't be that hard to convert a wireless doorbell into
some sort of remote controlled relay.

A quick search turned up this, as the first obvious result:

http://www.hackersbench.com/Projects/ding-dong/main.html
--
Chris French


Cheers. I'm thinking that the answer might be just to buy a new one
that just works loud enough! I wired up a 9V battery to the bell last
night and that works (unsurprisingly!), but for 20 or so it seems you
can pick up wireless doorbells from B&Q, so I'll go and test out their
display today and see where I get to (or rather, whether SWMBO is
happy. At least I can do side by side comparisons - "can you hear
this one, how about this one" by using the 9V battery.

Matt

I'm sure I have heard of MP3 doorbells. Just record the old one and
upload :-)

Pete
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Old November 24th 11, 01:27 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Default Converting a wired to a wireless doorbell

larkim wrote:

Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system? Presumably a bog
standard 9V battery would ring the bell sufficiently?


Perhaps not quite what you want, but see:
http://doorchimesuk.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=42

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Old November 24th 11, 07:31 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On Nov 24, 1:27*am, Jeremy Nicoll - news posts
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larkim wrote:
Is there likely to be any product which would allow me to convert
the existing bell into a wireless doorbell system? *Presumably a bog
standard 9V battery would ring the bell sufficiently?


Perhaps not quite what you want, but see:http://doorchimesuk.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=42

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Cheers, yes I'd spotted those but as you say they don't really do what
I want. I suppose all I need is a wireless doorbell and "relay" which
I can then use as the switched power supply for the bell itself.

Thanks!

Matt
 




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