Magically replace an outdated or broken hard-wired doorbell with these few steps.
Tools and Materials:
- needle-nose pliers
- voltage detector
- doorbell button
Step 1: Turn power off
Turn off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse box.
Use a screwdriver to remove the existing doorbell. The two wires will be attached to two screw terminals on the doorbell.
Step 3: Remove wires from old button
Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws and needle-nose pliers to guide the wires away from the existing bell.
Step 4: Caulk Old Screw Holes
- If the trim underlying the doorbell is wood, patch the screw holes with wood filler and repaint.
- If the underlying material is vinyl, take a bead of caulk and plug the existing screw holes to prevent moisture from seeping behind the trim.
Step 5: Connect new button
- The needle-nose pliers will be helpful when it comes to attaching the small wires to the small screws on the new doorbell.
- Once the wire is wrapped around each screw, tighten the screws on the side of the doorbell using the screwdriver, ensuring that each wire is firmly connected beneath the screws.
- At this point, turn the power back on, and see that the wiring is correct by checking for a light on the product (if applicable) and pressing the button to make sure the doorbell rings.
Step 6: Attach doorbell to trim
- Once the wires are attached, you can gently fold any excess wire and compress the mechanism back into position.
- Hold the doorbell surround level, and use a drill to create new pilot holes for the screws.
- Use the screwdriver to connect the new doorbell to the trim.
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