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Mike
Adding a second doorbell chime

We spend most of our time in our basement when relaxing.  Unfortunately, if we are watching a television show we cannot hear the doorbell.  I tried to add a second chime in the basement by wiring it to the transformer (along with the main floor chime).  As soon as I turned the power on at the fuse box I could hear one tone (it's a 2 tone chime) and then I went to the chime and it had a loud buzzing.

Here's how I have it wired:

  1. Doorbell connected to red/white wire
  2. At the main floor chime:
    • Red wire from doorbell attached to "Front" node
    • Red wire from transformer in basement attached to "Transformer" node
    • 2 white wires tied/capped together
  3. Basement chime
    • Red wire connected to "Front" node
    • White wire connected to "Transformer" node
  4. Transformer
    • Red wires from both chimes tied/capped together with a third red wire to make it easier to tie them into the transfomer
    • White wires from both chimes tied/capped together with a third white wire to make it easier to tie them into the transformer

I'm not anywhere near being an electrician.  As a matter of fact, I work at a certain insurance company in central Illinois (hint hint! :) ).  However, I do understand about needing to complete a circuit properly...my guess is I haven't done so.  Help!

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Adding a second doorbell chime

The basement chime should have the red wire from the doorbell to Front node and thered wire from the transformer to the transformer node just like tthe upstairs chime.

 

Jack

Mike
Re: Adding a second doorbell chime

Jack - thanks for responding.  I've been out of town and am now getting to see this.  So it sounds like I need a red wire running from the door bell button to the basement chime, correct?  Right now, the only wire I have at the basement chime is the red/white I ran to the transformer.  That means that I will need to figure out how to fish a wire from the main floor wall to the basement.

You didn't reference the white wire - is there any need for it, either from the button to the basement chime or from the basement chime to the transformer?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Adding a second doorbell chime

You can use the white wire just tap it into the red doorbell wire going to the upstairs chime.

 

Jack

Deron
Re: Adding a second doorbell chime

Check out this wiring diagram.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1ggKCQc1ig

I never seen a transformer mtd in a box behind the chime before.  Hope it helps.

Todd82TA
Re: Adding a second doorbell chime
Deron wrote:

Check out this wiring diagram.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1ggKCQc1ig

I never seen a transformer mtd in a box behind the chime before.  Hope it helps.

 

I just bought a house here in Texas, which was built in 1983, and it's mounted in the coat closet near the front door. It's mounted way up high in the corner near the door frame, sort of out of the way.

Back in 1985, I remember my parents buying a brand new house, in a new neighborhood, and it too was mounted in the hall coat closet near the entrance. I vividly remember it as a kid because (at the time) I had wondered what it was, got a chair, stood on it, and then reached and grabbed it and shocked the hell out of myself when I was 7.

However, my house in South Florida (which is about to be obliterated by Hurricane Irma) has it mounted on one of the trusses in the attic, feeding off the hot wire that feeds the attic light from the garage. I have to assume the hall closet is the normal place (at least back then)...

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