You can install a doorbell for one or more doors in your home. If you are just going to have one, the best location is at your front door. Sometimes it is also handy to have one at your back door as well. When you set up more than one, they will both use the same signal no matter which one is being used. Unfortunately, with a traditional buzzer or doorbell this can make it hard to figure out which door someone is at. When you have a chime, you can actually have different chimes for different doors so you always know which door to answer when the bell rings.
Let’s start simple with a single doorbell, as it is the easiest to install. One wire goes from the button of the doorbell to a terminal that is on the transformer. Another wire goes from a different terminal to the bell. Then the transformer is attached to a power source.
If you want to have doorbells on both your front and back doors, there is a little bit more work involved. You will need to have a wire going from the transformer terminal to the button for the front doorbell. That same wire goes to the bell, and then the wiring goes to the other doorbell. Then the wire goes back the same terminal that was used for the first one. It may sound confusing here, but once you see it working it is simple to understand how it works.
Another option is to install a wireless doorbell. With this instead of a bunch of wires you have signal that is either plugged into the wall or battery operated. The hardest part of the installation is putting in the button itself, which really isn’t all that difficult. You just need to take out the old one and mark the wires, then put the new button in.
Interesting Facts about Doorbells
Most of us don’t think twice about doorbells; they are just something that we have always used. But, you may be surprised to learn that they actually have a long and colorful history. They actually started coming into popularity in the 1930s, and by 1936 two of the largest manufacturers were Nutone and Rittenhouse. Today, many home owners have these musical doorbells in their homes, but at one time they were considered to be a luxury item, and people wanted to have them as status symbols. Here are some more interesting facts about musical doorbells that you may not know:
• When they were first introduced, they were advertised as great gifts to give to loved ones at Christmas or as birthday gifts. It is not likely that you are going to see them being recommended as gifts today, but they were so popular and new at the time that they seemed like ideal gifts.
• Housewives who were alone in the home all day often hated the sound of door buzzers, so musical doorbells were often advertised to housewives as a form of relief from the other annoying sound. These days you have options for songs, chimes, buzzers and many other sounds to let you know when someone is at your door.
• When they were first introduced, they were the must-have item of the day for anyone who owned a nice home. In fact, doorbell niches were regularly built into new homes at the time so that when the chime was installed it would have a beautiful place of honor to show it off. Many people who own older homes have the original chimes restored to add to the beauty of the home and to keep it original in as many ways as possible and preserve the beautiful architecture.
• The first patent for chiming doorbells was filed around 1930, and many followed thereafter. Many of the ideas were incredibly simple, at least in the beginning. It is said that Edwards and Telechime were the first companies to come out with chimes that were solenoid-struck.
• By the late 1930s, there were doorbell shops opening in many parts of the country to accommodate the demand for chimes. Following WWII, the demand had dwindled and Nutone, Rittenhouse and Edwards were the only major companies producing chimes. As the years rolled on, the only one of these companies was still regularly producing chimes. By the time the 1960s were coming to an end, they were thought of more as everyday items than something that was trendy and lavish, and Nutone finally stopped making them by 1967.
When it comes to door chimes you have all kinds of fun options. You can get chimes that play traditional hymns and other songs that you typically hear when you arrive at someone’s door. You can also get chimes that play sections of hit songs. Remember that episode of “The Simpson’s” when Marge and Lisa bought the new doorbell that played “Close to You” by the Carpenters? Don’t worry, your chime won’t be that annoying as long as you have installed it properly.