door bell buttonSo your doorbell is missing on the foreclosure you just bought. It may look ugly, but it is easy to fix. If this is the scope of your repairs, consider yourself lucky.

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Make sure the system works by touching the two wires together that are sticking out of the wall. The chime should sound when you touch the wires. If you don’t get any “ding-dong” sound, then it might be the previous occupant started fixing it and got in too deep to finish it.

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Let’s assume that the wires make the chime ring. The only thing to do is to choose which door bell button you want to use and then connect the wires. The back of the doorbell button will have two screw terminals. Place a wire at each terminal and tighten the screw. You don’t need to turn off the power as these are low voltage and won’t hurt you.

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Once you have the wires connected, you can push the button into the wall. Some buttons have small wings that create friction inside the hole in the wall, and some walls have a small pipe for this and some just a small hole that holds the wires. If you don’t see any obvious way to secure the button to the wall, use some adhesive caulking and apply a bead around the button. Then just push in to the wall.

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