Removing a wired doorbell

NorthlutJune 21, 2012

If I remove a wired doorbell, what are my options for covering up the hole it left (the actual bell unit, not the button)? Is my only choice to put a blank plate over the box, or is there some safe and code compliant way to completely cover it and patch the hole? Is that a regular old AC power wire back there? I assume that if I can find where it's connected in to the electricity, I can disconnect that end, and just bury the now dead wire in the wall behind a drywall patch?

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Ron Natalie

Doorbells run off a low voltage transformer. You'll often find it in the basement or somewhere near your main panel. Small silver thing about the size of you hand with house wiring on one side and usually two screws on the other.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 9:38PM
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Northlut

So if we find that and remove it, it's ok to remove the box from the wall where the chime was, and patch over it, even though there's still a wire back there?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 11:54AM
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Ron Natalie

Yes, just disconnect it from the screws (as on the left side of the picture).
You can abandon the wiring inside the wall.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 2:10PM
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Northlut

Excellent, thank you!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 3:34PM
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brickeyee

"You can abandon the wiring inside the wall."

Only if you disconnect the other end of the wire.

You cannot leave a live wire with one end open in the wall.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 3:02PM
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Ron Natalie

I said after it was disconnected from the transformer... brick

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 4:01PM
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Northlut

Department of redundancy department.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 2:27AM
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brickeyee

Just wanted to make sure it did not get omitted along the line.

There are enough ways to create problems with seemingly innocent errors.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 3:18PM
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