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Home Style: Tips: Ring the changes.

A GENTLE,friendly or quirky door chime can make your home more welcoming..

Cheaper options include buzzers and bells, whereas those wanting to splash out could go for traditional tubular chimes.

For homeowners who get a buzz from something a little different,microchips could be the answer,and offer a variety of tunes.

Battery and mains-operated systems are available.

To install a battery-operated doorbell, first choose the best position for the bell push. Bear in mind it needs to be easy to find,but kept sheltered from rain and excess heat.

Mounting it on the door frame is the simplest idea because this way you can screw the baseplate straight onto the woodwork and just use a twist drill to make the hole for the wire.

Second,consider the sounder itself and figure out where it will be heard most easily. Many people decide on the hall,but it can be anywhere providing you avoid a long circuit.

For those whose guests often arrive at the back of the house,one solution is having two separate bell pushes and sounders.

Because it is so thin, the cable used to connect the bell push to the sounder goes largely unnoticed if run around door frames,along skirting boards, picture rails,ceiling coving and so on.

Work out the best route before you begin.

Start by drilling a hole through the door frame or wall where you have decided the bell push will go. A 6 mm diameter will be enough for most,but flush-fitting type models with a barrel-type switch projecting from the back, will need something bigger.

Next,from indoors,pass a length of bell wire through the hole and separate the cores for approximately 25mm, then strip off 10mmof insulation from each one.

Remove the cover of the bell push and connect one core to each terminal on its baseplate, drawing the wire back through the hole until it fits flat against the surface onto which it is being mounted.

Use a brad awl to make pilot holes for the screws and screw the baseplate in place.

Now fix the sounder baseplate into position and run the bell wire from the bell push towards it,clipping the wire every 150 mm to keep it lying flat.

Once the sounder has been reached, insert the wire through the entry hole, separate the cores and strip the insulation as before, then connect the cores to the sounder terminals.

The batteries can be fitted at this stage and the unit tested before finally fitting the sounder cover.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2004
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