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Why not ring the new year changes with a new doorbell?

Aside from the practical benefits, a gentle, friendly or quirky chime can also make your home more welcoming.

There's something on the market to suit all preferences and budgets.

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

Both battery- and mains-operated systems are available. The latter involves connecting a bell transformer permanently to the mains supply, so basic electrical skills are required.

Battery-operated models are the cheapest to buy and the easiest to install as they require only minimal DIY skills and just involve drilling a few holes and driving in some screws.

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.

Start by drilling a hole through the door frame or wall where you have decided the bell push will go.

A 6mm 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 10mm of 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 bradawl 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 150mm 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.

Quick Fix:

Q. How can I stop cold air coming upstairs to the living space of my first floor flat from the ground floor entrance hall?

A. Fit a letter box brush and other draft proofing to the entrance door.

DIY Diary:

As stormy weather arrives, give the house a once-over to check gutters and drains aren't blocked with debris. Invest in plastic or mesh covers to prevent problems in the future.
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Title Annotation:Property DIY
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2004
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