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Old 02-21-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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Can someone identify this component?


I apologize if this is painfully obvious and also if this isn't the forum for a question like this, but I wanted to get some feedback before I invest in an electrician. This has been hiding under a faux AC vent in my kitchen forever and I was about to patch the wall right over it. The house was built in 1959 in west central Florida. I have no idea if it's hot or not and am looking for some info on what exactly it is and what purpose it serves before I go poking at it.


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Old 02-21-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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It's a doorbell chime. The two vertical bars on the sides make the noise. There are two horizontal plungers that hit the bars. The terminals are: Common, Transformer, Front and Rear. Using the front terminal gives a double chime. The rear, just one. You could drywall over it, but it would be better to mount a surface chime and have a working doorbell. Mark

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It's a doorbell chime. The two vertical bars on the sides make the noise. There are two horizontal plungers that hit the bars. The terminals are: Common, Transformer, Front and Rear. Using the front terminal gives a double chime. The rear, just one. You could drywall over it, but it would be better to mount a surface chime and have a working doorbell. Mark

Don't think so. I would assume it has to be accessible like any other live wiring; even though, it is low voltage.

Why would anyone want to close it in with dw? What if it needed repaired or replaced.

When I first bought this house it had a chime on the wall. I guess sit was from the 50's. It was brass, sure wish I had left it alone. I think it may have just needed a transformer. I knew little to nothing about those kind of things then and removed it. Kept in a building for a few years, and it got ...gone.

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It's a doorbell chime. The two vertical bars on the sides make the noise. There are two horizontal plungers that hit the bars. The terminals are: Common, Transformer, Front and Rear. Using the front terminal gives a double chime. The rear, just one. You could drywall over it, but it would be better to mount a surface chime and have a working doorbell. Mark
Wow, well that certainly solves a few mysteries! 1. Why I've never been able to figure out where the bell sound has been coming from (not that I've tried very hard) and 2. why I only get one chime.

I think I assumed it was something more ominous because of it's location in the kitchen. Thanks for the info. I'll likely either mount a surface chime or find something aesthetic to cover it.
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Nobody said it was live. If it is, then yes, you need to disconnect it before abandoning it.

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Nobody said it was live. If it is, then yes, you need to disconnect it before abandoning it.

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Hmm, my bad. I choose to err on the side of caution.

Guewss I should have said if live.

So, can you legally just disconnect and stuff back in wall and cover them up?

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