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Old 05-23-2013, 05:43 AM   #1
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I am in process of reclaiming some attic space, closing it in to estabish as a closet. I noticed that the doorbell transformer and its power supply is located in attic space, next to an inoperable chimney. The transformer is warm to the touch.

I want to close this space in...but not sure what to do with the transformer and power source. Seems like I should move it inside the room and enclose it in a electrical power box.

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The transformer can be moved but if the wires don't reach the new location then you need a box with exposed cover where you spliced on extra lengths of wire.

The transformer itself needs air for cooling. I suggest that if you do enclose it in a box then the box needs to:
1. Be made of metal,
2. Have an exposed cover,
3. Not have wall or ceiling insulation within 4 inches of it,
4. Be large enough so that six transformers of that size will fit inside.

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Sounds like I should leave it as which is in attic space but exposed to the natural soffit/ridge vent circulation. Currently, its behind a wall with an 12" x 12" opening that I want to close in and use the space as interior space storage. Perhaps, leave it and make a trap door with access to the transformer. Would that work better than trying to move it inside?
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I personally prefer wireless door bells. People are afraid to come to my house, so our door bell rarely gets used. It's been about 5 years with the same batteries....

No wires....and we can put the dinger anywhere we want.
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I personally prefer wireless door bells. People are afraid to come to my house, so our door bell rarely gets used. It's been about 5 years with the same batteries....

No wires....and we can put the dinger anywhere we want.
Not a bad idea. I have a dinger in one place downstairs, the transformer upstairs and a circuit board of sorts in a downstairs utility room! Wires from the outside buttons are routed under the house, up over and probably areas I am still discovering!
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If you start looking into the wireless stuff, you start finding all sorts of options...for example, it's easier to add additional dingers....and you can tie them into a video monitor system...etc.

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