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Dsmdiggler 02-01-2013 04:16 PM

Found this in the garage, what is it?
 
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#1 what is it?
#2 can I eliminate it?

Thanks for the help. :)

justinramani 02-01-2013 04:17 PM

I could be wrong, but I'm 90% sure that that is a receiver for your garage door opener.

Kyle_in_rure 02-01-2013 04:23 PM

Either that or some kind of telephone bell setup.

Oso954 02-01-2013 04:23 PM

Its a door bell transformer. Whether it powers your door bell or something else like a lighted address sign is another question.

Dsmdiggler 02-01-2013 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by justinramani (Post 1107428)
I could be wrong, but I'm 90% sure that that is a receiver for your garage door opener.


Thanks for the info! Anyone else think its something different? My guess was that it was something for the landline coming in the house. I have no reasoning, just a guess. Definitely need my garage door opener. Thanks again,

Pat

Dsmdiggler 02-01-2013 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Oso954 (Post 1107436)
Its a door bell transformer. Whether it powers your door bell or something else like a lighted address sign is another question.

Huh... Interesting that my door bell only intermittently worked when I bought the house. Wonder if it was because the people that remodeled the house sprayed over it when they painted the garage? In any case, I installed a wireless doorbell at this point. Thoughts on eliminating it considering the fact that I have a wireless setup now? Thanks much for the help!

pat

Dsmdiggler 02-01-2013 04:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Kyle_in_rure (Post 1107435)
Either that or some kind of telephone bell setup.

This is what my guess was as well. :)

silversport 02-01-2013 04:38 PM

Disconnect it and see if you can find anything that doesn't work.

dmxtothemax 02-01-2013 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Dsmdiggler (Post 1107426)
#1 what is it?
#2 can I eliminate it?

Thanks for the help. :)

It is most definately a low voltage transformer !
However I cant say for sure what it powers,
most likely a door bell.
The bell could long be gone.

Do you or did you have a door bell ?
Do you or did you have an extention telephone bell ?
What about low voltage lights in garden or on front gate post ?

Dsmdiggler 02-01-2013 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by dmxtothemax (Post 1107457)
It is most definately a low voltage transformer !
However I cant say for sure what it powers,
most likely a door bell.
The bell could long be gone.

Do you or did you have a door bell ?
Do you or did you have an extention telephone bell ?
What about low voltage lights in garden or on front gate post ?

Had a doorbell, but it only worked intermittently. Installed a wireless unit, works perfect.

Not sure what a extension telephone bell is, but we only have cell phones here anyway.

No low voltage lights, powered by electricity outside are: watering system, 3 front sconces, 2 flood lights in back, pool light, pool pump.

I guess I could unhook it to see if it affects anything and if nothing changes I could just rip it out I guess..

747 02-01-2013 05:00 PM

The first thing i thought was old telephone connection.

Speedy Petey 02-01-2013 05:05 PM

Definitely a door bell transformer.

Oso954 02-01-2013 05:18 PM

If you are sure you will stay wireless, you can remove it. Just be sure to kill power to that circuit. While the wires in front are 16V ( or possibly 24V) AC, the ones behind are 120V.

If it was mine, I would probably stick a duplex outlet in that spot, with the appropriate round cover plate. I like terminated wires versus capping them off.

If you chose to cap them off, you need a new plate without the hole in it.

Dsmdiggler 02-01-2013 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Oso954 (Post 1107476)
If you are sure you will stay wireless, you can remove it. Just be sure to kill power to that circuit. While the wires in front are 16V ( or possibly 24V) AC, the ones behind are 120V.

If it was mine, I would probably stick a duplex outlet in that spot, with the appropriate round cover plate. I like terminated wires versus capping them off.

If you chose to cap them off, you need a new plate without the hole in it.

Hey, that's a good idea. I only have a couple outlets in the garage and an extra one certainly wouldn't hurt.

dmxtothemax 02-01-2013 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Dsmdiggler (Post 1107465)
Had a doorbell, but it only worked intermittently. Installed a wireless unit, works perfect.

Not sure what a extension telephone bell is, but we only have cell phones here anyway.


"Had a doorbell"
What powered it ?

***BINGO***

Extention telephone bells were used commomly about 50 years ago !
How old is your house ?


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