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Old 11-20-2018, 09:29 PM   #1
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Raising doorbell button height


This house has a hardwired doorbell, but owner had gone with a ring battery doorbell. They are choosing to go to a Nest Hello doorbell which must be hardwired in. Problem is their current door bell is sits very low. What is the best way to raise this height? Nest recommends 48” and this is 35” should this be a job for an electrician? How involved would this be? Any suggestions?
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:23 PM   #2
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What is on the other side of the wall? It is easier to patch drywall than match stucco.
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Does the doorbell wire come from the attic, or basement (unlikely).

You can remove the current doorbell and see which way the wires go - UP or DOWN.

If the wires are going up, simply make your hole where you want the doorbell directly above old one. Then, fish out the wire, connect and mount the new doorbell. After - fill the old hole and paint to match.

Don't cut the original wire - simply feed it back into the wall - that way, everyone will have plenty of "service loop" available for the future.

Second scenario:

If the wire comes from below (somehow) and does not have any slack or cannot be splice in the basement for additional length. You can drill the hole for the new button directly above the current one at the height you want. Fish a line/wire/tape/weighted string down from the new hole and fish it out of the lower hole with a wire loop, hook, magnet (if you added a nut to weigh a string from above, for instance). Pull the snake out the bottom hole and use it to pull a new wire pair down from the top hole. Once you have the new wire pulled, use a western union splice, solder and heat shrink to connect the new wire. You should clean the solder joint to remove the flux and then coat with dielectric grease to prevent future corrosion, since you will be burying the splice behind the wall. When you're done, connect and mount the new bell - test it!!! - then feed the excess wire into the original hole, patch and paint.

Or, as one person suggested - what's behind that wall - if its a closet - then pull some sheetrock and do the wiring - you can close the hole using a HD spring loaded access panel and avoid any wallboard repair (provided you're in a closet!) Here's the wallboard access panel.
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