Little by little I’m adding personal and decorative touches to my 1978 Rambler.
Over the years, the house has been occupied by at least two families, even so, in a lot of areas it retains that generic builder’s grade look. White walls, stock light & plumbing fixtures, etc. plain but functional.That includes the doorbell. Being the nature lover that I am, when I spotted this “New In Package” butterfly doorbell at a thrift store for $1.99, it went right in my basket. The Ross price tag suggests that it’s worth $18.00.
My father was an electrician by trade. I learned basic wiring skills from him at an early age.
The following is a step by step explanation of how I changed out the old doorbell button for my new one. It should be as simple as unscrew the old and reattach the new. However it wasn’t as straightforward as I had hoped.
After I removed the existing doorbell, I realized that the hole in the siding wasn’t big enough to accommodate the new bell. The instructions read: drill a 5/8” diameter hole or enlarge the present opening to 5/8”.
In order to drill the hole I would have to get the wires out of the way but then they would be lost inside the wall.
My solution was to secure the wires to a piece of twine so I couldn’t loose them, Then make a series of tiny drill holes and use rasp to get the hole big enough. At that point I was then ready to secure the existing wires to the terminal plate on the new bell.
And screw the new doorbell onto the siding
The house was originally brown. A bit of the brown paint shows under the new bell.
When the weather warms up I’ll touch it up with green paint.
What do you think of it?