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How to Increase the Sound of a Door Bell That Rings But You Can't Hear It in the Basement

Making door bells louder generally isn’t an option. However, you can increase the sound in the basement by adding a second bell or chime in the basement. The process involves some simple electrical wiring but allows homeowners to add the door chime to wherever they spend time.

Things You Will Need

  • 20-gauge bell wire
  • Wire stripper

Making door bells louder generally isn’t an option.  However, you can increase the sound in the basement by adding a second bell or chime in the basement.

The process involves some simple electrical wiring but allows homeowners to add the door chime to wherever they spend time. 

  1. Disconnect the power to the door bell chime unit. Open the breaker or remove the fuse for the circuit. Test that the door bell does not sound when the button is pushed.
  2. Connect 20-gauge bell wires to the low voltage terminals of the transformer. These are the same terminals the current chimes are connected to. The transformer may be located in the basement or other location away from the chime unit.
  3. Run the wire from the location of the transformer to the planned location of the new chime unit. Place the wire out of sight, if possible, along the corners of a wall or in the corner between the floor and wall. Drill a hole in the floor and pull the wire through to reach the basement. Fasten the wire to the ceiling joists in the basement to the planned location of the basement chime or bell.
  4. Connect the wire to the terminals of the door chime. Strip the insulation from the last inch or so of the wires and connect them to the terminals. Tighten the terminals in place.
  5. Turn on the power for the circuit and test the bell. Both chimes should sound when the door bell button is pushed.
  6. Tip

    Use solid wires rather than stranded wire for the door bell wires. They make a better connection and work best in low voltage situations.

Things You Will Need

  • 20-gauge bell wire
  • Wire stripper

Tip

  • Use solid wires rather than stranded wire for the door bell wires. They make a better connection and work best in low voltage situations.

About the Author

Keith Allen, a 1979 graduate of Valley City State College, has worked at a variety of jobs including computer operator, medical clinic manager, radio talk show host and potato sorter. For over five years he has worked as a newspaper reporter and historic researcher. His works have appeared in regional newspapers in North Dakota and in "North Dakota Horizons" and "Cowboys and Indians" magazines.