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Ring doorbell

propertyrental Forumite Posts: 1,663
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New house has a ring doorbell which I'm not interested in. Does not work as don't have the app.

There's also a traditional 'ding dong' bell, battery powered, and wired to the the back of the Ring bell push..

I've removed the Ring bellpush and making a connection between the 2 wires activates the Ding Dong. So far so good.

But when I reconnect the wires to the rear of the Ring bellpush, the Ding Dong does not sound. Ring instruction say it should.

I could just replace the Ring bellpush with a bog standard button, but getting one the same size is impossible and will leave unsightly marks and holes on the upvc door frame.

Any suggestions?


  • Petriix
    Petriix Forumite Posts: 1,893
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    I suggest getting the app and using the Ring doorbell aa designed. 
  • onomatopoeia99
    onomatopoeia99 Forumite Posts: 6,864
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    I think you will need the app to tell the ring bellpush that it is being used to operate a conventional chime, which will mean it will have to work on its internal battery.  By default it uses the two wires as a power supply if they are connected, not for the purpose of signalling by making and breaking a circuit.

    You might be better off getting a conventional button.
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    It's incredibly useful to be able to see what's going on outside your front door, even if it is just the local moggy triggering it.
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  • subjecttocontract
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    Perhaps you could make a thin rectangular plastic washer big enough to cover the ring bellpush/holes and fit that under a conventional bellpush.
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