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DubTrub
28th Sep 2006, 01:40
In our new house, we have no front or back door bell and no wiring was allowed for. One can buy remote touch cordless plug-in doorbells which would be ideal but the snag from our point of view is that they chime, and don't sound as a buzzer or a conventional doorbell sound. We cannot tolerate "Westminster" or similar Naff noises.

We would be happy to install reasonable wiring, from an outside doorbell to perhaps a battery-powered supply just inside the door, and we would really like a proper-sounding bell or similar. Does anyone know where the sort we want is sold?

The ones we have seen and dislike from a noise point of view, are Coopers of Stortford (mail catalogue) and B & Q. The price is reasonable approx 20.

But they are just naff.

Any help is seriously appreciated.

G-CPTN
28th Sep 2006, 01:52
Get yourself a pair of big knockers.

con-pilot
28th Sep 2006, 02:03
Hey, welcome back G-C!:ok:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
28th Sep 2006, 02:08
What you need is a doorbell that has something like say a button on it that somene standing outside your house could press and then on the inside of your house it made a noise so that you would know they were there. Satisf that and you should be pretty much ok.

con-pilot
28th Sep 2006, 02:17
Actually we have not needed a doorbell since we got our Great Pyrenees dog.

Trust me, she knows when anyone gets with in 50 feet of the front door and starts barking.

Oh, by the way, she loves the postman, but hates the UPS drivers, go figure.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
28th Sep 2006, 02:21
It's the brown. :yuk:

Q) Why does UPS make all their stuff brown?

A) So nobody'll steal it.


:}

G-CPTN
28th Sep 2006, 02:23
Thanks, con-pilot.
Having fitted battery-operated door alarms, they're usuall quite easy to fit, although you can make a big mess of a door-frame with an unsuitable drill. Consider whether fixing a bell-push onto the adjacent wall might not, in fact be a better solution. If there's a suitable light fixture nearby (inside) you can probably take a spur-feed to a transformer and power the 'alarm' from the mains. A wall-socket could be suitable for a lead-with-a-plug (or a 'permanent' spur).
http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/cat.jsp?cId=A331835&ts=06656
http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/cat.jsp?cId=A331836&ts=06656
http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?cId=A331836&ts=06713&id=26113
You COULD also combine your door-bell(s) with installation of an intruder-alarm.

reynoldsno1
28th Sep 2006, 04:09
...sounds as though you want one that goes "ding-dong" ...., but the big knockers would also be good in the event of a power failure, or some large unexpected natural disaster

tony draper
28th Sep 2006, 09:08
Get a door entry video phone thingy yer can see who's at your door and tell em to **** off without leaving your prooning chair,and the other great benifit, salesmen touts peddlers and such don't like em.
:rolleyes:

Windy Militant
28th Sep 2006, 09:27
I got one of these Wallace and Gromit Door bell (http://www.wesco.ltd.uk/wag2.html) as a Chrimbo present last year. They're rather jolly but their costing me a fortune in batteries.

Foss
28th Sep 2006, 11:02
A door bell on your back door?
Why? Do you get locked out into the garden.

I've got a ding dong, but it only works if it feels like it, and we have to rely on fallback knocker solution.
But they are both pretty redundant as the dog is trying to claw it's way out of the house as soon as someone steps on the driveway.
Fos
I wired the doorbell, which is why it's knackered

tony draper
28th Sep 2006, 11:21
This is a good un,although you are liable to get shifty looking characters pounding on it and demanding sactuary.
:rolleyes:

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k226/Tony_Draper/SanctuaryKnockerDurhamCathederal.jpg

Mudfoot
28th Sep 2006, 11:22
Two options, as I see it...

1) wireless battery powered doorbell, easy to mount & gives a DING-dong x2, none o' that sissy bell tower stuff. Effective range button-to-receiver: 90 feet. High/low volume as well - what's not to like?

2) Non-electric door mounted turn key type - requires holes in the door, but is an actual bell on the inside of the door. Sounds similar to a bicycle bell but deeper and MUCH louder. Turn the key like winding a clock. Nice for restorations, too - can add a period look.

Cheers, y'all.

G-CPTN
28th Sep 2006, 11:29
Two options, as I see it...
1) wireless battery powered doorbell, easy to mount & gives a DING-dong x2, none o' that sissy bell tower stuff. Effective range button-to-receiver: 90 feet. High/low volume as well - what's not to like?
2) Non-electric door mounted turn key type - requires holes in the door, but is an actual bell on the inside of the door. Sounds similar to a bicycle bell but deeper and MUCH louder. Turn the key like winding a clock. Nice for restorations, too - can add a period look.
Cheers, y'all.
I suppose that's alright if the butler's quarters are within 90 feet of the door.

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Sep 2006, 11:38
Something sporty yers can wire up to the 3 phase power supply and a video camera to watch the antics of the poor sods who try to ring it....:E

Foss
28th Sep 2006, 11:39
Hire me to do some DIY for you.
If a caller can't hear the doorbell, and has too low an IQ to use the knocker, they sometimes rattle the letter box, which I fitted.
Which promptly falls off.
So it's more of a clang cllllannng than a ding dong.
The postman just opens the front door now and puts the post on the table.
Fos

frostbite
28th Sep 2006, 12:54
Problem with the ding-dong 'Avon Calling' type of bell is that they're very popular in TV programmes - might not fool you every time, but still capable of making you jump.

And do make sure it is audible to the caller, otherwise they keep pressing the button!

rotated
28th Sep 2006, 13:09
Get something like this (http://www.knobsandthings.com/web/catalog/product_detail.aspx?pid=77611&cm_ven=MSNShopping&cm_cat=Door%20Hardware&cm_pla=Byron%20Bells&cm_ite=Byron%20Bells-Doorbells-77611&cid=B15B912E8E8F169BE3C4E19056B0EB05) and hook it up like this (http://www.hometech.com/learn/hdi01.html). Classy and distinctive :ok:

rhythm method
28th Sep 2006, 13:48
Personally, I'd opt for the fake push-button on the door.
The button has a small hole in the middle, when pushed inwards, a pin is located behind the hole!
The ensuing scream can be heard from over 80 feet away! :E

Skunkerama
28th Sep 2006, 14:08
I bought a remote door chime from Homebase, yep it has westminster on it but you can also select a nice and simple Ding-Dong, cost about 16.00.

External button sticks or screws to the door. You can also buy extra emmiters for upstairs and buttons for other doors.
Noise emmiter plugs into a wall power socket

Works very well.

G-CPTN
28th Sep 2006, 16:37
http://www.fury.de/gallery-albums/album01/Quasimodo.jpg

zed3
28th Sep 2006, 17:24
Uurm..... WHICH door bell to buy ? sorry ... but ... uurm ...... runs for the door . This place is getting more like the BBC , through poor English , every day !

Loose rivets
29th Sep 2006, 06:17
Trust me, she knows when anyone gets with in 50 feet of the front door and starts barking.

Your visitors bark:confused:

ShyTorque
29th Sep 2006, 07:36
Get yourself a pair of big knockers.


I remember the look on Simon Groome's face when, on live TV (Blue Peter) he realised he couldn't avoid saying what he, in all seriousness, had started to say: "What a luvvly pair of....(cringe) :uhoh: .....knockers!" :ugh:

Durham Cathedral I recall, the original medieval door knocker, just restored and a replica, side by side, in the studio.

One of life's gems!

tony draper
29th Sep 2006, 09:40
I think sanctuary was a good idea,all the villains in one place,soon as their time is up the Kings peelers lurking outside the church door just nabbed em as they left.
:rolleyes:

effortless
29th Sep 2006, 10:25
Just go to your nearest electrical wholesaler, City Electric, SETS or any number thoughout the country. Ask for a six volt transformer, a three inch six volt ghent bell, a bell-push and a roll of bell-wire. Connect the tranny into the fusebox and wire the rest accordingly.

tony draper
29th Sep 2006, 11:36
One once rigged up a motion detector system to the door entry system, one could stand at one's front door and without touching it with key or hand, lift one's arm and say "Open Sesame" and the front door would click open,hmmm twernt very practical,but one was just pottering about.
:rolleyes:

Loose rivets
30th Sep 2006, 01:40
I know'd we'd bin a'disscussin' this afore....

Edit...By the way, that was said by a tobacco chewin' cowboy, who is a decedent of an east Anglian farmer.

http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?p=2731963&highlight=bell-push#post2731963

John Eacott
30th Sep 2006, 05:51
Why not get a V8 (http://www.rapserv.com.au/prod7717.htm) doorbell, and "drive" the missus up the wall :p

chuks
30th Sep 2006, 10:58
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, one of the oldest, if not the oldest, factories in London does doorbells, the old fashioned kind that work with a pull, pulleys and a wire, so no electricity is required.

They must have a website or else you can go to the factory which is sited on Mile End Road in East London.

Loose rivets
2nd Oct 2006, 03:05
Did you know that the pull 'wire' that went from doors, bedrooms and the like in fine old buildings--to ring one of a series of brass bells in the servant's quaters--was made of pure iron?

G-CPTN
2nd Oct 2006, 03:14
One presumes, therefore, that copper had not yet been invented?

Fliegenmong
2nd Oct 2006, 03:17
A great Aunt had that bell ringing system in a house in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
I had never seen heard anything like it. It was a fantastic old house, named after a bridge in Canada for some reason, I always associated the name with an Australian honey. (OK - all a bit cryptic, but thats all ya gettin)

I didn't know they were made of iron

tony draper
2nd Oct 2006, 09:30
I installed a Public Address system that covered the entire Tyneside Metro system,everthing was digital and bang up to date, top notch gear,best amps speakers microphone ect all silicon chips and processors, but the "ding dong" that preceeded announcements was produced by a wee brass bell with a wee mechanical hammer in the main central equipment rack.
The old ways is best.
:rolleyes:

sir.pratt
2nd Oct 2006, 09:42
http://www.supercheapauto.co.nz/www/index.cfm?itemid=225

see the bottom of the page.....

Foss
2nd Oct 2006, 12:05
Mate has one of those bell systems for servants in his house, with a bell in each room, but he eventually cut the wires because his kids kept playing with it. It was either cut the wires or cut off their cute little fingers because apparantly it was like living 'in a f*cking cathedral'.
Fos