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Question DetailsAsked on 8/20/2013

Who do I contact to fix doorbell and intercom (large hole in wall without intercom)?

I want to replace inoperable intercom system with wireless doorbell, but there would be a LARGE hole in wall without the intercom. The wireless doorbells all seem to be fairly small. Do I call an electrician for the doorbell or a siding guy to fix the wall/stucco? or do I have to get both? If the latter, seems like the cost is going to be a lot.

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Since most intercoms are low voltage you may get a handyman service that could remove the existing one and patch the hole if they can match the finish and install new doorbell. Most siding people do not do plastering, you might need a mason for that and they would have the knowledge and tools to match existing surface. If it is a colored stucco you may have to add a colorant to the mix and matching that is an art. The color wet is not what it looks like dry.

Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon

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A plasterer to fix the stucco is likely to be $100 plus.

My recommendation, if you want to save cost, is buy a wireless doorbell you like, then buy a plaque or a decorative cover plate commonly used to cover up unused or removed electrical outlets and to cover plumbing access, and use a couple of sheet metal screws and caulk that tightly to the siding to cover the hole, putting the wireless doorbell centered on that. Or you could just cut a piece of wood, sand the edges nicely, prime it and a couple coats of trim paint, screw and caulk it on and install the doorbell on that.

I would be sure to put wire nuts on the wires in the holes - they may well be live, though normally low voltage.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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