Electrical Wiring in the Home/Doorbell wire


QUESTION: I have a doorbell wire that doesn't have enough room to strip with standard tool. How would you tackle this?

Thanks, John

ANSWER: Insufficient information.
Explain circumstances. Send photo.

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QUESTION: Photo attached

You're right. It's too short.
And how would you attach it even if you could strip it?

Wire probably comes through the stud straight into door trim.
Transformer in basement? Can you see where wire goes up at front door?
Open the wall at the height of the doorbell button and pull wire back. Move button a few inches higher or lower, depending on direction wire comes from. Leave a little slack in the wall so you don't have to do this again.
Patch wall and door trim.
Piece of cake
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Robert Wilber


Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.


Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

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