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Bought doorbell camera only to discover previous owner ripped out the doorbell wires

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Penalty Box
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Bought doorbell camera only to discover previous owner ripped out the doorbell wires

so my relative bought a house and then got the ring doorbell camera. while trying to install it, he unscrewed the doorbell and to his surprise there were no wires it was a battery operated doorbell. what does he do now? how hard is it to install new wires? does he have to break the drywall?

looks like the previous owners had a new door put in but the wires are gone. did the door installers rip out the wiring and say "oh not my problem"
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Why not just get the battery powered doorbell cam? I think Ring makes those too.
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If a new door was installed and the installers didn't run the wiring through it, then yes, the easy option is to use a battery powered one. I got my doors replaced last year and I had to make note to the installers to NOT cut off all the wires and reinstall the doorbells. Most of the time, the doorbell is on the side of the frame anyways, but not knowing where the wires are located is an issue, so unless you REALLY want to, you'd have to run new wires.
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We had to do the same when we installed a Google Nest. Have to make a hole in the drywall inside the house, and then wires have to be fished from the basement from the fuse box. Fortunately for us all on the same side so was not a big issue for the electrician. I had to patch, sand and paint the drywall.
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Penalty Box
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batteries may be a convenience but hard wired is still the best.
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This may or may not be beyond your ability.

Run a new wire then....it you push some lighter aircraft cable thru there you can probably push it to where it was and then pull a new wire thru. If you're lucky, you may even find the old transformer somewhere while doing it

If you're not comfortable, there are ppl/companies out there that can do it for you for some $

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-other-services/ ... 1536260026
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Its not that difficult if you have open access to the basement. Ive done it before by removing the interior door trim then you have access to the wires or to run. a new one.
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Penalty Box
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no access to basement, they put soundproofing and thick insulation in the basement ceiling joists and drywalled the ceiling and the basement is finished as a separate suite.
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Penalty Box
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so what does someone do in this kind of situation? there is nothing on google how to fix this?
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