Well, I’m not that new. But my searches have turned up stuff that seems way more complicated than I’m imagining (or is it really just that complicated?).
The most recent post has you stating ‘My first thoughts on seeing the photo are “THROW THE LOT AWAY”.’ and then someone concluding the thread by describing a relay hooked up to the chime that then is wired to half a door sensor – without much explanation of the logic, so I don’t really understand how the door sensor is involved.
And before that, there’s a thread that requires these parts:
Everspring Zwave door/window sensor
16-18 gauge wire
1N4004 Micro 1-Amp Rectifier Diode (radio shack is cheap and simple for these)
12v wall wart (pretty much anything you have lying around - I used an old Netgear 12V 1AMP)
Plastic project box
heat shrink tube of the correct size for the wire you choose
Two sided foam tape
and a freaking soldering iron.
I know virtually nothing about electronic, transformers, capacitors and the lot, so I was hoping there was a much more rudimentary solution, like “get an XYZ in-wall widget, connect tab A to slot A, tab B to slot B, and draw power from the chime by connecting wire C to terminal C on the chime.”
Guess not, huh?