Hacking my apartment buzzer to open front door remotely

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Joined Dec 11, 2016
Hi everyone,

My apartment has a Comelit handset that lets me press a button to open the front door after someone keys in my apartment number downstairs. I want to learn more about EE and circuits and this would be a great first project.

I was inspired by this link. The author uses an Arduino to listen for a buzz pulse sequence which will in turn open the front door by grounding the unlock circuit.

I'd like to first learn how to complete the 'Open Door' button circuit as soon as my apartment is buzzed (once I understand how this works I'll undo it obviously!) and then afterwards I'd like learn how to hook up an Arduino to open when I send a sequence of buzzes to my apartment (e.g. LONG LONG SHORT)

The wiring diagram for my handset is here. Terminal D is 'Call' and Terminal A is 'Lock'.

Project 1: Figure out how to trigger Terminal A (unlock door) when Terminal D fires
Project 2: Hook up Terminal D to my Arduino to trigger Terminal A (unlock door) when a set of conditions are passed.

I'm a complete EE newb and not quite sure where to start. Should I get a multimeter and measure what the unlock button is doing and then wire the 'call' wire to a transistor to then trigger the unlock circuit?

My apologies if my description is cringeworthy and completely wrong.
I'm not looking for someone to hold my hand here but I would really appreciate being pointed in the right direction!