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Telephone wiring

Posted by Chris Kaylor on October 27th, 1999 08:43 AM
In reply to Telephone wiring by AJ on April 14th, 1999 08:02 PM [Go to top of thread]

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You'll need:
Telephone Wire(estimated from room to outside box)
Phone jack RJ-11 "Surface mount" or biscuit jack
Drill and 1/4" x 12" drill bit
Staple Gun T-25 or Tie wraps
Phillips and Flat Screwdrivers
22-26 AWG wire strippers
A Known Good CORDED! telephone with KNOWN GOOD CORDS!!!

Most all homes have old "JKT" wiring... Red/Green, Black/Yellow. Red/Green being your main line and the later being spare or line 2.

Most homes are also wired by an electrician and he runs a continous loop through the whole house, that is not good now a days. This wire is cheap too, it has no twist as does CAT 3,4 or 5 making it a great AM/FM/CB antenea, but not a good phone line.

Best way to add new jack:
With a pair of pliers pull back a little of your carpet next to the wall where you want your phone and slightly under the baseboard.
2. Drill a hole (carefully) under the carpet close to the wall.
3. Stick a good bit of your phone cable down the hole ( 6-10').
4. Crawl under your house ( I like to use a long pole with a hook instead) and pull the towards the Phone box on the outside of your house and stick it through an available crack or hole(you may have to make a new one!)Now staple or tie up your wire the best you can !
5. Open the phone box outside and push your wire to where the rest of your house cable is, carefully strip of the jacket, strip 1/2" off the Red and Green conductors, loosen screws of same color in box, make hook shape out of the copper and hook it around the screw and tighten down.
6.Inside in the room for the new phone, cut off 2 feet of slack, tie a knot in the cable as close to the floor as possible(to keep it from being pulled out of jack) slip your cable through your jack, screw it to the baseboard, strip jacket, strip Red/Green and screw to corresponding terminals. Replace cover, plug in a known working phone and test!!! Your done!!!

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