Doing your own telephone wiring

Hook up phone wires

While only two wires are required for a phone to work, the cable usually contains four or more to provide for additional lines or in case one line should fail. What's described here are the color coding conventions for phone wiring, and how to make the connections. Telephone wires are easy to work with and very safe due to the low voltages involved. This means that if you are installing a second line for a fax, modem, etc.

If you're getting static on the line, it's possible that there's a hole somewhere in the wire insulation which is letting in moisture and causing a short. To test, disconnect the line from the jack and plug the corded phone into it. This device is a gray or tan box about eight inches wide and twelve inches long with a door s concealing two compartments.

The kind of wire shown above has recently become obsolete. However, if the house has old, premodern wiring, the advantage to running a whole new wire is that I know exactly what I'm dealing with.

This phone is now hooked directly into the phone company's network. The following simple table will help users to understand which colors match.

The kind of wire shown

However, I assume no liability for any damages, direct or otherwise, resulting from the use of this information, and no warranty is made regarding its accuracy or completeness. This is the only way to be sure that only the phone line is being tested. If the phone doesn't work, either your phone is broken or there's a problem in the phone company's network. Most phone wire installed in the U.

Doing your own telephone wiring

Also, for everybody, it's a bad idea to work on your phone wiring during thunderstorms. Installing extra lines can be a problem if you rent an apartment in a multi-unit building. How the Wire Gets into a Residence Historically, telephone companies ran telephone wires above ground with telephone poles to make wire issues easy to repair. These are color coded with red and green normally used for the first line, yellow and black for the second, and blue and white for the third. Even if you have to buy wire and modular jacks, you're going to come out way ahead if you do your own work.

Once there is dial tone, the phone is usable for a line test. Be sure that the problem isn't in your own wiring or in one of your own phones before you call the phone company to check on the problem. Even a small shock can interfere with a pacemaker, according to one person who wrote to me.

Some people may need to consult their phone manual. Repairpersons have sometimes remedied this by running the one phone line across the black and yellow wires rather than replacing the cabling. Follow the wire from the network interface device to the jack and look for holes. The landlord was none the wiser. Tips on buying phone wiring materials This section doesn't attempt to cover all the gadgets and parts related to phone wiring.

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