adding a telephone jack


Old 04-12-03, 06:39 PM
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adding a telephone jack

I need to run a second phone line and wall jack to accomodate a satellite tv. I'm working in a basement that has a drop ceiling which makes it easy and I already have easy access to where the telephone line comes into the house on the same floor. Do i simply splice the main line and then add some kind of splitter to run an extra line above the ceiling panels? Do I need any special tools to put heads on the spliced phone line? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04-12-03, 07:06 PM
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If you can get your new phone cable out to your Network Interface, the best place to tie it in is there. If getting the wire there is too much hassle, the next best solution is to put a junction block at the point that you are going to tap the existing line.

Generally, "splices" in telecom wireing have a tendency to be a problem down the line.

Most phone jacks have simple screw terminals, a few have punch block style terminals, but generally come with a tool that will let you seat the wire properly.
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If you can't get to the network interface go to the nearest jack and make your connection there.
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Where would I find the network interface? I have located the line where it comes into the house, and it is easily accessible. You mention "tapping" the existing line and adding a junction box, can you go into a little more detail as to how to do this. Much appreciated. Thanks
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Where the phone line comes into your house, mounted on the outside, is there a little green or gray box? That box is the telephone network interface, and there is probably some writing on the box to that effect. It has two sides to it, an user side and a telco side. You can open the user side with a screwdriver, and you can feed a new wire in there and make your connections in there.
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If you have on older installation you might not have an actual interface box. There might just a be a terminal block in your basement where the wire enters the house. Connect your new jack to that block.

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