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Old 01-14-01, 01:14 PM
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how do you add a second phone line.
Old 01-14-01, 01:42 PM
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Usually your dwelling is wired by a two pair cable [four wires] only one pair [two wires] is needed to operate a phone. You will have to make sure all four conductors are continuous throughout your dwelling at your phone jacks. Then make sure the two extra wires [usually yellow and black] are connected at you phone connection outside. Then just get a dual line phone or dual phone jack plates using two phones. Test and see what went wrong when this doesn't work and you have it.

Now you can stay in bed call your wife in the kitchen and tell her it is now time for breakfast in bed and you want it now!

By the way your bedroom windows are designed for an emergency exit. Your wife should calm down in a week or two.

Happy days ahead

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This may give your additional info.
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Caution: If your house is wired with old-fashioned telephone wire, i.e., a cable with red, yellow, green and black, you have untwisted pair. Originally, this was designed to support only one phone. Now you can get two phones on these lines, but you may see quite a bit of cross-talk between the lines. Today, most homes are wired with a cable with 4 twisted pairs. The twists in the wire prevent cross-talk.

One thing Wg didn't mention is that, of course, you'll have to call your phone company and have them hook up, and activate at the central office, a second line.

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