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SJNServices 06-07-2010 07:24 PM

Telephone line wiring?
Hi everyone, this is Steve's wife asking ~ he's out working on the car. :)

We're moving and will be having a roommate, he already has phone service at the address, the phone company rep just told me we have to do some wiring to have our own service brought into our half of the house. Does anyone have any experience with this? Can anyone point me to an easy walk-through to do this ourselves? Wiring diagram? I have found some links doing Google searches, but they seem more complicated than the rep said they need to be.


(Steve says send beer...)

kok328 06-08-2010 03:12 PM

If service already exists, then it's already wired for a second phone in the home.
This phone can have it's own phone number but, yet share the existing wires in the home. Well not exactly share - there are redundancy wires included with the first service that can be utilized in the event that the primaries got bad or if you want a second line in the home. It's been awhile since I've messed with phone wires but, whichever 2 colors are not being used out of 4, are the second set.

oldognewtrick 06-08-2010 04:12 PM

When I had a dedicated fax line ran into the house all they did was connect the two wires as KOK mentioned. I have since moved the fax up stairs and wired it exactly as they had it and its worked for years. The phone only uses 2 wires so you shouldn't have to run any new wiring, but you are in Cali arent ya?

And tell Steve we said, hay!

handyguys 06-09-2010 11:35 AM

the second pair is usually the yellow and black if standard conventions were followed. The telco may require you to connect to a new Network Interface Device (NID) which may involve extending the yellow black pair from the existing point where they connect to the existing NID.

Or, just ask the telco to activate the service at the existing NID, or new NID, and label it then just run some phone wire to a new jack. Use a cordless set to minimize the wire you need to run.

OR, just use cell phones!!! That is absolutely what I would do, especially if this were a temporary living situation.

Nestor_Kelebay 06-30-2010 12:35 PM

Radio Shack used to sell a good book all about phone wiring. The book was small, about 80 pages and only cost about $10. If they don't still sell it, check your local libraries for a copy.

triple D 07-01-2010 12:00 AM

what line?
I know this post is old, and they probably have a phone by now. But was there even an existing line anywhere in their proposed half of the house?

SJNServices 07-12-2010 10:58 AM

BTW, Wife done good! Thanx for the help!!:D

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