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Old 11-21-2017, 07:47 AM  
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Your phone only uses two wires. Most of the cables have four wires so you can have two lines in one cable.
Swapping red/green for green/red will not get you someone else's calls unless you are on a two party line. The two wires on the phone are known as tip and ring. One party rings tip to ground the other party rings ring to ground.

And if you damage the ground rod with your lawn mower your phone won't ring.



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Christmas trees and bumblebees, that's an old saying I heard early on that's helped me remember the color coding (Rd/Grn and Blk/Yel).


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Your phone only uses two wires. Most of the cables have four wires so you can have two lines in one cable.
Swapping red/green for green/red will not get you someone else's calls unless you are on a two party line. The two wires on the phone are known as tip and ring. One party rings tip to ground the other party rings ring to ground.
I think I would know if I had a party line.
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I still do at my cottage and I have had the issue of the lines being swapped and my phone ringing for the other guy. The telephone has to be wired special. You can't install a phone from a non party line at my house. It screws up both phone lines.

And if you damage the ground rod with your lawn mower your phone won't ring.

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I still do at my cottage and I have had the issue of the lines being swapped and my phone ringing for the other guy. The telephone has to be wired special. You can't install a phone from a non party line at my house. It screws up both phone lines.

And if you damage the ground rod with your lawn mower your phone won't ring.
In the 70s I worked for a company that had branches all over BC. Each was just a salesman working out of the house. They all had the same problem with phones, they wanted a private line, a business line and a telex machine.The answer every time was you can just have two phones on one set of wires to the house and the wire was still 3 wire.. What I remember of party lines , after they got separate rings you still shared the line and could only use one at a time. That is not what I am talking about.
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Sounds similar. Probably the three lines were tip, ring and ground. One phone rang tip to ground. the other rang ring to ground.

The system where you had different rings for everyone and everyone heard the rings was a different party line system.
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Sounds similar. Probably the three lines were tip, ring and ground. One phone rang tip to ground. the other rang ring to ground.

The system where you had different rings for everyone and everyone heard the rings was a different party line system.
I can't find any thing on it. They do you different frequencies but that doesn't explain it. The yellow was the ringer and it would give 90 volts DC, you can imagine how I know that.


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