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neophiliac

07:25AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 07/06/04
11 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Just repainted my new digs and replaced the face plates covering the wall outlets because they were old and messed up. However, I hesitate replacing the phone jack plates because I noticed, as I loosened the screws, that there are some wires with different colors attached to the outlet. Can I just unconnect these wires and will the wires on the new plate correspond to the old ones, or should I get an electrician or phone rep (when they connect my service) to do this job? Thanks

Bill

k2

08:37AM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Howdy Bill,

I've had great success doing telephone wiring myself, and I recommend it for all but the most unhandy!

I did some internet searches and found several URLs that discuss phone wiring color standardization (or lack thereof). The first one (below) caught my attention because it says "Tell the phone company to take its greedy fees and get lost."

I have not used these sites and cannot vouch for them. I'd recommend doing some searches of your own--especially if what you're looking at doesn't seem to jibe.

It also sounds like "standard" colors have changed. (One might say, "SOME STANDARD, THEN!!", but that's another story...)

http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~kurisuto/phone_wiring.html

http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/inftelephone/inftel4.shtm

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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Fotmasta

06:04PM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 01/07/04
10 lifetime posts
I've been doing this for years. First in network computer business, and still occasionally as an electrician.

These links are good. I would trust them.

One thing to add that I like to do is take a phone off the hook while working on this. If the phone rings you could get a nice zing.
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