02:43AM | 01/25/02
Member Since: 08/27/01
52 lifetime posts

I'm going to be installing a new phone outlet in a bedroom. I'm going to tap into an existing phone outlet in another bedroom (the two rooms share a wall) and attach the new wire to the wire in the existing outlet. I know if this was electrical, I'd shut the power off to that outlet, but since it's a phone outlet, do I need to take any similar precautions? I don't want to hurt myself or my phone line. Thanks.


02:55AM | 01/25/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
No, you will be ok. However, if you happen to get a call at the exact instant you're connecting the bare wire's to each other you may feel a little tingle but that's it. You will be ok.


04:17AM | 03/03/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
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It'll be safe. Bell only pumps 48 volts DC with a few milliamps. You can touch it, rollit in your hands etc. It's about as lethal as a 9 volt battery.

Also becuase it's low voltage you don't need to put it in a gang box. Just attaching it to the wall with drywall screws will do.

Just make sure you connect the right colors and leave at least a foot of slack and you'll be fine.

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