Ma Bell is Back

We had just enough changes made to the house that we had to pull out the existing phone jacks. Only one station remained intact and we couldn’t really access it due to piles of clutter in that particular room. (The clutter has now been cleared; thanks for asking.)

The wires hanging across the living room window are just visible in this photo but very visible in person.
The wires hanging across the living room window are just visible in this photo but very visible in person.

The wires outside have been hanging across the window for over a year.

The phones have been trapped in the Diva room since the renovation began in the fall of 2013.
The phones have been trapped in the Diva room since the renovation began in the fall of 2013.

We made a couple of false starts to rectify this situation but each time we could not locate the phone jacks we had removed. (You know they’ll turn up one day.)

Simple phone jacks cost between $3 and $4.
Simple phone jacks cost between $3 and $4.

I bought Charlie two RCA brand simple phone jacks from Lowes and asked him to install them.

Of 4 wires available wires only 2 are necessary for a dial tone.
Of 4 wires available wires only 2 are necessary for a dial tone.

In order to actually figure out how they worked with our wiring we had to take apart the one working jack.

The wires from the phone service are totally different colors from the ones on the jack.
The wires from the phone service are totally different colors from the ones on the jack.

The new jack has 4 wires: red, green yellow, black. There were 5 wires coming from the wall: blue on white, white on blue, orange one white, white on orange, white on green.

Only two terminals were necessary to produce a dial tone.
Only two terminals were necessary to produce a dial tone.

White with blue dashes matched to green and blue with white dashes matched to red.  Yellow and black were unnecessary.

We'll mount this jack on the baseboard after the baseboard is installed.
We’ll mount this jack on the baseboard after the baseboard is installed.

Voila! A phone by the bed.

I haven't used the landline for over a year.
I haven’t used our landline for over a year.

Now if I could keep the telemarketers and politicians from calling I’d have it made.

Do you still have a landline?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Ma Bell is Back”

  1. yellow = orange w/ white stripes; black = white w/ orange stripes
    blue = green w/ white stripes ; white = white w/ green stripes
    See what you enticed me to look up? I learned something, already, today.

    1. Absolutely. Good to know. We’re keeping a landline so we can fax even though we usually email documents now. Plus I don’t have a smart phone. YET. Jo

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