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    Converting outlet to phone jack

    Help!, im currently helping my brother get settled into his new house and had ordered a centruylink self install box to get home phone and Internet installed ... Come to find out there are no phone jacks in the entire house ... Is there a simple way to make a conversion from a standard electrical outlet to a phone jack or do I need to call centurylink(or whoever) to install a phone jack into the house? Yes i tried google but i didnt see anything that gave me a definate answer ... Thanks in advance


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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Do you have Qwest/Centurylink service into the house at all? Or at least a box outside?

    I thought generally anything outside the building was the phone company's responsibility and anything inside was on the owner. So if they let you select the self-install kit I would think they had a record that they had service to the structure.

    If you can find where the line comes in and have access to run wire to the area where you want to put the modem, it shouldn't be particularly difficult to cut a hole in the drywall to install an "old work" box (or they also make special shallow boxes for use with low voltage stuff). Just get the corresponding cover plate with a phone connector. But I think removing an outlet and trying to use an existing box is all sorts of a bad idea.



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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Quote Originally Posted by DJSteve View Post
    Do you have Qwest/Centurylink service into the house at all? Or at least a box outside?

    I thought generally anything outside the building was the phone company's responsibility and anything inside was on the owner. So if they let you select the self-install kit I would think they had a record that they had service to the structure.

    If you can find where the line comes in and have access to run wire to the area where you want to put the modem, it shouldn't be particularly difficult to cut a hole in the drywall to install an "old work" box (or they also make special shallow boxes for use with low voltage stuff). Just get the corresponding cover plate with a phone connector. But I think removing an outlet and trying to use an existing box is all sorts of a bad idea.
    Yeah, converting the electrical to a phone is probably not the best idea. I would buy a new box to put into the wall and run the phone line to it. That would be relatively simple. You could probably get an old work box for under $5, the phone wire for under $15 and a face plate for a few dollars. Shouldn't cost ya more than $20-$25.


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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    No phone jacks anywhere? Not even like... a central junction somewhere?

    My house was a bit weird in that in several of the cable outlets the cable wasn't attached... and in the same box there was also wiring for phone... maybe pop open a couple cable outlets and check and see if its similar for you?



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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Yah I don't think you'd want to do that even if you could



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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Ok, thanks guys will check the other outlets for hidden line ... Calld centurylink and they said it would be $99 to install ... May drop them before starting service for mediacom(yikes) ...


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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Quote Originally Posted by StormnClone58 View Post
    Ok, thanks guys will check the other outlets for hidden line ... Calld centurylink and they said it would be $99 to install ... May drop them before starting service for mediacom(yikes) ...
    Hundred bucks isn't that bad. You can do it for 20 yourself, but call an electrician to pull some low voltage into an existing house and I'll bet ya a hillside seat it's at least 200 bucks. No need to get ****** at them, they are offering you a service at half the cost of calling in a qualified person to do it.


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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Centurylink internet is slow. I just cancelled Centurylink internet and added mediacom internet. It was cheaper for a 2 year contract and now I also get ESPN 3. My cable is staying with DirecTV.

    I would recommend that you do the same if its not too late.



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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    OP. just make sure the power is still on, then unwire that outlet. a little 115v never hurt anybody. then lick your fingers and twist the loose power and ground wires together that you just unwired from that old outlet. you're gonna want to be holding a light bulb in your mouth when you do this. get a few buddies over and have them watch you. it'll be amusing for them to watch and see if the bulb lights up before you pass out. do you own a defibrillator? that may come in handy. after you come to you can just mount a phone jack right where that outlet used to be and wallah! everyone knows that a standard 115v outlet has the same capabilities of a land line phone jack!

    no jimlad. seriously. touch the wires together...



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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Call Century Link and have them do the work. The $99 is a bargain and that way you will know it is done right.



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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    99 bucks isn't bad. Mediacom will be no better...



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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Ok so to update ... Followed the line in and out ... Looks like someone cut the in line and shoved it into the insulation ... Looks like all we need to do is rewire it and connect it to a phone box of some sort ... Thanks to all that helped ...


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    Re: Converting outlet to phone jack

    Quote Originally Posted by StormnClone58 View Post
    Ok so to update ... Followed the line in and out ... Looks like someone cut the in line and shoved it into the insulation ... Looks like all we need to do is rewire it and connect it to a phone box of some sort ... Thanks to all that helped ...
    you're welcome



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