You may be right. However, I am unaware of any computer networking
application that specifies Cat 3 cable.
Some of the garbage cable cranked-out by various manufacturers for the first
5-7 years after 1984 might qualify as Cat 1, although I don't think it is THAT
The good, old "light olive gray" "quad" wire (red/green/yellow/black) used for
decades would probably qualify as Cat 2 - whatever THAT means.
I have never seen any "Cat" other than 3 and 5e. Whatever happened to 1,2,
CAT 4 was a placeholder so far as I know, it was never in use. CAT 3 I've
only seen in 10 Mbit connections, old computer networks but still widely in
use. I think CAT 2 was the same as CAT 4, basically just a placeholder.
CAT 5 is 100 Mbit connection line, CAT 5e is 1,000 Mbit connection, CAT 6 is
1,000 Mbit, plus providing power capability. Really it's all the same
cable, just better tolerances and quality - except CAT 6 which has
additional pairs. ****That's how I know it. That's not the pedantic and/or
exact definition, there are better descriptions of it out there. So if
anyone chimes in looking for an argument I won't even bother - no trolling
Anyway the whole project is on hold until Seattle gets back to normal, I
doubt the phone company has time to worry about my home re-wiring project at
this time. Hell, the entire town of Issaquah is out of power, at least it
was when I spoke to the local Lowe's guys - and Issaquah is a BIG town, not
Looks like a pretty good ground connection to me, no corrosion and the
connection is nice and tight. But that splice! Christ that's a bad job if
I ever saw one.
That was NOT done by a telco employee: They wouldn't have the TIME (or desire
to TAKE that much time) to do it like that. A trip back to the truck, if the
tech had neglected to bring along the proper connectors to begin with, would
be MUCH faster, nevermind BETTER.
Yeah I didn't think it was done by a pro. More of the previous owner's
bumblings. The verdigris on the copper wires is an especially nice touch!,
as is the clipped phone cable left just hanging there rather than simply
Thanks for taking the time to post such detail. I am more informed.
Yeah, so I've heard. Good luck to you folks. I kinda wonder if they'll
(Qwest) ask or volunteers to help. Then again, "they" asked for volunteers
for Katrina that never panned-out. Despite being one big, fat, happy company,
we still seem to stay within the original states that comprised each of the
three BOCs (Bell Operating Companies) prior to divestiture: Northwestern
Bell, Mountain Bell and Pacific Northwest Bell. We'll see...
Connection from phone, through wires, through pipes, etc is grossly
more than 10 feet. It is make worse by pipe joints, wire junctions
etc. It does not meet 1990 NEC earthing requirements. I suspect your
connection to earth is well over 50 feet AND does not make that
earthing connection directly. It would be a prescription for
There are a number of ways to fix this. But you may regard them as
too much work. The amount of work not justified by the risk. This for
the benefit of others who are at more risk to damage.
For example that phone line could be rerouted to enter at adjacent to
AC electric. Or wire is routed inside building well separated from any
other wire or pipe to first connect to a protector at earth electrode -
and only then distributing phone service to the house. Another
suggestion from a utility is demonstrated by bad, ugly, and good
There is no way around a short ground connection (lower impedance)
and a common earthing electrode if electronics protection is desired.
Telephone line protection here, here which AFIK follows Bell Canada
(ATT) practice is a 'Protector' mounted where the telephone line enters
the premises. Sometimes mounted outside but often inside the house.
That protector requires a ground.
The telephone company would either have driven their own ground rod or,
as in our case run a grounding wire to the incoming metal electrical
conduit which is grounded by the power company; that ground is also
bonded to metallic water pipe.
The protector (similar ones have been in use since the 1800s) provides
voltage breakdown protection from each side of the telephone pair.
Those are either repairable manually or by replacing small slide in
units; they are essentially small spark gaps that will break down to
ground if voltage exceeds a certain figure. Can't remember what that
voltage is offhand.
Also these days if one is within distance of the server, Internet
service can also be provided via the telephone pair.
The cable TV company have a coax entering the premises and it also has
a grounded protector.
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