I had a wire break in an outlet box in the kitchen. Install by phone
company was somewhat sloppy twenty years before and I figure vibrations
in floor may have stressed the wire. No bugs or mice did it. I fixed it
myself as I had no contract.
I had the same problem once, and it was very difficult to find the reason...
what happened is corrosion inside a phone receptacle that was never used.
This corrosion caused a short circuit in the phone line. At first it was
intermittent and it gradually got worse. Simply replacing the receptacle at
the wall fixed it.
I am also on Verizon since last year. they changed out the demark box
when I went to Verizon.
So last month I got the crackly phone, got worse over several days, then
I determined the demark jack worked fine.
the problem was between my demark test jack and the terminals going out
the lines in the house. The demark box itself was defective.
However, the tech jury-rigged the fix. He just attached the output
lines to a RJ11 plug and plugged it into the demark test jack.
Thanks a heap, Eric.
When I was living in my trailer and had my phone wires strung though the
bushes someone was chewing on my phone wires. I think it was rabbits.
After a while the copper would oxidize and begin to short out with the other
wire. They seemed to only chew on the live wires. Not enough voltage in
their diets, I guess. It would start out as static and get worse.
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