I just had occasion to put in a new telephone outlet.
I went down to Tru-Value and bought 50 ft of wire.
I didn't have any choices, I got the last one in the store.
My first problem was that I cut off about 4 inches of the plastic wrap
around the wires and only found 3 conductors. After being a bit
mystified for a few hours, I discovered that one of the wires didn't
reach the end of the cable. Cut off another 4 inches and there was the
The thing that really surprised me though is how thin the wires were.
I had real problems working with the hair thin wire. If I bent the wire
more than once, the wire just broke right off. I couple of times I
cut the insulation off, went to pull the plastic off, and the whole
wire just broke off. I bent one wire around a terminal and the bend
wasn't quite right so I bent it again. Wire snapped right off on the
Next time I want to work with telephone cable, I'm going to do some
searches and hopefully find something with a heavier conductor.
Just commenting, I know copper has gone up in price but this stuff