I had a contractor install coax cable and phone lines to each of the
bedrooms in my home before finishing the walls. For several months now
just the cable is sticking through the wall and the contractor is long
gone. I decided to finish the job myself. The cable that he ran
consisted of a coax line with an additional line sort of attached to
the side of it. I had no problem with the coax, I just crimped and end
on it. But when I stripped back the additional line (which I thought
was for the phone) it was a single, solid conductor. I was expecting
to find several smaller lines. Can this single conductor cable be used
for a phone hook up? How?
That single "conductor" is the "messenger wire." It provides additional
mechanical strength for the cable, especially when it is suspended overhead.
If the contractor did indeed run telephone wiring as well, it's
something else -- maybe alongside the coax cable. But if the end doesn't
already come out through the wall, you could have a tough time finding it.
On 11/16/05 10:50 am email@example.com tossed the following
ingredients into the ever-growing pot of cybersoup:
Sure it conducts - it's metal. Could be used as a grounding conductor, but
not for any kind of signal. Pee onto an electric fence and you'll find
another conductor, but not intended to be used as such! :-)
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