I have an antique wall phone which has been modified to work with
today's modular jacks. Problem is, the phone lacks the mounting
hardware on the back which slides over the two slightly protruding screw
heads which are found on a standard telephone switchplate, or wall
plate. Does anyone know of an online hardware store that carries such a
two hole "keyhole" type mount for wall mounting a telephone? I've found
single keyhole mounts, but would prefer the type that's specifically
made for telephones if they're available.
Thanks for the response.
The hardware on the wall is already in place. What I need is the
hardware that goes on the phone. I could use two separate keyhole
mounts, but I'd prefer to find a single plate with two keyholes in it.
I thought maybe someone manufactures one specifically for this purpose.
Ma Bell had converter plates for the old rotary wall phones- is this
what we are talking about? Made the phone stick out from the wall and
was usually wobbly to boot.
Personally, I would take apart the wall jack, and just hard mount the
phone directly to wall with the original screw holes on the back plate.
Find some way to go from the red and green (or the blue/white and
white/blue wires, if modern wire) wires in the wall to L1 and L2 in the
phone. You can even float a small modular jack in the wall if you want
to stay modular. Most old wall phones, the shell pops right off.
Post a picture of the jack, and the front and back of the phone, and put
a link back here. A picture is worth lots of words, etc.
Pretty much what I was going to write. Remove the plate, cut a hole in
the wall and add a modular jack. Plug the phone in and as you go to
hang it on the wall, stuff the wires inside the hole with the jack. How
to hang it depends on the phone. If you can open it up and see the back
of it, put a couple screws through and be sure to hit 1 stud, or use
I have one of those DSL brackets from my kit when I went to the Verizon
system. If you would like it, I would be more than happy to ship to you for
free. All I ask ,is if it works that you reimburse the shipping cost from
Plano Tx. !
Let me know
Bill in Plano
One such plate with filter was in the kit that came with my dsl kit
from the phone company, ask around I can't imagine many folks use them.
Hadn't thought of Radio Shack . . . thanks.
I've been to both Home Depot and Lowe's. When I told them what I was
looking for, they looked at me like I was from Mars. As is the usual case.
Van Chocstraw wrote:
Radio Shack isn't going to be any better. Need any batteries?
I sincerely doubt if you'll ever find exactly what you're looking for
because very few, if any, other people do what you're doing.
You could just cut the keyhole slots into the back of the phone using
a Dremel tool...
There's not a lot of call for mounting old hand crank to modern wall jacks.
So yes if you walk into a regular store they are going think you are crazy.
I would figure out how to mount the phone on the wall and modify the phone
jack to work. Maybe a recessed mount.
I wondered if an old hand crank phone was what the OP has - not obvious
to me from the post.
If it is a hand crank phone it may be way too heavy for modern wall
phone jacks. I would use aemeijers advice.
I doubt if you'll find such a thing.
You could buy the cheapest phone you can find and saw it up and make a
rear plate, though all modern phones will be plastic. If you want a
steel plate you'll need to find an old Western Electric wall phone.
Contact "http://www.phonesnthings.com /" and explain what you're looking for.
You certainly could just buy a blank steel switch plate and fabricate
something with the key holes in a few minutes, and mount it to the phone
with some spacers.
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