I am in the process of re-organizing the telephone connections at the central panel. Currently, all five phone lines coming from various rooms in my house home run into a distribution block in an area in the basement. Originally, this was OK. Unfortunately, when I finished the basement, I didn't take that area into account, and now that area is very hard to reach. I plan to move the distribution block to a different area that is easily accessible.
The problem is that four out of five phone lines don't have any slack; this means I cannot move them to the new location without extending them somehow. What is the right way to extend them?
Should I use a phone-line junction box? Should I use wire-nuts? Should I use something called Scotchlok connectors in place of wire nuts? Should I turn the end of the phone line into a plug and use a phone line coupler?
Phone line junction box seems to be a logical choice especially for a phone line that has 2-pairs of wires (4 wires total); a junction box is designed to handle 4-wires anyway; this will be a perfect fit. But one phone line has 4-pairs of wire (8 wires total) (it is probably a cat-5 cable). If I use a junction box for a 8-wire phone line, I will lose the potential future use of 4 wires.
Should I use phone line junction box for the lines that have 2-pairs of wires and use cat-5 coupler and plugs for the line that has 4-pairs of wires?
Please note that the junction area will be hidden behind ceiling tiles; therefore, appearance is not an issue. Thanks in advance for any suggestion.