I need to have an extra phone jack installed in my home. I was talking
to a guy who installs them, and he said it has to be "within 3 feet of
a wall receptacle." And he said something about this being in the NEC.
Has anyone heard of this? I can't see what one has to do with the
Try to think ahead. You are doing the work, now so think about what
might be needed next year or next month. Someone rearranges the furniture
and now wants to use a cordless phone that needs to be pluged in at that
Most new homes are done like that, along with the network and cable tv
drops to the same wall plate, same for central vacuum inlets, it's for
convenience only. I never heard it was code. Municipalities dont
care much about how the low voltage prewire is done, other than if you
drilled holes in the fire stops that you did not re-caulk.
This is an older home. This subject came up after talking about
different ways of doing it (i.e. going up to attic, down to
crawlspace). I got the impression that somehow he was saying it would
make it easier to do. I just can't see how that would be. It's not
like he needs to connect the phone wires to the electrical wires.
In addition, the most likely option is just to go straight through the
wall (it goes to a garage right near where the phone connectin to the
house is). So, again I can't see how the receptacle would have any
I also extremely doubt this is a local code. But I have to give him
credit---he is the ONLY person (aside from this NG) who has even
mentioned "The NEC"--including electricians!!! Kinda had to give him
credit for that, even though it still doesn't seem to make sense.
Why would you give him credit for mentioning the NEC when it wasn't
relevant to the situation? If you didn't tell him it was a modem
(which, BTW, *would* require a receptacle nearby, although not by
code) then why would the NEC be something worth mentioning?
It's akin to someone mentioning OSHA regulations when talking to you
about renovating a residential bathroom. Not only isn't it relevant,
but I would *deduct* points if it came up in a discussion since it
tells me the contractor doesn't know what (s)he is talking about.
There were several in my parent's house in the early 70s. None had power
supply plugs. And, I have a spare AT&T "princess" style phone whose display
is illuminated. Bought it 5 years ago. No power supply plug.
Nevertheless, the dial lights were powered from an external power supply: A
transformer was plugged-in SOMEWHERE in the house. Dial light current was
supplied to Princess<tm> and early Trimline<tm> telephones using the secondary
pair in the jack, usually the yellow/black conductors of the old "quad" wire.
The current was distributed to every jack on the second pair - pair three if
3-pr cable was used.
Many of these transformers are still plugged-in today, but doing virtually
nothing since illuminated "dials" (buttons) have been "line powered" by the
C.O. battery for years.
Yeah, and if it says "AT&T", it is not nearly old enough to have been powered
by the above-enumerated technique. In those days, everything was made, and
labeled as such, by Western Electric.
They did. But even on the early ones, if the Missus of the house objected to
'that ugly gray cube' taking up an outlet slot in the bedroom or wherever, a
common trick was to break the second pair on the 4-color feed line in
basement near that jack, and feed the juice to the phone that way. In fact,
there is one of those cubes hanging from an abandoned line in my basement
laundry room right now. Probably been there since the '60s. Good little
transformers, like most WE hardware of the era, damn near impossible to
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