We're at our wit's end. We have a problem that Bellsouth cannot fix or find
the cause of. The phones in the house give one short ring, usually in the
middle of the night or early morning. Only heard it once during the daytime.
Caller ID shows nothing. Bellsouth has checked all their connections. They
put a block on their computer that automatically checks lines. I've
disconnected all phone lines connected from my DirecTV and DSL and router to
no avail. There is nothing else to disconnect and yet it still rings. Anyone
have any ideas?
What about just turning off all the bells at night? If you need to
get emergency messages you can leave a phone machine on, with volume
on high. You can move it next to the bed if necessary. If it only
rings once and short, it probably won't turn the phone machine on.
I have 9 phones in my house, but only one bell per floor. Sometimes I
change things and only have one bell turned on for the whole house,
and when I really need to sleep in the morning, I turn that off too.
If you can't "turn" it off, you can open the phone and cut a wire, or
put a splice a wire with a switch in it, going to the outside of the
phone. Or change to a different model phone. Or you might be able to
just put some blankets and pillows over it at night.
Or arre you asking how to find out who is calling you and stop him?
At work it was the other problem, too many outgoing toll calls. They
installed possibly expensive software, and maybe some hardware, that
kept a record, of which extension made each call. Maybe 300 or 500
phones in the various buildings. It turned out it was the Coke
machine. The Coke machine was set up to call the supplier whenever it
was running out of cups or syrup or spritzer, and the number was in
the next area code. No problem, except the machine went bad and was
calling over and over, as soon as it hung up, all day and all night,
all month every month. What would that be, maybe 1400, 1000, 500
calls a day.
(I don't know if it stopped calling when it was filled up again, but
eventually it ran down, and the supplier knew he had several days, a
week or more, to get there before it was actually empty.)
So, you have to use your imagination, and maybe you can't solve the
underlying problem. But you can keep the phone from waking you up.
So much for technology going amuck. You'd think the supplier would
have called you and complained about all the incoming calls....
I'd cut the phone line to that coke machine forever.....
You should be able to find a ring control cord (that disables the
ringer). Or, you may be able to make one. It's just a full-wave
rectifier (you should be able to use 200V diodes) on the phoneline.
The ringer won't work on DC, but everything else should.
In the "old days" that was probably
called bell tap. It can occur when the
telephone line is opened for any reason.
Because it is a very short line
spike and because there is really no
call, caller ID will show nothing. There
are reasons why the line can get opened
..... line testing, meter reading, etc..
sure the person that you talked to at BS
had no clue, are probably working
from a script .... a script where this
topic is not even present. You probably
need to escallate this to where someone
might have some technical knowledge.
It might be someone you know , caller Id might not read on 1 ring, have
you tried the call back feature your company offers, or do a trace
through the phone company, change and unlist your number, it will stop.
He actually thought it might be one of their computers testing the line and
hanging up on our number. He had the main office block our number from
testing but that still didn't work. I called him back today and he's taking
the investigation further. I just prefer not to change our number.
Believe it or not, the repair person gave me his cell number and his home
number and told me to keep him apprised of the condition. I think he's more
determined to find the cause of the problem as I am to getting rid of it.
I"m sorry. Didn't you read the post I went to the trouble to write
for you where I suggested using a phone machine, which would ignore
one ring and answer if there were more?
Like I said, I wouldn't change my number for one ring each night.
A deceased telemarketer is calling you via ghostly electron pulses :)
Seriously, you might just have a screwy phone that is sensitive to
line noise. Try a different phone. You said "phoneS", so I assume
there is more than one. Unplug all of them, then just use one NEW
phone. (It dont need to be new off the shelf, just a different phone
that has not been connected in your house).
In the old days, the phone companies ran a voltage surge thru the
phone lines once or more per day. I was told it cleans the wires.
It is supposed to burn off faulty connections In all honesty, i never
really understood that, except I can take a wild guess, which I assume
would mean something like moisture on bare wires. I dont know if they
still do that, but if they do, you might be getting those pulses.
You definately have a weird problem....
OK, then I guess you've done what you can. I dont kno wwhat else to
tell you, except to shut off the ringer when you sleep, but have an
answering machine turned on in case something important happens.
Now if you could get your hands on a recording voltmeter you might
find something out....
One other thing. Is the ground connected properly to the phone, where
the line enters the house? Dont know if that would matter, but check
it out. One other thing. Do your neighbors have the same problem?
Ask them. If they do, then your phone company needs to hear from all
of them and be forced to do something.
Lastly, outside your house, or in the basement, there is the phone box
that has a standard phone plug, which disconnects the whole house.
Unplug the whole house, and hook just one phone to that jack. Use a
phone extension cord if you must and run it from the basement or in a
window. At least that way you can eliminate all the wiring in the
Have you researched the history of your house/land? The phenomena of
phantom phone ringing has been associated with demonic possession as
well as poltergeist/spirit activity. If a tragedy occurred in your
house or its built on tainted ground you may have a supernatural
problem. I would contact the local paranormal research group and ask
them out for an evaluation. Most groups have associations with psychics
who can get a quick idea od whether or not there is supernatural
activity in your home. If the psychic picks up on something the group
can investigate with cameras etc. An easier route may be to ask your
clergyman to bless your house in the Lord's name. Or if your faith is
strong you can try yoursrelf. The book "Beware the night" by ralph
Sarcie(sp) gives sample blessings. This may handle minor earthly
spirits but you will need help if your problem is demonic in nature
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