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Wow, Rex has one helluva mom! That's a compliment, BTW. That's
an interesting setup, but I've seen many that were worse.
Just to clarify something: This IS only one phone number, right?
I'm pretty sure it is from your postings, but ... we all know
about ass-u-me-ing things when one shouldn't.
: So, if I were to start reversing to get 'proper polarity' do
: I have to reverse at all 'junctions'? If the answer is yes,
: think I'll take a pass for the time being.
===> NO. But, depending on what you mean by "junctions":
Only do the reversals at one point per wall jack, and if
possible, because of the several different daisy chains and
parallels you have, try -very- hard to make the reversals right
at the wires coming into the wall jack's screw terminals.
A possible exception is when one jack goes also directly to
another jack. If you reverse the wire pair coming in, it'll
reverse it for both jacks. But if you reverse it where the wires
go -out- to the telephone, then you'd have to do both of them.
I'll be honest with you, since you have sort of a bastardized
system anyway, and it's working, or about to work, I don't think
I'd worry about getting everything perfect.
You can actually think of the wires as hot and cold water pipes
and you'll get the same exact answers. You've apparently already
figured out that it's pins 3 and 4 of the jacks that you need to
wires connected to; you just didn't know anything about
Consider this possibility: Are all (or most) of the reversed
polarities on one of the cables coming from the NID? If so,
reversing the wires at the NID would reverse everything that
cable goes to.
: But, I do thank you for the concise and precise answers you
: have provided.
: BTW: Curiously, when I try to plug directly into the wall
: jack, the modular plug does not go all the way in, but this
: was the case when I first took the wall jack out of the
: container before I had hooked it up. Seems to work better
: with some cord versus other. However, this is not really an
: issue as I don't NEED to connect a phone to the wall jack.
Sometimes the jacks can be either very stiff when first used, or
messed up or made for specific cords. As long as it works and
stays connected, I wouldn't worry about it.
If you can't get anything to plug into it, and if you care,
try looking into the open jack to see if there is a bent contact
in there. That's the usual failure mechanism for jacks. It
sounds like you're only using it for a junction box though, not a
phone so if it's not broke ... ;-}
Here's one last piece of advice for you: The boxes should be
mounted so that the jacks point downward. Lots of people like to
put them upside down because they're easier to plug into, but
it's not a good idea.
They collect dust, flies and all sorts of things that fall
into them if they're upside down. Been there, done it - found a
crushed fly in one of the jacks shorting the whole system.
Knocked out the fly, all worked fine!
: Rex's Mom