In remodeling a 50yr old house including adding new siding, the telephone
drop and house box were detached. The cover on the box became displaced and
the probably needs to be replaced due to exposure and age (a few decades
old). Any idea what the phone company charges to come out and reattach the
drop to the house and replace the interface box? The service is
disconncected right now but will need to be re-established when I sell the
Shouldn't be anything. Tell them it rotted off, as it did, and that they
need to replace it. No need to mention the remodeling. Up to and inside
that network box is their deal. The backside of that box and inside the
house are your deal. Not sure how whether you are currently paying for
service or not plays into that.
If the box was that old, they would replace it the next time
there is a service call, in most instances. The idea is to
eventually get everybody up to date with the "newer" 2-part
demarc boxes, where their half "locks" and you can access your
side for connecting the internal wiring.
Unless you really need to use the service again, I would just
tack up whatever is left and let them do that (no charge) when
the new owner orders service.
The real Tom Pendergast [ So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
aka I-zheet M'drurz [ have some sympathy, and some taste.
Which phone company? lol Call and ask them.
In most cases, there is no charge for a new customer. However, if you
still have the service...and you took the box down...there's always
the possibility that they may charge you to reinstall the new drop
Did you mean 'disconnected'?...or 'canceled'? We already got the
impression that its disconnected! lol
Why? I don't know of any code that says you must have phone service
to a house...and WIRED service, at that.
Have a nice one...
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The electrical code has changed significantly since that
original demarc was installed. A new NID to replace the
obsolete technology demarc is provided free. But to be
properly installed, first upgrade the building's earthing
system to comply with post 1990 code requirements. The
earthing should be upgraded before phone service is installed
so that everything will be earthed to a common ground point.
That new NID must make a less than 20 foot connection to the
same earth ground used by both AC electric and incoming
cable. Where the interior wires exit the building may need be
changed to meet those requirements. NID must also be mounted
when interior wires exit the building. That is specifically
required by new codes. Earth ground connection from each
utility actually should be less than 10 feet - and meet a
number of other criteria as detailed here:
Included are pictures of a current technology NID.
You are responsible for providing the earth ground. Every
earth ground connection should be short, direct, and
independent. Not all electricians fully understand these
concepts that both meet and exceed current NEC requirements.
Those adjectives have engineering meanings as defined in the
Often, certificate of occupancy now requires phone service -
a local requirement.
Guaranteed, correct, and free answer: Call the phone company and
ask, get all details, and record it all for when they do bill if
htere is a billable part.
The wiring is THEIRS up to the Demarcation point (the box).
After that, it's your responsibility. Usually phone companies
charge more than a general contractor to run wires in/around the
house. Ask around if you cannot do it yourself.
| In remodeling a 50yr old house including adding new siding, the
| drop and house box were detached. The cover on the box became
| the probably needs to be replaced due to exposure and age (a
| old). Any idea what the phone company charges to come out and
| drop to the house and replace the interface box? The service is
| disconncected right now but will need to be re-established when
I sell the
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