I'm hoping that someone can help tell me what this wire is coming in
through our wall in our family room. It has grey insulation and has
three wires inside (black, white, and bare). It comes in right below
our coaxial cable jack.
I've posted a photo of the wire, but had to label the wires because of
It sounds like a 120V power line. Don't mess with it until you know it
Just looked at the wire. It is stranded wire. .. Who knows? I
suggest you safely terminate the ends, push it back into the wall and then
repair the hole. I would consider it as a possible 120V hazard until I was
Thanks for the help folks. If it is indeed a power line, I don't
think it's live because I (rather foolishly) fiddled with it hoping
that it was a phone line. A couple people mentioned a satellite
hookup - ironically enough, that's what I'm dealing with. I'm pretty
sure no previous owner ever had a satellite system, but I can't be
sure. We've had our DirecTV setup in this house for about 6 years,
but we never hooked up the phone line (not completely necessary if you
don't order pay-per-view shows). We recently upgraded to a
Tivo-equipped receiver and you need the phone line to activate your
DVR service. I had always assumed that the wire was a phone line, but
when I went to install the jack, I was baffled by the wire internals.
The only other clue I found was this: in the basement I can see two
grey wires that look to be the same gauge running parallel. The come
from the finished part of the basement (so I can't see where they
really terminate) and run towards the family room, but disappear up
into the insulation and wall framing. If one of these is the
"mystery" wire, I'm not sure what the other one is for.
First, that was the best graphic picture I've seen in ages. You are really
great with that digicam and whatever program.
Second, it looks like about 18 gage wire, and I have totally no clue what it
Almost looks like the romex I saw in a hotel in Bangkok. Because their
voltage is 220, the circuits are fused at lower currents, i.e. for the
same wattage. I saw, what appeared to be 18 gauge romex ... could have
been 16. I never saw anything like that in the US. I was shocked to
see it in a public building. I would have expected conduit.
That said, your cable, to me, looks like some kind of audio cable.
Stormin Mormon wrote:
pretty good illustration, slight weirdness around the letters
though... likely caused by the jpg encoding.
If you are wanting to do this sort of thing, it is really simple to do
in the openoffice (free microsoft office replacement) drawing package.
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
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