Several years ago, I built a completed a new home on my farm, and moved
out of the old trailer house into this home. I require a landline
because there is very poor cell service here. I called the phone company
and was told it would cost me around $250 to $350 to move the
underground phone line from the trailer to the new house. I refused!
Since I already had a trench for the sewer pipe, which went from the new
house to near the trailer house, I just bought 125ft. of CAT5 cable
(with 4 twisted pairs) and put it in the same trench, and dug by hand
the remaining 12 feet. Then I connected one of the pairs to the trailer
house junction box, and ran it into the new house, using a junction box
I was able to obtain from a building that was being demolished.
This worked for for several years. I have been having problems with the
phone, whereas it hums and I could barely hear it. and my modem would
not work. Yesterday I repaired a broken wire at the trailer house, and
this morning I had a loud hum and could not get my modem to work. I
tried to use all four of the twisted pairs and none of them work. I
followed the path of the trench (which is somewhat noticible in the
lawn) and found that some animal had dug several holes into that piece
of the lawn, and apparently gnawed up my CAT 5 cable.
Since the soil is semi frozen now, I am not going to attempt to dig it
up till spring, so I now have a long piece of romex laying on top of the
lawn, which is working fine, but when Spring comes, it will have to be
Anyhow, the phone line that the phone company has installed underground
is only about 20ft. from the new house, and I retained several of the
flags they put in the ground when I had them mark it, (when I ran the
sewer and water lines). Rather than running 125ft of cable from that
trailer house (which I intend to demolish eventually), I only need to
dig 20 feet, and splice directly to the underground phone line.
Anyhow, I found that that CAT5 cable is not "animal proof". Yet, the
phone company's wiring has been here for many years and has never been
damaged by the many digging animals around here. And their line runs
almost one mile from the road.
Unless I can find someone that works for the phone company and bribe
them to give me about 30ft of cable (which is unlikely), I need to find
some of the same cable that the phone company uses. I also need to find
a suitable inderground connector(s).
Does anyone know where I can buy this stuff online?
* I do have one more option, and that would be to dig up much of the
line that goes to the trailer house, and re-direct it to the new house.
But that is a lot of work, and I'd likely damage the cable with a
shovel. Until Spring, none of this is possible anyhow!