It seems like phone jacks
are always in the wrong place in our homes. Existing phone jacks
almost predetermine where our furniture will be placed in order
to work around its location, or there are long wires running under
and behind furniture. You don't have to continue letting the phone
jack design your room set-up. Instead, run an extension to another
part of the room.
Telephone wiring is a simple
do-it-yourself project. It has a low electrical current as opposed
to electrical wiring which is intimidating to most people. Phone
wiring isn't a likely cause of harm. However to be on the safe side
don't work with an active phone line.
One reason why telephone
wiring is so simple is because of today's technology: MODULAR WIRING.
There are plastic clips on the end of wires that plug into special
jacks. There is no soldering required and in most cases there is
no wire stripping or splicing required. For an additional phone
jack in a room, or to install a jack in another room, all you need
is a screwdriver, a pair of scissors and a modular extension kit.
Extension kits are available
at phone centers, electronic stores and most home centers. Most
kits contain modular parts, hardware, fasteners, installation tool
and an instruction sheet. Some kits contain 2 or 3 modular outlets.
So, for only $10 - $20 and a little time you can add or relocate
a couple phone jacks.
- Plug end of (modular)
wire into existing jack.
- The phone wire from the
kit has adhesive on the back with a protective covering - remove
the protective film as you run the wire down the wall to the base
molding, pressing it in place.
- The kits come with 90
degree elbows that also have self-adhesive backs and covers that
snap closed. Adhere the elbow to the wall at the baseboard. Place
wire into elbow, and snap shut. (To completely camoflauge the
telephone wire, you can also run it between the carpet and base
- Run wire strip along
wall to desired location.
- If you want the phone
jack to be higher than the baseboard, secure another elbow and
place the wire in it and snap cover closed.
- Decide where the new
jack is to be located and cut the wire to that length.
- Insert cut end of wire
into new jack from kit.
- Close cover of new jack,
crimping wire into place.
- Screw new jack to wall,
using plastic anchor if necessary.
That's all there is to placing
a phone jack wherever you want in a room. However a word of warning
, Usually homes are only supplied with enough power to ring a certain
number of phones (approximately 5 per household). If you have an
extraordinary number of phones, then they might not all ring.
Also, if your home's telephone
wiring has not been updated into a modular system (many systems
are pre-1974), there are adapters available to easily convert it.
Hard wiring a new modular phone jack can be as easy as matching
colors - the wires are all color coded. Conect red to red, yellow
to yellow, black to black and green to green.