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Telephone Wiring Diagram #1
By Dave Rongey
Telephone Wiring Diagram for Home Telephone Jacks
Wiring a Telephone Jack
After installing the Cat 3 - 3 pair phone wire I am ready to install the wall jack. You will have a wide variety of telephone jacks to choose from but the wiring for a single line phone service will be standard.
Keep in mind that the colors of the telephone wiring in your home will be typically one of two types or insulation colors. Older telephone wiring was a basic Cat-3, 4 conductor or 2-pairs with red, green, black, yellow.
Newer homes can have anything from Cat-3, 3-pair on up to Cat-5e, with 4-pairs, with the insulation colors being a combination of solid and solid with white for each wiring pair. The wire pair colors are blue, orange, green and brown.
Features of Telephone Wiring Diagram #1
- This telephone wiring diagram shows the standard wiring for Telephone Jacks explaining the wiring connections for:
Telephone Wiring Diagram for Standard Telephones
- Conventional Telephone Systems
- Floor Telephone Jacks
- Wall Phones
- Cord Telephones
- Cordless Telephones
- Wiring Connections for:
- The Red Telephone Wire
- The Green Telephone Wire
- The Blue and White Telephone Wire
- The White and Blue Telephone Wire
This Wiring Diagram shows the standard way to Wire Telephone Jacks
Red Wire - Green Wire
White Blue Wire - Blue/White Wire
After you connect the wire pair to the jack and you get a Dial Tone but you do not hear tones
when you dial a number from a button pad then just reverse the pair.
Installing a Telephone Wall Jack
Most wall phone jacks come configured
for a 2-line cord even thought a 1-line phone will
work just fine. You are probably wondering why the extra pairs? Well they will be used if you ever decide to add another phone line or if for some reason the primary pair stops working, then one of the spare pairs can be used.
Two Lines from one Telephone Jack
This style of phone jack can be pre-wired for a 2-line phone service, giving you the opportunity to have a second phone number that can be used for a business line or a fax machine.
|Make sure the wires are well under the screw terminals.||If you plan to use a cordless phone its always a good idea to install your phone jack wiring beside an existing wall receptacle which will be available for a low voltage transformer which may be required.|
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.