September 17th, 2020


Conduit? Can Do It!

A couple of weeks ago, the landline telephone here at Fernley House stopped working. This also disabled the DSL, but inasmuch as we now have cable internet as well, this just meant that Lisa had do move a couple of wires around so that the line out to her travel trailer connected to the cable internet. Belt and suspenders. And wow would I have been very unhappy if all we had was the one internet connection.

After confirming that the telephone service to our house still worked (by plugging a telephone straight into the telephone box on the side of the house), Lisa concluded that there must be a wire broken somewhere, and that it must be in the wire between the box and where the line from the phone box branches out to the various telephone connections in the house. That sounds relatively easy to fix until you learn that the telephone wire is literally cast in concrete.

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This annoyance is something we will turn into an opportunity. Lisa has been wanting to run a new set of telephone and cable wiring from the utility connection boxes anyway, so this just means doing it now instead of later. So off to Lowe's we went to buy conduit, a box of wire (she already had a spool of coax cable), and sundry connectors and fittings.

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Once we have the remaining parts, Lisa will hook everything together and move the cable and DSL modems into the wiring closet. From there, she'll run lines from a distribution panel to elsewhere in the house. I think it's pretty nifty myself, and I'm sure glad we bought a small used rack panel from Weird Stuff Warehouse (R.I.P.) that Lisa mounted in that closet. When she's done, I will no longer be kicking a bunch of wires under my desk where the existing head end for the cable modem and router are located.