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Telecommunication Lines Category

Problem: 

Phone conversation suffers from static interruptions or periodic disconnections.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Rubbing alcohol (denatured kind) (not for drinking, of course)

  • Foam q-tips/swabs

  • Newer light dimmer switch

Solution:

 

Caution:  Because phone wires carry a small amount of electrical current/voltage, before working on any phone, make sure the phone is disconnected from the phone interface box (that is usually located on an outside wall), and this includes disconnecting its phone wire from the telephone jack.

While on the phone, you shouldn't experience static interruptions or even periodic disconnections.  Experiencing such may be the result of any number of causes.  However, the most probable cause is actually the easiest to fix:  The modular plugs of your phone system may be so dirty that such plugs are causing the static or periodic disconnections.  To remedy this, take a foam q-tip/swab and dip it in rubbing alcohol (of the denatured kind, preferably), and then use this previously-dipped foam q-tip to immediately rub against and effectively clean each modular plug; use a different foam q-tip/swab for each modular plug that is to be cleaned.

While highly unlikely, if it's not dirt that's causing the static, it may be an old light dimmer switch.  Old light dimmer switches have been known to cause static interference with phone systems because such switches lack a radio frequency interference filter (RFI filter) or radio frequency filter (RF filter); if this applies to you, you may opt to replace your old light dimmer switch with a new one that has either an RFI filter or RF filter. 

So, your modular plugs being dirty may very likely be the cause of your static and periodic phone disconnections, so see to it that you clean such plugs right away and often.

Ed the Handyman

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Your Handyman Zone Team

 

                                                         

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