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Phone jack wiring

The wires came apart from the phone jack (that leads into the apt) which is located in the closet. the jack had a .

from one source which i'll call #1 (red, green, yellow, black individual wires) it looks like ONLY the "red & green" are wired onto a jack board (there's no cover so it's exposed - the red is going/wired onto one conductor and the green onto the other.

then there are 2 more sources which have multiple wires of many colors. it looks like there are from source (which i'll call) #2 (3 white wires, 3 red wires, 2 blue wires and 1 orange wire - these wires have exposed tips which means some of them were wired to Source #1 (which are the single red and green wires).

the problem is that i have no idea which wires to wire from Source #2 to Source #1.

the 3rd source (multiple colored wires almost the same as source #2) may not have been configured to the jack (though it looks like there are 3 white wires and 2 blue wires that have been used/bare tips @ some point).

so i'd like to wire Souce #2 to Source #1 - just don't know which wires go to the red and green wire on the jack piece.

your advice is appreciated

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  • EA23 Jan 28, 2008

    unfortunately the wires going into the only jack that was being used are red and gray. very strange. the wires from the source are old school (no white w/ blue stripe or blue w/ white stripe). and it looks like there are 2 sources with all those multiple color wires (probably to have 2 phone lines) and one of those 2 sources was originally connected to the building source (which is just 4 wires red green black & yellow) which had been wired together onto a jack plate (no cover on the jack) they left red and green on the jack plate (no black or yellow) and that's what's there right now. so i have no phone - using the mobile but would be nice to at least get the building intercom to work.



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Its typical in apartments for the phones to come in through a single source and then fan out to other wire leads to the rest of the phone jacks in the place. However, I think its odd that your 'source 2' has 9 wires. I'd expect 8.
One idea is to take off a phone plate in another room and see if the wire colors on source 2 or 3 match the unknown source wires. If so, then just match the wires that connect to the same plugs in the plates.

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