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My phone jack has a headache

I am renting an old house. The secondary phone jack in the Dining Room randomlly decides not to have a dial tone.

My computer is connected to a jack in the upstairs bedroom and that also has no dial tone.

The only outlet which works now is in the kitchen. I tried unpluging the phones all over the house-but nothing seems to fix it. Help!

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Sounds like a wiring problem. You will need to figure out where the wiring runs and find any areas where wires are spliced together. There should be only one (usually), but you said this was an old house, so it is hard to tell how much it has been modified over the years. You may need to take the cover off of each phone jack and check for wires that may be loose or broken.
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