[Novalug] OT: Broken phone line ?
mshade at mshade.org
Thu Jan 11 20:46:08 EST 2007
I'm by no means a phone weenie, but it sounds like there's a short
somewhere and I'd assume in one of the two jacks that you use. That would
both cause the line to act busy as well as prevent a dial tone on the
Try unscrewing the jack plates, get a good light, and inspect the wiring
at both of the jacks. Look in the actual connector and see if there's any
That's just my best guess.
On Thu, January 11, 2007 8:37 pm, gregory pryzby wrote:
> Calling all PHONE weenies.
> I just learned that my house phone (verizon) is no longer working.
> When you call my house, my verizon vmail answers IMMEDIATELY and our
> 'busy message' plays. So any incoming calls look like we are on the
> line. There is NO DIAL TONE when I pick up.
> So I go to the NID (courtesy box) and plugin. I have dial tone at the
> So that means it appears the issue is the house wiring.
> Nothing has changed in the house, EXCEPT my wife plugged in the fax
> yesterday to send a fax and then unplugged it. She did it by
> unplugging the phone from that jack and using that cable to plug into
> the fax.
> We have only ever used 2 jacks in the house. Those jacks are not
> working. I can not get a tone on any jack. I have a line tester and
> get nothing with the tester.
> So, I would say the problem is INTERNAL wiring. However, I am not sure
> why vmail picks up showing that the line is busy..... That is the
> 'strange' piece to me.
> Maybe a phone person can explain.
> Then explain how a cable was damaged in my house by ghosts.
> MAN I am frustrated... because it will be 1 week before Verizon can
> make it to the house.
> Oh, and forget trying to rewire this house. The wiring job was done by
> a blind drunk with bailing twine. It is just unbelieveably ugly.
> greg pryzby greg at pryzby dot org
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