How to Wire a BT Telephone

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How to Wire a BT Telephone
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A British Telecom, or BT, telephone socket is the standard interface for connecting telephones in the United Kingdom. It's similar to the RJ11 socket used in the United States, although the two interfaces are incompatible. A BT plug has the clip mounted on the side rather than on the bottom, as is the case with an RJ11 plug. The BT socket allows individual telephone subscribers to connect their own telephones.

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Things you need

  • Side cutters
  • Long-nosed pliers
  • Krone insertion tool
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Make a ½ inch cut in the sheath at the end of the cable with a pair of side cutters. Hold the ripcord in the sheath firmly with a pair of long-nose pliers and pull the ripcord to expose about 2 inches of wiring. Cut off the excess sheath with the side cutters.

  2. 2

    Place the cable sheath against the cable mount on the socket's faceplate. Thread the cable tie through the hole in the back of the faceplate, and pull it tight to hold the cable securely in place.

  3. 3

    Match the telephone wires with their corresponding sockets. The telephone cable contains six wires, which you must connect to six sockets on the back of the faceplate. The green wire with a white stripe goes to terminal one, the blue wire with a white stripe goes to terminal two and the orange wire with a white stripe goes to terminal three. The white wire with an orange stripe goes to terminal four, the white wire with blue stripe goes to terminal five and the white wire with a green stripe goes to terminal six.

  4. 4

    Place the end of a wire into the corresponding terminal. Hold the faceplate firmly in one hand and hold the Krone insertion tool vertically in the other hand. Place the Krone insertion tool over the terminal and press down firmly to push the wire into the connector fork. Cut off the excess wire with the side cutters.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 4 for all six wires, and secure the faceplate to the wall unit with a screwdriver. Plug the telephone into the socket on the faceplate.

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