How to Move a Phone Jack to Another Room

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How to Move a Phone Jack to Another Room
Phone jacks are wired in parallel with each other. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

When purchasing or remodelling a home, you may find that some of the telephone jacks are placed in inconvenient locations. It may be to your advantage to install a telephone jack in a different location.

While it's possible to completely remove the old jack and move it to another area, many end users find that it's more convenient (and quite a bit tidier) to leave the old jack where it is and create an extension jack in another room. Leaving the old jack in place allows you to use existing wiring rather than running a new cable from the demarcation point while removing the wiring for the old jack.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Electrical pliers
  • Crimp-type spade terminals
  • Four-conductor telephone cable
  • Drill
  • Working telephone jack
  • Replacement telephone jack

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Loosen and remove the top cover from the replacement telephone jack. Place the jack frame on the wall where you wish to mount it. Use a drill to make a small hole in the wall; you can use the pre-tapped screw hole in the jack frame as a guide. Use the mounting screws that came with the telephone jack to attach the jack frame to the wall.

  2. 2

    Route the telephone cable from the new jack location to the old jack location. Leave 6 inches of slack at both ends of the cable after you cut it.

  3. 3

    On the new jack side of the cable, crimp one spade terminal to the stripped end of each of the individual wires. Loosen each of the marked screw terminals so a spade terminal will fit between the screw head and the screw plate.

  4. 4

    Insert the spade terminal at the end of the red wire between the screw terminal designated as the "red" terminal and its respective screw plate. Tighten the red screw so it holds the spade terminal snugly. Repeat this step for the yellow, green and black telephone cable wires. Reinstall the new phone jack cover.

  5. 5

    Loosen and remove the top cover from the original telephone jack. Loosen each of the telephone jack terminal screws, taking care not to allow the wiring that's already there to come loose from the terminals.

  6. 6

    Crimp one spade terminal to the stripped end of each of the individual wires of the telephone cable coming from the new jack. Insert the spade terminal at the end of the red wire between the screw terminal designated as the "red" terminal and its respective screw plate. Tighten the red screw so it holds both of the "red" spade terminals snugly. Repeat this step for the yellow, green and black telephone cable wires coming from the new jack. Reinstall the cover on the existing phone jack.

    How to Move a Phone Jack to Another Room
    Be careful not to allow the existing wires to come loose from the screw terminals. (network image by Aditia Patria Warman from Fotolia.com)
  7. 7

    Plug a wired telephone into the new phone jack and pick up the receiver. If you can hear a dial tone, the new phone jack is working properly.

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