How to Wire Additional Phone Sockets

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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A "landline" telephone depends upon a phone line that enters your home from outside and connects to a phone socket inside the house. You can connect an extra phone socket to an existing one through the addition of a few supplies from the hardware store. You'll need a few basic tools as well, but you may already have them lying around the house.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Telephone cord spool
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Wire strippers
  • Staple gun
  • U-clamp staples

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the screws from an existing telephone wall plate with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the plate. Rotate the two top screws on the phone socket's connector block a few turns counterclockwise with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Unroll a few feet of telephone cord from the spool. Cut off the insulation from one end of the telephone cord 4 inches in using the blade of a utility knife. Pull out the wiring from inside the insulation.

  3. 3

    Strip an inch of insulation off the ends of the green and red wires. Cut off the other wires with the wire cutters and dispose of them in the trash.

  4. 4

    Twist the end of the green wire around the upper right screw on the connector block. Twist the end of the red wire around the upper left screw on the connector block. Screw the screws back in with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Gouge out a notch in the bottom left side of the hole that the wall plate was covering with the blade of the utility knife. Snake the telephone cord out of the hole so that it is lying against the notch. Replace the wall plate. Screw the screws back in.

  6. 6

    Run the telephone cable along the baseboard of the wall until you come to where you want to install the phone socket. Cut the telephone cable off the spool with the wire cutters.

  7. 7

    Cut off the insulation from the free end of the telephone cord 4 inches in using the blade of a utility knife. Pull out the wiring from inside the insulation. Strip an inch of insulation off the ends of the green and red wires. Cut off the other wires with the wire cutters and dispose of them in the trash.

  8. 8

    Loosen the two top screws on the back of the phone socket with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver. Twist the end of the green wire around the upper right screw on the back of the phone socket. Twist the end of the red wire around the upper left screw on the back of the phone socket. Screw the screws back in with the Phillips jeweller's screwdriver.

  9. 9

    Place the phone socket against the baseboard of the wall. Screw a wood screw or wood screws through the phone socket into the baseboard (depending upon the make) with a Phillips screwdriver to secure it to the baseboard. Staple the telephone cord along the baseboard with U-clamp staples from a staple gun.

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