Underground telephone lines are installed there for protection. Over time, though, they may still develop flaws from cold/thaw cycles or curious animals. Such flaws typically cause moisture intrusion, necessitating a new wire splice integrated into the "good" wire that remains. The key with any underground wire splice is ensuring that the resulting connection remains watertight.
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Things you need
- Wire cutters
- New telephone wire
- Wire strippers
- Waterproof gel-filled crimp splices
- Heavy-duty pliers
Call (888) 258-0808 to reach your local One-Call centre to determine the location of the phone line and other utilities.
Dig around the wire location, exposing the broken or damaged portion of the phone line.
Cut one inch before and after the break or cut with wire cutters, creating fresh wire ends.
Cut a new piece of phone line, long enough to span the removed section without strain.
Strip one inch of outer insulation from all exposed ends of the existing and new wires.
Push the individual wire pairs on one end of the existing wire into the small receiving tubes on the gel-filled connector. Push the wires from one end of the new wire splice into the other end.
Compress the round centre plastic compression piece in the middle of the connector, using heavy-duty pliers. Repeat the process for the other end of the splice. This pushes into the wires' insulation, releasing the waterproof gel over the electrical connections inside the connector.
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