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Old 12-18-2014, 09:50 PM   #1
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Can you get shocked and killed from grabbing a phone line ?

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Not sure about killed, but you most definitely can get a shock if you are holding the line when it rings. The ring voltage is about 100volts.

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I used to identify phone lines by running a finger down the 66 block while dialing the number I was looking for.

One time, someone called me while I was rewiring a phone jack and unwisely stripping a wire with my teeth. Obviously it didn't kill me, but the telemarketer on the other end was in serious peril...
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Can you get shocked and killed from grabbing a phone line ?
Only if it is POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) and you are using a corded phone in the tub during a Lightning storm.
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I used to identify phone lines by running a finger down the 66 block while dialing the number I was looking for.

One time, someone called me while I was rewiring a phone jack and unwisely stripping a wire with my teeth. Obviously it didn't kill me, but the telemarketer on the other end was in serious peril...
I would grab my nail clippers and use them in a pinch, if I did not have my tools with me, when going on a trouble call for shore phones on board my ship. Got bit a few times when someone decided to ring the phone.

Of course it was always the phone that was 400' from our jack patch panel we used to match phones to Shore phone lines.
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My dad had an old wooden telephone with the crank on the side---he soldered a couple of pennies to the leads coming off the generator---

We would grab the pennies and my dad would turn that crank---fun times----

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