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Old 01-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #16
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So by "old" telephone grounding wire, you mean they went along with the old 3-wire phone lines with the metal junction boxes which were replaced with the 4-wire ones later on right?

At a later time I want to move a duct on the other side of the basement, one of these things is in the way. It sounds like it would be OK to just chop this?

Where do you think the 2 that run through that hole in the rim joist go anyway?
The one through the rim joist likely went to a ground rod.

Party line ringing required a ground connection as as one party's phone would be rung over wire #1 to ground, the other over wire #2 to ground.

This method originated when everybody had a phone with a built in ringing generator. These were known as MAGNETO phones.
I have one of these old phones out in my garage.

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Fellow DIY'ers. I was wrong!

Consumed with curiosity I put forth some effort last night to trace the d@mn thing. It IS a doorbell wire. For some reason it turns from "modern" looking wire a few feet after the transformer to this ancient looking stuff shortly after. It's a single wire because it runs from the transformer towards the front of the house, up (to the doorbell button i assume), back down, around the house, out the rim joist (to a ground rod based on previous comments) back in, around the back of the house, up into the kitchen (to the actual bell probably) back down and round the other side of the house back to the transformer.

I thank you all for helping me solve this problem. Now I will leave it alone rather than tear it out.
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I am thinking this is some sort of radio antenna wire too based on the way it doubles back on itself. It may also be a radio earth ground wire too. It attached to a terminal on the back of the radio beside the antenna terminal and bonded the radio's chassis to earth ground, improving recieption and reducing interference
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Might want to fix the bare spot, though...
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You think it's a door bell wire....in reality, it's an antenna that transmits thought control waves into your house.......

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I might just rip out the whole schebang and get a wireless one.
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I might just rip out the whole schebang and get a wireless one.
That is what we have....I like the fact that I don't have any door bell transformer stuck some where....no wires.....I can move the dinger anywhere in the house I want....etc.

In fact, our doorbell dinger actually looks like a wall sconce that my wife puts stuff on...dual use...

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