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Old 03-04-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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Telephone conductors

Recently I installed a telephone line from the demarcation box outside the
house to a jack 100 feet away inside the living room. I noticed the conductor was 24 gauge. Do you think is O.K. to install bigger coductor
like 20 gauge or even bigger? Have you seen those pigtalis that look like
a fork so they are easy to put inside the screw? Instead of rotating the
wire around the screw? The conductor is very thin and very difficult to rotate around the screw in the jack.Thank You.


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Old 03-05-2009, 02:18 AM   #2
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I think 22 gauge is common for telephone hookups. As for bending the wire around the screw, my recommendation would be to take a pair of needle nose pliers and grip the end of the wire and then wrap it a half turn around the end of the pliers. That will make a nice hook on the end of the wire. Hold the wire so it wraps around the screw clockwise with the end of the hook on the right side of the screw you are attaching it to. This will pull the wire around when you tighten the screw rather than push it out from under the screw.


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It should be ok. If you want, you could use 18 awg. But I think thats a waste of copper.
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Originally Posted by rgsgww View Post
It should be ok. If you want, you could use 18 awg. But I think thats a waste of copper.
You can go bigger (smaller wire gauge number) but as it was said, you're just wasting copper. And yes, fork terminals are fine as long as you crimp them properly (nothing bad will happen if you do not, save possible losing your phone connection).

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Telephone conductors

22 or 24 Ga is fine. Dont go any bigger than that. If you are putting more than a few wires around the screw lugs, you may want to invest in a multi pair connection block. You can feed the block with one pair of wires from the interface and connect all other wires to the connection block in the basement. That will keep the majority of your wiring inside. Also, be sure to use a solid copper conductor wire not the braided crap the cheapo stores sell.
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The telephone system is sort of a constant current arrangement so the wire resistance does not have much effect.


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