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Apologies if this is the wrong forum.

I am trying to add a new phone jack in my living room, and I am having some serious problems. The house it a bit old, so the original wiring looks like cat3 (4 wires, Red/Green/Yellow/Blue), but it is a lot thicker than regular cat3, and is not twisted.

I went searching for this wire, but was unable to find it, so I just bought some cat3 cable from my local hardware store (not twisted). I traced the phone lines to the origin, and noticed that only 2 of the wires are being used (Red/Green), so I stripped my cat3 cable down, and attached two wires to the same spots where everything else is attached.

I then ran the wire to my living room (about 50 feet), and have tried to copy what my phone jacks inside the house look like, but I can't seem to get a dial tone. The kicker is that my DSL works (although the is only running at about 30% and goes in and out).

The two connected wires (Red/Green) are in the center (pins 2 & 3), and the other two pins are just wired from the terminal (Black/Yellow) on the jack to the pin (1 & 4).

I have tried every possible combination, but I have had no luck. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas.

Did I buy the wrong wire? I couldn't find the thick wire anywhere.

Thanks
 

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only thing that comes to mind is wire length have you tried just using a short piece to the jack first?im no expert hopefully someone else will chime in
 

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Get your self an old phone and two alligator clips--hook the clips onto the red and green wires on the phone cord---now you have a line tester---that should help.

The problem could be as simple as a bad jack---or a faulty wire or lousy connection---Mike--
 

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T0 understand the telephone wire colors here is a chart
http://nps-vip.net/tester/colortbl.htm

To trace for the presence and polarity of a signal I use:
http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-830-C...ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1272274963&sr=8-1

Another Telephoe line Tester from HD:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...splay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

or a similar type tester from LOWE'S, or many Hardware Stores:
http://doitbest.com/Electrical+tools-G+B+Electrical+Inc-model-TT6200L-doitbest-sku-563226.dib

or
http://www.acehardware.com/product/...lephone&origkw=telephone&searchId=47846997173

All of these (less than $10) testers use a similar LED Diode test circuit, so I don't think any one model is better than another.

Let us know what happens.
 

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If you have ATT With a 'shared' dsl/phone line you may have it wired right already---and simply need one of those plug in signal splitters---See if you have a little plug in gizmo on another working phone line.

---Mike--
 
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