reply to robman50
Re: [Homephone] Clicking sounds
said by robman50:The buried Bell drop wire is a round wire about 5/16 inch in diameter (8mm); usually has 2, 3 or 6 pairs of wires and is classed as direct bury. Direct bury cable can be buried in the ground without additional protection.
Where could the ground water come in to the phone line? By the pedestal?
Telephone cables are supposed to be buried a minimum of 18" into the ground. Grading changes can result in the phone wire just under the sod (1/2 to 1 inch deep) or over 3 feet deep. It is not uncommon for buried lines to be 6 inches to a foot deep and run through flower or vegetable gardens resulting in the jacket and other insulation being cut with a shovel. Animals that live in the ground, rodents (voles & moles), gophers, chipmunks etc. can also chew holes in the insulation.
In short, any water soaking into the ground could cause a problem anywhere along the length of the portion of the wire that is buried.