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Hamilton, ON
reply to robman50

Re: [Homephone] Clicking sounds

said by robman50:

Where could the ground water come in to the phone line? By the pedestal?

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.

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.



Beamsville, ON
reply to RickStep
said by RickStep:

To quote an old phrase; you can bring a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

I guess I could say the horse sees the water but it's not going to drink it.