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Old 09-01-2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default shame on ameritech!

went to test phone jacks at my new house. all but one worked:

the future home office jack was dead. i undid the jack cover and found it was on much newer wire (cat 3) than the rest of the jacks. i was unable to trace such a wire until i went outside.

I found it went out the wall, through the siding, and out to the ameritech branded phone box, not to the main splice in the basement. lazy wire jockey i see...


here is the problem: we do not have service with the phone company. we have it with our cable instead. and because of that, i had to unplug the main splice from the phone box because it made all the jacks turn to static w/o a dial tone.

not to mention how they had no cable restraints on the cable outside... flopping in the wind, covered with vines.

anyway, i drilled a new hole through the floor to the basement. i took the old line though the hole to an unused old style 4-prong jack. i removed the jack as it was in a location where we would NEVER have a phone (pet rat room). i spliced in the new line to the two old ones that came out of the jack, electrical taped it over (to prevent shorts), and put the old jack upstairs back together.

normally i would have ran it to the main splice but the cable was too short.

it took way too long to do... the jacka**es at ametech used cheap cat 3 that was a b!tch to strip correctly...

i duct taped over the exterior hole... once i get some silicone sealant or the like, i will seal it with that.

i also need to find my stash of nail-on wire clips...

btw, i tried the new jack, exellent sound quality. (NO static).

idk if ameritech still exists, but i think how poorly wired the jack was is just STUPID! i guess they wanted to make people think twice before dumping their overpriced sh!tty phone service...
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: shame on ameritech!

(pet rat room).
that explains the name i guess
oh man i had 2 pet rats two years ago...they were so cute
i now have 2 g-pigs...
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:56 PM   #3
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i have 17 pet rats right now, i have had a total of 52 since late 2003. they make great pets imho!
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:39 AM   #4
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Is it true that rat shit smells like human shit? Off topic i know, but I'm curious.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:48 AM   #5
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You don't let your rats use the phone?
Oh wait. - This is 2010. - They must have cells.
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Old 09-02-2010, 07:41 AM   #6
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you dont abuse the fone?

you can power led night lights or pocket radio's from the fone line!
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:05 PM   #7
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no... thier crap smells slightly different. mainly bvecase they can eat most of what we can, other than:

choclolate
orange peel (the white stuff that is)
avocado pit (best to avoid avocado period)
anything cured
artificial sweetners (more sensitive than we are

they do not use the phone but they have been known to mess with online orders if you hold them while online... they like to hop on the keyboard...
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:18 PM   #8
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Is it true that rat shit smells like human shit? Off topic i know, but I'm curious.
if you keep your pets clean there is little smell.
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:03 PM   #9
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yes. thre is little all around smell since they are kept clean. however, you learn the smell when one decides to drop a turd while being played with.

no more rat comments here, if you want to talk about them more, start a new thread elsewhere as this has become quite off topic.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:36 PM   #10
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i swapped the tape for butt splices (crimp). i found my nail-on cable clips as well... i will have pics of the work tomorrow if all goes to plan.
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Old 09-09-2010, 02:24 PM   #11
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Much better to crimp your connections. Should be a superior connection.

Hope you have it grounded as that was an issue in my grandfathers 1950's era home.
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they ARE crimped
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:09 PM   #13
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I know, you stated that earlier
I was just stating it is much better to crimp as you had done. I wasn't clear enough sorry.
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:26 PM   #14
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You don't let your rats use the phone?
Oh wait. - This is 2010. - They must have cells.
yes, they have countless cells. muscle cells, brain cells, skin cells, etc.

KIDDING!
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