TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Stranger's Phone Line Active in Apartment

Re: Stranger's Phone Line Active in Apartment
10 Apr 2007 20:42:18 -0700

Paul wrote:

> For "safety," and so I would not get accused of tapping, I might just
> twist the wires together and connect them to a good ground ... ;)

That might cause the other person's phone service to fail.

It would probably be best not to tamper with the wires at all.

If you have concerns, notify the phone company now and let them handle

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Lisa, I probably should have labeled
his message in the 'Last Laugh!' category, but I did not. His
suggestion (especially since he said he had heard dial tone on that
mystery pair) would definitly have 'caused the other persons phone
service to fail'. No doubt about it! This reminds me once again of
(the anecdote I told yesterday) the time I found that cobweb riddled
cable running from the old abandoned manual switchboard in Chicago
with the installer tech's note from 1908 saying 'these pairs go to
the building at (address)': my partner there said "what if someone
just snipped that cable cleanly, carefully covered it back up and
left it?". My thought was Illinois Bell probably would have been
frantic looking for the trouble (at the least) and almighty pissed
off at the worst. But then, the message you were replying to had a
smiley-face at the end of it which I guess you missed. I guess I
agree with your conclusion: If/when one comes across these ancient
oddities, one should really notify telco (at least once, and that
is assuming anyone from telco is willing to listen and learn.) PAT]

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