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Telephone Network Interface - Inside the garage!

Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Gus, Jul 23, 2004.

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  1. Gus

    Gus Guest

    Hey guys I had a neat idea, put the telephone network interface in the
    garage and run a piece of bent conduit under the foundation beam to
    let the phone wire be completely concealed underground. (new

    That way, no one can disconnect it at the house.

    I called my retarded rural phone company and they said hell no!
    Box has to be on the outside of the house. Maybe it's a lightening
    arrestor thing?

    This sounds really stupid and strange.

    BTW - Since I will have to bury the phone line myself I'm now thinking
    of making my alarm system just a local noise maker and using my cell
    phones for my only phone. I got about 2000' of solid rock to put a
    phone line in.
    DSL Internet I can capture from a neighbor whose wireless has a range
    of 1500'.
    My Virgin cell phone costs only $6 per month. Need to figure a way to
    connect that to the alarm system.

  2. Alan Brandon

    Alan Brandon Guest

    I just called my local telco, asking to see if I can move the box from
    outside into my basement. The guy on the phone said the gray box is telco's
    equipment, I am not allowed to touch it. However, he said he can send an
    engineer to take a look and there is a fee if it's feasible to move it

    I can do that myself without an engineer, phone line is not rocket science.
    But I am still tentative to do that myself, worrying about telco company
    will get mad.
  3. RH.Campbell

    RH.Campbell Guest

    This is a case where now that you have phoned, you may have opened up a
    pandora's box !! I worked for the phone company for 27 years for Bell
    Canada, and although their official policy prohibits a customer from moving
    telco equipment, this is one case where they often turn the other cheek
    provided it is already done and they find out about it "after the fact".
    However, I dont know how your telco would view it "after the fact"....

    Although phone line cut is not an issue where I reside, I have often moved
    the demarc inside the garage or even inside the house when it made the
    customer more comfortable. Frankly, your security is more important than the
    telco's convenience !!

    Home Security Metal Products
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  4. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest

    They could refuse him service for tampering with their equipment *after*
    he'd been specifically prohibited from doing so. I doubt they would go that
    far though... The more likely scenario would be that they would send a
    technician out to re-install a new Demarc box at the customer's expense...

    Frank Olson
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hey, come to SA... we have it easy.

    Box? Grounding? Huh. I have a heavy duty paired wire from outside to a
    terminal block on my house. The service provider (only one fixed line
    operator here) ends his responsibility at that terminal block.

    I've built a cottage, with a 20mm conduit underneath the foundations, into
    the house and into the roof. From the roof, I run the wire out to a terminal
    block just under the gutters. That's it. everyone's happy.

    I'd be interested to know what you guys all have inside that grey wall box.
  6. Gus

    Gus Guest

    RB - this is a rural location, house located on many acres where the
    phone company has no access to the property except to jump a fence.
    The only way to service the line is to make an appointment anyway.

    Electricity is overhead and already located on the property next to
    the house. This is not a residential lot. I guess they might use
    electrician's trenches in subdivisions here but in this rocky hill
    country, electricity is always overhead.

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