[Novalug] OT: Broken phone line ?
greg at pryzby.org
Thu Jan 11 20:37:44 EST 2007
Calling all PHONE weenies.
I just learned that my house phone (verizon) is no longer working.
When you call my house, my verizon vmail answers IMMEDIATELY and our
'busy message' plays. So any incoming calls look like we are on the
line. There is NO DIAL TONE when I pick up.
So I go to the NID (courtesy box) and plugin. I have dial tone at the
So that means it appears the issue is the house wiring.
Nothing has changed in the house, EXCEPT my wife plugged in the fax
yesterday to send a fax and then unplugged it. She did it by
unplugging the phone from that jack and using that cable to plug into
We have only ever used 2 jacks in the house. Those jacks are not
working. I can not get a tone on any jack. I have a line tester and
get nothing with the tester.
So, I would say the problem is INTERNAL wiring. However, I am not sure
why vmail picks up showing that the line is busy..... That is the
'strange' piece to me.
Maybe a phone person can explain.
Then explain how a cable was damaged in my house by ghosts.
MAN I am frustrated... because it will be 1 week before Verizon can
make it to the house.
Oh, and forget trying to rewire this house. The wiring job was done by
a blind drunk with bailing twine. It is just unbelieveably ugly.
greg pryzby greg at pryzby dot org
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