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Old 01-29-2021, 02:18 PM
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A friend of mine bought an older house and found these faceplates throughout. Anybody know what this is? Electrical or phone related?
Old 01-29-2021, 02:27 PM
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Old phone outlet
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Originally Posted by CALYPSO34 View Post
Old phone outlet
Yup. We have one in our house (1931)
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Old 01-29-2021, 09:12 PM
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If you still have a landline you can buy an adapter to convert a modular phone to the old 4 prong style. The one you have was phased out in the early 70's. You can also easily replace it with a new modular jack.


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Thanks everyone. Never seen one of these before.
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That one actually worked. The RJ plugs are a crap shoot, particularly when they became a no name Asian product.
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OMG, that's so old. I still have land line jacks in my home.
Old 01-30-2021, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
That one actually worked. The RJ plugs are a crap shoot, particularly when they became a no name Asian product.
When Western Electric (Bell System) made the modular jacks they were flashed with gold but the knockoffs could be anything. The telephone jacks expanded to 8 conductors and became the Ethernet jacks of today. The good ones are still gold flashed.
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Phone plug. Dad worked for Illinois Bell back in the day.
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Got to use a old rotary phone . LOL
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Originally Posted by deckape View Post
Got to use a old rotary phone . LOL
Yep, can't plug a cell phone into that type of wall jack.
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Plug a phone into it and in less than 5 minutes you'll get a call about your car's extended warranty.
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Originally Posted by deckape View Post
Got to use a old rotary phone . LOL
I still have two in service. The wall phone is old enough to have my phone number in the center of the dial in that Telco font.

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