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#19134 - 12/20/02 05:22 PM Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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Unfortunately, it wasn't related to the problem I was troubleshooting...
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#19135 - 12/20/02 05:34 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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This was live????
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#19136 - 12/20/02 05:58 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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sparky66,I thought I had seen it all, until this.Ive seen zip cord but never phone wire.
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#19137 - 12/20/02 06:06 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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As you can see from the pictures, CAT3 is good for 20A 125V. You MUST use CAT5 on 30A circuits!
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#19138 - 12/20/02 06:11 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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#19139 - 12/20/02 06:24 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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The amazing thing is that the wire doesn't appear to be burned up. I guess that nothing larger than a table lamp was ever plugged in here.

I saw thermostat wire used like this once, but even that is heavier than phone wire.
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#19140 - 12/20/02 07:00 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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Isn't bell/phone wire the same gauge as the wire used for the miniature X-mas tree lights?

Of course those are wired in series so there's probably not that much juice going through them.

Sparky66 - That's a venerable and interesting-looking switch. Neve seen an in-wall switch with front wire terminals before. I'd be leery about using one of those with a metal cover-plate.

Did you put new wire/devices in there or did you have to close it back and leave as-is?
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#19141 - 12/20/02 07:09 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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Amazin...

never seen nuthin like it.

Hope you edumacated the homeowner that he should use RED and GREEN as tip & ring!!


Maybe da plug went bad on his phone and he put male plug on and used rec. to plug phone in, switch was to shut the dang thang off at suppertime so as not to be interrupted by danged telemarketers.

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#19142 - 12/20/02 07:53 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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<paul harvey>
"...and now, the rest of the story..."
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This is the same dwelling as the one in these threads:


Link 1

Link 2

This was found, as well as three flying and hidden splices, and other loveliness. Still no fault found. The AFCI trips when load is applied, and taking the circuit apart piece by piece today had narrowed it down to a splice I can't reach without liberal use of a Sawzall.

So... We'll tackle it again tomorrow...

Oh, this receptacle and switch is/was in a bathroom. Yes, a bathroom. The most abused receptacle in a house. My belief is that it must've never been energized, or atleast never loaded. The "feeder" was snipped off in the wall. I tore boxes and all out and threw them in the trash.

All in a days work.



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#19143 - 12/20/02 07:55 PM Re: Just What is the Ampacity of Phone Wire, Anyway?
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Woops... I did the <paul harvey> thing already in the other thread!



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