How to Install Telephone Wire Connectors

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Telephone cable uses plugs on its ends to connect the telephone to the telephone jack. This cable is readily available in pre-measured lengths with the plugs already installed. For a custom application, you may have to install the plug connectors yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone cable
  • Telephone wire strippers
  • Telephone wire crimping tool
  • Remove about a quarter-inch of the outer sheathing from one end of the telephone cable with telephone wire strippers, which are designed to strip off only the outer sheathing without damaging the inner wires.

  • Examine the exposed wiring. The two innermost wires should be red and green. You also may have one or two additional wires on each side of the red and green pair, depending on the type of cable you're using.

  • Straighten the exposed ends of the wires neatly so they lie flat and parallel with each other. Trim the wire ends so that they are the same length.

  • Hold the cable in one hand so that the red wire is on the left and the green wire is on the right as you look at the end of the cable. Hold the plug in your other hand so that the clip is on the bottom and the rear of the plug is facing towards you.

  • Slide the telephone wires carefully onto the plug so that each wire goes into the correct pin slot. Place the plug into the corresponding slot on the crimping tool and squeeze the handles of the tool together. Test the installation by tugging on the plug to ensure that it doesn't come off.

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