Phone Repair Call

Phone Repair Call


July 22nd, 2010, 3:32 pm #1

Phone Repair Order:

Lawrence , Kansas, December 12, 2008
A Kansas farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions, when it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house.

The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone began to ring.

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire with a steel chain and collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the number was called.

4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.

Thought you'd like to know.


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July 22nd, 2010, 6:45 pm #2

Poor doggy to be tied to a chain all the time.

But that old 90V ringer voltage will going away. Modern phones already require much less ringing voltage and AT&T recently petitioned the FCC to allow them to abandon the century old "POTS" standard using copper lines to a central office. Instead your "phone company" will be a green box by the road hubbed to other green boxes by fiber. It will work much like the internet does using digital packets and routers.