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Topic # 201648 28-Aug-2016 16:14
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Hi everyone


My Dad is doing up the house a bit and is trying to figure out what these wires are that run up the wall. They've always been in this state. He's wanting to know if he can rip them out or if he should leave them.


The one on the left, the "figure 8" shaped one, looks a bit like a telephone cable. It enters the room from under the carpet.


The fatter one on the right comes into the house from a hole through the concrete blocks. Not sure what's on the outside in that position but the electricity meter is in the general vicinity.




Sorry about the poor photo, let me know if a better photo will be useful.






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  Reply # 1618762 28-Aug-2016 16:19
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The black is very likely your phone lead-in from the street. First (main) pair looks like it's connected to the cable running up the wall, but it's hard to see what's happening with the other cable.


2nd pair on the lead-in is just terminated with scotch lok's and is unused.


It's a pretty dodgy job!





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  Reply # 1618850 28-Aug-2016 19:57
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Assuming your dad has ADSL or VDSL for internet. Tell him to get a master filter installed. so that mess will get sorted and so he will get faster internet. Those twisted together wires that are tarnished cant be good for sync rates.


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  Reply # 1619910 30-Aug-2016 21:00
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Thanks for the info, guys.




Who would be best to clean these wires up and install a master filter? Spark? Chorus? Someone else completely?

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  Reply # 1619920 30-Aug-2016 21:15
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Spark will send a Chorus guy around to put in the master filter and you can ask him to ensure the "figure 8" cable isn't part of the DSL side. If you don't have any phone jack with the round black cable going to it then perhaps there was once an old lightning arrestor in that spot.

Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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  Reply # 1619980 30-Aug-2016 22:31
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You could try coffeebaron if you are in Auckland or Waikato region. He fitted a master filter for me and my speed almost doubled. Very happy

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