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# 109251 16-Sep-2012 17:54
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Hi Guys,

Went to a series of flats today, one of which had no internet, infact no line stats at all, and have referred to Chorus.

What was interesting was the demarc box was so old.

Anyone seen one of these before?


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  # 686751 16-Sep-2012 18:03
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bigal_nz: Anyone seen one of these before?

Yip, next door.

Cable that runs off mine is over 50 years old and paper insulated.

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  # 686759 16-Sep-2012 18:22
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Faaark lol. Got a similar setup in our building with wood backplate and metal screw downs ;p

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  # 686771 16-Sep-2012 18:58
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What we call a bell terminal in the industry :D

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  # 686796 16-Sep-2012 19:44
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Tis a thing of beauty, reflecting days of yore....



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  # 686820 16-Sep-2012 20:19
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Plenty of these terminals around the place. Feed by a lead sheathed cable with paper insulation. They tend to get really really full to the point that when they are opened atleast one wire is pulled off the terminals each time lol.

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  # 686840 16-Sep-2012 21:02
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antoniosk: Tis a thing of beauty, reflecting days of yore....

I'm always amazed that DSL runs over that wiring.

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  # 690222 23-Sep-2012 18:08
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how does that thing work so many terminals or are they just screws?


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  # 690294 23-Sep-2012 21:15
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johny99: how does that thing work so many terminals or are they just screws?

It's just a double sided screw plate.  The back of the plate is the same, but the incoming 25 pair cable is terminated on the back of it. 

It's just to make connecting lead ins to the main feed cable quick and easy.

These days we just use IDC (Insulation Displacement Connectors) to terminate cables.  Krone is one of the most common types used in New Zealand.

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  # 694004 1-Oct-2012 11:01
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I consider that to be a thing of artistic beauty.

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