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  1. simonpolly

    Very unusual junction box fault

    Very strange,i doubt the 50vdc from the phone lines or Ringing voltage would be the culprit hear personally i would be checking the separation distances between phone and overhead power lines,or maybe lightening strike near by. When i worked for openreach i would occasionally come across boxes...
  2. simonpolly

    Worker has cut all BT wires

    Just use a bt66 and run a new lead in if needed,no one will ever know the difference,most openreach engineers are so rushed they are happy if they can get in and out of a job within the short time they are allocated.
  3. simonpolly

    Move telephone line

    You got it the wrong way around,fibre into the house (FTTP) is what you would have if it was fibre from the pcp (cab) to the d.p (pole) into the house ,fttp is better. If your area has had the network upgraded to include fibre to the overhead d.p you could then request this which would force...
  4. simonpolly

    Please advise ref upgrading BT home hub 3 infinity to Home hub 4.

    http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/57054/~/whats-an-openreach-modem-and-do-i-need-one-with-my-bt-hub%3F
  5. simonpolly

    Worker has cut all BT wires

    Its abit difficult to tell what happened from the picture ,if the duct is below the bt66 you show a engineer would pull abit of slack up from the ducted cable and fit either a bt 66 or grey capping and run a new lead in into your house,the cables are crimped together using jelly crimps to...
  6. simonpolly

    Worker has cut all BT wires

    Your ug feed looks like it is ducted probably to a box in the pavement it will probably be about 1ft down under your garden not much deeper.Drop term is only used when you are fed from a overhead pole ,you have a ug feed then a lead in into the house.i assume your master socket is under the...
  7. simonpolly

    Worker has cut all BT wires

    My guess is there was at sometime a fault on your incoming underground feed and the engineer borrowed the spare pair from your neighbours ug feed to get your line temp working,your ug incoming is newer cable.From this box (bt66) the feed in for your house is on pair two (orange white) and should...
  8. simonpolly

    Move telephone line

    Dropwire should no longer be fastened to a chimney,Openreach should move this free of charge there should be what is called a 1024 on the pole stating that there is a chimney bracket off that pole,which should mean it will be moved some time in the future.Contact them tell them its fastened to...
  9. simonpolly

    NTE5 Problem - wiring help needed

    Try o/w on A leg and g/b on B leg,sometimes lazy engineers who could not be bothered to change a damaged dropwire would use two pairs instead of one.
  10. simonpolly

    Storm damage to phone line junction box

    B.T Openreachs problem ,at worse the crimps/dropwire will be slightly corroded,openreach engineers love this type of fault as its a 2 minute fix and will not charge you. Of goes a happy openreach engineer who has just improved his days productivity :D
  11. simonpolly

    External BT junction box

    Those days are long gone since trackers and productivity measures took over (mores the pitty )
  12. simonpolly

    External BT junction box

    A- BT66 B- if the wires are not corroded leave it alone. C- its the property of BT Openreach if you get them to move it tell them to duct it to the house this way if you have any problems in the future with the cable they can just pull a new one in instead of digging up your garden/driveway.
  13. simonpolly

    Lamp on timer will it set off pir and alarm ?

    You no the way it is on most Internet forums ask for a review of anything and 50%will say it's s hite and the other 50%will say it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. On here you can usually get a reasonable explanation if you want some technical advice and not a brief reply /guess with...
  14. simonpolly

    Lamp on timer will it set off pir and alarm ?

    Er why not ?,my understanding is pir is passive and is triggered by sudden heat changes hence they tell you not to site them pointing towards windows or in drafts or do they need heat and movement. I was looking for technical answer.
  15. simonpolly

    Lamp on timer will it set off pir and alarm ?

    Will a lamp on a timer switch coming on in a room with a pir in set off the alarm when it's armed?.
  16. simonpolly

    Old BT back box which feeds the neighbour as well

    Difficult to answer without more information,the black box you are talking about could be whats called a dacs,two lines share one pair of wires between the exchange and the dacs unit which is normally mounted on the pole near your house.dacs are not compatible with adsl/fibre a new pair of wires...
  17. simonpolly

    To Skim or Overboard? State of Walls

    If you are using that spray bottle to wet the walls no wonder you are struggling,you need a bucket of water and a decent sized brush to wet the walls well and a good stiff stripping knife .steam strippers are good but will blow the plaster on solid walls if you are not careful.Its better to get...
  18. simonpolly

    hearth square whole airbrick purpose ?

    It's around the middle of a gable end wall about 9ft up ,its only on the outside ,there is internal a chimney stack about 2ft to the left. The brick is about the same height as the void in between the ceiling in downstairs utility and the floor in a upstairs bedroom. We try not to dry any...
  19. simonpolly

    hearth square whole airbrick purpose ?

    Hi,I have a air brick on the outside wall only on the gable end of my 1970s detached house about 9ft up,this was sealed when we had cavity wall insulation installed years ago, my question is what was its original purpose and should I unblock it and will it reduce condensation ? Thanks in advance
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