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Old 09-22-2019, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I came across a cover plate and when I removed it this is what was behind it. Never seen anything like it.

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Old 09-22-2019, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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It's an old phone connection.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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It's an old phone connection.
I am no spring chicken but even I haven't seen one like this. When was it in use?
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:07 PM
 
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I am no spring chicken but even I haven't seen one like this. When was it in use?
1930 to 1970
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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1930 to 1970
Interesting. So the property is older than I am told. They say it was built in 1980 but then it's a condo and different units may have been built at different times. But 10 years?
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:11 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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When "modular connectors" ( ie, RJ-11) came in in the early 70's, these old 4 prong jacks did not get replaced overnite. Could also be a retrofit to handle a phone or answering machine that had a 4 prong plug.

You could replace it with an RJ-11 like this
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-...-PMW/202059848
or recover it and leave it alone.

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Old 09-22-2019, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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You could replace it with an RJ-11 like this
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-...-PMW/202059848
or recover it and leave it alone.

You don't even have to do that- there are adaptors that plug into the old 4 post plugs and have the modular plug(s)- no need to "rewire".

Hell; who uses a "landline" phone in their home anymore!?
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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OP The old modular connectors were phased out in 1976 according to Wikipedia. Our 1978 house had them and I imagined many were still used until supplies diminished into the late 80's.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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You don't even have to do that- there are adaptors that plug into the old 4 post plugs and have the modular plug(s)- no need to "rewire".

Hell; who uses a "landline" phone in their home anymore!?
As of 2018 https://www.textrequest.com/blog/how...line-phone/43% of US households still use a landline.
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Looks like old 4 prong jack for a phone. It goes with this and they still work fine. I had them in my house ( built in 1950)

http://www.smcelectronics.com/TEL55.JPG

Or you can convert it:
https://www.ehow.com/how_8649835_con...lar-jacks.html

One could buy it here
https://www.amazon.com/Telephone-mod.../dp/B00D6NRI6C

https://www.amazon.com/Telephone-Pro...253412-0655710
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