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Re: Is it Possible to Get a Shock From POTS/DSL

Wed, 19 Apr 2006 18:18:48 -0400

>> My brother says he is occasionally getting a shock when using his wired
>> phone (ATT Trimline) with DSL filter on a SBC POTS/DSL line. Is the
>> phone shorted?

> If it was a true technical "short", meaning two wires are touching,
> the phone wouldn't work. Your brother is somehow making contact
> between the two wires coming into the phone, or between the hot wire
> and another ground. It may be possible that the receptacle into which
> the phone is plugged is wired backwards. It is likely that something
> is worn or touching the metal part of the phone; it shouldn't. Phones
> are so cheap, it isn't worth fooling with. Toss the thing in the
> trash and spend the ten bucks for a new one.

Actually he should rule out the power outlet isn't wired wrong with
hot on the neutral.

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