|Wiring to the customers premises would have
been by a variety of means.
Up until the early 1960's the external wiring to a house would have been by overhead open wire. The open wires would terminate at the eaves of the house and connect to a two wire cable that ran down the wall and into the premises. This cable was originally, like all cables, lead sheaved, but was later plastic covered.
Once in the house the cable would be terminated on a protector unit, which had fuses and lightning protectors in it. The protector unit would be earthed to either a water pipe or most probably a spike in the ground. These were not used after the early 1960's when protection was discontinued due to the high cost and little reward.
From the Protector unit a cloth covered cable would have been run to the telephone terminal block. PVC covered wire superseded cloth covered cable.
Two types of protectors. To the right the earlier
version and the smaller, later
Installation well under way. The engineer on the
steps is fitting the protector unit.
External wiring completed, in goes the phone and
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Last revised: February 06, 2011