So, you’re thinking about splicing your phone wiring? Consider using Ideal Industries telephone splice connectors. My first general suggestion, is avoid splicing if it’s practical to do so. A splice is basically an opportunity to introduce connectivity problems into your line. Depending on where the splice is, it can also make troubleshooting your phone lines tricky. So the ideal scenario is to run new phone wire to avoid the splice. With that said, sometimes splicing is the only feasible way to go. Before you grab your electrical tape to twist the wires into a marginal and trouble-prone splice, consider the “proper” way to splice. . . .the way the pros do it: with gel filled telephone splice connectors.
I recently tried out several from Ideal, and they worked great! The ones I used feature “insulation displacement technology”. Translation: you don’t need to strip the phone wires, the splicer does it for you. Simply insert the wires you’re splicing into each little receiving tube. Make sure all the wires are all the way in, and hold them steady as you crimp the splice (any small wrench or lineman’s pliers work fine). The result is a perfect spice in a corrosion-deterring gel.
It’s so proper, it makes me want to offer Grey Poupon mustard to everyone who pulls up next to me at a stop light. I bought three different packs from Ideal:
1) The 85-950, for splicing two wires together. This is probably the most common usage.
2) The 85-925, these are 3 wires splicers for adding a line.
3) The 85-960, this is a combo pack containing versions 1 and 2, as well as five blue tap connectors for tapping into an intact line.
Each little box of about 25 connectors runs about $4-$6 from your local Home Depot or Lowes.