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What is this outlet? (pics)

I am in the process of replacing the carpet and painting my office. While removing outlet covers I came across this strange outlet. Does anyone know what this is for?




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huh.....that is low voltage CAT4 or CAT5 cable used for phones and data lines, but i have never seen that plug or connector before....
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ditto

whats the manufacturer and model # on that outlet?
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looks like a 25 pair cable or they might have used to make 12 pair.

it has to do with the phone system
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Can you email it or host it somewhere other than geocities. That is blocked on the network at work.
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whats the manufacturer and model # on that outlet?
It is at home I will look when I get home from work. It is original to the house I am guessing 1971.
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the image wont load for me now
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looks like a 25 pair cable or they might have used to make 12 pair.

it has to do with the phone system
what does it have to do with the phone system? can you be more specific? why does it have so many wires?
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huh.....that is low voltage CAT4 or CAT5 cable used for phones and data lines, but i have never seen that plug or connector before....
it looks really old. original to the house 1971. what would they have used cat5 in a house for back then?
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was there anything pluged into it when you found it?

then i would tie the wires together (color to color) and push it back in the box and just put a blank cover on the box....
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Would someone be kind enough to save the image and attach it so I can see it? I hate firewalls!
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was there anything pluged into it when you found it?

then i would tie the wires together (color to color) and push it back in the box and just put a blank cover on the box....
there was nothing plugged in. it just had a cut off cable sticking out of it like you can see in the picture. the cable contains 5 wires and the back of the connector has 5 places to connect wires. there are 2 of the cat5? cables running down from the attic. i planned on putting a blank cover over it but i really wanted to know what the heck it was for.
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Is that down by the floor (outlet level) or up higher (light switch level)? I've never seen anything like that before but I an make some guesses based on where it is.
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looks to me as whoever wired th house had a left over 25 pair wire and just ran that.
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Is that down by the floor (outlet level) or up higher (light switch level)? I've never seen anything like that before but I an make some guesses based on where it is.
its at floor level. in the picture you can see it is about 3 inches away from a standard outlet.
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looks to me as whoever wired th house had a left over 25 pair wire and just ran that.
lol... what is "that" though? intercoms were popular in the 70's. could it have something to do with an intercom?
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no a 25 pair line is what they use in phones systems, most of the time a phone only needs 1 pair, so they run that to service 25 phones..

Ive got that 25 pair stuff all over work.

look familiar?
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Are you sure that isn't a button or **** of some kind. I don't see how that is a jack that something can plug into or connect to in any way. I'm not having any luck identifying it.

And BTW, you can never have too many pairs! a 25 pair cable for one jack is a bit excessive though.
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that is where you plug in your Flux Compasitor to charge it. Your office was one occupied by Dr. Emmit Brown.
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Are you sure that isn't a button or **** of some kind. I don't see how that is a jack that something can plug into or connect to in any way. I'm not having any luck identifying it.

And BTW, you can never have too many pairs! a 25 pair cable for one jack is a bit excessive though.
if you look closely at the first picture you can see that it is a cut off cable sticking out of the front that contains 5 wires.
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Ah, I see now. Well I still don't know what that could be. Does it come apart?
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no a 25 pair line is what they use in phones systems, most of the time a phone only needs 1 pair, so they run that to service 25 phones..

Ive got that 25 pair stuff all over work.

look familiar?
so could this have been a outlet made to run a cable to a multi line phone?
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ha scratch what i said, i never saw the first picture...

weird how it has that ****
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so could this have been a outlet made to run a cable to a multi line phone?

looks like it used to be some type of dial
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