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    I had a locate on a SMALL RURAL telephone pedestal, to do but no records to use, so had to unbond all grounds and hook up to each one separately.

    Grabbed the last ground wire to unbond it and got a small shock.

    Thought I was mistaken, so I touched it again and same thing.

    This was supposed to be an abandoned line.

    Have worked in telephone peds for years, never got a shock before from a ground wire. Nothing serious, just a little jolt.

    Anyone have any thoughts on where the small voltage current might have been coming from.

    (Nope, I did not have my transmitter on and was not holding onto it.)

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    I get this quite often in older phone cables. Although I've never heard of it from an abandoned cable. I believe the shock is normally from a sheath to pair fault.

    Was it the same kind of a shock you get while "hot pairing"?

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    I've had the same thing happen to me and one of my Tel. buddies explained to me that the cables are simply having a slight charge induced on them by some nearby electrical source. He sd this is usually an older transformer leaking electricity. I always wondered if you could some how capture this "leakage" and store it?
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    You can take of the problem by not sitting on your knees and wearing a good set of rubber boots. Do not ground yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy View Post
    I get this quite often in older phone cables. Although I've never heard of it from an abandoned cable. I believe the shock is normally from a sheath to pair fault.

    Was it the same kind of a shock you get while "hot pairing"?


    i agree............ if you have been behind me in some of my old peds there is alot of that....hahahahhahahha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy View Post
    I get this quite often in older phone cables. Although I've never heard of it from an abandoned cable. I believe the shock is normally from a sheath to pair fault.

    Was it the same kind of a shock you get while "hot pairing"?
    Not familiar with the term HOT PAIRING. (Is it something I do not want the answer to?)

    Probably do it and call it something else. Can you elaborate a bit...
    ThanX

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    Quote Originally Posted by underground quester View Post
    Not familiar with the term HOT PAIRING. (Is it something I do not want the answer to?)

    Probably do it and call it something else. Can you elaborate a bit...
    ThanX
    Hot pairing is when you hook onto one of the active pairs, either on a feeder or a drop.

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    I have done this on N.I.D. (Telephone network Interface Devices) boxes on the outside of newer homes. The odd customer has complained of static if they are on the phone though.

    Have not done this nor have I direct connected via hot pairing to a BIX block though in the older format there was a discussion about doing just that.

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    I have had this happen while hooking up to a NID on a house. It usually happens if the homeowner is on the phone when you unbond the lines, but I have never had it happen in a ped...hhmmm

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    Default Re: getting shock in a small rural telephone ped

    I did! What a shocker!

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