My building’s front door intercom uses the landline phone system. Which means I need a landline phone (just a phone, not the actual landline service). I browsed eBay for an old looking phone and knew Pottery Barn would have just what I’d like. For less than $15, I got an old-fashioned phone with modern push buttons.
There are actually two phone jacks in my apartment: one over the dining table and another next to my bed. The dining room jack wasn’t working, so I tried my hand at fixing it. The old jack had been painted over a few times and looked in rough shape.
After scraping off some of the paint, I was able to get inside it to remove it from the wall (the two dark screws in the picture below).
I ordered this one from Amazon and had it in hand a few days later (Lowe’s and Home Depot didn’t have the model and color I wanted in stock). The new one is much nicer looking!
Then it was just a matter of connecting the red wire to the red spot, and the green wire to the green spot. A few screws from the plate into the previous holes in the wall, popped on the cover, and it was done!
Then I just had to plug in and hang up my new phone!
I asked the doorman one night to ring me to see if it was working, and it still didn’t work. 😦 I’m not sure where the issue is, but I’ll be keeping this on the list of things to fix another day…