They aren’t very heavy, but you can’t walk around the room carrying it. I have a 25 foot cord on one that allows me go all over my downstairs. I can get to the kitchen to turn off a burner or check on something in the oven. With a young child in the house, I could take her to the bathroom or answer the front door without having to interrupt a call.
The corded phone I use most often started to cut in and out while I was talking. This is probably due to me stretching the cord beyond that 25 foot limit. First I changed the cord, but it didn’t help. So I deduced (Sherlock Holmes firmly in my head) that the problem was inside the phone. Unwilling to open, and possibly destroy a semi-working instrument, I got another phone from the back of my closet and discovered it would not dial out.
Two non-functioning phones meant I needed a new one. But before I go and buy something that needs to be plugged into an electrical socket and will not function during a power failure, I decided to try and fix one of the phones.
|Inside of the phone|
Opening the housing meant removing two screws from the bottom. The housing came away and I saw the dial mechanism, covered by a clear plastic rim. I think this is a dust cover. It was made of two parts that were taped together. I removed that and pushed all the numbers. I could see small metal pieces moving exactly as they were intended to do. Plugging the cords into the open housing, I tried the phone again. I got a dial tone, but the number buttons still refused to give me the expected tones.
|Underside of keypad|
I removed the two screws holding the buttons in place and removed the plastic dust cover. And here’s where I got lost. I can’t visible see anything that looks out of place. Of course, this is like looking under the hood of you car and trying to figure out which screw, belt, or plug is causing it to make that churning noise that’s keeping it from running smoothly. I had no idea what I was looking at.
So, DIYer that I am, I went to the Internet and put in the phone’s model number. Most of what I read didn’t work. This phone used to work, so thinking that the polarity was reversed didn’t make sense. None of the small wires were broken, laying on another, exposed, or disconnected.
What I discovered is the phone was manufactured in the 1980's so it’s life cycle may just have wound down. I finally gave up. It’s time to buy a new phone.