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Outside Cable junction box

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dave Morton, May 31, 2002.

  1. Dave Morton

    Dave Morton Supporting Actor

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    I have a problem about how to open the outside junction box where my cable tv/cable modem service comes into my house. Currently, I have all cables for cable tv and my cable modem come into a gray junction box in the outside of my house. The cable for my internet connection comes out of the box and is configured to come into a bedroom. I also have another line that was wired to enter the house through the basement but since I discontinued cable tv, this line is inactive. Now that I have a new baby coming home in a week, that bedroom where the internet access is, which was the computer room/office, is going to be the baby's room. The office is going to be moved to the basement. So I would like to switch the internet line to attach to the line going in the basement. Problem is there seems to be some sort of special device that is needed to open up the junction box on the outside of the house. Does anyone know what I can use to open this box? I tried to call the cable company and they said they have to schedule a service call that would take a couple of weeks. This seems entirely ridiculous for something that will take a minute to do.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Robert Cranwell

    Robert Cranwell Stunt Coordinator

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    Dave, it should really not be locked at the side of your house. Technically its your property if its attached to your home even though the demarcation point between the cable company and you is at the home. If they need to have any kind of video trap since you only have internet service then technically it should be installed at the pole or pedestal if in an underground development. Tell them to unlock it or you will contact your local Board of Public Utilities office and log a complaint.

    Good luck!

    Rob
     
  3. Lee Weiss

    Lee Weiss Stunt Coordinator

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    I agree with Rob. My cable comes right into my basement utility closet, and I can snip, spilt or do whatever I want to it. Same goes for my phone.
     
  4. Dave Morton

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    Thanks for the info. I did call the cable/internet company and they said that for their people to come out, they would have to make it a service call and would charge me $50. So I took matters into my own hands and drilled open the box and made all my switches. Took a total of 10 minutes and I saved $50. I guess I'll be able to get a few more dvd's this weekend! [​IMG]
     
  5. Allan Jayne

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    I think you are not supposed to open up the locked box. You will have to make connections to the cables on "your side" of the box after the cables emerge from the box. For example where the cable comes out into the baby's room formerly the office, attach it to another cable and string that either indoors or outdoors to the new office.
    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     

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