"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by dc4code, September 23, 2018, 12:55:21 PM
Quote from: Butch Harlow on September 25, 2018, 07:13:20 AMThey definitely left an installer with a wide variety of options to hang the phone. One thing I have never understood was the two horizontal keyholes. As if someone would mount the phone sideways.
Quote from: jsowers on September 25, 2018, 01:32:14 PMOne small suggestion I have, which may already be obvious to some, is the mounting slots on the back are keyed and if you have a stud in the wall you can line up the right-hand top slot and the screw for the bottom slot so they go into the wall stud. The screw ends up in the narrow part of the keyway and you can easily put a pencil mark where the screw goes. You can also use a sheet of paper to mark the screw locations and hold that to the wall to drive the screws. Then with the screws in the wall, and tearing off the paper, you place the top slot on the screw first and then the bottom one and you can level the phone with that horizontal slot and tighten down both screws. You can add the second screw in the top if you like, but the stud may not be wide enough to accept both.I'll never forget my grandmother's black 554 that was mounted by Southern Bell. It was on a wall in her kitchen that was shared by the basement stairs on the other side. So every time I went to the basement I could see the station wire behind the phone, stapled to the wall with those tiny staples.
Quote from: Babybearjs on September 25, 2018, 09:22:57 PMfor all those who are not aware, this adapter also works on the 354 wall phone. (and the 356, 57, and 59)! this is how you modularize these phones for current use!
Quote from: dc4code on September 25, 2018, 08:29:49 PMThanks,and is that phone still there? cool story
Quote from: jsowers on September 26, 2018, 06:34:32 AMNo, the phone isn't still there on the wall. My aunt lives there now and they modernized and added onto the house and what once was the kitchen is now the den and a phone on the wall there wouldn't make much sense. The wire may still be on the basement stairway side of the wall. That phone was ideally located when my grandmother was alive because it was next to her side door. You could hear it outside in the yard where we all gathered every Sunday and many's the time we would have to run in and answer the phone--two quick rings. She was on a two-party line. Her number cards said "Answer 2 rings."My aunt thinks she still has the phone, but I never saw it nor the 1954 500 set she had in the bedroom after the remodel. My aunt has her own phone collection in the basement. She says they remind her of my uncle, who worked for Southern Bell for 30 years.