Published on 16 February 2014
Corroded Copper Stops Dial Tone – Dave Boccuti
A few decades ago, I owned a home in one of Boston's western suburbs. The house had been built during World War II, when nobody with any business building houses was doing so. But that's another story. This one is about the telephone.
One day, I picked up the phone, and there was no dial tone. I went to the neighbor's house (this was before cellphones) and called the phone company to report the problem. The company said it would look into it, so I returned home. A little while later, the phone rang -- it was the phone company asking about the problem. I hung up, checked for a dial tone, and called back to report it was A-OK.
All was fine for a few days, but then the problem came back. I walked over to the neighbor's house, and this time I called my house. My wife answered, and the phone seemed OK.