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Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1987: Landline Phone Installation

The first issue of Family Handyman was published in 1951, so this year marks our 70th anniversary. To celebrate we're pulling vintage pieces from archives, like this 1980s guide to installing a phone.

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DIY Phone Installation

As Family Handyman celebrates its 70th anniversary, we’re sharing some vintage content from past publications. Here’s something we don’t write about anymore: installing a landline phone. Now, we write more about improving cell phone reception, extending WiFi and hosting video calls.

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Parts and Tools

This piece outlines everything you need to install a phone, including detailed how-to books. If you don’t have a phone jack available, this list provides several options for adding one.

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Phone Installation Help

DIYers in 1987 had to call their phone provider if they got stuck during setup. If you need help installing a phone in 2021, it’s easy to turn to the internet for step-by-step instructions.

For more of our amazing vintage Family Handyman content, visit our 70th Anniversary Page.

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