PART A - RECOVERY
The line has been installed and used within a system. It has provided a valuable service to a
customer. When the service is no longer needed it is necessary to recover all the equipment used in the
installation. The reason for this is to have it available when there is a new requirement to install another
telephone line. There is no endless supply of equipment and what is available must be used over and
There are some very important steps to be considered before attempting to recover the line.
These steps will be explained and once you are thoroughly familiar with them it will be up to you to go
out and recover the line you have installed.
In order to recover the line it is necessary to know where it starts, where it ends, and how long it
is. This is important because this information will determine what equipment will be required to recover
the wire line.
Before proceeding to recover the line, you should verify that the circuit is no longer needed and
that the telephone on the line belongs to you. After doing this, it is a good idea to ring down the line
before it is disconnected. It is possible that the party at the other end is not aware that the line is no
longer required and is about to be removed.
The line is cleared for removal. Remove the instrument at the starting point. Remove the tag
and any other means of identifying the line. Take the batteries out of the telephone. Remove the tag
that secured the line and move it outside where you can do your work.
Set up the RL-31( )/G on a ground mount or on a vehicle, depending on the length of the
line. Splice the line to the wire on the RL-159/U. If there is no wire on the RL-159/U, pass about 12 to
16 inches of the wire through the side of the reel to the outside and tie a good knot to keep it from being
pulled back onto the reel.
Before winding the wire on the reel, be sure the wire is ready. Wire that is still tied in
place cannot be recovered. Have all ties been removed or will they be removed as you come to them?
Has aerial installation been removed? If not, you must climb the pole or tree, untie the line, and drop it
to the ground.
At the buried road crossing remove all tags, ties, and stakes. Be very safety conscious
here because there will probably still be traffic using the road. Dig the line up. The time required
depends on how deep it was buried and how long it has been there. After the wire line is recovered,
restore the road to its original condition.
At aerial road crossings that have lance poles PO-2, you must still be very safety
conscious about traffic. When the way is clear, have someone go to the other side of the road. Lower
the lance poles very carefully before trying to remove the wire line. Remove all tags, ties, and stakes
and be sure the wire is free on both sides of the road. Move to the side of the road in the direction the
wire is going and wind the wire on the reel. Before proceeding, be sure all equipment has been
recovered and that nothing has been left behind. Continue recovering the wire.