I have a phone riser in my apartment (25 copper pair, originally but only 18 left going past my floor) carrying Verizon phone service.
I have to move it over 3' to a different wall, so that means splicing in a new segment, a "bridge", which goes under the floor to a different wall up that wall into the ceiling and back to the place in the ceiling where the riser exits. Verizon won't be doing this work because they want $6000 to do it (and even at that price it will take 8 to 10 weeks to get done).
I have a 25 pair 22 awg plenum and I'm going to get some 3G UR2 to make each of the 72 connections. (18 pair x 2 wire x 2 splice locations).
I have a few questions (is that allowed)?
1) I can't tell if the existing wiring (probably installed at lest 30 years ago) is 22 AWG or 24 AWG. Will there be any problem if I use 22 AWG and the existing wire is 24? Some tenants above me may be using DSL of course.
2) If I use the UR2, I have to cut each conductor and then crimp the two connections - this means the circuit will be dead momentarily. Alternatively, I could use a double run/tap connector and connect the entire "bridge" section first then cut the middle out. So there are two questions here: a) Is this kind of connection "as good" as the UR2 which has the gel inside? I really don't want to cause service problems and have Verizon poking around. and b) once I complete the bridge but before I cut the short piece out there will be two "paths" for each conductor. Will this cause problems while the job is in progress?