Lightning Fixed My Landline. Really?
July 15, 2011 2:24 PM Subscribe
Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline?
posted by BitterOldPunk to Home & Garden (12 answers total)
For several months the landline at my mother's house has been on the fritz. There was a loud hiss of static making it almost impossible to hear.
I keep the line just so Mom can call 911 if there's an emergency and we aren't home for some reason. I use my cellphone for all important calls. Just about the only people who called that number were scammers violating the Do Not Call list, or people to whom I could give my cellphone number, so fixing it wasn't a priority.
Then yesterday during a thunderstorm lightning hit the house.
It fried my cable modem and my router, traveling via co-ax and routing around the surge protector. So I went out to replace them and needed to call my wife. She'd left her phone downstairs, so I called the landline, intending to say, hey, pick up your cellphone.
But there was no static, no hiss. The call was crystal clear.
Coincidence? It's been days since I've picked up the phone, so for all I know the problem was not in the house, but in the line, and the phone company just fixed it and I happened to notice it yesterday. But I've seen no repair trucks around recently.
If lightning DID fix it, how? And should I be worried at what this says about the wiring in my house?