equip need to test phoneline

Fed up with fees wanted for in house check of telephone lines by telephone companies. Want to do it myself. What all will I need (instrument/equipment-wise) I figure that after a few years equip will pay for itself. I am in a rural setting a half mile off the the road. My correct e-mail address is gno52 (not gn52) Fake adddress given to avoid spams
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What are you trying to test? A simple LED line tester will run you a few bucks.
If you're testing the incoming line, there is usually a test jack inside the junction box on the outside of your house. If you have a problem, the phone company should have you test from the test jack to determine whether the problem is inside or outside the house. You just plug in a regular phone. If it doesn't work from the test jack it's their problem, not yours.
NJBrad
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Check out Jensen tools, they have even the stuff you never thought existed for phone line checking. I believe it's www.jensentools.com

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First step is to unplug all the phones in your house and anything that is connected to the phone line (sat TV, TIVO, whatever)
I then just take a phone and plug it into the outside jack at the phone company connection (a test jack provided for the customer) and see if I get a dial tone. If yes, the main phone line from the test box to the house probably has an open wire. Squirrels in the attic have done this to me a couple times.
If no dial tone, I disconnect the wires going into the house and test again. If there IS a dial tone, that means the wires in the house were shorted together. (Or you left something connected that is shorted)
But if still no dial tone, with the house lead-in disconnected, it is happening on the telephone company side of the test box, and it will be repaired by them for free....
It ain't rocket surgery, but it does take a little bit of thinking.
If it turns out that the problem is in YOUR side of the test connection, finding a broken wire, or shorted wires, in the house is a pain. Pretty much trial and error. Good luck.
Andy in Fink, Texas
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