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
What are you trying to test? A simple LED line tester will run you a few
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.
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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