Telephone Trouble and Troubleshooting
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Of all the home projects, installing and maintaining your telephone system is one of the most satisfying. But it can also be frustrating, because of all the hidden wiring and all the seemingly crazy colors! But if you follow basic safety rules and pay attention to your work, you should be able to really improve your communication skills!!
Tools you need...
There is really only two special tools that you need to maintain your phones... a telephone line tester and a multimeter. Also a few basic tools such as a wire cutter, stripper, screwdrivers, flashlight, bible, etc.
A telephone line tester (left) allows you to test any modular telephone jack in your home for proper wiring and function. Even though you may not have two phone lines now chances are you will sometime in the future, so I suggest getting a two-line tester (shown) instead of a one-line tester.
A multimeter may also be useful in testing whether or not you have electrical power at the different wire connections where there are no telephone jacks.