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Found a lineman's buttset/testset at a garage sale, what can I do

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#1 hmunster69



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:16 AM

I found this yesterday, can I have any fun with it without being arrested?

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:25 PM

Sure. Try plugging it into your customer access panel on the side of your house. Inside you should find red and green screws used for testing with your buttset. The red connector (ring) goes to the similarly colored connector on your set. The green (tip) connector is connected similarly. Here's a link with more info about the customer access panel. I used to do it on my house.


Buttsets are also good for testing unterminated pairs of wire.

Edited by Y0ungBra1n, 25 August 2013 - 08:27 PM.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 11:09 AM

Basically just don't connect it to anything you shouldn't have access to, if you're worried about getting in trouble. I use my beige box and an old Western Electric 2500 series phone for legitimate troubleshooting of lines, but I've got a fairly interesting setup at home.

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:59 PM

I used mine as an actual phone.  Was great for picking up crosstalk on phone lines, and hearing all the weird stuff that happens on the line when your phone is "hung up."

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