hmunster123

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

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

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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.

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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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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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