A DIY Guide to Wiring Your Home Telephone

Whether it's a new house under construction or an existing residence, wire connections for your home telephone requires some knowledge on telephone wiring and the procedure of how to connect them to the jacks. A first glance at the coloured wires involved in the telephone wiring project may seem difficult and confusing. However, with simple tools and materials such as screwdriver, needle nose pliers, telephone jacks, and punch-down tool, you will be able to complete your DIY project. Save a great deal of money by using these tips.

Know Your Type of Telephone

Different types of home telephones require different wiring connections. Jacks too have different types of connection terminals, and the wiring connection procedure may vary. Telephone phones may be of analogue type that receive analogue signals and require connection to the traditional telephone service. They may also be digital telephones that use the same cables and jacks as the analogue version but receive electronic signals. Access your manual to have some basic information on the types of systems you are dealing with.

Find Network Interface Device box outside Your House

The network interface device is important because it creates a connection between the phone company line you will be using and the house. In addition, it is the point of termination of the telephone wires originating from the company phone. Locate this section in case of any faulty connections of your home telephone that may not need professional services of an electrician.

Open the "customer access" compartment

This compartment has a pair of screw posts and modular plugs that resemble a phone jack where the phone is plugged in your house. Each modular plug has a line plugged for every phone company line connected to your house. The pair of screw posts in the customer access compartment may have a green and red screw. The posts form a connection between your new wiring and the company phone wiring.

As a safety precaution, make sure you unplug the company line plugged in the jack in the box before you start the wiring project to avoid disconnecting power flow from the phone company line. Plug it back on completing the wiring process.

Connect Wires to the Wall Jacks

Start by removing jack covers to expose the terminals for the wire surface types of telephone jacks. Make sure all the wires are connected to the right terminals. For example, a blue-white wire must be connected to a blue-white terminal. Finally, tighten screws to attach the jack to your wall.