Cutting Phone Line

We have a room where the phone line is tacked just above the baseboard and terminates in an external phone jack. Is there any reason I shouldn't cut the line where it comes out of the wall (enters on the outside) and push the wire back into the wall cavity?
Thanks
Dave
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Only if you intend for that phone to still work.
haha

the
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

If it's a "spur" line, if you cut it off and tape the ends of the conductors, it should be fine.
If however, it's "through wired" as I've seen before where the installer strips insulation of the conductors without cutting them and the line continues on to other jacks, this would affect more than just that one jack.
It's easy to test this though by undoing the jack and removing the wires from the 4 binding posts inside the jack, verifying everything is okay in the rest of the house, and then cut it off. Just be sure that when you cut it off you don't leave a way for those conductors to short to each other.
You can order inside wire care from your phone company for a few months just to hedge you bets in case you screw up. LOL...
Best Regards, -- Todd H. http://www.toddh.net /
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Noooooooooooooooo !!!!! Don't do that. Cut the wire and separate the four individual wires. Tape them apart so they can never touch.
I cut a line and just left it. Two years later, I had a phone problem and could not find it. The forgotten cut line had the tiniest bit of corrosion across the wires to cause an intermittent short. Stuff that line in a wall and a few years from now you may have a problem and not easily trace it. Be sure those wires are covered and APART.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Yep, good advice
writes:

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I'm revising my advice. Instead of eliminating it, buy a connector that is wall mounted, like a receptacle cover. Attach the phone line to it and it is ready to be used in the future. If you terminate the line, patch the hole, paint the room, surely in three months your wife will want to make it the computer room, office, or your mother in law may move in. Better to have an extra line than be short one.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Thanks to all for their help. What I forgot to mention was that the phone wire enters the room from the outside near the ceiling and comes down an inside corner before it turns along the baseboard. Reminds me of wiring in an old farm house 50 years ago. So I will follow the advice and cut the line and tape all of the individual wires before pushing it into the wall. If we ever want in phone in there again we'll just have Verizon run a new wire. Thanks again guys for saving me some problems down the road.
Dave
writes:

baseboard
shouldn't
is
it
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

I agree about taping each wire. Of course you could also find out where ti joins the junction block (main phone line entrance), and just disonnect it. Personally, I'd just leave the jack in case you ever want a phone in that place. Just paint it to match the wall and forget about it. (Dont get paint into the modular jack hole).
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
It doesn't bother me but the love bug wants it gone! Can't fight that.
Dave
writes:

and
that
it
the
make
to
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Dave Combs posted for all of us... I don't top post - see either inline or at bottom.

Dave what I would do/did is put a low voltage old work box in and tie the wire in a loop in it. Then you could either put a plate on it or just drywall it over. Who knows, you might need in the future. Verizon charges a fortune to run cable.
--

Tekkie


Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.