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?
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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