I have a wall outlet located near the ceiling (probably for a clock) that
I'd like to remove and then patch over. This outlet is on the same circuit
as another outlet near the floor that I want to leave in place. My question:
Can I just remove the box, connect the wires on both sides from this top
outlet, then cap off and tape these wires and leave them in the wall before
I patch over the hole?
Thanks in advance.
Disconnect the wires from the lower outlet and yank them out of the wall.
Better would be to put the outlet to good use:
Neon beer sign.
One of those pendulum clocks that has a face whose eyes that move in sync
with the pendulum.
Lava lamp on a small shelf.
A device - you've seen them in the rest rooms at drive-in movies - that
squirts some deoderant every thirty minutes.
As others said, no you can't bury the box. What I do in that
situation, if I don't have something to plug in, is hang a picture,
plate, battery operated clock, or whatever over the outlet. It's
better to replace the outlet with a blank plate, but if you don't know
how to do that, leave the outlet, perhaps use child-proof caps in it.
Ask yourself why there is a box there in the first place. The answer
you will eventually come up with is to contain the arcing that so often
occurs when splices or connections fail. If the connections are
properly enclosed in a complete and properly installed box a failure of
a connection is far less likely to kindle a fire. If you remove the
device, make proper splices and install a blank cover then once it is
painted not one in twenty people will notice that it is there. Then
when something goes wrong with the circuit you will still be able to get
at the splices without opening the wall.
When you paint the wall remove all electrical box covers and mask all
electrical devices with painters tape. Paint the blank cover with the
same paint. If you paint with the covers on the wall they will be
attached to the wall by a bead of paint. Removing the cover will then
mar the paint.
"This alternating current stuff is just a fad. It is much too dangerous
If the outlet is near the ceiling, and this is in a bedroom, it might be
for a smoke alarm? If so, you should probably install a new smoke alarm
Otherwise, if there is only the one cable entering the box, and you can
disconnect the power supply on the opposite end (with no chance of
reattachment), there's no reason why you couldn't take out the box and
leave the old wiring in the wall. It's done all the time when old wiring is
HOWEVER, if you have other cables connecting in the box, you can't just
bury the box. The connections have to remain accessable. Just use a blank
cover plate and paint it to match the wall.
If you REALLY want to remove the box, you'll need to find where those
cables go, then route a new single cable from source to destination.
Eliminate the cables in the box, then you can eliminate the box.
Thanks for the info, another set of wires does go through the box, so it's
staying in place with a blank cover plate. If I ever want the outlet again
I'll just change the cover plate back. Thanks again.
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