Want to remove phone outlet and patch hole in wall

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Old 04-16-16, 09:01 PM
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Want to remove phone outlet and patch hole in wall

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I have a phone jack/outlet in my dining room that we will never use. I'd like to take it out and patch/compound/paint up the spot where it was, but I don't know what to do about the phone line/cable in the wall. Should I pull it out from my basement or just put electrical tape on the ends and leave it behind the patched up hole in the wall? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
 
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Old 04-16-16, 09:05 PM
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If there are two cables it may be feeding another phone jack that you do use. Disconnect the wires and that jack goes dead.
 
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Old 04-17-16, 06:21 AM
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As Ray said it might be feed another wall jack. Pull wires through to basement. If they do in fact connect to another jack you can just splice the wires together. If not just tape them up and your done.
 
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Old 04-17-16, 07:12 PM
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Thanks all for the tips!
 
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Old 04-17-16, 08:41 PM
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Google "California patch" to repair the hole. Works pretty well for small areas like that. One reason I always kept any larger pieces I cut out for some reason.
 
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Old 04-18-16, 04:29 AM
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I had never heard of the term 'california patch' until a year or so ago on these forums but I've been using that method for at least 40 yrs. It's a great way to repair small holes [bigger than an inch or so] and is quicker/easier than securing a piece of drywall and then taping the 4 sides.
 
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Old 04-18-16, 05:04 AM
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The Cali Patch is fine, but i always found what I call the backer method. Use scrap pieces of wall board to glue on the inside of the hole leaving enough showing in the hole to use as a backer. Then just cut a piece to fit the hole and glue it on. It works for any size hole and is quite strong.
 
 

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