Can I cover phone jack in kitchen?

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Old 10-03-16, 11:17 AM
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Can I cover phone jack in kitchen?

We are getting ready to have a tile backsplash installed and I would like to eliminate a phone jack that is on that wall. It is right on the edge of where the tile will meet the sheetrock. Will our other phones jacks work if this is eliminated and how do we do it. It will need to be covered with sheetrock. What is the proper way to do this. Also, we have an alarm system. Can this jack affect it? Thanks for any advice!
 
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Old 10-03-16, 12:08 PM
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I would remove it and install a blank cover plate. If someone in the future ever wants a landline then they have the option of reinstalling a jack.
 
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Old 10-03-16, 01:14 PM
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Pilot Dane, if possible, I want it to be gone and tile over it. There are several other jacks in the house. The tile will come to the edge of the upper cabinet, which will make it come over about halfway to the phone jack. I'm wondering if we get rid of this jack, will it affect the other jacks and the alarm system. I'm also wondering the best way to do it.
 
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Old 10-03-16, 01:18 PM
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I work on a lot of backsplashes and am not the best at phone wiring.
If possible, I would move the phone jack to the right and down, level with the receptacles.
There are better looking jacks, yours was designed to hang a phone.

*If I was going to bury the wires in the wall, I would want a pro to make the connections.
I consider phone connections special.
 
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Depends on how the phone jack is wired. Usually the builder will daisy chain them so each jack in line is connected through the previous one. Remove the plate off to see the wiring underneath.

If it was installed after the house was built, it might be a home run cable which would be easy to abandon if you find the central wiring point. It's usually just inside the house near the outside network interface box where the phone company line connects to the house.

Could you pull the wiring down into the basement or crawlspace under the kitchen?
 
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Old 10-03-16, 01:57 PM
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To find out for sure. remove cover plate and disconnect the wires (usually red and green), then try out the alarm system and/or the other phone. In most cases it won't make a difference. If it does affect the other items then re-connect the wires and just sheet rock over it.
 
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If there is more than one cable at that jack then you will not be able to eliminate it completely.
 
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Sorry it took me a day to post another picture. I took the cover off and this is what it looks like. Any suggestions on what I need to do?
 
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Take the plate off also we need to see how many wires under it.
 
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Old 10-04-16, 04:38 PM
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Don't know why the colors don't match, but it doesn't much matter. Splice the wires as they appear, tape them up and remove the plate, then wall board over it.
 
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Old 10-04-16, 04:40 PM
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That is the orange-orange/white pair and a blue-blue/white pair from a cat5 or equivalent eight conductor cable.

Blue-blue/white is used for line one in most setups.
Orange-orange/white is used as line two in most setups.
 
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Ok, removed the other 2 screws. Now, what do you think? Please explain in simple terms, as I know nothing about wiring. Thanks! You all are great!
 
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Ok.... since there is only one cable at that location..... it does not feed on or pass thru to another location. Make sure ALL of the wires are insulated so they can't be shorted together and bury it.
 
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Thanks, everyone, for the great advice. We insulated each wire and pushed the wires back into the wall. All the other jacks still work, so I think we are ready to cover it up. Thanks for all your help!
 
 

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