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What is this? - (picture included)

I'm finishing the drywall in my attached garage and this is on the attached side, but I have no idea what it might be. It looks like a transformer, maybe? Any ideas?

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Old 01-22-14, 12:05 PM
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Doorbell (or door chime) transformer.
 
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Thanks so much, Ray. I knew I was close, but I wasn't sure. Last question, this can't be covered, correct? I don't feel confident relocating it myself right now.
 

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Not sure what you mean by covered.
 
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I've never seen them have any type of cover. They are usually either hid in a closet or out in the garage. It's just a low voltage wire so it shouldn't be a big deal to relocate it if you want. Personally, I'd just clean up the drywall work around it, prime, paint and forget about it.
 
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Awesome. That's exactly what I'll do then.
 
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Just to clarify, yes, the wires that you can see are low voltage, but the backside is fed with 110 volts, so, in case you are inclined to relocate it, keep that in mind. Seeing it like that, my first thought is that you will find a junction or gang box in the wall opposite it. As already said, you can leave and work around it, but, if so inclined, you will find Carlon or other PVC junction boxes with screw on covers at your local hardware or big box, which you could drill as needed and fasten to the wall to conceal it.
 
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the backside is fed with 110 volts
I didn't realize that :

Maybe there is a reason I'm a painter and not an electrician
 
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Old 01-23-14, 05:24 AM
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Well actually 120 volts 5%.
 
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"Well actually 120 volts 5%"

Yeah, I know. We had 110-115 in our neck of the woods for so many years that it has become an old habit that's hard to break.
 
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