Posts Tagged ‘phone jack’

Disguising Unused Junction Boxes

December 9, 2018


The homeowners were not going to use the box with speaker wire in the upper left of the wall, nor the phone jack next to the outlet near the floor.

So I pushed the wires back into the boxes, and just hung the grasscloth paper right over the boxes, without cutting an opening. Even though a slight bump may show, it looks a whole lot better than a blank wall plate, or an unused phone jack cover.

A Blast from the Past

July 23, 2017

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I’ll bet that no one under 30 knows what this is.

It’s a phone jack for a land-line telephone.

As you might guess, it’s in a home that was built in the ’70’s.

These days, when I’m about to wallpaper a wall and I come across a jack for a land line, I ask the homeowner if she will be using it. Since so many people are eliminating land-lines in favor of cell phones, many people don’t want the jack or it’s wall plate messing up their new wallpaper.

In that case, it’s easy enough for me to undo the wires, remove the jack, and just let the wallpaper cover the small rectangular hole left in the wall. The wallpaper hides the hole nicely, and it’s usually not very noticeable.

That way, if the homeowners ever want to access the wires or reinstall the jack, they can easily cut the wallpaper and open up the box.