Posts Tagged ‘phone jack’

Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Phone Jacks

May 10, 2022
These days, most families don’t use these phone jack connections. Why have this cover plate in the middle of the wall, if you’re not using it?
Unscrew from the wall, and they’re easy to disconnect. Just push a flat head screwdriver or similar into the latch connection at top and bottom, and ….
…. VoilĂ ! The gizmo is disconnected.
The wiring is still intact, in case the family wants to reconnect at a future date. For now, I’ve stuffed the wires into the wall …
… and covered the hole with wallpaper. The small recessed area is barely noticeable, and looks a whole heck of a lot better than a useless white cover plate.

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

Digital Image


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.