Removing old telephone wires/jacks


Old 01-10-17, 07:29 AM
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Removing old telephone wires/jacks


I was hoping to get some advice on how to remove 3 telephone wire jacks. I'm remodeling my basement and need to clean up some wiring. 1 jack has been completely detached, and the other two are still in the wall. We no longer have any use for telephone jacks, so removing them would be our preferred option. I have attached a picture of the old Demarc box. Thanks for the help!

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Old 01-10-17, 07:42 AM
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I just cut the wires and remove them.
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Just disconnect the incoming wires, tape them off and then remove the rest of the wiring. You don't have to worry about leaving the wires accessible in any way like you would with electrical ones.
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Danger Will Robinson!!

The item pictured is a lightning protector and should not be removed unless incoming telco lines are protected before entering the premise. The center "stud" on the protector is connected to ground, the "big screws" at the top are gas discharge tubes and the incoming telephone line connects to the outer "studs" along with the premise phones.

Each discharge tube is connected to one side of the telephone line and to ground through the center stud. High voltage on the outer studs causes the gas in the discharge tubes to ionize and conduct the strike to ground.

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