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Old 09-29-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Leaving abandoned phone line in wall?

I was just reading this thread and read the following:

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Neither the NEC or the IRC mandates the removal of abandoned power cables or conductors.

Certain cables such as communication and such, yes, but not general wiring.
We've been working (mostly having work done) on our basement, and one of the oddities we found was a four-conductor phone line, one end of which is a giant pile in the basement and the other end of which is in an open junction box in our pantry. Neither end is connected to anything. (edit: Nothing else is in that junction box in the pantry.)

Can someone shed some light on that quote? My plan was to cut the giant pile out (who knows when you'll need a dozen feet of phone cable?) and bury the end in a wall, then either patch over box in the pantry or tag the line as abandoned and put a cover on it.


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yeah, just cut it off, and put a cover over the box. i wouldn't "hide" the box by patching over it, as one day it may be needed.


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4 conductor phone wire that has been in a "giant pile in the basement" probably isn't worth saving. Toss it in the recycle bin.
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When he quoted " certain communication cable" I don't think they were talking about low voltage phone wire.
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