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Old 07-13-2009, 07:01 PM   #1
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How do I hide the phone line?


We replaced part of the carpet with ceramic tile. Now the phone line and the alarm cable are exposed. I can tuck one under the baseboard but not both. I only need to go about 10 feet.

I have gone brain dead! Isn't there a power tool that is used to cut off the door trim so ceramic tile can be installed under it?

I was thinking I could kinda rip off a small part of the base board, tuck the wires, then install the 1/4 round trim.

Any thoughts and ideas appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:25 PM   #2
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Jamb saw, I think is the name. But, for just a little cutting you can use a Japanese saw. Or a multi-master or similar will do the job.

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Jamb saw! That's it. Like I said, brain dead today.
Thanks, but I need to cut away about 10 feet.

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Not sure if you have a Harbor Freight nearby, but they have a $40 version of the Fein Multi-Master tool available that will make your chore VERY easy. I would not recommend it for large jobs or for use on a daily basis, but for occasional use, I have found it priceless. Be careful to not nail through the wires when installing the 1/4 round.
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No basement or crawl space? Well.... you said brain dead, been there- done that! Be safe, G
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.....if you have a Harbor Freight nearby, but they have a $40 version of the Fein Multi-Master ......
HF gives fast delivery if you buy over the Web
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=65700

The tool comes with a couple of blades. They are so cheap I can't imagine that they will last so I would order a couple of spares:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/pho...5999/65981.gif

Procedure:
  1. Get a narrow (2-12") scrap piece of plywood about 2 ft long
  2. Lay the plywood depth template against the Base
  3. Hold the blade, using moderate pressure on the top side of the template
  4. Start cutting, move the template as required to get the whole length of the Base
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I'd splice in #30 AWG wire wrap wire [from Radio Shack or mail order places] for the phone line. It's so small you can hide it under a bead of caulk. A 20' loop will give you two ohms of resistance but the telco doesn't care.
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FWIW, I've seen cord covers at the apron stores that look like 1/4 round.
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Thanks for the replies. Yes, there is a Harbor Freight about 6 miles from where I live...and a darn good Mexican food restaurant just around the corner!!

Crawl space or basement? Not down here on the Texas Gulf Coast. A basement would fill up with water! :-)

Thanks again for all of your advice.
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not being a smart ass but why cant you just get a cordless phone? Just hang the base where ever the present cord reaches.
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It is a cordless, but the phone line comes in from the garage, down the hall to the breakfast bar. To keep the phone charged, it would have to be hung on the receiver at the end of the hall. That won't work. Also there is no way to drill through the wall. It was poor planning (or no planning) when the house was built in 1983.

Problem #2, the Brinks alarm cable is also exposed for the ten foot area and the two wires run side by side along the ceramic floor next to the baseboard.

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OK, here is a method I have used: remove the baseboard, there will be a 1/2" space from the sheetrock to the plate, if need be and rock is to the floor then cut it back and form a channel, run wires in there then carefully nail the base back on. Just REMEMBER NOT to nail low . Works well, You can use romex staples with the coated tops to hold in place DO NOT drive staples tight only make em flush with the rock face, this way wires cant squeeze back out AND the staples prevent the base from kicking under the rock when you nail it back on. Yup works fine
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Thanks Skymaster. I'll take a closer look at the situation. I've done the exact thing you describe about 25 years ago in a garage before putting down baseboard. I had forgot about that option.

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Nike u r welcome glad I finally remembered something useful in my old age LOL LOL
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You probably have corrected it by now.

I can sometimes get away with hiding wires, at least make it less obvious to the eyes by putting a dab of hot melt glue under the wire every few inches and running it parallel to trim, corners or around objects.

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