Want to remove light switch box

bostonhomeNovember 7, 2009

I have my house gutted during renovation and the electrician put a 4-way light switch box on a wall that controls the hall lights. I thought I wanted it, but I think it's overkill and want to remove it. I'm afraid he's going to be upset if I ask (he's been stressed with the project). So before I ask, I want to know if this is something that's easy to remove, or would he have to spend a lot of time tearing down the wires? Can he cap the wires and just hide them in the wall?

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No, you can'd cap the wires and leave them in the wall. The wires don't have to be removed from the wall, but you have to make sure that they are not powered under any circumstances if they are left there.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2009 at 7:34PM
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Those wires are undoubtedly running to several locations and rewiring will be a fair amount of work. Just how do you intend to control the lights these switches were running to if you remove this box?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2009 at 2:47AM
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You could wirenut the leads as if they had not been cut into for the switch (black to black, red to red)and then put a blank coverplate over the switchbox. You don't have to have a switch there, but the box must remain accessible if it contains a splice.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2009 at 7:26AM
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At this point, I'd just live with it.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2009 at 2:49PM
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