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Ingrid
Old doorbell wires? What to do with the these wires sticking out of wall.

I have three wires that stick out of the wall in the front entry. They are located where a doorbell would typically be, but are not attached to one. In fact, they were covered by a wireless doorbell when we bought the house and have been painted over. We would like to safely remove these wires and patch the wall before painting the foyer. Any ideas?

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Our house was built in 1954. 

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Gilbert
Re: Old doorbell wires? What to do with the these wires...

As long as the wires are low-voltage, you can just pull them out a bit and cut them so you can patch over. If If you have a multimeter (for measuring voltage, current, etc) you can check the wires to make sure they're safe to cut. Typically doorbells run on low-voltage via a transformer likely located in the basement somewhere. 

Todd82TA
Re: Old doorbell wires? What to do with the these wires...

Hi Ingrid, honestly, if it were me, I'd rather use that. Unless you're going with something like a wireless camera door bell, you'd be better off just using a wired doorbell since you'd never need to change batteries.

 

There is a 12-volt tranformer somewhere... I've seen them more often placed in a hall closet (up near the ceiling)... usually whichever closet is closest to the front door, or I've also seen them mounted in the attic. As Gilbert says, check the voltage to see if they're live. You'll want to remove the transformer if you don't plan on using the wires anymore. But yeah, once you can verify there's no voltage, then just cut them and stuff them back in the wall.

 

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