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Removing baseboard molding w/old phone outlet? Answered

I'd like to remove some baseboard molding, but here's an old-school phone jack in the molding that has been painted over pretty good (though it still works with the converter). Any ideas how I might go about pulling out the molding without destroying the phone jack? I'm familiar with how to take down regular baseboard molding, but I can't seem to find anything online that might explain how to do it when an old outlet's in it. I'm not familiar with electric stuff, but am willing to learn, if need be. Thanks!

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redsauce
redsauce

11 years ago

Thank you for your help, I will try this out and let you know!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Glad do be of some assistance.

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redsauce
redsauce

11 years ago

Just wanted to say that both of your pieces of advice were very helpful. The project worked beautifully. Thanks!

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

Great!

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Can you get the cover off the jack? If so, then you can just unscrew the four wire terminals inside, and leave the four wires (black, yellow, red, and green) hanging. They thread through the center of the terminal block, and will be coming out of a hole drilled through the baseboard.

You can take off the terminal block, or go to a store like Radio Shack and buy a new one. When you remove the baseboard, just push the wires back through the hole.

Drill a hole on the new baseboard before you mount it (measure three or four times, cut once :-), and thread the wire through during the mounting process.