We want to remove these wall sconces (there are two of them) and patch up the wall. We may want to still use the switched outlet.

sconce wiring close up back of sconce inside sconce

If I want to keep the switched outlet how should I re-wire?

If I also want to removed the switched outlet how should I rewire?

Is it safe to keep the junction box there and push all the wires into the wall and patch up? That seems like it could be dangerous bc someone might drill into the hole later and hit live wires!

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    Are you OK with having blank box covers where the sconces were? – ThreePhaseEel Dec 19 '16 at 2:28
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    Also, can you get us a photo of the innards of the switched outlet box? – ThreePhaseEel Dec 19 '16 at 2:35
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    You cannot "patch over" the junction boxes unless you remove the wires from the wall. You can put blank covers on them, but those blank covers need to remain exposed and accessible (they can be painted to match the wall, but mudding over them is a distinct no-no - unfortunately one that too many folks have just done in ignorance,,, – Ecnerwal Dec 19 '16 at 3:15
  • Personally, I would put wire nuts over the ends and put on a blank cover plate and hang a picture over it or just paint it, (someone later might want a sconce there), but is it allowed by code to disconnect the wires (hots and neutrals) at a junction box closer to the panel and then cover over the box and abandon the wires in the wall? – Jim Stewart Dec 19 '16 at 12:59
  • "No lighting in the room and only a switched outlet for user-supplied floor lamp" is a safety hazard, because real-world, people defeat it. They don't have a floor lamp. Or they do but they turn it off at the lamp to save 3 steps. Or they don't like the receptacle location and put it elsewhere. Turning on the light becomes a secret code only the occupant knows. Upshot: when a first-responder shows up for an emergency call and flicks the switch, no light. Builders like it because it's cheaper to install, so they lobbied for it. Terrible design. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Dec 19 '16 at 16:32

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