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I was tasked with removing a broken doorbell from the outside of the building. I'm not sure what to do with the wires? If I pull on them they come out further but not a whole lot. I want to at least make it look good.

photo of wires from door bell

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    I assume that you don't intend to replace the door bell? And that "look good" is a relative term, considering it was mounted on a piece of crappy-looking weathered plywood?
    – gregmac
    May 20, 2014 at 18:49
  • "look good" as in doesn't have wires hanging out.
    – Celeritas
    May 20, 2014 at 18:57

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If the electric doorbell(s) are no longer required, there is two steps. First, you need to disconnect the ends of the wires in question from the doorbell transformer. Cut them away from the transformer so no one will be able to reconnect them easily. Doorbells work on 12 to 28VDC, so the source of voltage should be removed. Once you are sure there is no electric power on the wires, simply cut them off or stuff them back into the hole, never to be used again. I always clip off any bare copper and fold and tape them so no conductors can come in contact with each other when stuffed in the wall. Even though it is low voltage, shorting the hot and ground can cause sparks which could be a fire hazard.

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  • I believe you meant VAC, not VDC.
    – TomG
    May 21, 2014 at 23:27

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