02:44PM | 01/31/03
Member Since: 01/30/03
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I'm in the process of remodeling my kitchen. This involves adding several new outlets because the refrigerator is being moved. My question is, is it acceptable according to the NEC to wire an electrical outlet and phone/cable in the same box? When finished with the remodel, I'll have a small counter next to the fridge where I'd like to put a cordless phone. Therefore, I need both a phone jack and outlet for the phone.



06:11PM | 01/31/03
Member Since: 01/01/03
35 lifetime posts
Low voltage wiring can be in the same box as "standard" wiring provided they are separated by some physical barrier. Finding a box that provides for this is a very hard search -- don't expect to find them in a home center. I'd run and get a copy of the NEC, but even without the correct citation for this, you may find it easier, safer and more efficient to use a separate box for this. Wouldn't you like to absolutely know that there's no chance your cable or phone line will have picked up 110VAC? Or that you'll know that an induced current from close 110VAC wires isn't putting a 60Hz buzz in your phone or messing with TV reception?

A box costs less than a buck. It's a good investment.



07:20AM | 08/19/04
Member Since: 08/18/04
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Never OK to mix both voltages without an approved divider box.

at 25cents a piece for a plastic box the risk/ reward from electrocution on a phone/cable line is not worth it. Think about frying me 3 blocks away when I'm up on a ladder working on a phone splice.
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