Closing up a light switch box

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  1. coopns

    coopns New Member

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    I have a backsplash that I am going to tile. I have 3 light switches in one box but are no longer needed. (One goes outside to a light that isn't used and will be replaced, another is to a light that is no longer there and another is a 3 way that we don't want). Is there a metal wall plate that will cover that? Can I put wire nuts and tape them up and cover it?
     
  2. Jim Port

    Jim Port Electrical Contractor

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    The light outside the door is required by code.

    The junction box must remain permanently accessible and cannot be buried.
     
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  4. ActionDave

    ActionDave Electrician

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    You must not bury the box, but you can move it and/or pull the unwanted wires out.
     
  5. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Just put a blank cover over it for the guy that wants the lights back on later.
     
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Home Dopot, and similar, sells a line of "decorative" trim plates. Check with their suppliers to see if they do, or can, make a "nice" 3-gang cover plate, that agrees with your decor.
     
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