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Question DetailsAsked on 10/8/2014

We are building a second story deck and need to have 2 phone + cable lines moved. Who would we hire to do this?

These lines are not the power lines- they are likely a phone line (obsolete) and possibly a cable TV line. If we don't use the phone line can we have it removed? But who removes it?

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Your Search the List category would be Phone Wiring - many phone wiring installers will also do TV. Otherwise for the TV the category is TV Service - Cable or also TV Antenna in some areas.

If these wires are on the company side, or "street side" or the termination point - the connection box on your house, then you are not supposed to touch it - that line belongs to the phone company and they are supposed to be the only ones messing with it - and with modern fiber-optic to copper routers and amplifiers, it is possible to cause thousands of $ damage to their system by shorting it. Occasionally they will come and reroute it (on the outside of your hosue) for free or just for cable cost - otherwise expect probably $50-100 charge from each provider unless this is very high-speed internet over cable (IOC), then can run a few dollars a foot more for the cable cost. IF unclearwho owns the line,contact your provider to see if "outdoor runs" and "interior wiring" are yours or theirs.

If on "your side" or "house side" of the termination box, then that is commonly (though not always) "your wire" - and can be disconnected at the termination box and rerun, or for a bit more trouble cut and spliced - though if running IOC try to avoid putting a connection in-line - should be continuous run from termination point to use point/cable modem.

In many cases, you can just disconnect the cable, build the deck, then rerun the cable right under the deck joists without any wire splicing at all - just by stealing a bit of slack out ot the rest of the run. Push comes to shove it can be run through holes drilled through the centers of the joists as well.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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