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Can I cut this cable off at the wall?

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Can I cut this cable off at the wall?

So this was here when I moved in forever ago, just been hidden behind a stand till now. Don't need if for the internet I have now and I can't shove it back through the hole so it could at least be in the basement. Can I just cut it off? If I rent this house out in future is it good to have it?
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Although you said you could not push it in, you should be able to.

Unscrew the cover from the wall, and you should be able pull the cable from the back side until it is flush on the front side. You will probably have insulation in that outside wall, but you should still be able to shove the cable up inside the wall. Then put the cover back on.
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Check the markings on the cable - if it's Cat5, I wouldn't spend much time trying to preserve it although the idea of cutting it back to about 30 cms or so is a decent approach in the event that it's useful in the future. If it's Cat6 or higher, I would spend more time trying to preserve as much of it as possible.

I guess the other question is if the other end of the cable is accessible and what it could connect to.
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CaptSmethwick wrote: Check the markings on the cable - if it's Cat5,
It has an F connector.
It's coax.

Congo has the right idea.
Preserve as much as possible, and but a blank plate on.
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arisk wrote: It has an F connector.
It's coax.

Congo has the right idea.
Preserve as much as possible, and but a blank plate on.
You're right, of course. I couldn't open the image earlier this morning and all I could make out was that the cable was grey - a common colour for Cat5. Given that it's a coax cable, they are easy to couple and lengthen as needed.
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I would buy a wall plate with a F-Type screw terminal on it, then connect the end of the cable to the back of the wall plate then tuck all the excess wire into the wall. If the wire is too long, you can cut it a bit short, and crimp on a new f-type fitting then the wire is gone its nice and clean. the F-type wall plates are very inexpensive they even sell 'em at Dollar Rama and Dollar Tree
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Personally, I would simply install a wall plate with a F Type coax connector (that is what I did at home, you simply screw it on the back of the plate) if you can manage to push the cable through the wall. I would avoid cutting it (unless you don't think you will ever need it) since you might not have the proper tool to crimp a new connector. I got 3 plates like this at home (I don't think I will use these cables in the future but they are there if I need to or if I want to use them to install a new type of cable).
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Coaxial cable as already mentioned so it could be used for Rogers cable or Rogers internet. Now mind you it may be an older cable and may need to be replaced but its best to leave it in case a tech needs to use it to pull a new cable in the home without drilling holes everywhere.

Worst case you could cut it in half this way you have more then enough cable if you have to add a new connector to it in the future.
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Even if you cut it off short and push it back into the wall and put a blank plate over it, it'd still be useful in the future as a fishing line to wherever it goes to.
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I used those cable wires in my place to distribute the signal from my external TV antenna. Super handy to have them.
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Seriously. This thread should have ended at post #2.
Why is everyone still posting?
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exrcoupe wrote: Even if you cut it off short and push it back into the wall and put a blank plate over it, it'd still be useful in the future as a fishing line to wherever it goes to.
If it isn't stapled or caught somewhere hidden.
Since the op says they can't shove it back into the basement, your chances of success are slim.
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BDSL wrote: Seriously. This thread should have ended at post #2.
Why is everyone still posting?
Actually want an answer?
Confirmation.

The OP obviously doesn't know.
The second post could also be BS.
I've certainly seen enough examples on this forum.
By others contributing it helps confirm a correct course of action.
Wording changes, or slight additional info, can do more than simply upvoting post #2 as well.
If it doesn't go too far off topic, it can be educational.
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Post #6 was the most helpful, You may not need the wire now, but in the future, if u ever change Internet or TV providers, having that wire could be useful. Just to repeat what was said, try to push the excess wire back into the wall, if it don't fit, you can trim the wire short and crimp on a new connector then put a wall plate with a F coupling on that and the wire will no longer be an annoyance, you will have no wire just a cable jack to screw a wire onto if and when needed.
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Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the additional confirmation and context posts as I clearly have no idea what I am doing and reading all the respsonses have helped me understand what to do and more importantly why. Will tackle it this weekend and see about getting that wall plate etc.!
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Gee wrote: Grey is the common colour for CAT3

Blue is the common colour for CAT5
Interesting. Not at all my experience.
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So weird, went to the basement and can't find that cable anywhere near where it is in that upstairs room. Will check again tomorrow but just find it odd.

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