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Jan 26, 2018
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Hey guys, came across these holes/ducts in a house I was looking at and not sure what they're for, why wouldn't they be covered with a faceplate?
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Looks like a central vacuum inlet.
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Central vacuum outlets? Current owners just hang a picture to cover it and the unused 110 outlet.

Because they thought that was a better idea than fitting the proper faceplates? Not what I would do, but people are all different.
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Thanks for the feedback guys, appreciate it. Looks pretty ugly and if I were to cover them with a picture or whatnot my OCD would kick in so I guess faceplates is the best option.
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My OCD is already kicking in with that terrible paint job!
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umopapisdnwei wrote: My OCD is already kicking in with that terrible paint job!
+1. Anyone who paints around outlet covers instead of removing them couldn’t care less about quality

Also how high are these outlets? If these central vac outlets are high enough to hang pictures over I’d be worried about anything done behind walls. Are these all over the house or just this one room? Could it be conduit for a tv wall mount ?
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umopapisdnwei wrote: My OCD is already kicking in with that terrible paint job!
Then it must be really kicking in while you ponder "why did they remove one outlet cover for painting and not the other?". That's what is getting me.
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umopapisdnwei wrote: My OCD is already kicking in with that terrible paint job!
So agree.
Red_Army wrote:
+1. Anyone who paints around outlet covers instead of removing them couldn’t care less about quality

Also how high are these outlets? If these central vac outlets are high enough to hang pictures over I’d be worried about anything done behind walls. Are these all over the house or just this one room? Could it be conduit for a tv wall mount ?
There is an electric outlet as well as another TV cable outlet next to it, so. I think your assumption is valid.
TrevorK wrote: Then it must be really kicking in while you ponder "why did they remove one outlet cover for painting and not the other?". That's what is getting me.
Yup, looks like it was the owner who did it himself.
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TrevorK wrote: Then it must be really kicking in while you ponder "why did they remove one outlet cover for painting and not the other?". That's what is getting me.

Probably had cables coming out of it already, hence no cover at the time the wall was painted
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if it is truly a vacuum outlet...there would be a very thin gauge wire...12volts...2 strand wire in there that woudl need to be connected to the vacuum cover
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If it’s up higher and covered with a picture then a tv could have been mounted there or some other device (phone or router??) that needed power. The other duct could be just for running cables down to another space (basement?)

Obviously the last person to paint it was a lazy moron
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Red_Army wrote: +1. Anyone who paints around outlet covers instead of removing them couldn’t care less about quality

Also how high are these outlets? If these central vac outlets are high enough to hang pictures over I’d be worried about anything done behind walls. Are these all over the house or just this one room? Could it be conduit for a tv wall mount ?
I guess you never seen the people who just paint over the faceplates, gets paint inside the slots of the receptacles.
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They probably had a TV over it. Runs the cables down so they are hidden...
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