How to hide these ugly cables? And is it legal/safe to do?

Sandy Gonzalez
by Sandy Gonzalez
  11 answers
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 07, 2018

    As long as the service personalcan locate and access the meters you should be good.dont box them in, put a wood trellis panels not solid wood up, and I would mount them in front of the ac unit and dryer vents.

  • Check with your utility companies. In my area we are not allowed to touch them in any way shape or form. Others let you paint them up real pretty, and some even allow a lattice type screen to be placed in front.

  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 07, 2018

    Hi Sandy, When props people want something to "disappear" on stage, they paint it the same color as the background. You could do the same thing here. Just paint the cable the same color as the siding.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Mar 07, 2018

    Paint them the same color as your house.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Mar 07, 2018

    I would put some shrubs in front and on the sides of the air conditioning unit leaving enough room for it to be serviced. And along the side of the house, near the vent. You can get them tall enough to cover the utility boxes. Just remember to leave enough room for them to be read. And you can paint the thick electric wire that runs up your house.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 08, 2018

    First, check with your utility. Where I live, you're allowed to paint, but, not block or cover in any way. Be sure to call before digging in that area, also. It's easy to forget that with electric and gas lines there are often underground lines which can be damaged, and can be very dangerous. I'm planning on painting our meter box white, to blend it into our house. Utilities can refuse to service and access meters, if they are obstructed. They can also remove anything that obstructs access.

  • Zac Builds Zac Builds on Mar 08, 2018

    Hey Sandy, like other have said, make sure you check with you local utility before touching the wires.

    That being said it always bugs me how sloppily the utility companies install these wires. If you don't want to go to all the hassle of painting them or hiding them beneath trim I find that simply undoing the fasteners that are holding all the wires in place and then rerouting them into straight orderly lines really helps to diminish the messy look.

    For instance the three wires that appear to be heading down behind your air conditioner could be grouped together and then straightened so they go straight down.

    The wire that goes up and into the window trim could easily be zip tied to the main mast to its left. Once it's ziptied to the mast you could tuck it behind the mast.

    Hope that helps!

  • Clök Concept Clök Concept on Mar 08, 2018

    Hi Sandy,

    I don't know where you live, but if it's in Canada, you don't own the meter and the cables, so you can not do anything to it. Here in the province of Quebec, we now have intelligent meter and therefore, Hydro-Quebec doesn't have to come to read it. It could be hidden with a trellis, even a very narrow one in a pot, on which could grow some clematis!

    Good luck!

  • William William on Mar 08, 2018

    That is you phone box with all the wires coming out of it . Looks like your phone, internet , and if you have it cable TV. You do not own the box or the cables. You own and are responsible for what is inside your home. It's not the best job of running and hiding the wires. The loops at the box are there to shed rain water and prevent it from entering the box. Physically mess with them and you can be cut off. Paint them the color of the siding as most suggest.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Mar 09, 2018

    Agree with Dfm that as long as the parts are still always accessible as needed for any servicing, then you can disguise them with lattice or a structure that is not permanently attached to any of the components. Here are a couple of examples of what can be done to make the area attractive.

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  • Deb Deb on Mar 10, 2018

    I needed to hide my propane tank for our gas fireplace. I just built a fence (one side comes out from house and then the 2nd is the front) and it is still accessable to the company when it is refilled. and it is big enough to hide my garbage can too!!!